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Grimms establish WVU Library endowment

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
August 28th, 2003

CONTACT: Christa Downey, Eberly College of Arts & Sciences, (304) 293-4611; 685-4023 (mobile)

A love of history and West Virginia University which has been a legacy within one Charleston family will now be memorialized through the Jack & Sheila Grimm History Library Endowment which was recently established at the WVU Foundation.

“The impact of WVU and the Department of History has been profound upon my family, and I believe it is critical that we give back so that others may also share in our experience” says Jack Grimm of his donation. The fund will assist in the acquisition of library materials to support the academic and research programs of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of History.

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More Than 120 Books Appraised During Visit From Book Lovers' Road Show

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
August 14th, 2003

Mountaineer Spirit


Cheryl Torsney has long appreciated the works of Henry James. The professor of English has read everything James has written and turns students onto his writing. So purchasing an antique set of his works involved a little sentiment.

She knew she found a treasure and received confirmation during the Book Lovers’ Road Show held Aug. 1 in the Robinson Reading Room of the Charles C. Wise Jr. Library.

“I was surprised to learn that my set of James’s New York Edition has tripled in value since I bought it about 10 years ago,” Torsney said. “That makes it a pretty good investment.”

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Sentiment Plays Role in Book Collecting

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
August 4th, 2003

The Dominion Post

photo of Jack WalsdorfPhoto: Ian Benson/The Dominion Post

Book expert Jack Walsdorf evaluates some old books, including "The Indian Fairy Book," in his hand and, from left, a 1882 volume "Daughters of America" and a 1912 brightly illustrated edition of "Just So Stories." The WVU Libraries hosted his "Book Lovers' Road Show" at Wise Library on Friday. More than 70 people came to have their books evaluated.

Jack Walsdorf lovingly caressed the 1882 illustrated book, "Daughters of America."

The daughters appeared in battered condition -- one side of the spike broken through, portions of the cover showing attention from silverfish.

He shook his head.

"In real estate, it's location, location, location. In books, it's condition, condition, condition," he said. It would cost, he estimated, about $75 to restore the volume. And there's no indication anyone would want to buy the volume, written by Phoebe A. Hanaford.

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