The Elden E. "Josh" Billings Civil War Fund was established in 1996 for the continued acquisition of Civil War books, publications, and manuscripts to support Special Collections. Purchases with these funds include original diaries, correspondence, and ephemera, as well as books, speeches, and pamphlets on slavery, regimental histories/reunions, and southern states in the Civil War.
In addition, Elden E. Billings donated over 4,000 volumes and an extensive collection of Civil War-related memorabilia, personal research, and manuscript items. A partial inventory of publications is available on the Special Collections website. A finding aid to the Elden E. Billings collection is also available..
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute Class of 1958 established an endowment fund to support the acquisition and preservation of materials in Special Collections. This fund has been used to purchase publications and manuscripts relating to local, regional, and Appalachia history, the American Civil War, culinary history, architecture, and Virginia authors.
In 1997, an endowment was created in honor of Henry B. "Puss" Redd. Redd, a 1919 graduate of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute, served as the executive secretary to the Alumni Association from 1926-1960. To date, funds from this endowment have been used to preserve and acquire new materials relating to the history of the university.
Established at Virginia Tech in 1997, the George R. Wallace Foundation Endowment is used to purchase books, manuscript items and collections, and other Civil War-related materials for Special Collections. Since its creation, Special Collections has acquired more than 200 books, pamphlets, speeches, military publications, diaries (published and manuscript), letters, regimental documents, ledgers, and electronic media though the help of the Wallace endowment. In addition to materials in the catalog, the George R. Wallace Foundation has also been used to purchase Civil War-era sheet music (located in the Sheet Music Collection, Ms2003-021), maps, and prints.
All books and cataloged materials are located in Special Collections Civil War Rare Books unless otherwise noted in Addison.
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