Bestselling Christian author Max Lucado (’77) was the guest of honor and speaker at a gala dinner hosted by Friends of ACU Library April 25 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The benefit dinner raised $16,000 to support the cost of preparing Lucado’s personal papers, donated to the library June 1, 2015.

Lucado and his wife Denalyn (’79) and several of Lucado’s staff visited the library April 26 to see exhibits about the Lucado papers in Special Collections and to see the progress on the project.

The first shipment of special boxes and supplies funded by the dinner arrived this summer. The library is expecting its annual shipment of new Lucado papers at the end of 2016.

Meanwhile, the library is planning a new exhibit case, to be installed in 2017, featuring Lucado on the library’s main floor in the Learning Commons.

Click here for ACU Today magazine’s inside look at the collection of personal items and writings he donated to the library.

by Dr. Carisse Berryhill, Associate Dean for Archives and Collections

Max and Denalyn Lucado greet Emily Wright, Jeanniece Silas, and Sarah Dillinger, Special Collections student workers who prepared Lucado’s collection.