Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt's botanical collections of books, art, manuscripts and portraits are known for their depth and fine quality, reflecting her enthusiasm and expertise in plants, gardens, books and history. She was determined that her collections be "living" resources—not only preserved but also curated actively and used productively in the service of science and scholarship. To those ends, we continue to develop and enhance the collections at Hunt Institute, working to make them accessible and to preserve them for the future. You can help to strengthen our collections and programs through monetary and material gifts.
Monetary gifts to Hunt Institute are tax deductible and may be applied to our general operating fund, the endowment generously established by the Roy A. Hunt Foundation to provide ongoing support for Hunt Institute or to other established funds:
Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden Art Acquisition Fund
This fund is named in honor of Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden (1907–2007), whose passion for botanical art, science and education inspired a generation of artists. She regularly notified us of promising new artists and donated her own artworks to the Institute so that they could be preserved and accessible for study by botanical artists. This fund enables us to support and recognize artists working in the genre of botanical art and allows us to preserve artworks by the current generation for study by the next. Individuals, as well as botanical art societies and other organizations, may find this fund an attractive way to support the Art Department.
Ronald L. Stuckey Endowment for the Preservation of Botanical History
In 2003 Dr. Ronald L. Stuckey (1938–2022), Ohio botanist and botanical historian, established this fund designated to help our Archives and our Library acquire and preserve photographs, biographical sketches, obituaries of botanists and books on botanical history and bibliography. We are grateful for Dr. Stuckey's longtime interest in Hunt Institute, its collections and its mission. We welcome additional contributions to this fund from others who share our commitment to the preservation of botanical history.
If you wish to make a donation to our endowment, the Dowden Art Acquisition Fund or the Stuckey Endowment for the Preservation of Botanical History, please check the appropriate box on the Sponsorship program brochure or indicate your intentions explicitly either on your check or in your accompanying letter. Otherwise, all donations without accompanying documentation will be directed to our general operating fund.
Material gifts of artworks, books, papers, etc., are greatly appreciated. For more information about the types of material gifts that we are able to accept, please consult our curators or our director. Material not suitable for the collections will be returned promptly to the donor, or the donor can choose for the Institute to sell the items to raise funds, to offer them to another library or (for published materials) to include them in the Institute's duplicate sales.
We are happy to provide a letter of acknowledgment and a list of the material received, along with short descriptions if needed, but we are not permitted by the IRS, nor are we sufficiently knowledgeable, to make appraisals on items donated to us. However, if we are aware of a prior comparable sale, we will share that information. If you have retained the purchase receipts connected with your gift(s), these might serve your tax purposes in lieu of an appraisal.
Gifts in memory of or on behalf of someone are also welcome and can be acknowledged through a specified credit line.
We gratefully recognize gifts in a variety of ways, such as with a letter of thanks, mention in pertinent publications and on our Web site, and through the use of donor bookplates. We will also acknowledge all sponsors with a listing in the fall issue of the Bulletin. Please complete the Acknowledgment section of the Sponsorship program brochure to let us know if and how you would like your name to appear. Of course, sponsors may choose to remain anonymous.