Elisabeth Woodburn Fund

The Elisabeth Woodburn Educational Fund was established in 1990 through a bequest from former ABAA President Elisabeth Woodburn.  

The Woodburn Fund, which is overseen by the Trustees of the Benevolent Fund and the ABAA’s Executive Director, provides financial support for scholarly research and education relevant to the antiquarian book trade.  Included are scholarships to the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminars and the California Rare Book School, contributions to the ILAB Bibliographical Prize, and ongoing support of the Bibliographical Society of America and the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.  The Woodburn Fund also has a special sub-category of funds dedicated to the support of the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, which encourages and educates new book collectors.  Donations to the Woodburn Fund may be earmarked for any of these specific purposes, or given for unrestricted use by the Fund.

Contributions to the Woodburn Fund are completely tax-deductible.  Aside from accounting and minor printing and postage expenses, there is no overhead for either of this fund, which permits virtually all donated monies to go directly to their stated purposes.  Full accountings of the Fund are made to the ABAA Board of Governors at their quarterly meetings, and are posted in the minutes of those meetings.  (Donors are only named if their permission is given, and the names of recipients of the Benevolent Fund grants are never divulged.)

Continuing support of the Elisabeth Woodburn Educational Fund is vital to maintaining its effectiveness in continuing to fund the various scholarships and educational activities noted above.  We again urge both our members, and our friends and colleagues in other areas of the book world, to donate as generously as you can.  

Click the button below to make a contribution now.


If you would like to donate by check, please make your contribution payable to the "Elisabeth Woodburn Fund" and send it to the following address:

Elisabeth Woodburn Fund
c/o Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America
495 Henry Street, Box 308
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Tax ID: 06-1058572

All contributions will be immediately acknowledged in writing. Please indicate if you would like your gift to remain anonymous (only the donor name, not the amount, is noted). Click here to view a list of Friends of the Woodburn Fund.