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Amazing Coincidence Brings Separate Halves of Civil War Letter Together

Posted by Jane Metters.
July 29th, 2013

Two fragments of an eight page Civil War letter, authored by Union soldier Sergeant Benjamin Hughes of West Virginia, were recently brought together at the West Virginia and Regional History Center.  From two different donors and two separate donations separated by a span of three years, the restored letter of 12 November 1862 details the political opinions of Hughes during the current Congressional elections for the House of Representatives.  Even then, as now, the incumbent party lost ground as a result of mid-term elections -- Lincoln's Republicans lost 22 seats while the Democrats picked up 28 for a net swing of 27 percent of the 185 seat House membership.  Apparently a staunch supporter of the Union, Hughes expresses his anxiety over Democratic gains due to their peace agenda: Read the rest of this entry »

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Trip to China Inspires Visitors and Hosts

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
July 23rd, 2013

West Virginia University librarians Jing Qiu and Martha Yancey brought home more than just souvenirs and photographs from their recent two-week trip to China. They returned with a renewed enthusiasm for serving library users.

Earlier this summer, Qiu and Yancey traveled to China through a partnership that began last fall when two librarians from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Deyu “Ben” Gong and Yu “Henry” Huang, spent the semester in Morgantown learning about WVU Libraries’ operations. During that visit, Yancey first witnessed the pair’s enthusiasm for serving library users. In China, upon meeting Gong and Huang’s colleagues, she discovered that the attitude is rampant throughout the SUFE Library.

West Virginia University librarians Jing Qiu and Martha Yancey (second and third from left) traveled to China to spend two week at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Library. They are joined by Na Li, Foreign Books and Periodicals Reading Room librarian (left); SUFE Library Dean Xiaoye Li; and SUFE Library Associate Dean Xiao Chen.

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WVRHC Hidden Gems: Captured Pants, Poison, and Masons

Posted by Jane Metters.
July 22nd, 2013

Some of the WVRHC's Archives and Manuscripts collections are so large and multifaceted that each visit brings to light something new and interesting.  One such collection is A&M 1561, the Roy Bird Cook Papers.  Cook was a Lewis County native and Charleston pharmacist who, in his role as historian, researcher, and author, was a pioneering and effective advocate for the preservation of West Virginia history.  He collected a wide variety of items on many subjects.  A few interesting tidbits are below.

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The Library in Your Pocket

Posted by ppugh@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
July 19th, 2013

The Libraries offer a variety of services designed for phones and tablets. Here are three things to try right now.

    Read an e-book. Download one of 90,000 e-books from ebrary. Apps are available for Android and iOS devices. Details at ebrary.

    Find research articles for a paper or project. EBSCOhost and Web of Science mobile editions are mobilized at m.lib.wvu.edu/databases.

    Get answers. Text your library questions to 304-220-0919 and get real-time answers.

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WVU Memorabilia in the WVRHC

Posted by Jane Metters.
July 15th, 2013

The West Virginia and Regional History Center has collected a lot of WVU memorabilia over the years.  Our three main collections of memorabilia, A&M 274, 448, and 1385, contain a wide range of artifacts, ephemera, and publications dating back to 1875.  Below are a few items from these collections.

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Unearthed at WVU Libraries

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
July 11th, 2013

The West Virginia and Regional History Center is packed with treasures from the state and beyond. Learn more by visiting WVU Today: http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2013/07/10/unearthed-at-wvu-libraries-stories-you-ve-never-been-told-from-west-virginia-s-attic

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What is in the Archive: Informational Value & Mr. Frog

Posted by Jane Metters.
July 8th, 2013

The West Virginia and Regional History Center strives to acquire, preserve, and provide access to items of enduring value that pertain to the history of West Virginia and the central Appalachian region.  Enduring value is a broad term, which the Society of American Archivists’ glossary defines as “The continuing usefulness or significance of records, based on the administrative, legal, fiscal, evidential, or historical information they contain, justifying their ongoing preservation.”

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Talk on Historic Elections to Help Close Lincoln Exhibit

Posted by Monte Maxwell.
July 2nd, 2013

An award-winning author will deliver the closing lecture for Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibit brought to campus by the West Virginia University Libraries and currently on display at the Erickson Alumni Center.

Kenneth C. Martis, Professor Emeritus of Geography at WVU, will shed new light on the 16th president’s ascent to the White House and his fight for a second term. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 16 in the Erickson Alumni Center’s Barnette Room.

“Almost every political contest has interesting situations or issues, but Lincoln’s re-election bid stands above them all,” Martis said. “Questions arose as to whether an election could take place in a democracy during a civil war. We’re going to examine those concerns and arguments.”

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WV History OnView: Fourth of July

Posted by Jane Metters.
July 1st, 2013

Though WVU Libraries will be closed on July 4th, we can start celebrating Independence Day early with these photos of Fourth of July parades across West Virginia.

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