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Situated in the heart of campus, Snell Library provides students a refuge for study and intellectual stimulation. At 240,000 square feet, it is Boston's largest academic library building.

Snell Legacy that Built Library Continues Today

Twenty-five years ago, the Northeastern library occupied shared quarters in Dodge Hall. But thanks to the generosity of the late George A. Snell, E '41, H '90, the library moved into a modern and spacious new building in 1990. Today, his family is continuing his generous legacy to Northeastern and the library.

"Northeastern would not be where it is today without the Snell family's leadership and vision over the years."

During his sixty-year affiliation with Northeastern, Snell played an integral role in Northeastern's evolution from a few rented classrooms at the YMCA to a major urban research university.

Founder of the Snell Construction Company in the Washington, D.C. area and a Northeastern trustee for more than 25 years, Snell understood the challenges facing what was then the largest private university in the nation, and helped guide Northeastern to a new stage in its evolution toward prominence.

"Northeastern would not be where it is today without the Snell family's leadership and vision over the years," said President Richard M. Freeland.

Time and time again, the Snells demonstrated their loyalty to Northeastern, and responded to the University's most pressing needs. Their generous support of three key priorities — undergraduate financial aid, professorships, and the physical campus — makes them the University's largest benefactors of the twentieth century.

The Snell Family set the stage for the transformation of the Northeastern campus. The library was the first in a series of building projects that changed the face of Northeastern, expanding the campus westward and creating a beautiful urban oasis.

The family's support continues today, most recently with a gift of $100,000 to support library acquisitions. "Northeastern held a very special place in George's heart. He maintained his connection to his alma mater throughout his lifetime, and our family is pleased to continue that legacy today," said his wife Lorraine Snell.

This article appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of Pathways: The Leadership Campaign.

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