W. Porter Kellam Library Enrichment Fund

W. Porter Kellam

W. Porter Kellam was born in North Carolina.  He attended college at Duke University and Emory University, and he did additional graduate work at the University of Illinois.  After a few years in teaching, he moved into library work.

Kellam came to the University of Georgia in 1950 as the Director of the Library.  His first project was to oversee the construction of the Main Library building, which was to provide a departure from traditional university library practices.  All resources of the building were to be focused on bringing students and books together with as little interference as possible.

He saw the original building outgrown completely by students, faculty and the collections.  He then supervised the planning and construction of the Science Library and a $5 million addition to the Main Library.

When Kellam assumed his position at the University, the book collection stood at approximately a quarter million.  During his administration, the millionth volume was added and the budget for acquisitions was increased.  This contributed to expanding the Georgiana Collection by purchasing a valuable microfilm collection of Georgia newspapers.

He served as president and chairman of the board of the United States Book Exchange, president of the Southeastern Library Association, president of Phi Kappa Phi and was an active Rotary club member in Athens.  He spoke on the radio, television, at seminars and lectures carrying the message of the meaning and importance of books.  He also donated a large collection to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in memory of his son, a graduate of UNC, who tragically died at the age of 42.

Kellam was a man whose life was quite literally involved in making the word available.

On December 20, 1982, Mr. and Mrs. David F. Bishop established the W. Porter Kellam Library Enrichment Fund to bring scholars and lecturers to the University of Georgia to address issues of interest to the Library faculty. You are welcome to help enhance this endowment.  For more information please contact Chantel Dunham at cdunham@uga.edu.