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LACEY, WILLIAM J. (b. abt. 1835?). DIARY, 1861-1863. 0.1 cu. ft. Lacey was a private with Company C, 11th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry. Diary entries are scattered and range from simple notes about the weather and letter writing to Lacey's experiences at First Manassas/Battle of Bull Run; most date from 1861. Finding aid available online. Ms2011-115.
LACTAID, INC. COLLECTION, 1984, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Developer and supplier of lactose intolerance products; Collection contains a promotional folder from LactAid, Inc., including information on products and samples. Finding aid available online. Ms2011-008.
LADIES MONUMENTAL ASSOCIATION [COLUMBUS, MISSISSIPPI]. RECEIPT, 1873. Columbus chapter of the Ladies Monumental Association was formed in April of 1869 to care for the graves of Confederate soldiers in a local cemetery; erected a monument in town for the veterans in 1874. Collection consists of a receipt for the purchase of oysters, ice, and express freight of the order for an 1873 fundraiser event. Finding aid available online. Ms2013-045.
LALEYAN, MARIE-LOUISE (1935-2014). ARCHITECTURAL COLLECTION, 1961-2007. 11.3 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Marie-Louise Laleyan (1935-2014) was a San Francisco based architect with 48 years of experience including 30 years as principal of Laleyan Architects (1977-2007). Born and educated in Bulgaria Laleyan arrived in the United States in 1964. Laleyan has practiced architecture in Sofia, Bulgaria; Paris, France; and the United States. The collection contains architectural drawings, specifications, construction files, and photographs relating to projects undertaken by Marie-Louise Laleyan (1977-2007) and Laleyan Architects (1972-1977). Photographic record of her U.S. employment (1965-1972) is also present. Finding aid available online. Ms2013-090
LAMBERT, PHYLLIS, RÉSUMÉ 0.1 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Bachelor degree from Vassar in 1948, master's degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1968. Worked on the Seagram Building with Mies van der Rohe. Founder in 1979 and director until 1999 of the Canadian Center for Architecture/Centre Canadien d'Architecture. Lambert was the consulting architect to Peter Rose for the CCA building project, 1984-1989. In addition to directing the CCA, she won recognition for both her original designs and her restoration work. The collection contains a biography outlining Lambert's career and a notice about her receiving the National Building Museum's 2006 Scully Prize. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
LAMPE, MARGARET S. MARSTON (1941- ). PAPERS, 1978-87. 5.0 cu. ft. Member of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1988-present), the Virginia Board of Education (1979-87), the National Commission on Excellence in Education (1981-86), and the Virginia Governor's Commission on Excellence in Education (1986). Collection consists of working papers (reports, notes, news clippings, handouts) from Lampe's membership on the state and national Commissions on Excellence in Education. Also includes correspondence and other materials from her membership on the state Board of Education and other education-related taskforces and committees. Finding aidavailable online. Ms91-003.
LANCASTER, EUSTIS A. PAPERS, 1900. 0.1 cu. ft. A handmade scrapbook containing pictures of VPI scenes and campus buildings, ca. 1900. Finding aid available online. Ms1971-003.
LANCASTER, LUCY LEE (1905-89). PAPERS, ca. 1915-1989. 44.0 cu. ft. One of the first female graduates (class of 1925) and later librarian (1925-75) at Virginia Tech. Collection consists of personal correspondence, travel diaries, memoranda and correspondence concerning Library and University matters, Blacksburg [Virginia] Consumer Club minutes and correspondence (1937-49), American Association of University Women material, class notes (1921-25), United Daughters of the Confederacy material, American Association of Retired Persons items, Blacksburg Civilian Defense Council minutes and correspondence (1941-45), and Phi Kappa Phi material. Materials include a typescript of the Tuesday Afternoon Book Club of Blacksburg minutes (1933-80); a radio script of "Three Heroes of Virginia" (Matthew F. Maury, Gen. Robert E. Lee, and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson) written by M.C. Harrison of VPI; and a manuscript copy of portions of the Montgomery County, Virginia, deed book. Also includes correspondence and papers of her father William Lancaster; family bibles with genealogical information; an account book (1835-38) from a general store in Lynchburg, Virginia; and a book of handwritten poetry and prose, some dedicating the Confederate dead, from an unknown ancestor of Lancaster's. Finding aid available online. Ms90-069.
[LANCASTER, MASSACHUSETTS, CIVIL WAR LETTER, 1863]. 0.1 cu. ft. Civilian letter from Lancaster resident to his brother, writing about news of the surrender of the Confederate troops at Vicksburg, Mississippi, and the losses from the 53rd Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment. Ms89-088.
LANDIS, JOHN W. (1917- ). PAPERS, 1949-1969. 58.0 cu. ft. Nuclear engineer educated at Lafayette College, the University of Rochester, and Princeton University. Consultant on guided missiles, U.S. Navy Department (1946-50); worked for the Educational Testing Service from 1948-50 and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission from 1950-53. Associated with the Babcock and Wilcox Company from 1953-69, as Head of Customer Relations (1953-55), Assistant Manager (1955-62) and Manager (1962-65) of the Atomic Energy Division, and General Manager of Babcock and Wilcox Washington, D.C. operations (1965-69). Collection includes extensive documentation (correspondence, memoranda, proposals, studies, and reports) on a number of Babcock and Wilcox nuclear reactor projects worldwide. Other papers relate to Landis's membership on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors (1966-70); the Advisory Council of Virginia State Technical Services (1966-69); the Virginia State Advisory Committee on Nuclear Energy (1956-61); the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce (1954-68); the Virginia Engineering Foundation of the University of Virginia (1962-69); and the Virginia Advisory Board on Industrial Development (1962-69). Finding aid available online. Ms1969-001.
LANDRY, JANE LORENZ. BROCHURE 0.1 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Born 1936. Architect of Dallas, Texas. Principal of Landry & Landry Architects & Planners, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Brochure of her firm. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
LANE, JAMES H. (1833-1907). PAPERS, 1874-80, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Brigadier General of the Confederate Army in the Civil War, and Professor of Military Tactics (1872-79) at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (later known as Virginia Tech). Papers consist of a letter from Lane to his wife and to an unknown person as well as a letter from Kate Flood in Lynchburg, Virginia, to Mrs. Lane; a copy of his commission as Commandant of the VAMC Corps of Cadets; and Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Military Department of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Finding aid available online. Ms52-001.
LANG JAKOB, EVELYNE (1960- ). PAPERS, 1987-98. 0.1 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. >Swiss architect practicing in Bern, Switzerland. Educated at the Federal Polytechnical School of Zurich, where she earned her Ph.D. in science in 1993. Member of the Swiss Organization of Engineers and Architects and the Union Internationale des Femmes Architectes. Papers consist of curriculum vita and articles (1987 and 1989) by Lang Jakob from the magazines Archithese and Actualite; a copy of her thesis written in 1992 for the architecture department at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (where she did post-graduate work), entitled "Les Premieres Femmes Architectes de Suisse;" and a copy of the magazine Baudoc Bulletin (February 1998), with an article by Lang Jakob, "Neolithische Architektur aus Sudanatolien, Zypern und Malta" (in French and German). Member of the IAWA Board of Advisors, 1995-2001. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
LANTZ, JACOB W. (1868-1940). PAPERS, 1908-1944. 1.5 cu. ft. Proprietor of general store in Cedar Creek (Smyth County), Virginia and local property manager for Lobdell Car Wheel Company. Account books and correspondence. Finding aid available online. Ms1975-003.
LAPIN, HOWARD S. PAPERS, 1956-70. 0.4 cu. ft. Research associate for the Institute for Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1960s. Papers include writings by Lapin about his research of traffic patterns and congestion, highway finance, and transportation problems. Includes a manuscript draft of his book Structuring the Journey to Work, written in 1962. Ms91-058.
LARI, YASMEEN, RÉSUMÉ. 0.1 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. First registered woman architect in Pakistan 1963) and Principal of Lari Associates, Architects & Urban Designers. Elected to IAWA Board of Advisors in 2002. Collection includes a 1992 curriculum vitae and a CD containing approximately 240 JPG images of six of Lari's completed projects taken by Marcia Feuerstein in 2003. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
LASSMANN, EDITH, BROCHURES AND PHOTOGRAPHS. 1.0 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Architect of Vienna, Austria. Materials include two brochures of a hospital and of her architectural firm; an article, "Das Frauenstudium an den Technischen Hochschuelen Wien und Graz", from Frauenstudium und Akademische Frauenarbeit in Osterreich; and photographs of her designs of a hydroelectric plant in the Austrian Alps and of a children's center in Vienna. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
LATHROP, HARRIET ELIZA (1857-?). REMINISCENCES, ca. 1937. 0.1 cu. ft. Born in New York, moved to Tazewell County, Virginia, with her husband, a mining engineer, in 1881 when he was sent to open up the Pocahontas Coal Field by the Norfolk and Western Railway Company. Reminiscences recount her experiences in Virginia from 1881 until her return to New York in 1885, the formation of the Pocahontas Coal Field and the town of Pocahontas, Virginia, and the explosion of the coal mines in March 1884. Includes a forward written by her daughter, Helen Lathrop Thompson. Ms88-011.
LAWRIE, ARCHER (1902-1995). SHEET MUSIC COLLECTION, 1879-1935. 0.6 cu. ft. Sculptor, native of New Jersey. Collection of vocal arrangements, piano scores, opera librettos and sacred songs by Chopin, Bach, Schubert, and Haydn, and other classical composers, as well as popular songs of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Finding aid available online. Ms1970-004.
LAY, EDITH HALSEY. INVITATION, 1894. 0.1 cu. ft. Invitation from President and Mrs. Grover Cleveland for Lay to attend receptions at the White House. Ms94-009.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY [VIRGINIA]. RECORDS, 1961-2001. 21 cu. ft. Montgomery County chapter established in March 1974 to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government, and to promote discussion of government policies. Records consist of chapter and national league literature and publications, bulletins, candidate questionnaires, meeting minutes and agendas, budget and financial information, and treasurer's reports. Topics covered include the Equal Rights Amendment, natural resources, poverty in Montgomery County, and education. Finding aid available online. Ms1997-016.
[LEDGER, 1806-12.] 1 vol. Ledger from an unidentified American business, listing expenditures in pounds. Ms88-108.
LEDGERWOOD, HUGH C. (1862-1923). ACCOUNT BOOK, 1915. 0.2 cu. ft. General store merchant of Newbern (Pulaski County), Virginia. Ledger detailing customer transactions, including names, dates of purchases, goods purchased, and prices paid. Finding aid available online. Ms1940-017.
LEE, ANNA. LETTER, 1861. 0.1 cu. ft. Letter of invitation from Anna Lee to Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard to attend a country dance on Christmas evening, 1861, at Meadow Farm, Virginia, home to the Sheppard Family in Henrico County, Virginia. Attributed to Anne "Annie" Carter Lee (1839-1862), fourth child of General Robert E. Lee and Mary Anna Randolph Custis. Finding aid available online. Ms2008-028.
LEE, CLAUDIUS. (1872-1962). PAPERS, 1887-1954. 0.3 cu. ft. Virginia Tech alumnus (class of 1896); instructor and electrical engineer, 1896-1959; professor emeritus in electrical engineering, 1956-1962; captain in U. S. Army during World War I. Correspondence, photographs and other material relating to personal life, Virginia Tech and military service. Finding aid available online.Ms61-002
LEE, FRANK. LETTER, 186?. 0.1 cu. ft. Union sergeant in the Civil War. Letter from Salem, Massachusetts, to "My Dear George" about life in the barracks. Ms88-073.
LEE, JOHN A. N. PAPERS, 1973-90. 30.0 cu. ft. Professor of computer science at Virginia Tech, formerly director of computing at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (1959). Later served as the associate director of computing and head of the computer science program at the University of Massachusetts (1964-69). Authored Anatomy of a Compiler, Numerical Analysis for Computer, and Computer Semantics, and has been involved in establishing standards in the field of computing. Member of the editorial board (1980-86) and editor-in-chief (1987-1995) of Annals of the History of Computing. Collection includes correspondence, computer programs, publications, and meeting notes all relating to Lee's work for the National Bureau of Standards to develop a standard for the BASIC programming language. Included in the papers are a survey of 27 descriptions of BASIC and a collection of published works relating to the language up to 1973. Also includes records (1979-90) from the editorial staff of the Annals of the History of Computing. Unprocessed. Preliminary inventory available online. Ms73-005.
LEE, ROBERT E. (1807-1870). SPEECH, 1865. 0.1 cu. ft. Commander of the Confederate Army in the Civil War. Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia; president of Washington College (1865-70) in Lexington, Virginia. Photocopy of a farewell address (General Order No. 9) to the Army of Northern Virginia, after his surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, April 10, 1865. Probably copied by a soldier from an original. Finding aid available online. Ms1964-005.
LEE, ROBERT E., 1866-1870. 4 items, 0.1 cu. ft. . Personal letter written from Lexington, Virginia February 28, 1870 to Reverend W.H. Braddus. Letter enclosed another letter for the Reverend and a $30 check stipulating that part be used to pay the tuition for one of Mr. Craig's children of Culpepper County. Collection also includes a reproduced portrait, n.d. and two 1866 A.H. Plecker portraits of Lee with steed Traveler. Finding aid available online. Ms2002-044.
LEE-SMITH, DIANA. PAPERS, 1970-89. 0.4 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. British architect and planner living in Nairobi, Kenya. Projects focus on housing and shelter concerns in Africa. Lee-Smith was one of the founders of the Mazingira Institute, an independent research and development NGO, an institution that carried out the first survey of urban agriculture in Kenya (1985). She holds a doctorate in Architecture and Development Studies and has written extensively on urban poverty, gender, development, and environmental issues. The collection consists of a number of papers, publications, books and magazines that were written or edited by Lee-Smith. Finding aid available online. Ms1990-005
DE LEMOS, MARIA JOANA VIANA, ARCHITECTURAL PAPERS 0.5 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Architect of Coimbra, Portugal. Papers consist of two notebooks of architectural drawings and construction specifications (1984-1985) for health centers in Tondela and Vagos, Portugal, of which de Lemos was architect. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
LEECH, PRESTON. GLASS SLIDES, ca. 1900-1925 and CASSETTE TAPE, 1994. 298 slides and 1 cassette tape. Collection of 298 glass slides collected by Preston Leech, a Roanoke, Virginia, native and an employee of the Norfolk & Western Railway Company from the 1930s to the 1970s. Most of the slides are of N&W locomotives, rail routes, and stations. Other slides are of general agricultural and industrial scenes, and of the Luray Caverns in Virginia. The cassette tape is of an interview of Leech done in March 1994, where he speaks about his employment at the Norfolk & Western Railway Company, the Appalachian Trail Club, and the local Masonic Lodge. Transcript of the interview is available. Ms94-003.
LEFTWICH FAMILY. LETTERS, 1861-1866. 0.2 cu. ft. Bedford County, Virginia family. Letters from members of the Leftwich family and their friends. Correspondence from James B. (28th Virginia Infantry), William, and Thomas Leftwich in addition to missives from a family friend and a bereaved lover. The soldiers' letters issue from Civil War battlefronts and provide insight into significant battles (the Battle of Bull Run), war-time trade, and the daily routine of a soldier. Finding aid available online. Ms2008-021.
LEGGETT, ARMISTEAD M. MEMOIR, 1990. 0.2 cu. ft. Memoir written by Armistead M. Leggett to his children about his service in the Army during World War II. Leggett grew up in Norfolk, Virginia and graduated with a degree in agricultural engineering from Virginia Tech in 1951. Finding aid available online. Ms2009-089.
LEONARD, LEWIS. DIARY, 1913-1918. 0.1 cu. ft. Resident of Oswego, New York. Diary describing daily life and major events of the era. Finding aid available online. Ms2008-054
LEONARD, WILLIAM A. (b. abt.1843). PAPERS, 1864-1865. 0.1 cu. ft. Massachusetts native; private with the 16th (and later 11th) Regiment, Mass. Infantry; factory worker and business owner. Collection includes correspondence home to family from February-July 1865, as well as Leonard's diary from August 1864-April 1865. Content relates mostly to Leonard's daily activities during the siege at Petersburg as an ambulance driver from August 1864-April 1865, as well as war news and post-surrender life waiting for a discharge. Finding aid available online. Ms2011-106.
LEOPOLD, ALDO (1886-1948). CHARTS, 1929-1930. 0.1 cu. ft. Wildlife ecologist and environmental philosopher, author of Game Management. Two charts on the Cumulative History of Game Cycles and Other Fluctuations in Abundance of Game in North America and Wisconsin, and a summary of the game cycle data. Finding aid available online. Ms1974-005.
LETCHER, JOHN (1813-84). LETTER, 1852. 0.1 cu. ft. Congressman (1851-59) and Governor (1860-64) of Virginia, from Rockbidge County, Virginia. Letter to "My Dear Sir" written December 20, 1852. Writes about the large number of applicants for state offices, and about speculation on the newly elected President's cabinet. Ms93-014.
[LETTERS FROM A CIVIL WAR UNION SOLDIER, 1862-65]. 0.1 cu. ft. Three descriptive and eloquent letters from a Union soldier, possibly from Akron, Ohio, and identified only as "Matt," written to his wife. The first letter is written from Camp McClellan in Davenport, Iowa, on September 28, 1862, where he asks his wife to send him good things to eat. The second letter is written from Rome, Georgia, on October 9th through the 11th, 1864, where he writes about a recent skirmish at Altoona Pass and his company's readiness for more fighting. The last letter is written from Headquarters, 1st Division, 15th A.C., Office of the Surgeon in Chief near Louisville, Kentucky, on July 4, 1865, where he writes about a farewell speech given by General William Sherman, and for his wife to expect him to be a changed man after his many years as a soldier. The latter two letters indicate that he served in Sherman's army. Ms96-005.
LEVINE, SALLY LYNN. PAPERS, 1995. 0.1 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Architect of Chicago, Illinois, and co- founder of CARY (Chicks in Architecture Refuse to Yield), a Chicago women architects group. Materials focus on a multi-media exhibit Levine created entitled "ALICE (Architecture Lets in Chicks Except...) Through the Glass Ceiling," which explores the status of women in the field of architecture. The exhibit was shown at the New Langton Arts Gallery in San Francisco from July to September 1995. Materials include literature describing the exhibit, an audiotape cassette, slides, and Levine's curriculum vitae. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
LEVISEUR, ELSA (1932- ). PAPERS, 1950-89. 13.2 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Practiced architecture and landscape architecture in South Africa, England, and California. Projects include designs for the Hollywood Bowl and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association in California. Collection consist of files, photographs, specifications, and architectural drawings of designs done mostly in the 1980s. Finding aid available online. Ms1990-007
LEWEY, ERNEST BANE. PAPERS, 1924-1927. Pulaski County, Virginia. VPI class of 1927. Collection consists of Virginia Polytechnic Institute Department of Chemistry notebook dated April 11, 1924; Ironclad Composition Book with English class notes c. 1924-25; VPI Athletic Association season ticket book no. 612 for 1926-27; checkbook for Farmers and Merchant Bank of Blacksburg with entries for March and April 1927. Ms2002-011.
LEWIS, ANDREW J. CORRESPONDENCE, 1863-65. 0.1 cu. ft. Confederate private from Virginia in the Civil War. Letters from Lewis to his mother and wife from forts in Minnesota and Kansas. Ms88-097.
LEWIS, F.B. LETTER, 1845. 0.1 cu. ft. Enlisted man with the United States Army. Writes on January 23, 1845, from Fort Columbus, New York Harbor, to his brother in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Expresses in detail his bitter feelings of how foreigners, including the Irish, have polluted the army, and how the army should be composed entirely of those purely American. Writes that those who go to West Point are "poor gentlemen's sons who cannot be supported at home in idleness and who are too elevated in society to learn an honest profession." Ms92-015.
LEWIS, GEORGE. LETTER, 1863. 0.1 cu. ft. Letter written by Union soldier George W. Lewis, 4th Michigan Infantry,to his brother, and dated February 1st, 1863. The letter was written from camp near Potomac Creek, Va. In the letter, Lewis gives detailed descriptions of the construction and pitching of the ubiquitous Civil War Sibley tents used in camp, as well as vivid descriptions of the sounds made by musket balls flying across the battlefield. He also describes the poor conditions in camp, including spoiled rations, and the low morale of his fellow troops. Lewis was wounded on July 2nd,1863 at Gettysburg, Pa., and subsequently lost his leg. Finding aid available online. Ms2012-015.
LIBBY, NELSON F. LETTERS, 1861-62. 0.1 cu. ft. Union soldier in the Civil War. Two letters written from Washington, D.C., and Virginia, to his brother. Writes on June 17, 1861, that the Rebel troops evacuated Harper's Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia). Also writes on September 5, 1862, that while traveling from Harrison's Landing they had a battle along the way (probably Second Manassas, or Bull Run). Ms91-018.
LIDDLE, NELSON. COLLECTION, c.1941-1945. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of photographs of the VPI Airport and aircraft during WWII as well as a photocopy of "The Beacon" newsletter from November 1942. Finding aid available online. Ms2012-048.
LIN, MAYA. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL, 2002. 0.4 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Yale University Alumni Fellows Candidate biography. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
LINCOLN, ABRAHAM (1809-1865). TINTYPE, 1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a gem size tintype issued for the 1864 Presidential race; taken by Anthony Berger and known as the "Berger pose." Finding aid available online. Ms2013-043.
LINCOLN, ABRAHAM (1809-1865) AND TAD (1853-871). ALBUMEN PRINT, 1864. Collection contains an albumen print depicting Tad and Abraham Lincoln reviewing a book. Finding aid available online. Ms2013-056.
LINCOLN-LOOK FAMILY. PAPERS, 1844-1930. 0.2 cu. ft. Sarah Ann Burt Lincoln (1826-1857) and husband Nathan Loomis Look (1819-1909), residents of Virginia's Loudoun, Botetourt, Montgomery, and Smyth counties during the mid-nineteenth century; operators of a farm implement factory, also engaged in cheese- and hat-making. Letters to and from Lincoln and Look family members in Massachusetts and New York, including a few written from Smyth County, Virginia during the Civil War. Transcripts available. Finding aid available online.Ms85-009.
LIPPS, JONATHAN E. (b. 1851). ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1892-1924. 3.2 cu. ft. General store proprietor, court clerk for Wise County, Virginia. Court clerk and general store account ledgers. Finding aid available online. Ms1940-016.
LIPSEY-RAHE, GEORGINA (1953- ). GRADUATE THESIS, 1985. 0.1 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Born 1953. Architect of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A copy of her graduate thesis, "Where Land Meets Water: The Alexandria [Virginia] Performing Arts Center," [LD5655 V855 1985 L57.] from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Includes a curriculum vitae, architectural drawings, and photographs. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
[LISTS OF CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS, ca. 1861-65.] 0.1 cu. ft. Five manuscript documents listing Virginia soldiers in the Civil War with their families and dependents. Two of the lists are of destitute and disabled soldiers. Ms91-072.
LITCHFIELD FAMILY. HOUSEHOLD LEDGER, c.1870s-1890s. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a handwritten collection of recipes, household accounts, and schoolwork from Litchfield family of Abingdon, Virginia. Finding aid available online. Ms2013-008.
LITTON, GEORGE W. (1910-1989). PAPERS, 1927-1983. 3.2 cu. ft. VPI graduate (BS, 1931; MS, 1940); professor of Animal Husbandry at VPI, 1931-1973; head of the Department of Animal Husbandry, 1952-1970. Collection includes poetry, essays, V.P.I.'s Agricultural Extension station reports, notes, lecture material, publications, personal and professional correspondence, photographs from Litton's portrait hanging, and bound compilations. Finding aid available online. Ms1981-099.
LLOYD, JOHN URI (1849-1936). LETTER, 1934. 0.1 cu. ft. American author and chemist; author of The End of the Earth (1896) and Scroggins (1904), and many books on pharmacy and medicine. Letter from Lloyd in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 3, 1934, to Rev. Calvin Dill Wilson of Glendale, Ohio. The letter was found in Wilson's copy of Our Willie of Stringtown on the Pike, (1934) by Lloyd. In the letter, Lloyd thanks Wilson for his comments on the book. Ms88-092.
LOBDELL CAR WHEEL COMPANY. ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1881-1902. 2.9 cu. ft. Railroad car wheel manufacturer of Wilmington, Delaware, with iron-mining operations in Southwest Virginia. Records of company's furnace and store operations in Smyth and Wythe counties, Virginia. Finding aid available online. Ms1940-019.
LOBO, WALTER E. (1905- ). PAPERS, 1929-55. 2.0 cu. ft. Senior chemical engineer employed by M.W. Kellogg Company of New York City (with research laboratories at Jersey City, New Jersey), an architect-engineering company catering to petroleum and chemical industries. Kellogg performed contract research and development for Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, Standard of Indiana, Texaco, Cities Service, and others. Collection consists of Lobo's microfilmed files (99 reels) dealing with natural gas and oil; thermodynamics; thermal and catalytic cracking; catalytic polymerization; hydrocracking; hydrocarbon synthesis; heat transfer; furnaces; distillation; and other petroleum and energy-related topics (including laboratory reports from Jersey City and field reports on equipment startup). A typescript catalog and index of the microfilm is available. Collection also includes a typescript translation of S.Y. Gersch's Enriched Air, originally published in Moscow in 1939; several typescript reports on German petroleum production (1945-47); and indexes to the Technical Advisory Committee of the Petroleum Industry War Council Technical Oil Mission microfilm reels (1947). Unprocessed. Ms85-014.
LOEKS, C. DAVID. PAPERS, 1950-80. 4.0 cu. ft. Professor and Chairman, Graduate Programs in Urban Affairs and Regional Planning, Virginia Tech, 1980-present. President and chief executive (1966-80) of Mid-Hudson Pattern, Inc., a non-profit regional planning and research corporation. Executive director (1959-66) of the Twin Cities [Minnesota] Metropolitan Planning Commission. Director of Planning (1952-58) of the City of St. Paul, Minnesota. Received B.S.L.A. from Michigan State in 1948 and M.C.P. from Michigan Institute of Technology in 1950. Collection contains primarily material from Loeks' work on various urban planning projects. Includes working papers, reports, and publications of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Planning Commission (1958-66), studies and reports from Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress, Inc. (1965-80), working papers and reports of the Hudson Basin Project (1959-75), and scattered reports of the Upper Economic Study and the St. Paul City Planning Board. Ms88-091.
LOFFLER, ANTHUSA (1957- ). ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS. 0.1 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Architect of Koln, Germany. Materials include photographs and copies of architectural drawings. A book donated by Loffler, entitled The Shakers: life and production of a community in the pioneering days of America [BX9765 .M26 1974], is available to view in the Special Collections Reading Room. Material is in German. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
LONGLEY, SELDON (b. 1846). PAPERS, 1871-1893. 0.1 cu. ft. Seldon Longley attended Emory & Henry College, fought in the Civil War, worked as a lawyer, and served as a member of the House of Delegates for Washington County, Virginia. This collection contains six pieces of personal correspondence addressed to Seldon Longley, as well as a bank note and leather case. Finding aid available online. Ms2009-116.
LONGSTREET, JAMES (1821-1904). CORRESPONDENCE, 1897-1903. 0.1 cu. ft. Confederate general in the Civil War; after the war he was head of an insurance company and held a series of Federal appointments. Author of From Manassas to Appomattox (1896). Correspondence consists of fourteen letters to Longstreet from his sons John, Randolph, and Robert and his daughter Lula, and from C. Herbert Walling, who asked for an autographed copy of Longstreet's book. Ms93-003.
LOOK FAMILY. PAPERS, 1875-1907. 0.1 cu. ft. Family of Wyoming, New York and Marion, Virginia. Letters from women's suffragist Susan Look Avery and other family members; cartes-de-visite of Avery and daughter Lydia Avery Coonley; photographs of "Hillside," the Avery home in Wyoming, New York; and a Susan Look Avery Club brochure. Finding aid available online. Ms1976-003.
LOS ANGELES POVERTY DEPARTMENT (LAPD). COLLECTION, 1986-2000. 8.6 cu. ft. Created in 1985 and still active; theatre and community group made up of artists, residence, and people who work on Skid Row in Los Angeles, dedicated to creating change and sharing stories. Collection includes administrative and promotional papers, photographs, and audio materials. Finding aid available online. Ms2001-004.
LOURIDA, SOPHIE. BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION. 0.1 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Architect of Greece. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
LOWBER, DANIEL A. (1844-1902). DIARY, 1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Captain of Company A, 37th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War. Daily diary entries note frequent picket, fatigue and administrative duties of company commander for several months during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia. Finding aid available online. Ms2008-015.
LOWENBACH BROTHERS PRICE LIST, c. 1910s. 0.1 cu.ft. One page advertisement for Lowenback Brothers liquor distributor in Alexandria, Va., with detailed price list. Finding aid available online. Ms 2012-006.
LUCAS, DANIEL BEDINGER (1836-1909). PAPERS, 1812-1924, n.d. 1.8 cu. ft. West Virginia lawyer and poet. Papers consist of correspondence, newspapers, poems and essays, scrapbooks, and other materials collected and created by Lucas and his daughter Virginia. Topics include Lucas's attempt to defend his friend John Yates Beall from being charged as a Confederate spy by the Union during the Civil War, West Virginia politics, the exploits of adventurer William Walker, and the origins of Robert E. Lee's horse Traveler. Also includes many examples of Lucas's poetry. Finding aid available online. Ms1995-012.
LUCAS, JAMES BURLEIGH (1888-1955). PAPERS, 1926-1930. 0.7 cu. ft. Graduate (class of 1910) and professor of chemistry (1916-1955)at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Lecture and laboratory notes, most apparently taken by Lucas while attending graduate courses in organic and inorganic chemistry at the University of Illinois. Finding aid available online. Ms68-005.
LUSTER, A. W. RECEIPT, 1906. 0.1 cu. ft. Blacksburg, Virginia, farmer and store owner. Collection consists of a receipt for purchases by Luster from J. A. McConkey in February 1906. Finding aid available online. Ms2011-093.
LUTHER MEMORIAL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH. RECORDS, 1944-1974. 0.8 cu. ft. Blacksburg, Virginia church, established in 1883. Collection includes church bulletins (1944-1974), pastor newsletters, and ephemera. Finding aid available online. Ms2011-014.
LYMAN, FRED. LETTER, 1861. 0.1 cu. ft. Union soldier, probably from New York, during the Civil War. Letter written December 8-9, 1861, from Miner's Hill, Virginia, to his brother and sister. Writes about the unusually warm weather they were experiencing, mistaking a hog for a Rebel, and his desire for a lieutenant's position in order to make more money. Ms91-043.
LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA. SLAVE IMPRESSMENT DOCUMENT, 1863. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a receipt of a slave, John, in Lynchburg, Virginia, for work on the city's fortifications in October 1863. Finding aid available online. Ms2011-048.
LYON, VIRGINIA. LETTERS, 1967. 0.1 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Architect of New York City. Collection consists of three letters to Lyon from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards regarding changing the wording of her certificate from "he" to "she." Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
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