Anne Sauer Becomes First Endowed Director of Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections

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ITHACA, N.Y. (June 16, 2014) – Anne Sauer has begun her role as the first endowed director of Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC).

The named endowment establishes and supports the Stephen E. and Evalyn Edwards Milman Directorship of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Cornell’s University Librarian appoints the director to the position; Sauer, who comes to Cornell from Tufts University, is the first to fill it.

“I am extraordinarily honored by the Milmans’ decision to endow the directorship of RMC,” Sauer said. “Their investment shows tremendous vision and commitment to the importance of the collections RMC stewards and the staff that make that stewardship possible. I am very excited to be able to make that vision a reality.”

At Tufts, Sauer served as director of Digital Collections and Archives between 2004 and this year. She oversaw a range of services, including institutional archives, manuscript collections, records management and digital repositories. She focused on digital collections management, particularly developing a program that could sustain the university’s burgeoning digitized and born-digital collections over time.

“The Milman directorship is vital to the Library, and it affirms the importance of RMC’s strong leadership,” said Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. “Our new director is an ideal candidate for the first endowed director, as well. She’s bringing wonderful vision, innovation skills, resourcefulness and people skills to our Library.”

The Milmans have been involved in the Library for many years, supporting RMC exhibitions. Both are alumni: Evalyn was a member of the Class of 1960, and Stephen graduated from Cornell in 1958 and earned a graduate degree from the Johnson School in 1959.

“I hope that students, faculty and alumni all learn a greater recognition of the importance of the rare book collection,” Stephen Milman said. “Exhibitions come out of it, but it’s also available to faculty and students — and also alumni when they come back to school to take some time out and investigate the nature of the collection.”

The RMC director oversees and mentors more than 20 archivists, curators and other staff members; develops wide-ranging relationships inside and outside the Library; pursues and stewards funding and grant opportunities; and contributes vision to strategic plans to preserve and promote Cornell’s status as one of the premier repositories of rare books and manuscript collections in the nation.

The Board of Trustees approved Sauer’s appointment during its May meeting.

To learn more
Visit the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections’ website, and check out its newest exhibition online. Go to to learn more about the Library.