Donor Spotlight: Barbara Shailor and Harry Blair

02/11/2020

Among our most loyal donors are ACLS fellows Barbara Shailor and Harry Blair, who made their first gift to ACLS twenty years ago, in September 1999. Twenty-three years earlier, Barbara received a Grant-in-Aid for her work “The Scriptorum of San Pedro de Cardeña” while an assistant professor at Bucknell, where she worked from 1975-1996 before moving to Rutgers, followed by Yale, where she served as director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Since then, Barbara has been connected to ACLS because of her leadership of the Bibliographical Society of America, a member society. Barbara’s husband Harry W. Blair, now also at Yale, received a Grant for South Asian Studies for his work, “The Election Process and Socio-economic Determinants in Bihar” in 1973 while Assistant Professor at Bucknell. We are grateful for their generosity and commitment to ACLS. Reflecting on the support from ACLS, they said, “The grants from ACLS gave us the extra financial support for research abroad, in Europe and in India, and helped to launch our academic careers as young scholars.”