Alderman Library

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Alderman Library is a research facility built in 1937 at the University of Virginia that is undergoing major renovations. There is also discussion that the library may receive a new name given comments made in the past by its namesake, president Edwin A. Alderman.

Renovations

Renovations are expected to be completed by 2023. Much of its collection will be temporarily relocated to Clemons Library and Ivy Stacks during the work. [1]

A new addition on the site of a demolished extension from 1967 will include a northern facade, a new entrance on University Avenue, more space for the Rare Book School, and a coffee shop.

1938 dedication

At the 1938 commencement exercises in June, the University officially dedicated Alderman Library. Dumas Malone, the director of Harvard University Press and the man chosen to write former University President Alderman’s biography, gave the keynote address. Malone praised Edwin A. Alderman (1861 – 1931) for his tireless commitment to bringing a word-class library to UVA as an enduring resource for students and the public at large. [2]

“Libraries in Europe that have been ‘purged’ may be for the moment temples of exclusive and barbaric cults, but libraries as we know them in America are cathedrals open to all faiths and dedicated to the God of truth,” declared Malone.
  • Context: Between 1933 and 1945, Nazi Germany systematically destroyed an estimated 100 million books throughout occupied Europe. On December 31, 1938 the Reichsministerium fur Volksaufklaerung und Progaganda published the Liste des schädlichen und unerwünschten Schrifttums. This list of "damaging and undesirable writing" included authors, living and dead, whose works were banned from the Reich because of their Jewish descent, pacifist or communist views, or suspicion thereof.


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References

  1. Web. The Future of Grounds in Eight Projects, Caroline Newman, News Article, UVA Today, November 22, 2019, retrieved November 23, 2019.
  2. Web. SIX MOMENTS IN UVA HISTORY, AS DOCUMENTED BY NEWLY EXPANDED DIGITAL ARCHIVE, UVA Today, THE RECTOR AND VISITORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, June 23, 2016, retrieved Feb. 10, 2021.

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