Along with physical books, we purchase electronic journals, eBooks, databases, and other digital resources. Increasing our electronic resources gives students and faculty around-the-clock access to the latest developments in their fields.
We need funds to acquire and preserve artifacts, rare books, manuscripts, and other materials. A component of preserving items is digitization, which allows us to provide access to a facsimile of the item and the information it contains while protecting the original. Examples of our digitization efforts: West Virginia History OnView and Civil War Telegram Series.
The Rare Book Room’s foundation was laid by a gift from alumnus Arthur S. Dayton, a booklover who amassed an impressive collection of rare volumes dating from the 15th century to the early 20th century. Among the gems are the Nuremberg Chronicle, a 15th century illustrated history of the world, and Puritan clergyman Cotton Mather’s Magnalia Christi Americana. The collection also includes first editions of many legendary authors, including John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Paradise Regain’d, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer.
For more on our needs, read our Case Statement for the University’s Capital Campaign.