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  • Elden E. "Josh" Billings Fund

    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 finding aid to the Elden E. Billings collection is also available..

  • Class of 1958

    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.

  • Ray Gaskins Film Fund

    Initiated in 2006 by Mr. Ray Gaskins for the purchase of DVDs and videos of classic and popular films. Dr. Ray Gaskins ('64) received his B.S in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Statistics from Virginia Tech before joining the faculty of Hampden Sydney College, where he now holds Emeritus status. His decision to financially support the film collection comes from his deep interest in cinema and his desire to see Virginia Tech's collection become one of the largest in the mid-Atlantic region. A complete list of DVDs in the Ray Gaskins DVD collection is available in Addison.
  • Ann Hertzler Endowment Fund

    Dr. Ann Hertzler was a Professor of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech from 1980-2001. In 2006, she established the Ann Hertzler Endowment for Children's Cookbooks and Nutrition Literature Archives. Funds from this endowment are used to strengthen the existing Culinary History Collection in Special Collections. Specifically, this fund supports the purchase of children's cookbooks and materials relating to the history of nutrition and nutrition education.
  • Eleanore Pettersen Endowment for the Preservation of Women and Architectural History

    In 2003, Virginia Tech received the papers and other architectural materials of Eleanore K. Pettersen, the first registered woman architect in New Jersey. The Eleanore K. Pettersen Collection is one of many architectural collections which form the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Special Collections. In conjunction with the donation, an endowment was established, the Eleanore Pettersen Endowment for the Preservation of Women and Architectural History. This endowment was used for the processing and continued maintenance of the Pettersen collection, as well as for the acquisition of new architectural publications and manuscripts. Other items purchased with the fund include architecture books by women authors, drawings by women designers, and publications profiling women architects.
  • Library Excellence Fund

    Your contribution to this Fund may help the Virginia Tech Libraries support students and faculty members in any one of these core areas. Please consider giving to the Library Excellence Fund and making a difference in the Virginia Tech community today!
  • Henry B. Redd

    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.

  • Lee and Regina Steeneck Endowment for Technology Resources

    The Lee and Regina Steeneck Endowment for Technology Resources gift fund was established to build a collection of books, DVDs, and other materials, as well as computers and software, to support research and learning in areas of technology.
  • George R. Wallace Foundation Endowment Fund

    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.



For more information:

    Kevin Weaver
Kevin Weaver, Director of Development
Virginia Tech
University Libraries (0434)
P.O. Box 90001
Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001
Phone: 540-231-0793
Fax: 540-231-7808
Email: weaverkk@vt.edu

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