Marie Jessa Fund

The Marie Jessa Fund was established by Marie Jessa in 1978 through a gift of natural gas pipeline bonds. Since that time, the interest earned on these bonds has been used to purchase and install a carillon on campus, as well as tapes for the carillon. For many years the funds were used to purchase books for the library per the donor's directions. Since books are no longer the dominant source of information for libraries, an amendment to the original agreement was requested by the Illinois State University Board of Directors on February 4, 2011. The amendment will allow the purchase of e-books, journals, and other digital and electronic resources. Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Foundation's investment pool.

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