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Louis O'Shaughnessy Letters,

 Collection
Identifier: Ms-1993-010

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters from Louis O'Shaughnessy, who later became a professor at Virginia Tech, to his future wife, Ida L. Surface, and one letter from O'Shaughnessy to G. L. Surface. The letters to Ida Surface primarily chronicle their courtship and engagement from 1903 to 1905. The letter to G. L. Surface is an acceptance of an invitation from G. T. Surface in June 1903.

Dates

  • 1903 - 1905

Creator

Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for 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: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

Louis O'Shaughnessy was student at Virginia Tech and graduated in 1903. He taught at Virginia Tech from 1918 to 1954. He also served as the first head of applied mechanics, acting dean of engineering, and director of graduate studies. O'Shaughnessy Residence Hall on Virginia Tech's campus is named in his honor.

Sources: Kinnear, Duncan Lyle, The First 100 Years: A History of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, (Blacksburg: Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1972).

Extent

0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Abstract

The collection contains 1903 to 1905 letters from Louis O'Shaughnessy to his future wife, Ida Surface, and one letter from O'Shaughnessy to G. T. Surface.

Arrangement

The letters are arranged in chronological order.

Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Special Collections in 1993.

Related Archival Materials

Ms1987-052, Louis O'Shaughnessy Papers. 12.6 cu. ft. Unprocessed.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Louis O'Shaughnessy letters by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Louis O'Shaughnessy letters was completed in September 2013.

Title
Louis O'Shaughnessy Letters, 1903-1905
Status
Completed
Author
Betsy Reed, Graduate Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
Date
2014 (CC0 1.0)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Revision Statements

  • 2020-09-21: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

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

Contact:
Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US
540-231-6308