The Marshall University Library Associates group has selected
the Rosanna Blake Library of Confederate History as the recipient of its second
annual silent fund-raising campaign. The group hopes to raise $10,000 to aid the
Last year’s campaign by the Library Associates garnered $10,000 to help digitize the WSAZ News Film Archive. Both the WSAZ Archive and the Confederate History collection are part of MU’s Special Collections, housed in the James E. Morrow Library.
During her lifetime Rosanna Blake amassed one of the nation’s finest private collections of Confederate history. On her death, she left her collection to Marshall. It consists of more than 3,000 books and journals, as well as sheet music, newspapers, photographs and other items.
Books and other materials in the collection “need continuing quality care and preservation to assure their longevity,” said Special Collections Curator Lisle G. Brown.
”Gifts to this year’s campaign will help provide that special care,” said campaign chair Dr. Carolyn Hunter. “As we did last year, we’ve decided not to host a fund-raising dinner or other event but instead simply ask those who value Marshall and its library treasures to make a donation. Last year’s response to our appeal was gratifying and we know the community will be equally supportive this year.”
Copies of two color lithographs of Confederate warships – the CSS Alabama and the CSS Florida – will be given to all those who make a donation of $250 or more.
Gifts may be made online at www.marshall.edu/foundation. Click on “GIVE NOW” and note “MU Libraries Campaign for Special Collections” in the comment section of the form.
Gifts may also be made payable to The Marshall University Foundation, noting MU Libraries Campaign for Special Collections, and sent to the foundation at 519 John Marshall Dr., Huntington, WV 25703.
The Library Associates is a group of friends of the Marshall
University Libraries, that notes among its purposes helping stimulate private
support of the libraries and encouraging awareness of the importance of the
libraries to the community and the state.
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