Virginia Tech April 16, 2007 Archives of the University Libraries (MS2008-020)


Virginia Tech April 16, 2007 Archives of the University Libraries (MS2008-020)


The Virginia Tech April 16, 2007 Archives of the University Libraries consists mainly of condolence items received by the university following the events of April 16, 2007. The bulk of materials were received in the first few months following April 16, 2007. This digital collection is a subset of the full April 16, 2007 Condolence Archives digital collection located on VTechWorks.




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Collection is open for research.



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Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Virginia Tech April 16, 2007 Archives of the University Libraries, Ms2008-020, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

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Poster that says, "32 hearts 32 people 32 lives" and includes 31 cut-out hearts.

Poster with pictures of Norris Hall and a black VT ribbon, a poem, and the names of the 32 victims.

Poster with orange VT and photographs of chidren with their first names and messages.

Poster that says "VT We Mourn With You" and includes messages and signatures from unknown institution.

Poster that says, "Lets go Hokies! VT Believe in what you feel! HDH Help Don't Hurt!"

A typewritten poem starting with the line "On just an ordinary day, a weapon drawn and lives forever changed."

A typewritten eulogy for the 32 victims, April 24, 2007, by anonymous writer, and "The Mourner's Kaddish" along with the names of the 32 victims

Letter with poem, "Young People in Blacksburg Virginia" from anonymous writer

Hanwritten note with song and notation, "Prayer for Today" (oboe solo)

Prayer starting "May there be peace on Earth". The items says this is an "Ancient Indian prayer translated from Sanskrit" with a note for Virginia…

Hanwritten song with notation, "Prayer for Today" (oboe solo)

Photocopy of a poem that says, "I know you're sad and are afraid / because I see your tears. / I'll not be far, I promise that; / and I hope you'll…

Star-shaped sympathy card that says "We Are thinking of You!"

Sympathy card from anonymous child with drawing of a person at a pool, encouraging people to think happy thouhts to feel better

Sympathy card with message from a member of the [Virginia Tech?] class of 1983 with ribbons and drawings.

Card, possibly orginally from floral bouquet, that says "All love, sympathy and support. To all of us who have been effected [sic] by the tragedy /…

Anonymous card with a cross in front of a sunset and mountains on one side and a HokieBird on the other side with the words, "Death Leaves A Heartache…

Anonymous card with a cross and HokieBird on one side and a VT on the other side with the words, "Although it's difficult today to see beyond the…

Anonymous card with the words "strenth", "HOME", "hope", "Faith", "forever", "cherish..", "TOMORROW", "Love", and "peace".

Anonymous sympathy card with 3D stickers on front and inside. Front of card says, “Sometimes one pivotal moment or event will bring a community…

A sympathy card from an anonymous writer with the following quotes: “As I searched for meaning in what happened, I finally found it. I found it in…

A drawing of several hearts in various states of healing with the words, "A broken heart, will never heal, but just in case we'll help."

A letter of condolence from an anonymous writer within a hand drawn heart. The letter states, "I wish I could bring some peace to your lives, to help…

Handwritten on the front of the card is, "I pray that the Lord Jesus chist [sic] will bless you and be kind to you[.] May God [bless?] you with his…

A green card with a drawing of a heart, crowned with a halo, with wings in the background, and the number "32" on the front. The drawing is over the…

Sympathy card contains a drawing of the HokieBird as a phoenix rising out of ashes over the date "4.16.07" next to what is presumably the artist's…

A drawing of candles and sparklers, which says "Let all see my picture (if mamorial [sic] made, put on mamorial [sic] - [Emerson?]"

A memorial mass enrollment card from the Society of the Little Flower requested by "A Mother - Florida".
WeRemember Digital Exhibit Image.jpg

A still image of the vigil outside Burruss Hall following April 16, 2007 with the Communities of Caring exhibit title in the lower left.

Notes about the painting from Cheryl (Luna) Robinson, VT Class of 1980, Elementary Education: In New Orleans, a Jazz Funeral includes a Second Line,…

Sent for first anniversary. Painting depicts students at a candlelight vigil.

This memorial textile was presented to the University Libraries by Lumbantoruan's parents when they came to Virginia Tech to accept his degree. …

Two views of a glossy poster with photograph of the group with an airplane behind them with messages and signatures around the border

Three views of one yellow and multi-colored handmade quilt

Drawing features portraits of the victims

Crown was found on Virginia Tech Drillfield

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