Eli Broad made billions selling tract homes and retirement accounts and he’s spent decades trying to give it all away. UCLA announced today that the philanthropist and art collector has donated his papers to the university’s special collections library. Documents from his charitable foundations, as well as records from KB Home and SunAmerica, will be available at the Westwood campus. “I am humbled to share the records of my activities with students and historians,” Broad said. “We have always had a special relationship with UCLA, and I was impressed with the scholarship, digital access and curatorial professionalism of its Special Collections.”
The library holds a vast array of personal papers, ranging from the collections of comedians Jack Benny and Carol Burnett, to original works by writers Aldous Huxley and Susan Sontag, as well as one of the biggest philanthropists of the 1960s, Music Center namesake Dorothy Chandler.
The holdings are diverse and include political posters, the photo collections of the Los Angeles Times, and original drawings of architects including famed modernist Richard Neutra.
Eli and Edythe Broad moved to Los Angeles more than 50 years ago and have spent decades contributing to business, civic and philanthropic activities. Their foundations aim to improve public schools, advance scientific and medical research, and increase public exposure to the arts. Their encyclopedic art collection recently moved to a new $140 million building housing the Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles.
The gift will arrive in installments, the first covering the 1990s and 2000s, and includes corporate material from SunAmerica as well as drawings for the new museum and submissions for museum designs that didn’t get built.