A Bit of History
The Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library's primary mission has been to support the George Perkins Marsh Institute's extensive research program in global environmental change, risks and hazards, and international development. But this mission has expanded to address the research needs of faculty, graduate students and undergraduates in the University's environmental programs more generally.
The Kasperson Research Library was established in 1978 to support the Hazard Assessment Group based at Clark. The library and research group later became the Center for Technology, Environment and Development (CENTED). In 1991, CENTED and its library merged with other research groups at Clark to become the George Perkins Marsh Institute and the Marsh Research Library. As a result, the library's collection grew to meet the demands of the expanding environmental research programs at the Marsh Institute and the University.
The library was renamed in 2002 in memory of its founder, Jeanne X. Kasperson. Kasperson's keen eye for an acquisition bargain, her ability to secure research materials from throughout the world and her dogged determination to build an extraordinary research resource created this magnificent jewel of a small, but remarkable research library.