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
[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
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.
'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry played at Memorial Gymnasium
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."
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
-- from U.Va. President John T. Casteen III
the next century ...
The Pictorial History, final section, p. 238