On Oct. 22, during an informal ceremony in the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, the Bill of Rights Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution donated eight books to the Library. Linda L. Green, the chapter's commemorative events chairman, noted that the donation was made in honor of the upcoming celebration of the Library's Bicentennial in 2000. The books include a family history, several local histories and transcriptions of North Carolina Revolutionary Army accounts. Three of the publications were compiled by Ms. Green. Once the cataloging process is complete, they will be available to researchers in the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room.
Barbara Walsh, reference librarian in the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room, presented Ms. Green with a letter of acknowledgment signed by Michael Albin, chief of the Anglo-American Acquisitions Division. In brief remarks she emphasized that because local history and genealogical publications are often privately printed, donations by organizations and individuals play a vital role in building the Library's collections in this area.
Others attending the ceremony at the Library were Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), in whose district the DAR Bill of Rights Chapter is based; Elena Zahirpour of the Library's U.S. Acquisitions Section, Anglo-American Acquisitions Division; Victoria Hill, assistant chief of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division; and Judith Reid, head of the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room.