Friends Dinner

Celebrating Books by OSU Authors

Center for Oklahoma Studies Symposium

Constitution Day

Noon Concert Series

Oklahoma Ovation

Library-Botany Lecture

Cobb Speaker Series Sponsor

This donor opportunity was funded in 2005.

T. Boone Pickens was the featured author for the 2008 event

The Need

In 1994, H.E. "Ed" Cobb and his three children established an endowment to fund a speaker for the Friends of the OSU Library banquet. Beginning in 1995, the event was named after Cobb's late wife. After Mr. Cobb passed away in 1999, his children chose to honor both parents by renaming the event the H. Louise and H.E. "Ed" Cobb Speaker Series.

Since 1991, this event has served as an annual fundraiser for the Friends of the OSU Library. The Cobb Endowment covers the honorarium for the event’s speaker. The continued support of the Cobb family has made this event a yearly success, allowing us to host such noted authors as Kurt Vonnegut, Doris Kerns Goodwin, Ken Burns and others.

Although the speaker fee is covered by the endowment, hosting an event of this size involves other expenses. These additional costs reduce proceeds. Expenses include printing and postage, decorations, catering, stage setup, and speaker travel.

The Opportunity

A gift of $10,000 will sponsor the 2008 H. Louise & H.E. "Ed" Cobb Speaker Series. By underwriting the associated costs of the event, a larger portion of the ticket proceeds can directly benefit the Friends.

The event sponsor will be recognized as follows:


For more information on giving to the Library contact the Tylerr Ropp, Senior Director of Development, at or 405-385-5664.