Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Library

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Leavey Library
Leavey Library
CountryUnited States
Type Academic library
Location University Park, Los Angeles
Coordinates 34°01′18″N118°16′59″W / 34.021775°N 118.282956°W / 34.021775; -118.282956 Coordinates: 34°01′18″N118°16′59″W / 34.021775°N 118.282956°W / 34.021775; -118.282956
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The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Library is one of the two main undergraduate libraries at the University of Southern California, United States.

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University of Southern California Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

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The library, completed in the mid-1990s, reflected a shift to designs closer to earlier Romanesque Revival architecture. It was named in honor of Thomas E. Leavey, the founder of Farmers Insurance Group, and his wife, Dorothy Leavey. [1] [2] The donation was made through their Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation in 1994. [1] [2]

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  1. 1 2 Myrna Oliver, Longtime Philanthropist Dorothy Leavey Dies, The Los Angeles Times , January 09, 1998
  2. 1 2 James Lytle, Philanthropist Dorothy Leavey Dies at 101, University of Southern California, January 19, 1998