Emily Couric’s political papers
now part of U.Va. library collection
Courtesy of The Daily Progress
Librarian Karin Wittenborg (left) pores over some of
the late state Sen. Emily Couric’s
political papers, donated to the library at a March 20
attended by a number of Couric’s family members,
including her brother,
John Couric (right).
The political papers of the late state Sen. Emily Couric
of Charlottesville were donated to the University Library March
Couric’s husband, Dr.
George Beller, a cardiologist at U.Va., presented the collection at a ceremony
McGregor Room of Alderman Library, with other members of Couric’s family
Couric, a popular and influential figure in Virginia politics
who died in October 2001, was a principled legislator
who fought for what she believed. Highlights
of her collection include the following:
correspondence on a variety of issues affecting her istrict.
• Legislative records, including files on the Advanced Mathematics
and Technology Diploma Seal for high school graduates,
Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative,
and her bill
requiring insurance companies to
cover colorectal cancer screening.
• Video and audio tapes of media appearances and campaign advertisements.
Campaign files for her 1995 and 1999 state senate elections,
as well as files detailing her campaign for the Democratic
nomination for lieutenant
are honored by the family’s
decision to donate this important
collection to the University Library,” said University Librarian Karin
Wittenborg. “The Emily Couric Papers will add to the University’s
outstanding resources in 20th-century political and public affairs,
which include the papers of U.S. Senators Carter Glass, Harry F.
Byrd (both Sr.
and Jr.), Hugh Scott, William B. Spong and Charles Robb.”