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The University of Virginia: A Pictorial History
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The University of Virginia: A Pictorial History should be in bookstores by the end of September. Call the University of Virginia Bookstore at 924-1073 or (800) 759-4667. It also may be ordered directly from the University Press of Virginia at (800) 831-3406.

A new book chronicles the University's past while pointing to its future

"At [Jefferson's ] last visit to the University, only a few weeks before his death, as I was informed by the late William Wertenbaker, he stood at the window in front of the Library Room, looking out upon the Lawn, until Mr. Wertenbaker brought him a chair from his own office, when he sat for 20 minutes or so, watching the lifting of the first marble capital to the top of its pillar, the one at the southwest corner. This concluded, he left the Grounds and never returned." -- Professor Francis H. Smith

william Wertenbaker was the University librarian from 1826 to 1881. The last surviving University staff member to have known Jefferson personally, he shared many reminiscences of the founding years with later students. These and other stories, along with some 369 black-and-white and color photos, prints and other illustrations, grace the pages of The University of Virginia: A Pictorial History, written by alumna Susan Tyler Hitchcock.

As the 20th century draws to a close, the University Press of Virginia, in collaboration with the University of Virginia Bookstore, commissioned the new pictorial history. The book has just been published and will be available within the next two weeks.

Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry played at Memorial Gymnasium in 1965.

"It's remarkable how much this University has changed and how much it hasn't," said Nancy Essig, director of the University Press. "We aspired to produce a book that would both show the rich heritage and trace the onstant change."

The book was prepared with the advice and recollections of many members of the University community and is the first full pictorial overview -- containing many rare and historic photos and images of University life and its world-renowned architecture -- in more than three decades. Coverage of recent decades supplements the last comprehensive history of U.Va., Virginius Dabney's Mr. Jefferson's University, published by the University Press in 1981.

"Carefully researched, beautifully written, and authoritative, this insightful book covers virtually all of the important events that constitute the history of the University of Virginia," said Raymond C. Bice, University Historian Emeritus. "It will bring back happy memories to some and introduce others to the events of the University's remarkable past."

The new book's main chapters, arranged chronologically, follow the rise of the University from Jefferson's early ideas and architectural plans, to current President John T. Casteen III's initiatives for a University of the 21st century, where the myriad resources of the Internet are just a click away.

surplus trailers

To accommodate returning World War II veterans and their families, the University bought war surplus trailers and built makeshift apartment buildings on a tract north of the Grounds called Copeley Hill.

Interspersed with this history are sections isplaying the places and themes that have endeared U.Va. and its Charlottesville home to generations of students, who appear in everything from the styles of the 1830s to the "bare feet and Weejuns" of the 1970s.

Presented here is a small sample of the book's range of photos and information. President John T. Casteen III's foreword and Hitchcock' final section interpret Jefferson's vision then and now.

Foreword -- from U.Va. President John T. Casteen III

Into the next century ...
From The Pictorial History, final section, p. 238


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