The '54 Fund

Named in honor of the National Sporting Library & Museum’s founding in 1954, the ’54 Fund helps cover the costs of educational programming, new acquisitions, exhibitions, and digitization of our numerous Library collections.

Exhibitions provide the basis for our educational programming and can cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000. The income received from museum admission only covers approximately 21% of these costs.

The NSLM is committed to remaining accessible to all community members, offering free admission, educational programs, and tours to Title I schools through our Museums for All program. However, the average fee of a school bus is $200 per field trip, which often serves as a significant obstacle for students and teachers wishing to visit.

By completely digitizing our collection, researchers and members of the public will be able to find and view our materials online. However, the average cost for digitizing a book page is $5.32. This works out to approximately $1,600 per 300-page book.

We often say your gift matters, but I would like to share with you why. Annual gifts to The ’54 Fund provide resources that allow the NSLM to support free access to our collections, offer more than 110 educational programs annually, and host special exhibitions such as Leading the Field: Ellen Emmet Rand, which presents new scholarship on one of the first successful, professional, female artists in the United States. The ’54 Fund also supports our free community programs such as our Open Late concert series, Sunday Sketch, and weekly Gallery Talks.