Ralph E. McCoy Collection
Scope and Content
The Ralph E. McCoy Collection contains materials collected by McCoy: publications, correspondence, programs, and American Civil War memorabilia. The collection includes a variety of materials including membership cards and honors received, event invitations and programs, Civil War publications and photographs, newsletters from different organizations, and World War II ration coupons.
- 1919-2001, n.d.
- McCoy, Ralph, 1915-2007 (Collector, Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The 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.
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Ralph Edward McCoy was born on October 1, 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri. He married Melba McKibben in 1940, and they had two sons named Robert Allan McCoy and David Lawrence McCoy. He received an undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1937, and a library degree in 1939 and a Ph.D. degree in 1956 from the University of Illinois. From 1943-1946, he served in the US Army. From 1955-1956, he was the Dean of Libraries at Southern Illinois University. In 1995, he and his wife moved to Blacksburg, Virginia. He died in September 2007.
New River Valley News
"Obit - McCoy, Ralph Edward", Roanoke Times, September 6, 2007. https://infoweb-newsbank-com.ezproxy.lib.vt.edu/apps/news/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info%3Asid/infoweb.newsbank.com&svc_dat=AWNB&req_dat=0D13EB2D702F7E0A&rft_val_format=info%3Aofi/fmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Actx&rft_dat=document_id%3Anews%252F11B83FD4709AE2E8, accessed Feb. 13, 2023.
0.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)
The Ralph E. McCoy Collection contains materials collected by McCoy: publications, correspondence, programs, and American Civil War memorabilia.
The Ralph E. McCoy Collection is arranged in folders by material type. Folders are arranged alphabetically by title.
Source of Acquisition
The Ralph E. McCoy Collection was donated to Special Collections in 2001.
Three VHS tapes were removed from the collection and cataloged for the Special Collections and University Archives's media materials: "Grant's Tomb Centennial" (Spec Media Video 8479), "Life of Abraham Lincoln" (Spec Media Video 8480), and "U.S. Grant Association C-Span Broadcast" (Spec Media Video 8478).
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Ralph E. McCoy Collection 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 Ralph E. McCoy Collection was completed in September 2013.
- Ralph E. McCoy Collection, 1919-2001, n.d.
- Nicole Hancock, Student Assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
- 2014 (CC0 1.0)
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