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Edmund Berkeley Jr. papers-addition 1

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ViU-2023-0062

Content Description

This addition to MSS 12809 Edmund Berkeley Jr. papers includes the personal and professional correspondence, research, notes, photographs, high school and University report cards and certificates, offprints, calendars and planners, publications, and other ephemera belonging to Edmund "Ned" Berkeley, Jr., Director of Special Collections at the University of Virginia, and Elizabeth (Betty) Makaritis Berkeley, teacher and editorial coordinator of the Works of William James project. The collection includes a cross-section of Berkeley's interests and life and the work he completed during his three decades at the University of Virginia Special Collections Department. The bulk of the collection is correspondence and greeting cards between Ned and Betty and their children, family, and friends. Some of the correspondence written by Betty is in Greek. There is also some professional correspondence with University staff and other colleagues. In addition to the correspondence, materials include Berkeley's research on Robert Carter and early Virginia history, his materials on his retirement, and publications that Berkeley authored, various publications on library operations, historical pamphlets from sites Berkeley traveled to, and personal materials, including his passport and high school and university transcripts from both Ned and Betty. A small number of photographs are also included. Edmund "Ned" Berkeley (1937 -2020) graduated from the University of the South in Tennessee before completing his Master's Degree at the University of Virginia in the early 1960s. He then taught at various private schools in Tennessee and Virginia before joining the staff of the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Berkeley returned to the University of Virginia in the mid-1960s to work in the library's Special Collections department. Berkeley held several positions in the department, including archivist, assistant curator, and manuscripts curator, before becoming Director of Special Collections and University Archivist. He also served as the University's records manager. His many other contributions included the creation of manuals and policies on collection development and processing and his recommendations for a new building to house the University's special collections — a project eventually realized with the construction of the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture and the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. In 1976 Berkeley was made associate professor in the general faculty, and upon his retirement in 1999, the Board of Visitors elected him Associate Professor Emeritus.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Maria Lamb, 13 January 2023.

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Script of Description


Restrictions Apply



  • Creation: 1930s-2020



11.23 Cubic Feet (9 cubics, 1 letter-sized filed boxes, 1 legal-sized filed box, 2 half legal-sized filed box,and 1 small oversized folder)

Language of Materials


Greek, Modern (1453-)


Box ViU2021-0062_001 Research: early VA History Box ViU2021-0062_002 Research: Robert Carter and early VA History Box ViU2021-0062_003 Research: notecards Box ViU2021-0062_004 Research: Carson, transcripts Box ViU2021-0062_005: Retired Files – Correspondence, c.1962-2006 Box ViU2021-0062_006 Correspondence, c.1988-1991 Box ViU2021-0062_007 Correspondence, c.1992-2001 Box ViU2021-0062_008 Correspondence and planners, c.2022-2013 Box ViU2021-0062_009 Correspondence and planners, c.1962-2016 Box ViU2021-0062_010 Correspondence and ephemera, c.1962-2016 Box ViU2021-0062_011 Correspondence, 1973-2019 Box ViU2021-0062_012 Correspondence, 1964-1972 Box ViU2021-0062_013 Publications