A Guide to the Elden E. Billings Collection, 1862-1991 Billings, Elden E., Collection Ms1991-036

A Guide to the Elden E. Billings Collection, 1862-1991

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1991-036


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1991-036
Title
Elden E. Billings Collection, 1862-1991
Physical Characteristics
25.5 cu. ft. 22 boxes
Creator
Billings, Elden E. (Collector)
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains subject files, clippings, memorabilia and artifacts related to the American Civil War, collected by Elden E. Billings.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Elden E. Billings Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Elden E. Billings Collection, Ms91-036, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Elden E. Billings Papers were donated to Special Collections in 1991 with additional materials added.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Elden E. Billings Collection commenced and was completed in August 2008. Earlier processing of the collection had been done in 1992. Additional description was completed in 2010.

Scope and Content

This collection contains subject files, clippings, memorabilia and artifacts related to the American Civil War. There are seven series, five of which predominately contain Civil War materials. The other two series in the collection also contains files on other subjects of Billings' historical interests, including aspects of military and United States history.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in seven series: Series I: Civil War Files and Prints; Series II: Other Subject Files; Series III: Lincoln Materials; Series IV: Elden E. Billings - Personel Files; Series V: Publications; Series VI: Primary Documents; and Series VII: Artifacts. Files in each series are arranged alphabetically by folder or item title.

Series I: Civil War Files and Prints contains subject files on various Civil War topics including specific battles, locations, regiments, and historic figures, as well as works of art, maps, and images. Other files include information on railroads, prisons, ethnic or social groups, and branches of the military.

Series II: Other Subject Files contains files on various topics, some tangentially related to the Civil War. Topics include, but are not limited to, figures from US military history, World Wars I and II, the Mexican War, railroads,

Series III: Lincoln Materials contains historical information about aspects of Lincoln's life and presidency. The series also includes cartoons, newsletters, portraits, and memorabilia.

Series IV: Elden E. Billings - Personal Files contains biographical information and photographs, correspondence to and from Billings, book catalogs, and notes relating to speaking events and writings.

Series V: Publications contains newsletters and journals, mostly from the Civil War period or about the Civil War. Other publications relate to Civil War Roundtables, historical societies, and military history.

Series VI: Primary Documents contains two subseries, Subseries A: Scrapbooks and Subseries B: Manuscripts. Subseries A: Scrapbooks includes several related to Civil War regiments or individuals. Subseries B: Manuscripts includes originals and typed copies of diaries, correspondence, and ephemera from the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Series VII: Artifacts contains several portraits, daguerrotypes, and photographs of Civil War figures, including Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. This series also contains medals, coins, calling cards, stamps, and other memorabilia. There are two non-Civil War related items: a print of an elephant fight from India, and a notebook that belonged to Ulysses S. Grant III.

Related Material

A portion of the Civil War books in the Special Collections Rare Book Collection were donated by Elden E. Billings. The department also houses a portrait of Elden E. "Josh" Billings.

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Contents List

Series I: Civil War Files and Prints
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Series II: Other Subject Files
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Series III: Lincoln Materials
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Series IV: Elden E. Billings - Personal Files
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Series V: Publications
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Series VI: Primary Documents
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Series VII: Artifacts
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