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Matthew Getsey collection of Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda Restored interview recordings

 Unprocessed Material — Box: ViU2021.0161_001
Identifier: ViU-2021-0161

Content Description

This collection contains interviews and conversations with Joseph Lee Vaughan and Omer Allan Gianniny, Jr., authors of Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda Restored 1973-1976, Louis Ballou, Richmond, Virginia architect and artist, and Frederick Nichols, a Barboursville, Virginia artist who wrote the forward to the Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda Restored. The recordings are contained on three reel-to-reel tapes and five CD-Rs of the digitized copies of the reel-to-reels. The contents of the reels and audio CD-Rs are as follows: Reel to Reel Tape 1: Conversation with Louis Ballou, Joseph Vaughan, and Allan Gianniny. Dated February 16, 1978. Length: 2 hours, 33 mins. Reel to Reel Tape 2: Interview with Frederick Nichols, by Joseph Vaughan and Allan Gianniny. Dated May 11, 1978 Length: 1 hour, 12 mins. Reel to Reel Tape 3: Story of the Rotunda Renovation with Joseph Vaughan and Allan Gianniny. Length: 23 mins. Interview excerpt with an unknown speaker. Length: 10 mins. The CD-Rs are as follows: one CD containing unfiltered audio files of all reels, two CDs containing audio of Reel to Reel Tape 1, one CD containing audio of Reel to Reel Tape 2, one CD containing audio of Reel to Reel Tape 3.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Mathew Getsey, 25 August 2021.

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

Original digital media (floppy disks, zip disks, thumb drives, born-digital files, etc.) and other media formats such as LPs, audiotapes, reel-to-reels, videotapes, films, CDs, and DVDs cannot be handled directly by patrons. Please contact Special Collections via our online Reference Request form,, to request access to these materials. Please be aware that additional actions may be required to make these items available. Items will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis before access can be made. Depending on the size of the request, it may take some time to make them available for use.


  • Creation: 1978



.2 Cubic Feet (1 half-width letter size document box)

3.17 Gigabytes (5 CDs)

3 Cassettes (3 audiotape reels)


3 audiotape reels 5 CD-Rs