In August of 2005, RISD was the recipient of a significant gift from Lenox, Inc.
through the parent company Brown-Forman. The historic Gorham Design Library had
left Rhode Island a number of years previously as a result of corporate mergers;
at this time the company decided the material did belong in Rhode Island, and
they donated the books (c. 1300 volumes) to the Library, designs and
presentation drawings to the RIDS Museum of Art, and the Gorham company archives
to Brown University.