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Eli Broad Donates Archive to UCLA Library

The art patron behind the recent opening of the $140-million Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Eli Broad, has now made the decision to donate his personal papers to the UCLA Library’s collections, reports Deborah Vankin for the Los Angeles Times.

“I’ve always kept files of all of my business, philanthropic, and civic endeavors, and we thought these materials might be of interest to current and future scholars who are interested in Los Angeles history,” he told Vankin.

Already accessible at the library, the first batch of archival materials includes home videos and personal photos starting from 1957. There are also news clippings about Broad’s real estate and art collecting. The library is receiving nineteen cartons in total.

“It’s tremendously exciting for us because it gives us materials that really flesh out the story of Los Angeles as it developed into a world-class city—and Eli was so deeply involved in making that happen,” said university librarian Ginny Steel.

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation’s total giving to UCLA at this point reaches over $57 million.