THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
July 30, 1982
Professor Ludwig Koenen
Department of Classical Studies
Richard M. Dougherty
Director, University Library
Purchase of 13 Ptolemaic documentary papyri
I have spoken with Mona East and Karla Vandersypen about your proposal that the Library try to acquire the Ptolemaic archive which is available from M. Fackelmann of Vienna. As you state, this presents a rare opportunity, and because we want to support Michigan's commitment to papyrological studies, we will earmark up to $10,000 from our trust funds to purchase this documentary papyri.
As you yourself noted in your recent letter, this is a time of financial stringency for the University and the Library, and for financial reasons this purchase will exhaust all Library funds which could be spent on papyri or other ancient documents this fiscal year. If other opportunities present themselves later this year I am afraid an alternative funding source will have to be found.
If you think this offer is the best we are likely to receive this year, please discuss it with Mr. Facklemann and notify Mona East or Karla Vandersypen so that we can proceed with the purchase.