This endowment, established in 1997, recognizes Richard and Sophia Hungerford's outstanding commitment to higher education. Richard B. Hungerford was a prominent Guelph lawyer and inaugural member of the U of G Board of Governors. His estate gift supports library acquisitions that benefit Guelph researchers, students and faculty from many disciplines. The fund has purchased more than 500 items over the past 10 years, including: historic books, manuscripts, maps, atlases, electronic archives, licences that allow documentary and feature films to be shown on campus.
174 rare books, manuscript items and posters were purchased in 2006-2007 alone.
Mrs. Sophia Buckinham Hungerford, a distinguished sculptor, also made a treasured gift to the University in 1996 when she donated a bust of J.D. MacLachlan, the founding president of the University of Guelph.
In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Hungerford bequest, the University of Guelph has installed the MacLachlan bust in a place of honour on the first floor of the McLaughlin Building overlooking Johnston Green with a plaque that recognizes the Hungerfords' generosity.