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Book Baskets records

Identifier: MSS 15920

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Records of the Book Baskets (1995-2018; 1.5 cubic feet) consists of meeting agendas, minutes, reports, news clippings, photographs, thank you letters, information on grants, contributors, and general correspondence. The collection is organized into three series.


  • 1995 - 2018

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Historical Note

Book Baskets, a local nonprofit organization, was the brain child of Mildred Abraham and was established in 1995 with the goal of encouraging reading through book ownership. For over 20 years Book Baskets has been deeply committed to giving new or lightly used books to those children in the Charlottesville, Va. and Albemarle County area who might not otherwise have books of their own. They currently serve over 30 local social service agencies or education programs. On average, they place over 20,000 books per year into the appreciative hands of children. A small bookplate is placed in the front of each book, allowing the recipient to identify the gift book as his or her own.

Source: based on


1.5 Cubic Feet (3 legal size document boxes)


The collection is arranged into 3 series: Series 1. Records, Series 2. Thank you cards, Series 3. Grants and partnerships.


Donated by Ann Southwell, 30 July on July 30, 2018.


Other accessions included in this collection were received on April 8, 2015, July 30, 2015, and November 7, 2016.
Book Baskets records
Ellen Welch
31 January 2019
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States