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It's in the Family: Three Libraries, Three Donors

William Helfand

Three donors, all in the same family, have made a lasting impact at the Yale Library —William Helfand, Jessica Helfand ’82, ’89 MFA, and William Drenttel, Senior Faculty Fellow and Social Enterprise Fellow at the Yale School of Management. William Helfand has been a collector of prints since the 1950s, and medical ephemera since 1969. In 1983, Helfand exhibited materials related to the “American Medical Show” in the rotunda of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. He has given multiple gifts of posters, prints, books, and patent medicine advertising in the past fifteen years, and he continues to support the library through scholarship, helping to identify medical bookplates in the collection.

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