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Peggy Carter - Director

Tanya Arant - Library Spec. III

November 2004

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Letters to Revolutionaries - tsoto

Among the many significant collections in the Louisiana Tech Department of Special Collections, are the letters of Israel Shreve. This collection contains the original writings of Colonel Israel Shreve, as well as his 1777 journal, an almanac from 1788, and other family items. The collection was donated to Special Collections by the great, great, great, grandson of Shreve, Mr. Coburn Allen Buxton, in 1971.

Shreve was born in 1739 in New Jersey and worked as a farmer in Gloucester County before rising to the position of colonel in the Continental Army.

On October 31, 1775, Shreve was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the Second Regiment of the New Jersey Troops. A little over a year later, on November 28, 1776, he was promoted to colonel for the reorganized line, now known as the Second New Jersey Regiment. Shreve and his troops fought several battles, including the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown. They also spent the harsh winter at Valley Forge with George Washington's troops.

The collection was donated with the understanding that the letters would be published. The publication is titled Israel Shreve Revolutionary War Officer.

The Shreve collection contains one letter that was sent to Washington and was returned to the family upon Shreve's death.

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    Welcome to Our New Home Page - tsoto

    Here at the Department of Special Collections, we believe that assisting our researchers in the best possible way is a top priority. We also believe we should stay ahead of the curve in our field. To achieve this, we felt that a new webpage should be created.

    In October, I began researching other university special collection websites to get an idea of how to make ours better. I also created a logo that we think fits our department. Myself and my student assistants have taken several pictures of our collections and pieces from the Louisiana Tech Museum, which is housed on the fourth floor of Prescott Memorial Library with Special Collections, and uploaded them onto the site. Those pictures change everytime the webpage is refreshed.

    University Webmaster, Dena Selmer, has been kind enough to help us with building the site. Although this project will take some time, we have major plans for the website. Currently we have nearly 100 collections online in a word searchable database. The database search engine finds keywords in the collection summary, not in the actual finding aid. When you get a collection summary, you can click on "View Finding Aid" to see the collection in detail. This allows researchers to search every collection from anywhere in the world. They will know what letters we have from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the documents and photos in the Camp Ruston Collection, as well as items from our other collections.

    Currently, we have two exhibits online. Lately, these exhibits have been on display in Special Collections. Over Christmas break we plan to upload more of the finding aids. We hope to have all of the finding aids up by the end of January.

    To learn more about donating to Special Collections, please click on the "Giving to Special Collections" link on the left hand side of the page. You can also contact Peggy Carter or myself at (318) 257-2935. Thank you for visiting our site.

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