The University Library: Origins, Architecture, and Art
The Michigan Legislature creates the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and allocates funds for library needs. The Board of Regents elects a faculty member, the Reverend Henry Colclazer, to serve as Librarian (Loup and Yocum, 2001).
In February, the Board of Regents approves $970 for the Library to purchase John James Audubon’s Birds of America. It is the Library's first purchase. The original copy of this book is on display in the Hatcher Graduate Library Audubon Room (Loup and Yocum, 2001).
Asa Gray becomes Professor of Botany and Zoology and is authorized to purchase books for the library. While on a tour of Europe, with a $5,000 budget and assistance from London bookseller George P. Putnam, he purchases over 3,400 volumes (Loup and Yocum, 2001).