Tax Collection & Alcove

Former Law School Dean Pamela B. Gann
Former Law School Dean
Pamela B. Gann

The Gann Tax Alcove houses the Thigpen Tax Collection, which contains much of the library’s current print resources on federal taxation. (Additional treatises on taxation can be found in the General Collection.) The Tax Alcove contains seminal tax treatises, the looseleaf services Federal Tax Coordinator 2d and United States Tax Reporter, Shepard's Federal Tax Citations, and various Internal Revenue Service publications from official and commercial sources.

The Tax Alcove is named for former Professor and Dean Pamela B. Gann, who led the Duke Law School from 1988-1999. From 1999 to 2013, Ms. Gann served as the president of Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. President Emerita Gann is now Claremont McKenna's Trustee Professor of Legal Studies and George R. Roberts Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Kravis Leadership Institute.

The Tax Collection is named for alumnus Richard Elton Thigpen Sr. (Trinity College 1923), a former trustee of Duke University (1953-1973). Mr. Thigpen worked as a senior attorney with the U.S. Board of Tax Appeals and later established his own tax practice in Charlotte. He died in 2002 at the age of 102.
[Source: Eric Frazier, Richard Thigpen, Champion of Law, Education, Dies - 102-Year-Old Served on School Board, was Charlotte Tax Lawyer, Charlotte Observer (NC), Dec. 29, 2002]

The Gann Tax Alcove and Thigpen Tax Collection can be found on Level 2 of the library. View level 2 map and description