The Special Collections and Archives at Davis and Elkins College hold many of the school’s treasures. These include papers relating to its history and establishment as a National Historic Landmark; audiovisual materials documenting Appalachian music and dance; the manuscripts of Pearl S. Buck, the Nobel Prize-winning author; and the papers of Senators Henry Davis and Stephen Elkins. In addition, the Stirrup Gallery holds 10,000 items representing 3,500 years of material culture: firearms; Native American pottery, baskets, beads, and weapons; and spinning wheels, looms, and furniture used by the first European settlers in the Americas. A series of Preservation and Access grants from the NEH has helped the college protect these historically-significant collections.
“It’s one thing for us to say ‘we think these things are valuable.’ It’s another to have a specialist come in and say, ‘These are one-of-a-kind items that you are about to lose.’”
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