by Jody Brumage
We are excited to announce the opening of another part of Senator Byrd’s Collection for researcher access. The Library Collection is comprised of almost 800 titles, including a wide range of subjects from Ancient Greek and Roman historians and philosophers to volumes on early American history and constitutional law.
A few months ago, we published a blog describing part of Senator Byrd’s Library Collection which was being processed and cataloged by CLS Intern Dylan Rosenlieb. These books comprise the main section of the collection, containing over 600 individual books which Senator Byrd amassed over his 57 years in Congress. Some of these titles even pre-date his time in office, such as school books and yearbooks from Senator Byrd’s early education at Mark Twain High School. Senator Byrd also collected older books of speeches and memoirs of former members of Congress which date back to the early 19th century.
The Research Binders subseries presented a challenge for preservation. The large three-ring binders that they were originally stored in do not allow for easy access. It is very easy to rip the pages when turning through them. The pages also tend to droop towards the inside, causing further deterioration to the paper. To preserve these important records of Senator Byrd’s scholarly legacy, we removed the pages from the binders to alleviate the risk of tearing the pages when flipping through them and placed them in acid-free folders and boxes.