Welcome to the second post in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library alphabet series! And the letter is…
B is for born-digital
B is for “born-digital,” the term we use in the archival profession for materials that were created in a digital format. The library has been acquiring digital material since the 80’s, first on floppy disks, then CDs, now on hard drives, laptops, or even from the web. Born-digital material will only increase in the coming years and will be preserved alongside our books and manuscript collections.
Contributed by Gretchen Gueguen, Digital Archivist
B is for Richard Brautigan
Richard Brautigan, best known for his 1967 novel Trout Fishing in America, was one of the seminal figures in the burgeoning San Francisco counterculture scene in the 1950s and ’60s. While never attaining mainstream success, his work was wildly popular among the anti-establishment crowd of the psychedelic era. A search of VIRGO, our online catalog, reveals 58 records related to Brautigan, including broadsides, chapbooks, posters, manuscripts, and books, such as Plant This Book with packets of seeds found inside the cover.
Contributed by George Riser, Collections and Instruction Assistant
B is for the Bruce Family of “Berry Hill”
The Papers of the Bruce Family (MSS 2692, -a through -f) provide a window in time to 18th- and 19th-century southern plantation life. The family’s personal and business records include the operations of one of Virginia’s largest plantations and its influence on the South’s tobacco culture. Of particular interest are the lists and inventories of enslaved African Americans. Located in Halifax County, the Greek Revival mansion built by James Cole Bruce in 1842, “Berry Hill,” was the center of an agrarian economic and social community.
Contributed by Margaret Hrabe, Reference Coordinator
I hope you join us in a couple of weeks when the letter of interest is C. Until then, “C” you soon!