Records of the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History, 1983-1984, 1987, 1989-2003, undated RG.38.01 Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History, Records of the

Records of the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History, 1983-1984, 1987, 1989-2003, undated RG.38.01

Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History, Records of the


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Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
specref@vt.edu
URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu

Clare Carter, Student Worker, and LM Rozema, Archivist

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
RG.38.01
Title
Records of the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History1983-1984, 1987, 1989-2003, undated
Quantity
9.8 Cubic Feet, 8 boxes
Creator
Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
This collection conains the records of the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History. Scrapbooks include newspaper articles, pictures, and flyers all related to the museum and its activities and exhibits. The collection also includes many pictures, slides, brochures, posters, and even a book related to the museum and the people involved.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Records of the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History, RG 38/1, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to Special Collections and University Archives in 2019.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Records of the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History was completed in October 2019.


Administrative Note

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is, as its title suggests, the official state natural history museum, founded in 1984 and located in Martinsville, Virginia. A branch of the museum, the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History opened in April 1990 on the Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech, in connection with Earth Week. In July 1991, it absorbed the Virginia Tech Center for Systematic Collections, which was influential in bringing the branch to fruition, and combined the many natural history collections throughout campus. Directors included Llyn Sharp, Susan C. Eriksson, and founding director Michael Kosztarab. The branch closed in 2004.

Scope and Content

This collection conains the records of the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History. Scrapbooks include newspaper articles, pictures, and flyers all related to the museum and its activities and exhibits. The collection also includes many pictures, slides, brochures, posters, and even a book related to the museum and the people involved.

This collection is made up of nine series:

Series I: Scrapbooks includes files transferred from scrapbook binders that were kept to preserve records from the museum, namely newspaper articles and pictures. The binders went from the year 1990 to around 2003. It also includes Save Our Streams scrapbooks (which include newspaper articles, informational flyers, and photos about saving the streams of the New River Valley) from another program within the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History. The program began in 1992.

Series II: MINTS is further divided into three sub-series: MINTS Scrapbooks, Workshop Notebook, and MINTS VHS tapes. "MINTS" stands for "Museum Inquiry-based Natural history guides for TeacherS." More information on all of the sub-series can be found in the series' notes.

Series III: Prints and Slides are a collection of various pictures and slides that have been removed from binders. This series contains 5 separate sub-series: People and Events Slides and Prints, School Photos, Exhibit Prints, MISC Prints and Slides, and Slide Tray. More information on all of the sub-series can be found in the series' notes.

Series IV: Publications and Brochures contains some extra information from the museum that details instructions on how it should be run, extra booklets, and a book. There's a training manual binder, as well as an instructional notebook that details information about the Education Resource Center and what in the museum is open to the public to look at. There's a visitor register, which is just made up of sign-in pages for visitors to the museum from 1997 to 2003. There's also a booklet from 1990 about childhood nature education, a brochure from 1991 about the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, and a booklet from 1992 about "mapping the school grounds." Lastly, there's a book titled Transylvanian Roots; The True Life Adventures of a Hungarian American by Michael Kosztarab, which was published in 1997. The book is about his "two escapes from the Soviets, the smuggling of his seven-month-old daughter out of Communist Hungary, his incarceration by the Nazis for helping the Jews in 1944, and his welcome to the United States as not just a refugee but as a scholar/scientist."

Series V: Programs has information about all of the programs and activities in the museum from about 1990 to 1996. It's divided into several sub-series because they were already pre-divided and there was no reason to change their organization. More information on all of the sub-series can be found in the series' notes.

Series VI: Posters is an oversized box that contains a VMNH "Explore Natural History" poster, a print of the museum building at Virginia Tech, a MINTS book poster, and another smaller poster of a picture from one of the museum exhibits.

Arrangement

Series I: Scrapbooks, 1990-2003 Series II: MINTS, 1990, 1992-1999, undated Sub-Series I: MINTS Scrapbooks, 1990, 1992-1999, undated Sub-Series II: Workshop Notebook, 1994 Sub-Series III: MINTS VHS Tapes, 1994-05-03-1994-05-24 Series III: Prints and Slides, 1984, 1987, 1989-2002, undated Sub-Series I: People and Events Slides and Prints, 1989-2002, undated Sub-Series II: School Photos, 1993-02-1993-03 Sub-Series III: Exhibit Prints, 1990-2000 Sub-Series IV: MISC Prints and Slides, 1984, 1987, 1989-1997, undated Sub-Series V: Slide Tray, 1994 Series IV: Publications and Brochures, 1990-1993, 1996-2003, undated Series V: Programs, 1983, 1990-1996, undated Sub-Series I: VTMNH Programs – Bat Day, 1991-1992, 1994, undated Sub-Series II: Geography Awareness + John Cain Week, 1992-1994, undated Sub-Series III: VTMNH Programs Archive, 1991-1992 Sub-Series IV: Program Archive, 1993 Sub-Series V: Program Archive, 1994 Sub-Series VI: Bluebird Festival, 1994, undated Sub-Series VII: 1995 Programs, 1983, 1990-1993, 1995-1996 Sub-Series VIII: NH Elderhostel, 1994-1995, undated Series VI: Posters, undated

Separated Material

The publication entitled "Model inquiries into nature in the schoolyard" has been separated to the Rare Books Collection.


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Museums
  • University Archives
  • University History
  • Virginia Museum of Natural History
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1970-)
  • Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History
  • Virginia, Southwest

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Records of the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your- work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

Series I: Scrapbooks
1990-2003
  • box-folder 1 folder: 1-2
    VTMNH Scrapbook
    1990
  • box-folder 1 folder: 3-4
    VTMNH Scrapbook
    1991-1993
  • box-folder 1 folder: 5-6
    VTMNH Scrapbook
    1993-1994
  • box-folder 1 folder: 7-8
    VTMNH Scrapbook
    1994
  • box-folder 1 folder: 9-10
    VTMNH Scrapbook
    1994-1995
  • box-folder 1 folder: 11-12
    VTMNH Scrapbook
    1996
  • box-folder 1 folder: 13-14
    VTMNH Scrapbook
    1997-1998
  • box-folder 2 folder: 1-2
    VTMNH Scrapbook, vol. 1
    1998-1999
  • box-folder 2 folder: 3-4
    VTMNH Scrapbook, vol.2
    1998-1999
  • box-folder 2 folder: 5-6
    VTMNH Scrapbook
    2000-2001
  • box-folder 2 folder: 7
    VTMNH Scrapbook - MISC
    1997-1999, 2001-2003, undated
  • box-folder 3 folder: 1-2
    Save Our Streams Program Scrapbook, vol. 2
    1996-1999, undated
Series II: MINTS
1990, 1992-1999, undated
Scope and Content

Sub-Series I: MINTS Scrapbooks and Notebook includes files similar to the VTMNH scrapbooks, except these are particular to the MINTS program, which is more about teaching natural history than showing it in exhibits. The scrapbooks go from about 1990 to 1999. The Workshop Notebook is a binder that wasn't transferred into a folder because of how carefully it's already organized. It's made for teachers who are taking potential students through a classic MINTS workshop. This binder was put together in 1994.

Sub-Series II: MINTS VHS Tapes are 6 VHS tapes that have footage from these MINTS workshops in action. These workshops took place on three different days in May, 1994.

  • Sub-Series I: MINTS Scrapbooks and Notebook
    1990, 1992-1999, undated
    • box-folder 2 folder: 8-9
      MINTS Scrapbook, vol. 1
      1990, 1992-1998, undated
    • box-folder 2 folder: 10
      MINTS Scrapbook, vol. 2
      1998-1999, undated
    • box 2
      MINTS Workshop Notebook
      1994
  • Sub-Series II: MINTS VHS Tapes
    1994-05-03-1994-05-24
    • box 3
      MINTS Day 1 (2 tapes)
      1994-05-03
    • box 3
      MINTS Pilot Followup (2 tapes)
      1994-05-17
    • box 3
      MINTS Intro Workshop Day 2 (2 tapes)
      1994-05-24
Series III: Prints and Slides
1984, 1987, 1989-2002, undated
Scope and Content

Sub-Series I: People and Events Slides and Prints: This contains pictures from various people and events involved within the VTMNH, like the grand opening, Bat Day, the Bluebird Festival, and other events like parades and awards. These are from the years of around 1989 to 2002.

Sub-Series II: School Photos includes photos from Montgomery County, Floyd County, and Pulaski County. They're mostly nature shots of the areas around the schools, taken in February and March of 1993.

Sub-Series III: Exhibit Prints includes prints from various exhibits, which has some pictures from exhibits like "Gifts to our Grandchildren," the Butterfly Garden, and the opening of the Diversity Endangered Exhibit (1990). These prints where taken in the decade of 1990-2000.

Sub-Series IV: MISC Prints and Slides just contains some various other prints and slides, including graphic and title slides, various research activity pictures, contact sheets, and blow-up prints. The years for this one are pretty sporadic, starting around 1984 and ending in 1997.

Sub-Series V: Slide Tray is a physical slide tray from the year 1994. It's labeled as "An Introduction to VTMNH," and also includes a description of what's on each slide.

  • Sub-Series I: People and Events Slides and Prints
    1989-2002, undated
    • box-folder 3 folder: 3
      People and Events (Educational Programs) Slides
      1991-1992
    • box-folder 3 folder: 4
      People and Events (Educational Programs) Slides
      1993-1996, 1999
    • box-folder 3 folder: 5-6
      People and Events (Educational Programs) Prints
      1989-1997, 1999
    • box-folder 3 folder: 7-8
      People and Events (Educational Programs) Prints
      1996-1999
    • box-folder 4 folder: 1
      People and Events (Non-Educational Programs) Prints
      1991, 1993, 1995, 1997-1999, undated
    • box-folder 4 folder: 2-3
      Programs - People and Events, Slides and Prints
      1991-1996, 1998, 2001-2002
  • Sub-Series II: School Photos
    1993-02-1993-03
    • box-folder 4 folder: 4
      Montgomery County Schools Photos
      1993-02
    • box-folder 4 folder: 5-6
      Floyd/Pulaski County Schools Photos
      1993-02-1993-03
  • Sub-Series III: Exhibit Prints
    1990-2000
    • box-folder 5 folder: 1-2
      Exhibits and Facilities; Collections and Research/Field Activities Prints
      1990-2000
    • box-folder 5 folder: 3
      Photos of the Opening of the Diversity Endangered Exhibit
      1990
  • Sub-Series IV: MISC Prints and Slides
    1984, 1987, 1989-1997, undated
    • box-folder 5 folder: 4
      Collections and Research/Field Activities, Displays and Exhibits Slides
      1984, 1987, 1989, 1991-1994, 1996
    • box-folder 5 folder: 5
      Graphic and Title Slides, Misc. Landscapes and Pictures, Museum and Geological Sciences Slides
      1990-1995, undated
    • box-folder 5 folder: 6
      Contact Sheets
      1990-1992
    • box-folder 5 folder: 7-8
      SOS, Exhibits and Collections of other Museums, MISC, Blow-Up Prints
      1989-1992, 1994-1997, undated
  • Sub-Series V: Slide Tray
    1994
    • box 6
      Introduction to Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History Slide Tray
      1994
Series IV: Publications and Brochures
1990-1993, 1996-2003, undated
  • box 6
    Interpreter Training Manual
    1993, undated
  • box-folder 6 folder: 1
    Education Resource Center Instructional Notebook and Card Catalog
    1996, undated
  • box-folder 6 folder: 2
    Visitor Register
    1997-2003
  • box-folder 6 folder: 3
    Bridging Early Childhood and Nature Education Booklet
    1990
  • box-folder 6 folder: 4
    Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Brochure
    1991
  • box-folder 6 folder: 5
    Mapping the School Grounds Booklet
    1992-06
  • box 6
    Transylvanian Roots; The True Life Adventures of a Hungarian American
    1997
Series V: Programs
1983, 1990-1996, undated
Scope and Content

Sub-Series I: VTMNH Programs – Bat Day includes information about Bat Day for 1991 and 1992, as well as other information on some other activities, like "Decorating a Tree for Wildlife."

Sub-Series II: Geography Awareness + John Cain Week only includes one folder of the same name, which has information about John Cain Week in 1993, which was November 15-21.

Sub-Series III: VTMNH Programs Archive 1991-1992 contains information and activities from the years 1991-1992, including the Mushroom Foray, the Allosaurus Birthday Party, and Hawkwatch.

Sub-Series IV: Program Archive 1993 is similar to the previous sub-series; it includes information on the programs of that year, like the Endangered Species Program and Native American Day.

Sub-Series V: Program Archive 1994 is nearly identical to the last two, but for the 1994 year. Some of the folders included in here are more information about the Endangered Species Program and records of a Benefit Concert.

Sub-Series VI: Bluebird Festival is only made up of two folders—one with a "Doctor is In" sign, and the other containing information about the Bluebird Festival, which has a lot of information about bluebirds themselves, as well as information and feedback on the festival, which was on 3/26/1994.

Sub-Series VII: 1995 Programs has information like the rest of the program sub-series, with folders containing programs and events like the 5th year anniversary of the museum, Wildflower Printing, the Recycling Program, Caring for Your Own Collections, and more.

Sub-Series VIII: NH Elderhostel details an "elderhostel" program, which is a program dedicated to providing adults with learning adventures. These were, of course, in relation to the museum.

  • Sub-Series I: VTMNH Programs - Bat Day
    1991-1992, 1994, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 1
      Decorate a Tree for Wildlife
      1991
    • box-folder 7 folder: 2
      Photo Workshop Flyer
      undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 3
      Bat Day
      1991-03-23
    • box-folder 7 folder: 4
      Bat Day
      1992-03-28
    • box-folder 7 folder: 5
      Extra Bat Day Info
      1994, undated
  • Sub-Series II: Geography Awareness + John Cain Week
    1992-1994, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 6
      Geography Awareness + John Cain Week
      1992-1994, undated
  • Sub-Series III: VTMNH Programs Archive
    1991-1992
    • box-folder 7 folder: 7
      Stream Ecology
      1991-11-09
    • box-folder 7 folder: 8
      Mushroom Foray
      1991, 1993, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 9
      Allosaurus Birthday Party
      1991-07-27
    • box-folder 7 folder: 10
      Hawkwatch
      1991-09-21
    • box-folder 7 folder: 11
      Spring Programs
      1992
    • box-folder 7 folder: 12
      Summer Programs
      1992
    • box-folder 7 folder: 13
      Extra Virginia Museum of Natural History Flyers
      1991
    • box-folder 7 folder: 14
      MISC Programs
      1991-1992
    • box-folder 7 folder: 15
      Fall Programs
      1992
  • Sub-Series IV: Program Archive
    1993
    • box-folder 7 folder: 16
      Summer Programs
      1993
    • box-folder 7 folder: 17
      Fall Programs
      1993
    • box-folder 7 folder: 18
      Native American Day
      1993-04-17
    • box-folder 7 folder: 19
      Spring Programs
      1993
    • box-folder 7 folder: 20
      Endangered Species Programs
      1993-1994, undated
  • Sub-Series V: Program Archive
    1994
    • box-folder 7 folder: 21
      Benefit Concert
      1994
    • box-folder 7 folder: 22
      Spring Programs (April, May, June)
      1994
    • box-folder 7 folder: 23
      Brainstorming Endangered Species Program
      1993, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 24
      Winter Programs
      1994
    • box-folder 7 folder: 25
      Summer Programs (July, August, September)
      1994
    • box-folder 7 folder: 26
      Fall (October, November, December)
      1994
    • box-folder 7 folder: 27
      Fall Program Schedule Brochures
      1994
    • box-folder 7 folder: 28
      Fall Programs
      1994
  • Sub-Series VI: Bluebird Festival
    1994, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 29
      "Doctor is In" Sign
      undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 30
      Bluebird Festival
      1994-03
  • Sub-Series VII: 1995 Programs
    1983, 1990-1993, 1995-1996
    • box-folder 7 folder: 31
      Event Calendars
      1995
    • box-folder 7 folder: 32
      Recycling Program
      undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 33
      Caring for Your Own Collections
      undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 34
      "Oh Deer!"
      1995
    • box-folder 7 folder: 35
      Gardening for Nectar Seekers
      1993, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 36
      5th Year Anniversary Celebration - Natural History Tours
      1995, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 37
      Wildflower Printmaking with Kathryn O'Bryan
      1995, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 38
      Identification of Local Butterflies
      1995, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 39
      Salamanders of the Southern Appalachians
      1995-09-14
    • box-folder 7 folder: 40
      Burke's Garden
      undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 41
      X-Rays
      1995-11-02
    • box-folder 7 folder: 42
      Volcanoes of Virginia
      1995-11-09
    • box-folder 7 folder: 43
      Annual Geological Museum Mineral and Gift Sale
      1995-11-04
    • box-folder 7 folder: 44
      Burke's Garden Field Trips
      1995
    • box-folder 7 folder: 45
      Advertisement - VPINMH Museum Opening
      1990, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 46
      VTMNH Promotional Flyer (Info)
      1992-1993
    • box-folder 7 folder: 47
      Science Teachers
      1983, 1990-1991, 1996, undated
  • Sub-Series VIII: Natural History Elderhostel
    1994-1995, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 48
      NH Elderhostel Envelope
      1994-1995, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 49
      Elderhostel - Nancy
      1994-1995, undated
    • box-folder 7 folder: 50
      Elderhostel Vitae
      1995, undated
Series VI: Posters
undated
  • oversize box: 8
    "Explore Natural History" Poster
    undated
  • oversize box: 8
    VMNH at Virginia Tech Print
    undated
  • oversize box: 8
    MINTS Book Poster
    undated
  • oversize box: 8
    Exhibit Poster
    undated