The Library Collection also includes a subseries, 181 Research Binders containing photocopied works which Senator Byrd annotated and studied while working on his landmark publications The Senate: 1789-1989 Addresses on the History of the United States Senate (1989) and The Senate of the Roman Republic (1995). These binders also contain speeches by the Senator, notes and memos from the staff, and other records which have been preserved in their original order.
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.
We received the Library Collection along with Senator Byrd’s papers in 2010, but it came in several parts, spread throughout the other sections of the collection. Over the years that Senator Byrd’s congressional papers were being processed, many books were found and set aside to become the Library Collection. This unique collection is now ready for researcher access and will be an excellent tool to study the work behind some of Senator Byrd’s greatest legislative accomplishments and his numerous publications.
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