The generous cash gifts made by Pitt donors enrich the University in many ways. Gifts in kind are a lesser-known, yet important, additional type of contribution. These include book collections, artwork, equipment, or other valuable personal property that donors give to Pitt.
Wes Pickard made such a gift in 2006, when he donated a collection of 43 lithographs, etchings, watercolors, engravings, and periodical illustrations depicting architectural icons in Pittsburgh that are dated primarily between 1843 and 1898. The Pittsburgh Prints from the Collection of Wesley Pickard collection can be viewed online via this link.
During a visit to a Washington, D.C., print shop in the early 1970s, Wes purchased a couple of old prints, which ignited his interest in collecting small illustrated pieces of Pittsburgh’s history. Over the next 20 years, he continued to purchase prints of the city from old magazines, like Harper’s Weekly, and by scouring old print shops. Valued at over $50,000, these prints show the city before and during the rapid growth of industrial development in the 19th century.
If you would like to know more about gifts in kind, please contact Megan O’Neill (412-624-5826).