O'Shaughnessy, Louis Letters

Louis O'Shaughnessy Letters, 1903-1905 Ms.1993.010


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Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

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Betsy Reed, Graduate Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1993.010
Title
Louis O'Shaughnessy Letters,1903-1905
URL:
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=vt/viblbv01281.xml
Quantity
0.2 Cubic Feet, 1 box
Creator
O'Shaughnessy, Louis
Language
The materials in the collection are in 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

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Louis O'Shaughnessy letters, Ms1993-010, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

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 Contents

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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • O'Shaughnessy, Ida L. Surface
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. College of Engineering (1964-)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Louis O'Shaughnessy letters by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

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

Container List

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