Louis O'Shaughnessy Letters
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.
- 1903 - 1905
- O'Shaughnessy, Louis (Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
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Louis O'Shaughnessy was a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute 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.
Source: Kinnear, Duncan Lyle, The First 100 Years: A History of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg: Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1972.
0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box)
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.
The letters are arranged in chronological order.
Source of Acquisition
The Louis O'Shaughnessy Letters were donated to Special Collections in 1993.
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/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Louis O'Shaughnessy Letters was completed in September 2013.
- Louis O'Shaughnessy Letters, 1903-1905
- Betsy Reed, Graduate Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
- 2014 (CC0 1.0)
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