Dr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Zimmerman Fund
The Zimmerman Bookplate
Jeremiah Zimmerman, Class of 1873, regarded the library as the heart of a liberal arts college. He helped launched Gettysburg College's library and left this trust fund to continue his legacy.
In the late 1920s, the College decided to build a free-standing library in order to qualify for a collection development grant. Schmucker Memorial Library would open in 1930, but with less than 8000 titles, it would seem empty. Zimmerman stepped forward and filled this new library with materials from his own collections - 75,000 books, pamphlets, maps, and art works.
Zimmerman was a College trustee for 20 years. He was also a lecturer at Syracuse University in NY, a Lutheran pastor and author. His wife, Sophia, was a patron of religious and educational institutions and president of the Women's Missionary Society of the Lutheran Church.
After his wife Sophia's death in November 1930, Jeremiah established a trust fund of $50,000 for the library, the proceeds of which are for the purchase books. Jeremiah Zimmerman died in 1937.
Purchase of books