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Michael J. Repass Endowed Western Americana Preservation Library Fund

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The purpose of the endowment is to provide support for the restoration and preservation of Special Collections, books, maps, manuscripts, and photographs related to Western Americana history.

Mike Repass is an alumnus of the University of Washington School of Business. He has always had an interest in history, partly because he grew up in Walla Walla, which was known as "The Cradle of Northwest History." Mike's interest in Western U.S. history increased in the 1980s as he began to collect books on Western America and particularly Pacific Northwest history. Mike could often be found in Suzzallo Library as a student and has been a strong advocate for the UW Libraries over the years through his gifts and as a board member for the Friends of the Libraries.