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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
January 2014

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Library of Virginia and Rockbridge Regional Library Collaborate to Identity Subjects in Photographs

Family on Bench The Library of Virginia is on a quest to identify subjects in 58 portraits from the late 19th and early 20th centuries featured in a group of unidentified glass-plate negatives housed in the Library's Prints and Photographs Collection. The portraits will be on display at Rockbridge Regional Library's headquarters at 138 South Main Street in Lexington through January 31. The images are portraits taken at the studio of Michael Miley (1841–1918), a Lexington photographer known for his post–Civil War portraits of Robert E. Lee who often captured his subjects in unusually candid poses.

Dana Puga, prints and photographs collection specialist at the Library of Virginia, and Margaret Whittington, head of Adult Services at Rockbridge Regional Library are collaborating on the effort to identify the individuals depicted in the photographs. "Photographs are the best way to capture a moment in time...

Library of Virginia Makes E-mails from Governor Timothy M. Kaine Available Online

Every four years in Virginia, the outgoing governor prepares for the next phase of his life and career, while the governor-elect creates a team and legislative agenda to launch the beginning of a new term. Every four years in Virginia, the Library of Virginia receives the official records of the outgoing administration and works with the new administration to plan record keeping for the next four years. In between, the governor and his key staff make tough policy decisions on transportation, education, and the budget, while responding to unexpected issues or emergencies. During that same time period, the Library of Virginia works to make the previous governor's records open to the public to illuminate the processes, struggles, and compromises that underscore the decision-making process.

In January 2010, the Library of Virginia received from the administration of Governor Timothy M. Kaine (2006–2010) one terabyte of electronic records including 352,081 office files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDFs), 229 e-mail boxes, 32,000 images, 338 video files, and 332 audio files. At the time, this was the second and the largest electronic records transfer the Library had ever received.

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the release of 66,422 of the approximately 1.3 million e-mails from the Kaine administration transferred to the Library of Virginia four years ago. This first batch comprises e-mails from individuals in Kaine's Executive Office. "We are proud to be the first state government archives in the United States to make the e-mails of a previous administration freely available to the public online," said Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway. Access...

Governor McDonnell Announces Board Appointments

Before leaving office, Governor Bob McDonnell reappointed Sara Baron, Ed.D., of Hampton, dean of Regent University Library; Brooks Miles Barnes of Onancock, a historian and librarian at the Eastern Shore Public Library; and Dr. Aaron D. Purcell of Blacksburg, director of Special Collections at Virginia Tech to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. He appointed Dr. Nashid Madyun of Hampton, director of Museum and Archives at Hampton University, to a vacancy on the board.

The State Historical Records Advisory Board serves as the central advisory body for historical records planning and related projects developed and carried out by the state. The Board promotes and supports statewide policies and practices that ensure the preservation of and access to the commonwealth's public and private historical records.

In an additional move, the governor appointed Carolyn S. Berkowitz of Burke, managing vice president of community affairs at Capital...

Database Spotlight: American Civil War Research Database

The American Civil War Research database is a great place to begin researching your Civil War ancestors. This resource provides information for more than 4 million Civil War soldiers, and includes over 17,000 photographs. In addition to 222 volumes of rosters published by the state adjutants general, it contains soldiers' military records, pension index records, 1860 census records, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) records, Roll of Honor records, Medal of Honor records, and regimental histories. It also includes battle orders and reports of particularly significant battles such as Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg.

Extensive information that can be used for statistical analysis—such as soldiers' methods of entry into and exit from the military, age at enlistment, and the number of prisoners taken and casualties incurred during battles is also provided. Users can view statistics for large-scale trends and then narrow their analysis to a specific regiment to see how it was affected. For example, you can study a graph on the Analysis Chart tool that depicts desertion numbers for both Union and Confederate...

Library to Present February 19 Program on Crusading African American Editor John Mitchell: Life and Legacy of Richmond's "Race Man"

On February 19 at 7:00 PM, a panel of historians and journalists will offer commentary on John Mitchell Jr., editor of the important African American newspaper the Richmond Planet. Under his tenure the Planet gained a reputation as a proponent of racial equality and as a steadfast opponent of lynching. Early in the 20th century, the term "race man" described a public figure who promoted the interests of African Americans on every front. Mitchell published the Richmond Planet from 1884 to 1929 and made it one of the most influential black newspapers of its time. Greg McQuade...

Worth the Wait: 62 Years of Virginia Wildlife Magazine Now Digitally Archived

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and the Library of Virginia are pleased to announce a joint partnership to digitize and make available 62 years of Virginia Wildlife magazines from January 1959 through December 2012. If you currently subscribe or have ever read a copy of the state's leading hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife magazine, you will know that Virginia Wildlife  holds a wealth of information, historical facts, incredible photographs, maps, and some of the finest wild game and fish recipes to be found anywhere.

The Library of Virginia facilitated the scanning of Virginia Wildlife through the Lyrasis Mass Digitization Project – a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions across the country. Through a partnership with the Internet Archive, all items were...
Fun & Free at the Library

Through Saturday, March 8, 2014
Virginia General Assembly in Session. Parking at the Library will be very limited.

Please note that the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World, will be in session for 60 days beginning January 8. Parking for Library of Virginia patrons will be very limited during that time because construction on the Ninth Street Office Building is closing the gravel parking lot at Ninth and Broad streets.

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Bottle Rocket Film Screening: Bottle Rocket
Time: 6:00–8:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
Join us for a screening of Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket, a cult classic about a trio of friends who end up hiding out in a motel. The film was co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson. In addition to being Anderson's directorial debut, Bottle Rocket was the debut feature for brothers Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson, who co-starred with James Caan and Robert Musgrave. Presented in conjunction with the Library's exhibition No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture.

Fridday, January 17, 2014
Administrative Offices Closed
Administrative offices will be closed for Lee-Jackson Day. The lobby, reading rooms, and stacks will be open.

Saturday, January 18, 2014
The Library of Virginia will be closed so the reading rooms can be open for the Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King Day holidays.

Monday, January 20, 2014
Administrative Offices Closed
Administrative offices will be closed for Martin Luther King Day. The lobby, reading rooms, and stacks will be open.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Altarpiece "Books on Broad" featuring Sarah Kennedy-The Altarpiece
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
Sarah Kennedy is a professor of English at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton and holds a PhD in Renaissance literature. The Altarpiece introduces us to Catherine Havens, a young nun in Henry VIII's England. Catherine has grown up knowing Henry as the "Defender of the Faith," and when he breaks up with Rome, she begins her long journey towards self-discovery. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:30 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Film Screening: It Happened One Night
Time: 6:000 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
Join us for a screening of Frank Capra's 1934 classic romantic comedy, It Happened One Night, starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. The film, which has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, was the first to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Screenplay). This story of opposites attracting—with Colbert's pampered socialite and Gable's roguish reporter forced to share a motel room for the night—remains a standard for its genre. Presented in conjunction with the Library's exhibition No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture

Saturday, February 15, 2014
The Library of Virginia will be closed so the reading rooms can be open on on George Washington Day.

Monday, February 17, 2014
Administrative Offices Closed
Administrative offices will be closed for George Washington Day. Lobby, reading rooms, and stacks will be open.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Strong Men and Women in Virginia History STRONG MEN & WOMEN PANEL DISCUSSION
John Mitchell: Life and Legacy of Richmond's
"Race Man"

Time: 7:00 PM–8:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free
Early in the 20th century, the term "race man" described a public figure who promoted the interests of African Americans on every front. John Mitchell published the Richmond Planet from 1884 to 1929 and made it one of the most influential black newspapers of its time. Greg McQuade of Richmond news station WTVR moderates a conversation on this important figure with historian Roice Luke, biographer Ann Field Alexander, and journalist Brenda Andrews.

Through Saturday, February 22, 2014
The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Photographs of animals dominate the web. From the cute to the ridiculous, millions of pet images are viewed and shared each day. The historical precedent for this online phenomenon can be found in The Importance of Being Cute.

Through Saturday, February 22, 2014
No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Explore the evolution of Virginia's roadside lodging along U.S. Route 1, once the main highway for travel along the East Coast, through this exhibition of vintage and current photographs. Early and mid-20th century travelers along Route 1 stopped at camps, motor courts, roadside cottages, and motels to take a break from the hours of driving. Often locally owned, these businesses were full of the local flavor of the area. Today, in the shadows of the bright lights of the Holiday Inns, Best Westerns, and the Hiltons, the remnants of Virginia's roadside culture can still be seen through its rusted signs, overgrown lots, boarded windows, and re-purposed buildings.

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