The tradition of endowing named book funds began at the Boston Athenæum in 1846 with a gift from John Bromfield. Some readers have established endowments in their own names or as bequests. Others have seen a book fund as a particularly satisfying way to honor a friend or family member or to commemorate a special occasion. Each named fund has an individually designed bookplate that is placed in each book purchased from the income of that particular fund. These examples of contemporary bookplate design are a permanent reminder of the generosity and commitment of the donor to sustain and perpetuate the Library of the Boston Athenæum.