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  • 1. The Prestons at Virginia Tech Special Collections Kira A. Dietz Acquisitions and Processing Archivist kadietz@vt.edu
  • 2. A little about Special Collections • We have a lot in common with the rest of the university libraries, but we’re more than a little bit different, too • We are home to the university’s: • Rare Book Collection • Historical Manuscripts • University Archives • Records Management • We also house photograph, map, art, and artifact collections • We work hard to dispel the myths that we are a museum, a treasure room, or some secret hoard of forbidden materials
  • 3. Why you might want to know about us • We have a LOT of cool materials • We are a library department that is open not only the campus community, but the national and global research community • We are actively collecting materials in six major areas: • Local History (Blacksburg, Montgomery County, SW VA, & Southern Appalachia) • the American Civil War • the History of Food & Drink • Science & Technology History • Speculative Fiction/Science Fiction • the History of Women in Architecture • Oh, and we might have a little something about the Prestons
  • 4. Preston Family Collections • Preston Family (Alice Preston Moore Collection) Papers, 1745-1882 (Ms1962-004) • Preston Family (Charles Peale Didier Collection) Papers, 1747-1897 (Ms1985-020) • Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, Montgomery County Branch Papers, 1754-1966 (Ms1962- 001) • William Preston Land Grant, 1773 (Ms1994-027) • Smithfield Preston Foundation Papers, 1784-1881, n.d (Ms1997-002) • Francis Preston Receipt, 1791 (Ms2013-067) • John Preston Papers, 1796-1844 (Ms1994-034)
  • 5. Preston Family Collections • John Preston Deed, 1826 (Ms2005-014) • Saran Buchanan Campbell Preston Land Deed, 1835 (Ms1987-034) • Robert Taylor Preston Papers, 1849-1871 (Ms1992-003) • Thomas L. Preston Letter, 1860 (Ms2008-041) • Preston Family Correspondence,1861, 1872 (Ms2010-070)
  • 6. Preston-Related Collections • Anne Judkins Hager Papers, 1828-1990 (Ms1995-008) • Patricia Givens Johnson Papers, 1920-1986 (Ms1988-007) • Anna Whitehead Kenney Papers, 1965-1972 (Ms1991- 022) • Dorothy McCombs Papers, 1970-1989 (Ms1995-006) • Willard Preston Genealogy, c.1998 (Ms2009-121) • Smithfield Plantation House Architectural Drawings (Ms2011-053)
  • 7. Published Preston-Related Materials • Books • Genealogies/family histories • Memoirs • Historical research about the family, lands, and properties • Journals • Microfilmed collections of papers from other institutions
  • 8. Other Materials in Special Collections • Biographical research files: • James Patton • The Preston family generally • Subject research files: • Smithfield • Blacksburg & Montgomery County • Greenfield • Historical photographs • Historical maps
  • 9. Ms1994-027,WilliamPrestonLandGrant,1773
  • 10. GordonCloydtoJohnPrestonatSmithfield,concerningtheland surveysatHorseshoe,Aug.3,1799(Ms1985-020,PrestonFamily [CharlesPealeDidierCollection]Papers)
  • 11. WilliamPrestontoCol.JohnPrestoninMontgomeryCounty,Sept. 25,1797(Ms1985-020,PrestonFamily[CharlesPealeDidier Collection]Papers)
  • 12. WilliamPrestontoCol.JohnPrestoninMontgomeryCounty,Sept. 25,1797(Ms1985-020,PrestonFamily[CharlesPealeDidier Collection]Papers)
  • 13. WilliamPrestonathometoJamesMcDowell,December5,1801 (Ms1997-002,SmithfieldPrestonFoundationPapers,1781-1881, n.d.)
  • 14. WilliamPrestonathometoJamesMcDowell,December5,1801 (Ms1997-002,SmithfieldPrestonFoundationPapers,1781-1881, n.d.)
  • 15. WilliamPrestonathometoJamesMcDowell,December5,1801 (Ms1997-002,SmithfieldPrestonFoundationPapers,1781-1881, n.d.)
  • 16. WilliamPrestonathometoJamesMcDowell,December5,1801 (Ms1997-002,SmithfieldPrestonFoundationPapers,1781-1881, n.d.)
  • 17. Ms2005-014,JohnPrestonDeed, 1826
  • 18. Ms2005-014,JohnPrestonDeed, 1826
  • 19. Ms2005-014,JohnPrestonDeed, 1826
  • 20. James PattonPrestonatSmithfieldtoJamesMcDowellin Lexington,October16,1831(Ms1997-002,SmithfieldPreston FoundationPapers,1781-1881,n.d.)
  • 21. James PattonPrestonatSmithfieldtoJamesMcDowellin Lexington,October16,1831(Ms1997-002,SmithfieldPreston FoundationPapers,1781-1881,n.d.)
  • 22. James PattonPrestonatSmithfieldtoJamesMcDowellin Lexington,October16,1831(Ms1997-002,SmithfieldPreston FoundationPapers,1781-1881,n.d.)
  • 23. Ms1987-034,SarahBuchananCampbellPrestonLandDeed, 1835
  • 24. Ms1987-034,SarahBuchananCampbellPrestonLandDeed, 1835
  • 25. Ms1987-034,SarahBuchananCampbellPrestonLandDeed, 1835
  • 26. JamesFrancisPrestontoSarahCaperton,aftertheFirstBattleof BullRun,July28,1861(Ms2010-070,PrestonFamily Correspondence)
  • 27. JamesFrancisPrestontoSarahCaperton,aftertheFirstBattleof BullRun,July28,1861(Ms2010-070,PrestonFamily Correspondence)
  • 28. RobertTaylorPreston’s“Calltoarms,”writtenMay15,1863 (Ms1997-002,RobertTaylorPrestonPapers)
  • 29. RobertTaylorPreston’s“Calltoarms,”writtenMay15,1863 (Ms1997-002,RobertTaylorPrestonPapers)
  • 30. RobertTaylorPreston’spardonfromAndrewJohnson, September1865(Ms1997-002,RobertTaylorPrestonPapers)
  • 31. RobertTaylorPreston’spardonfromAndrewJohnson, September1865(Ms1997-002,RobertTaylorPrestonPapers)
  • 32. SarahCapertonPrestontoColonelGrabowskiatVMI,May15, 1872(Ms2010-070,PrestonFamilyCorrespondence)
  • 33. SarahCapertonPrestontoColonelGrabowskiatVMI,May15, 1872(Ms2010-070,PrestonFamilyCorrespondence)
  • 34. Questions? Want to ask me a question later? Curious to learn more about Special Collections? Wondering more about me? You can find me lots of places: Email: kadietz@vt.edu Phone: 540-231-3810 Twitter: @archivistkira Special Collections blog (Wordpress): http://vtspecialcollections.wordpress.com/