Papers of BAS. Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 6, 2019, No. 2

Donation in support of science (1911-1944)

Rositsa Stoyanova

Abstract. In the period between 1911 and 1944, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) and the Sofia University were the foremost institutions that society associated with the development of scientific cognition. That is why many of those who wanted to promote the started development of Bulgarian science entrusted precisely BAS with the fulfilment of their will. The resources accumulated throughout the years were far from small, and along with public subsidies, they made it possible to finance the construction and extension of the BAS building, to publish some of the best scientific works and scientific periodicals, to create a well-performing system for awarding scientific achievements. In using a variety of archive documents, the author reveals the most typical donation practices of that period and how the institution itself managed the donated funds and popularized beneficent trends; and outlines the general profile of the donor to science.

Keywords: BAN, beneficence, donors, memory