In 1974 Maxwell Sillman, BSE 1912, established this fund for the purchase of materials in biochemistry, nuclear physics, gerontology, and cytology as these investigative areas relate to research in cancer, mental retardation, geriatrics, and gerontology for the Penn Biomedical Library (now the Biotech Commons).

Mr. Sillman wrote to the Medical Librarian about the fund: " promised just as the good old farmer is spreading his seeds with faith in Nature to recompense him in kind."