Monthly Archives: November 2014

All about the Turkeys!

Thanksgiving week is here! Special Collections is open through noon on Wednesday, but we’re all thinking ahead. In the meantime, it seems like a fun idea to talk turkey. (Or, at least look at them!) Agriculture plays a BIG part in culinary history and Virginia Tech history. So, it can’t be all that surprising we have material […] Continue reading

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Upcoming Event on December 5th!

Hello all! While I work on a post for next week (this week really got away from me, but it involved fun things like teaching a one-time instruction session/show-and-tell ALL about the culinary collection!), I did want to promote an upcoming event. If you’re in the SW Virginia area, you’ll want to know about this! On […] Continue reading

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Minor Revisions

Charles L.C. Minor, 1835-1903, was the first president of Virginia Tech. A Virginian and former Confederate officer, Minor took a keen interest in education. In 1872, he arrived in Blacksburg to launch Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Minor found success building the campus and student body, but his clashes with faculty (including a fistfight) over […] Continue reading

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The Research Data Assessment Survey at Virginia Tech

An e-mail about the current university-wide research data survey was recently sent to most faculty members at Virginia Tech (specifically, it was sent to Research Faculty and Collegiate, or Teaching & Research, faculty). The survey addresses many aspects of data … Continue reading Continue reading

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South Africa Exchange Funding: Guidelines, Application Form, and Areas of Strength

Call for Proposals Virginia Tech (VT) University Libraries and Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) Libraries Library Faculty and Staff Exchange Programme Grants APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 9, 2015 Funding Period:  February 1– June 1, 2015 Introduction and background The VT and CPUT libraries are providing funding to sustain and strengthen our international partnership. Having […] Continue reading

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A New Look at the Diary of Jeffrey Wilson

Our latest collection with a full transcription online is the Jeffrey Thomas Wilson Diary, which covers the entire year of 1913 in the life of Jeffrey Wilson, a prominent member of the African American community in Norfolk/Portsmouth, Virginia. The transcription project was funded by the Visible Scholarship Initiative, a collaboration between the College of Liberal […] Continue reading

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Cocoa Syrups, Powders, Nibs, and Bars!

There’s something in the air in Blacksburg. Literally. If you were outside last night or this morning, you may have noticed some white snowflakes drifting down. Not enough to stick, but enough to remind us that November is half over. The cold that has arrived has driven me into the arms of my favorite fall and […] Continue reading

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Agriculture Experiment Stations & Food History

I’m posting on both Special Collections blogs this week, so I’m all about food! On this blog, we’re looking at the intersection of agriculture experiment stations, recipes, and meal planning. And a work by a man named George Washington Carver. (If you want to see the latest History of Food and Drink post about sandwiches, you can […] Continue reading

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Talkin’ About Sandwiches

This week, we’re back to a favorite topic: sandwiches. (Nothing frosted this time, but I will caution that I found another recipe for one today’s feature and there will be a Frosted Sandwich, Part 4 post one of these days!) Sandwiches for Every Occasion by Demetria Taylor (also title TownTalk Sandwich Book) pretty much tells you what is it. […] Continue reading

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