More About the Temple Heraldry Collection
The collection consists of approximately 1200 bound volumes, of which over 900 constitute the original gift received by the University Libraries from Col. Harry D. Temple in 1988. The most of the volumes relate to British heraldry. The holdings contain numerous seventeenth-century works. The oldest volume dates to 1572. The collection is constantly being expanded to include works on the heraldry of other nations, such as France, Germany, Poland, Russia, and Spain. Also included are works on related topics of arms and armor, flags, uniforms, and military decorations. These materials are listed in the University Libraries' on-line catalog system Addison.
More About the Donor
Temple, Harry Downing Jr., Col., US Army (Retired). (1911-2004).
A native of eastern Virginia, Harry D. Temple graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a BS in Industrial Engineering in 1934. Served as a professional officer of the Regular United States Army and was a combat veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Commanded the Institute of Heraldry, United States Army, from 1961 to 1966, and designed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian decoration conferred by the United States. Retired in 1966 as a Colonel in the United States Army. After his retirement he researched the history of the Cadet Corps at Virginia Tech and in 1965 he designed the offical Corps of Cadets Coat of Arms.
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