The Margaret B. Stillwell Legacy Society

Organized in 1904 and incorporated in 1927, the Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) is the oldest scholarly society in North America dedicated to the study of books and manuscripts as physical objects. Member gifts have played an important role in advancing BSA’s scholarly mission over the past century. Contributions and legacy gifts from BSA members have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to promote the study of books and manuscripts as physical objects and have furnished important financial support to early-career bibliographers and scholars.

The Bibliographical Society of America is establishing a Legacy Society named after distinguished bibliographer Margaret Bingham Stillwell (1887-1984).  Our intent in founding the Margaret B. Stillwell Legacy Society is to recognize the long tradition of giving at BSA and to ensure a vibrant future for tomorrow’s bibliographic scholars.

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.”    — Pericles

Founding Members of the Margaret B. Stillwell Legacy Society

In the Fall of 2019, BSA appealed to our membership to become Founding Members of the newly-formed Stillwell Legacy Society. As a result, more than twenty individuals proffered promised future gifts from their estates. Founding members are:

Anonymous (1)
Martin Antonetti
R. Dyke Benjamin in honor of Dr. Barbara A. Shailor
John Bidwell
G. Scott Clemons
Bruce & Mary Crawford
Elizabeth Denlinger in honor of Erin Schreiner
Joan M. Friedman
John Neal Hoover
Wallace Kirsop
Jennifer Lowe & Gregory Pass
Andrew & Eleanore Ramsey Nadell
Justin G. Schiller
Caroline Schimmel in honor of Miss Stillwell
Erin Schreiner in honor of Joan Cullen Palattella
Barbara A. Shailor in memory of Marjorie G. Wynne
Daniel J. Slive
Kenneth Soehner
William P. Stoneman
David J. Supino
Jacqueline M. Vossler

We celebrate our Founding Members for their generosity, and hope their leadership inspires you to join them in making a similar legacy gift to BSA. These unrestricted gifts fortify the long-term stability and financial security of BSA, and allow us to continue the intergenerational promotion of bibliographical study and the expansion of our scholarly community.

How do I join the Margaret B. Stillwell Legacy Society?

Let us know that you have remembered the Bibliographical Society of America’s Stillwell Legacy Fund in your estate plan. All gifts help us to further our mission. There are no minimum requirements—you may pledge any amount that inspires your philanthropy and brings you personal reward.

Becoming a Stillwell Legacy Society member can be operationally straightforward—consider listing the Bibliographical Society of America-Stillwell Legacy Fund as a beneficiary the next time you review your retirement and/or life insurance account beneficiaries.

Please let us know by letter or email of your intention to include the BSA in your estate plan, and we would be honored to recognize you as a member of the Margaret B. Stillwell Legacy Society now.

Your membership can be acknowledged in your name, or you can join the Stillwell Legacy Society in honor of—or in memory of—someone close to you. You can also choose to remain anonymous.

Margaret B. Stillwell Legacy Society members will be acknowledged, with their permission, in the PBSA Journal and on the BSA website. Legacy Society members will also be invited to our annual donor recognition event, held each year during Bibliography Week.

How do I include a gift to BSA in my Estate Plan?

Please consider including the BSA’s Stillwell Legacy Society in your estate plan when you are drafting or changing your will or living trust, or when you next update the beneficiaries on your retirement plan(s) and/or life insurance policy.

The Bibliographical Society of America strengthens our understanding of the humanities through its prizes and fellowships, publications, sharing at conferences, and the fellowship of other Society members. Joining the Margaret B. Stillwell Legacy Society is a way for you to: 1) affirm the importance of bibliography, 2) create a powerful partnership across generations, and 3) support future scholars.

Please consider joining your peers in sharing the BSA’s tradition of excellence with generations to come.

Should you have further questions, please contact:

Erin Schreiner, Executive Director
67 West Street, Suite 401 Unit C17
Brooklyn, NY 11222

or, President Barbara A. Shailor

The Bibliographical Society of America
P.O. Box 1537, Lenox Hill Station
New York, NY 10021
BSA Tax ID 13-1632509


This material contains general information about financial matters for educational purposes only.  You should always consult with a licensed and competent financial services/legal professional with respect to your particular situation before making any decision.

Tax laws are complex and subject to change. The Bibliographical Society of America does not provide tax or legal advice. Individuals should consult with their attorney for matters involving estate planning and with their personal tax advisor for matters involving tax planning.