.By Dylan Rosenlieb
Senator Byrd’s appreciation for literature and history was well-known. His colleagues in the Senate often heard quotes from Shakespeare, Biblical passages, and bits of history from the Roman Senate mingled in his floor statements. Many of the books Senator Byrd consulted for his research are found in his library, most of which are first editions. Almost all of them contain annotations with his infamous red pencil marking and underlining important passages. Senator Byrd was an avid scholar and a dedicated student, reading and researching throughout his life. His personal library collection, now held at the Byrd Center, contains over 500 titles.
Each book from the library collection is being cataloged in our PastPerfect database, recording the titles, dates of publication, and authors as well as dimensions and signatures/annotations. When the cataloging is completed, this collection will be accessible for research.
Below is a small sampling of this unique collection. Click on any of the photographs to enlarge them.
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