The Blessed Margaret Pole Book Endowment Fund was established by Library Associates Trustee Maurice Adelman Jr., L'58 in 1988. It honors Blessed Margaret Pole, the last Plantagenet and mother of Cardinal Reginald Pole. She was beheaded at Henry VIII's command at the Tower of London in 1541.
The fund was originally established to acquire or conserve materials related to the Recusant period in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and the colonial United States. Its purpose has expanded to purchase early English Catholic materials.
Adelman donated his private library to the Library in 1994 and made gifts over multiple years to enhance the endowment fund.
"No Popery! A Protestant Roland for a Popish Oliver, by Anti Guy," an anonymous 1850 response to a Papal Bull enthroning Cardinal Wiseman as Archbishop of Westminster
Treasures Since 2000 (2015 exhibition)
"A Cycle of Giving," Library Associates Newsletter, Fall 1999
"In Memoriam," Library Associates Newsletter, Spring/Summer 1999
"Blessed Margaret Pole," Library Associates Newsletter, Fall 1997
"New Book Endowment Fund Established," Library Associates Newsletter, February 1988