The Gleeson Library Associates work to develop the resources and services of the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center, the Donohue Rare Book Room and the Thacher Gallery at the University of San Francisco. The Associates also present
cultural programs at the University and raise funds for support of the
Board of Directors
Sir Thomas Moore Medal for Book Collecting
Membership in the Gleeson Library Associates helps to support
the University’s mission of lifelong learning. The Associates provide
resources that make possible exhibitions, lectures and special events
for members, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the
University. Members receive announcements, keepsakes and invitations to
programs and special events sponsored by the Associates.
Gleeson Library Associates value each and every membership. Please
become a member today. For more information, please call (415) 422-2036.
Andrew G. Jameson on The Seven Wonders of the World: Ancient and Modern
October 8, 2009, 5 pm
Donohue Rare Book Room
Peter Maravelis on San Francisco Noir
April 23, 2009
Donohue Rare Book Room
Peter Maravelis reads from his award-winning series of original noir anthologies, Vol. I, and the recently published Vol. II.
"San Francisco is a town made for noir. Long before Hammett’s muse seduced him with fog and mist to pen The Maltese Falcon,
European explorers and Christian missionaries had already laid the
groundwork for the genre…with the release of the first volume of San Francisco Noir,
we brought together a team of seasoned writers to compose original
works that gave the reader a sinister sense of the city…we now have
returned with a collection of classic reprints…which reveal a town
riddled by inequity from its very beginning…Perhaps the finest vestiges
of this town will someday be found in this handy little volume of
pulp…" Peter Maravelis, from the Introduction
Nick Kanas on Mapping the Heavens from Antiquity to Today
April 2, 2009
the construction of the International Space Station, and with new plans
for manned missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond, there is a renewed
interest in how the heavens have been charted. Nick Kanas will trace
the history of celestial cartography— comparing the role of
constellation maps and cosmological maps.
will be a broadly sketched tour, showing how different civilizations
have captured their view of the heavens — from the stellar images of
ancient China, Mesopotamia, Egypt, and India— to the true sky maps of
Europe in the golden age of pictorial celestrial cartography of the
17th and 18th centuries.
Nick Kanas, M.D., is a UCSF psychiatrist working with NASA on the
effects of space travel on astronauts. He has been a collector of star
maps for over twenty-five years. His book Star Maps: History, Artistry,
and Cartography was published in 2007 by SPRINGER/PRAXIS.
A Talk with Leonard Pitt
On February 28, 2008 Leonard Pitt discussed his second and most recent book, A Small Moment of Great Illumination,
a journey of discovery of Valentine Greatrakes, a 17th century Irish
healer. The book is "endlessly fascinating and great fun, full of
literary intrigue and unexpected pleasures" (June Sawyers, American
The Gleeson Library Associates celebrates fifty years!
"The genius of The
Gleeson Library is two-fold. On the one hand, it is a general
collection of extraordinary comprehensiveness. On the other hand, it
enjoys special collections equal to any in these United States."
California State Librarian Emeritus
Gleeson Library Associates celebrated their fifty years of support for
the Gleeson Library/Geschke Learning Center on October 28 with a
keynote address by Dr. Kevin Starr on the "Treasures of the Donohue
Rare Book Room." Other activities celebrating "A life lived in the
world of books," and the work of Fr. William J. Monihan are planned
throughout the year.
Sir Thomas More Medal
On May 20, 2007 antiquarian bookseller Bernard M. Rosenthal became the 34th recipient of the Sir Thomas More Medal.
Collector and GLA Fellow, William P. Barlow Jr. presented the medal. An
address by Mr. Rosenthal followed the presentation of the medal.
The Millennium Crisis
On January 25, 2007 The Gleeson Library Associates presented a thought-provoking evening with Dr. David Caploe.
before 9/11, the U.S. and the rest of the world have been enmeshed in a
structural crisis, a period of political, economic and cultural
instability whose distinguishing—and disturbing—hallmark has been an
on-going deterioration in the levels of public discourse all over the
David Caploe has given numerous talks about various
aspects of this crisis under the sponsorship of the Princeton Club of
Northern California, the Harvard Club of San Francisco, the Peace and
Justice Studies program at USF, and San Francisco State. He holds an
honors BA in Social Theory from Harvard, as well as an MA in Political
Science and PhD in International Political Economy from Princeton. He
is the author of several works, including Middle East 101: Thirteen Things Everyone Should Know About the Middle East and the blog, Grok Your World.
Steel Frames: Eyewitness Accounts of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
On May 11, 2006, at the Gleeson Library Associates Annual Meeting
the Daughters of Charity, Province of the West, gave a presentation and
read from the book Steel Frames: Eyewitness Accounts of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
(2006). Historian Kevin Starr has written "this superbly edited and
beautifully designed book makes available little known eyewitness
accounts of the catastrophic events of April 1906. Reading these
reports, one gains new respect of the intelligence and courage of the
Daughters of Charity of that era."
A Concise History of Lying
April 27, 2006, Dr. Maureen O'Sullivan, Professor of Psychology at the
University of San Francisco gave a presentation on "A Concise History
of Lying." Dr. O’Sullivan has served as a consultant to the F.B.I., has
served as a commentator for ABC Television and has studied with Paul
Ekman on the question of detection.