Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library

Overview of Collection Emphases



A detailed list of subject descriptors was derived from Library of Congress Subject Headings (See Appendix).  From this list, eleven descriptive categories have been defined to conceptualize areas of collecting.  The categories reflect the location of philanthropic studies within the liberal arts as well including managerial and legal topics specific to public administration.


Each area is ranked for existing collection strength as strong, moderate, or weak.  The collection has experienced considerable growth in the international area during the last five years. However, ranking refers primarily to US focus materials.

  1. Individuals involved in voluntary work. (strong)
  2. Behaviors and attributes associated with individuals involved in voluntary work. (strong)
  3. Individuals as the beneficiaries of charitable, nonprofit activity. (strong)
  4. Behaviors and attributes associated with individuals as the beneficiaries of charitable, nonprofit activity. (strong)
  5. Literature and art. (moderate)
  6. Institutional church as a nonprofit organization. (strong)
  7. Social movements: history and current activity. (strong)
  8. Gifts and the gift economy. (strong)
  9. Nonprofit organizations: by subsector type, specific organizations, activities; management of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations (including foundations). (strong)
  10. Law of nonprofit organizations. (moderate)
  11. Fund raising (charitable). (strong)


Collection locations:

Materials focusing on philanthropy as defined above are housed in the PSL. Supporting items can be found in the general University Library collection.


Organization of collection management and development program:

Staffing:  One full-time staff member is devoted to the PSL collection.  The philanthropic studies archivist serves as backup for reference consultation.  The PSL librarian and archivist report to the team leader for Special Collections.


Relationship with other library collection policies and guidelines:

The Philanthropic Studies Library Collection Guidelines are part of the overall collection guidelines for the IUPUI University Library.  The library collections are complemented by significant philanthropy related manuscript collections held by the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives.  Although the Special Collections Team works as a group to articulate the philanthropic studies collections of both PSL and the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, the guidelines delineated here pertain specifically to the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library. 


Cooperative Collection Development Agreements:

The Indianapolis Marion County Public Library is the Foundation Center Cooperating Collection for central Indiana.  The PSL collects like materials (foundation funding directories) selectively and does not attempt to duplicate the resources and services of the cooperating collection.  Purchases of microfilm collections will be based in part on the regional availability of collection under consideration.

Updated Dec 14, 2016 by Fran Huehls, Philanthropic Studies Librarian