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Donation Will Keep Jayhawk Display At KU Union

Associated Press - September 20, 2013 7:50 am

The collection of more than 1,000 pieces of Jayhawk memorabilia was on display in the Kansas Union. KU graduate Bud Jennings, a collector for more than half a century, had  loaned his Hawk stockpile to the university. (Photo by Mike Krings / University Relations)

The collection of more than 1,000 pieces of Jayhawk memorabilia was on display in the Kansas Union. KU graduate Bud Jennings, a collector for more than half a century, had loaned his Hawk stockpile to the university. (Photo by Mike Krings / University Relations)

A 1,000-piece collection of Jayhawk memorabilia will stay at the University of Kansas Union.

James and Mary Asher of Overland Park, Kan., have donated $130,000 to the KU Endowment so the union can buy the collection.

Bud Jennings began collecting the memorabilia in 1939. He donated it to the union four years ago, saying he hoped someone would buy it to help fund his retirement. But when no offers came in, the union said it would auction off the pieces or sell them on eBay.

The Ashers said they wanted to help Jennings while also keeping the collection on the Kansas campus.

Kansas spokesman Mike Reid says now that the collection will be permanent, some improvements will be made to the presentation.

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