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William Bradford Alwood Collection

Identifier: Ms-1960-003

Scope and Content

The collection mainly consists of pamphlets and papers relating to various subjects including wine making, apples, pears, grapes, bacteriology, and fungi. Research papers and theses are also present in the collection. The collection also included 15 notebooks containing notes relating to Alwood's research.


  • 1854 - 1927


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials.

Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

William Bradford Alwood was born August 11, 1859 in Delta, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University and George Washington University. He also received training at the Royal Pomology School in Germany, and the Pasteur Institute in France. Alwood served as the Vice-Director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station from 1888 to 1904. During this time he served as Professor of Horticulture, Entomology, and Mycology at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

After leaving VPI in 1904, Alwood moved to Charlottesville where he established an enological laboratory which was later incorporated into the USDA Bureau of Chemistry; he was named Chief of Enological Investigations. He continued his relationship with VPI by donating several books and papers to the library and kept in touch with old colleagues. He was awarded a certificate of merit by VPI in 1923. Alwood died April 13, 1946.


1.9 Cubic Feet (5 boxes and 6 oversized folders)


William Bradford Alwood was a professor of horticulture, entomology, and mycology at Virginia Tech (1891-1904) and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His collection includes research papers, theses, brochures, and notebooks on such subjects as cider, wine making, grapes, and pellagra.


The collection is divided into three series:

  • Series I. Pamphlet Files is arranged alphabetically by subject.
  • Series II. Research Papers and Theses is arranged in chronological order.
  • Series III. Research Notebooks is arranged in numerical order.

Source of Acquisition

The William Bradford Alwood Collection were acquired by the library prior to 1960. An addition to the collection was donated to Special Collections and University Archives in 2007.

Related Archival Materials

Special Collections and University Archives also has a painting of William Bradford Alwood in the Art Collection.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the William Bradford Alwood Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the William Bradford Alwood Collection was completed in May 2010.

William Bradford Alwood Collection, 1854-1927
Jennifer Vipperman Mitchell, Archives Assistant
2010 (CC0 1.0)
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US