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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
March 2011


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Library of Virginia Receives Save America's Treasures Grant

The Library of Virginia has been awarded a Save America’s Treasures grant in the amount of $110,000 for the conservation of the gubernatorial papers of Thomas Jefferson, the first grant for the Library from this highly competitive program. The Library is one of only four Virginia institutions receiving a grant this year. Save America's Treasures is a matching grant program. For every dollar of federal funds awarded, the grantee must supply a dollar-for-dollar match of nonfederal funds...

Civil War Maps to be Focus of Voorhees Lecture

On April 9, 2011, the Library of Virginia and the Fry-Jefferson Map Society will present the 7th annual Alan & Nathalie Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography. The 2011 Voorhees Lecture will feature two speakers. Richard W. Stephenson, retired Library of Congress specialist in American cartographic history, will discuss "Jed Hotchkiss and Albert Campbell: The Army of Northern Virginia's Preeminent Mapmakers"...

Guide to Organizational Records Covers Gamut from Arts Groups to Vietnam War

The Library of Virginia houses more than 650 collections of organization records that range in size from one leaf of paper to more than 70 cubic feet of material. These collections contain accounts, agendas, architectural drawings, correspondence, financial records, minutes, photographs, programs, reports, schedules, and other papers that detail the goals and histories of these groups. Organization records include other types of media, including audio recordings in reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes, and CDs; video recordings in cassettes and DVDs; and even archived Web sites...

Essay Contest Winners Claim Their Prizes

The winners of the African American Trailblazers Essay Contest, co-sponsored by the Library of Virginia, James River Writers, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, were recognized at the February 24 ceremony for the eight individuals named as 2011 African American Trailblazers in Virginia History...

Ordinance of Secession to Be on Display on April 16

The Library of Virginia houses a unique and important document related to Virginia’s Civil War history—the Ordinance of Secession. The Ordinance will be on public view at the Library of Virginia from 9:00 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Because of its age and fragile condition, this rare piece of Virginia history will be displayed for the public only a few times during the run of Union or Secession: Virginians Decide, the Library’s exhibition exploring what Virginians were thinking and saying as the first Southern states withdrew from the United States...

Virginia in Maps Illustrations of Virginia's Landscape Available through the Virginia Shop

The Virginia Shop at Library of Virginia offers historic maps, botanicals, vintage tobacco labels, photographs, posters, and more from the Library of Virginia's vast collection through print-on-demand reproductions. The newest source of affordable art available at www.thevirginiashop.org features the handsome prints of Virginia scenes originally done in 1857 by German artist Edward Beyer. He was captivated by the Old Dominion’s “lovely and picturesque views,” especially the Valley of Virginia. Among the 40 Beyer prints available are the Peaks of Otter, Natural Bridge, Yellow Sulphur Springs, Harpers Ferry, Weyers Cave, Kanawha Fall, Old Point Comfort, and many more from what has been called one of the 19th century’s finest series of landscape lithographs...

LVA Records Analysts Offer Online Training

Without leaving the office, Glenn Smith and Corey Smith, records analysts at the Library of Virginia, are training state and local records managers how to identify and protect their essential records. This Webinar delivery has been made possible through the Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records project, an initiative of the Council of State Archivists funded by a $2.6 million award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The training consists of almost 16 hours of instruction plus homework within two courses spread out over eight weeks...

LVA Staff Presents Straight to the Source Sessions on March 25 at the Library of Virginia

This year's Straight to the Source conference on March 25 will feature presentations by Library of Virginia staff on how to research using the archival records of the Library. This marks the 19th year that the Friends of the Virginia State Archives and the Library of Virginia have presented this annual spring conference. The fee for Friends members is $25, and includes a box lunch. The fee for nonmembers is $40 and includes a one-year membership to the Friends and a box lunch...

2011 Virginia Forum to Be Held in Lexington

The 2011 Virginia Forum, a conference devoted to all aspects and time periods of Virginia history, will be held in Lexington, Virginia, March 24–26, 2011. The first two days of the conference will take place at Washington and Lee University. Saturday sessions will be held at the Virginia Military Institute...

Scholars Discover 74 Books from Jefferson's Personal Library

It was with great excitement that Library of Virginia staff learned of the discovery by Monticello scholars that 74 books in the libraries of Washington University in St. Louis originally were part of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library. The books had been believed missing since Jefferson's heirs sold his library in 1829 to pay off his debts after his death. The books had been donated to the university's library in 1880 by a grandson-in-law of Jefferson, who did not mention that the books had belonged to the former president. With this discovery, Washington University is now the third-largest holder of Jefferson’s books, after the Library of Congress and the University of Virginia...
Fun & Free at the Library
All events are free and take place from noon until 1 PM in the conference rooms at the Library of Virginia unless otherwise noted.

For specific locations, times, and details on the events listed below please visit our calendar of events. For more information, call 804-692-3592.

The Raven's Bride Thursday, March 10, 2011

Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
"Books on Broad" Featuring Lenore Hart: The Raven's Bride
The March installment of Books on Broad will feature Lenore Hart on her latest novel, The Raven's Bride, about the mysterious and confounding relationship between Edgar Allan Poe and Sissy Clemm, his great love and constant companion. Light refreshments (wine and cheese) served, 5:30–6:15 PM; author talk and discussion, 6:15–7:00 PM; book signing, 7:00–7:30 PM.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1812 W. Main St., 804-353-0094
Poetry Reading by Jehanne Dubrow, Tara Bray, and William Notter
Poets Jehanne Dubrow (finalist for VCU's 2010 Levis Reading Prize), Tara Bray, and William Notter will read at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond as part of the Fresh Ink reading series. The event is free and open to the public. Fresh Ink is a year-long reading series featuring emerging writers and co-sponsored by Blackbird/New Virginia Review, Chop Suey Books, the Library of Virginia, and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Lafayette Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General
Historian Marc Leepson will discuss and sign his new book about the Marquis de Lafayette, an icon of American—and French—history. Leepson offers an insightful account of the great general, whose love of liberty and passionate devotion to American and French independence shine in the pages of history.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Time: 4:00 PM–7:30 PM
To Collect, Protect, and Serve Book Release
Tameka Hobbs will sign copies of To Collect, Protect, and Serve: Behind the Scenes at the Library of Virginia. The Library of Virginia is the oldest cultural institution in the state and the official archive (a place where history is kept) and library of the Commonwealth. In the book To Collect, Protect, and Serve: Behind the Scenes at the Library of Virginia, Archie the Archivist, Libby the Librarian, and Connie the Conservator guide young readers through a visit to the Library of Virginia. The book lets children explore some of the Library's most important holdings. They will learn how archivists, librarians, and conservators battle against the threats to historical documents like the Archival Enemies—Mildred Mold, Bartholomew B. Bug, and Liquid Lenny—to keep Virginia's history safe for the future.

March 19 and 26, 2011

Time: 11:00 AM–Noon
Union or Secession Exhibition Guided Tour
What were Virginians thinking and discussing as the first Southern states withdrew from the United States following the election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860? Why was Virginia’s decision critical to America’s fate in 1861 and key to the ultimate course and outcome of the sectional crisis? Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded.

Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood
Authors Ellen F. Brown and John Wiley, Jr. will discuss and sign their new book, Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood. This entertaining and informative account traces Gone With the Wind from its origins in the Civil War–era experiences of Mitchell's relatives through its status today as a pop culture icon that still generates impressive profits for her estate.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall & Lobby
2011 Virginia Women in History: Program and Reception
Free but reservations required. Seating is limited. Call 804-692-3900 by March 18 to RSVP. Join the Library of Virginia as it recognizes eight outstanding Virginia women—past and present—who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation, and the world. A reception follows the program. May-Lily Lee, of Virginia Currents, will serve as host for the program. Sponsored by Dominion.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Time: 9:00 AM–3:30 PM
Straight to the Source Conference
The Friends of the Virginia State Archives hold their annual spring conference at the Library. For fee and registration information, contact straight.to.the.source@gmail.com.

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