A Guide to the Louis O'Shaughnessy Letters, 1903-1905 O'Shaughnessy, Louis Letters Ms1993-010

A Guide to the Louis O'Shaughnessy Letters, 1903-1905

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1993-010


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Processed by: Betsy Reed, Graduate Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1993-010
Title
Louis O'Shaughnessy Letters, 1903-1905
Physical Characteristics
0.2 cu. ft. 1 box
Creator
O'Shaughnessy, Louis
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains 1903 to 1905 letters from Louis O'Shaughnessy to his future wife, Ida Surface, and one letter from O'Shaughnessy to G. T. Surface.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Louis O'Shaughnessy letters must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Louis O'Shaughnessy letters, Ms1993-010, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to Special Collections in 1993.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Louis O'Shaughnessy letters was completed in September 2013.


Biographical Note

Louis O'Shaughnessy was student at Virginia Tech and graduated in 1903. He taught at Virginia Tech from 1918 to 1954. He also served as the first head of applied mechanics, acting dean of engineering, and director of graduate studies. O'Shaughnessy Residence Hall on Virginia Tech's campus is named in his honor.

Sources: Kinnear, Duncan Lyle, The First 100 Years: A History of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, (Blacksburg: Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1972).

Scope and Content

This collection contains letters from Louis O'Shaughnessy, who later became a professor at Virginia Tech, to his future wife, Ida L. Surface, and one letter from O'Shaughnessy to G. L. Surface. The letters to Ida Surface primarily chronicle their courtship and engagement from 1903 to 1905. The letter to G. L. Surface is an acceptance of an invitation from G. T. Surface in June 1903.

Arrangement

The letters are arranged in chronological order.

Related Material

Ms1987-052, Louis O'Shaughnessy Papers. 12.6 cu. ft. Unprocessed.

Separated Material


Index Terms

    Persons:

  • O'Shaughnessy, Ida L. Surface
  • Subjects:

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. College of Engineering

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
Letter to G. T. Surface, June 1903
Box-folder 1-2
Letters to Ida L. Surface, July-September 1902
Box-folder 1-3
Letters to Ida L. Surface, January to June 1903
Box-folder 1-4
Letters to Ida L. Surface, July-September 1903
Box-folder 1-5
Letters to Ida L. Surface, April-June 1904
Box-folder 1-6
Letters to Ida L. Surface, August-December 1904
Box-folder 1-7
Letters to Ida L. Surface, January to April 1905
Box-folder 1-8
Letters to Ida L. Surface, July 1905
Box-folder 1-9
Letters to Ida L. Surface, c. 1905 (n.d.)

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • O'Shaughnessy, Ida L. Surface
  • O'Shaughnessy, Louis