Governor Funds Library

It looks like last month’s meeting between Governor Gilmore and President Casteen paid off. Due to state budget shortfalls, educational funding has been slashed, including the $7M that Virginia had committed to the construction of UVa’s $26M Special Collections building. Casteen has apparently changed the mind of Governor Gilmore, as he has now agreed to provide UVa with the promised funding, meaning that construction can begin early next year. UVa’s special collections are truly impressive, consisting of 12 million manuscripts and 300,000 rare books, including the only complete manuscript of “Leaves of Grass” and a copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed July 4th, 1776.

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