April 27, 1940
The college announced that Kansas City bibliophile Dr. Matthew W. Pickard had given the Library more than 400 volumes on Russian literature and history from his collection of rare books in the Russian language. Many of these volumes were thought to be unique among American collections, and several were thought to be unique in the world. Included in the gift were 59 numbers of Kolokol, the journal edited by Alexander Hertzen, the founder of Russian socialism.
Dr. Pickard had given nearly 500 rare Russian volumes to the Vassar library in 1934.