Oct. 1-7, 1999
Vol. 29, Issue 31
Inside UVA Online
the Newsletter for Faculty & Staff at the University of Virginia
Back Issues
$10 million Harrison gift to establish history institute at library
Melvin Tolson's Harlem Gallery and other works gathered in new collection
Groundswalk takes step forward; committe OKs Darden expansion

Gies to students: "It's cool to be smart"

Proffit rewarded for superb teaching
150th anniversary of Poe's death
Poet Gwendolyn Brooks and others to celebrate African-American poetry
Virginia 2020 conference to be held Oct. 14-15
Used book sale to be held Oct. 6-8
Hot Links - Virginia State Climatology Office
New scholarly journal offers forum on contemporary culture
Notable - faculty and staff

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Day of Caring
Stephanie Gross

Some 120 U.Va. employees volunteered at the Sept. 22 "Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring." Events included grounds clean ups at Oakwood Cemetery and ARC of the Piedmont, plumbing repairs at Gladstone Senior Center, and being a lunch buddy to students at several area elementary schools.

Here, University Police Chief Mike Sheffield has lunch with Dewill Shifflett, a student at of Stone-Robinson Elementary School.

For more on U.Va. participants in the eighth annual "Day of Caring," see "Day of Caring" story.


David A. Harrison III
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David A. Harrison III

$10 million Harrison gift to establish American history institute at library

By Bill Sublette

Alumnus David A. Harrison III of Hopewell has pledged $10 million to the University Li- brary to establish an institute for the study of American history, literature and culture, officials announced Sept. 24. The institute will draw upon the library's extensive holdings of American manuscripts, rare books and documents and will be part of a new library complex on the University's Central Grounds.

The David A. Harrison III Institute will encompass a spacious exhibition gallery, study areas for visiting scholars and a seminar room for lectures and classes. It will be housed in a new 65,000-square-foot facility that also will contain the Albert H. Small Special Collections Library.

"The University is steward to a remarkable archive of American rare books and manuscripts that define who we are as a diverse and thriving culture," said University President John T. Casteen III. "David Harrison's extraordinary gift enables us to present these materials to the public in meaningful and enlightening ways, and to make them readily accessible to scholars here and from around the world."

The gift is one of the largest received in the Campaign for the University of Virginia, which is pursuing a goal of $1 billion. Harrison, who graduated from the College of Arts & Sciences in 1939 and from the Law School in 1941, is on the Campaign Executive Committee and has been one of the campaign's most generous participants. In addition to his new commitment for the University Library, he has provided major gifts for such areas as law, medicine, historical archaeology and athletics. The Law School's expanded complex, the David A. Harrison III Law Grounds, was named in recognition of his support. He funded the football stadium's new grass surface, which has been named David A. Harrison III Field, and a new artificial-turf playing field near University Hall. Full story.

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