Blacksburg Electronic Village Collection A Guide to the Blacksburg Electronic Village Collection, 1992-2006 Ms.2006.018

A Guide to the Blacksburg Electronic Village Collection, 1992-2006 Ms.2006.018


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Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
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Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
Business Number: 540-231-6308
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John M. Jackson

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2006.018
Title
Blacksburg Electronic Village Collection 1992-2006
Quantity
0.7 Cubic Feet, 2 boxes
Creator
Blacksburg Electronic Village
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The collection includes papers, including correspondence, in-house publications, presentations, press clippings, and external reports, relating to Blacksburg Electronic Village, an experimental online community network connecting the town of Blacksburg, Virginia.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Blacksburg Electronic Village Collection, Ms2006-018, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Blacksburg Electronic Village Collection was donated to Special Collections in 2002.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Blacksburg Electronic Village Collection commenced in October 2006 and was completed in November 2006.


Historical Note

The concept of an online community network for Blacksburg, Virginia originated in 1991. An outreach project of Virginia Tech, the Blacksburg Electronic Village (BEV) would seek to bring Internet access to the entire community. Collaborative efforts during the next two years among Virginia Tech, the town of Blacksburg, and Bell Atlantic of Virginia prepared the town's information infrastructure by installing digital switching equipment and a fiber backbone. The first beta test of BEV software--including Internet, e-mail and gopher clients--occurred in Spring 1993, and BEV was formally launched in October 1993.

Linking individuals, government agencies, commercial enterprises, and community organizations through fiber-optic technology, BEV was among the earliest online community networks and received international attention. By 1997, more than 80 percent of the community's residents had computers--many of them connected to the Internet through Virginia Tech's modem pool--and Blacksburg was dubbed by the press "the most wired town in America."

By 1996, the Virginia Tech modem pool was becoming overloaded, and users not affiliated with Virginia Tech were required to switch to independent Internet providers. BEV continued to work with local individuals, the town of Blacksburg, and non-profit organizations, providing website development and support, e-mail accounts, and civic websites, among other services. However, in the mid-2000s, many options in the private sector became available for website design and hosting in this region, along with many free, user-friendly services for email and group communications. BEV moved to complete its shift away from email and hosting services and to devote resources to new, more forward-looking initiatives. As a result, BEV retired its remaining client services at the end of 2015.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials relating to Blacksburg Electronic Village (BEV), an experimental online community network connecting individuals, government agencies, businesses and organizations in Blacksburg, Virginia. The collection contains such materials as correspondence, BEV in-house publications (including brochures and fact sheets), presentations (consisting largely of overhead transparencies), clippings from magazines, newspapers, and newsletters; and a few reports issued by external organizations and agencies.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type, then chronologically.

Related Material

Cohill, Andrew Michael and Andrea L. Kavanaugh, ed., Community networks: lessons from Blacksburg, Virginia (Boston: Artech House, 1997) TK5105.83 C66 1997 Large Spec

Cohill, Andrew Michael and Andrea L. Kavanaugh, ed., Community networks: lessons from Blacksburg, Virginia , 2nd ed. (Boston: Artech House, 2000) TK5105.83 C66 2000 c.2 Large Spec

Separated Material

The following videocassettes were removed from the collection and cataloged for the Special Collections Media Collection:


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • Science and Technology

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Blacksburg Electronic Village Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 ( https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/ ).

Container List

Correspondence
box-folder 1 folder: 1 1992-1997
In-house publications
  • box-folder 1 folder: 2
    Promotional publications
    1994-1997, n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 3
    "Community Network Briefing Book"
    Apr 1999
  • box-folder 1 folder: 4
    "Community-based Broadband Telecommunications Infrastructure"
    Mar 2000
  • box-folder 1 folder: 5
    "Community Network Development Guidelines"
    Apr 2001
  • box-folder 1 folder: 6
    "Blacksburg Electronic village: the Missing Years (1979-1993)" by Mathew Mathai (revised)
    Apr 7 2006
  • box-folder 1 folder: 7
    "Telecommunications for Neighborhoods and Communities: Four Key Areas of Investment" by Andrew Michael Cohill
    n.d.
Public presentations
  • box-folder 1 folder: 8
    Appalachian Health Care Conference
    1997
  • box-folder 1 folder: 9
    Abingdon, Virginia
    n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 10
    "Building a Community: Blacksburg Electronic Village"
    n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 11
    "Municipalities in Cyberspace" (Maryland Municipal League)
    n.d.
  • box-folder 1 folder: 12
    Unidentified presentations
    n.d.
Audiocassettes
box-folder 1 folder: 13
  • "Bev and More"
    Mar 1 1994
    [2 items]
  • "Bev and More"
    Mar 22 1994
    [2 items]
  • "Bev on MDR Leipzig"
    Aug / Sep 1995
Magazine clippings
  • box-folder 1 folder: 14 1992-1994
  • box-folder 1 folder: 15 1995
  • box-folder 1 folder: 16 1996
  • box-folder 1 folder: 17 1997-2001
Newspaper clippings
  • box-folder 1 folder: 18 1992-1994
  • box-folder 1 folder: 19 Jan-Feb 1995
  • box-folder 1 folder: 20 Mar-Dec 1995
  • box-folder 2 folder: 1 1996
  • box-folder 2 folder: 2 1997
  • box-folder 2 folder: 3 1998-1999, n.d.
Newsletter clippings
box-folder 2 folder: 4 1992-1999
External reports
External reports
  • box-folder 2 folder: 5
    Council on Library Resources
    1993
  • box-folder 2 folder: 6
    Dynatech Corporation
    1995
  • box-folder 2 folder: 7
    Gifu [Japan] Prefectural Government
    [1997]
    Scope and Contents note

    ["Overseas Situation Survey on the Subjects of Specified Local Area"]

  • box-folder 2 folder: 8
    National Associaiton of Partners in Education
    1996
    Scope and Contents note

    ["Integrating Telecommunications Technology Into Education: the 21st Century Challenge for Partners Navigating the Four Cs of Change"]

  • box-folder 2 folder: 9
    Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology
    • "Infrastructure Needs of Manufacturing Incubators: IT Recommendations"
      n.d.
    • "Infrastructure Needs of Manufacturing Incubators: Regional Strategies"
      n.d.