Library of Congress selects “Virginia in the Civil War” for Web Archives

Blue Ridge PBS multimedia production added to Civil War Sesquicentennial collection

(Roanoke, Va.)—The U.S. Library of Congress has selected award-winning “Virginia in the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance," a Blue Ridge PBS production, for inclusion in its Web Archives. Associated Web material from the multimedia project, including video segments from the three-hour documentary, will be included in an historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War Sesquicentennial. “Virginia in the Civil War” was produced by Blue Ridge PBS in partnership with the Virginia Tech Center for Civil War Studies and the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.


The Library of Congress preserves the nation's cultural artifacts and provides enduring access to them. With the Web Archives, the library is preserving online materials for researchers from across the world. The American Civil War Sesquicentennial collection will be available at Library of Congress facilities and, by special arrangement, at scholarly institutions. “Virginia in the Civil War” content will also be available more broadly, as part of the library’s public access website.

“Having Blue Ridge PBS educational material preserved at the Library of Congress is a true honor,” said James Baum, station president and CEO. “The ‘Virginia in the Civil War’ sesquicentennial project is a wonderful example of how Blue Ridge PBS is providing educators with quality, engaging instructional resources.”

“Virginia in the Civil War” DVDs, designed for classroom use, were sent to every public school and library system in the commonwealth. “Now we will be able to reach an even larger audience with this important project,” added Baum. “With Virginia Tech’s ‘Bud’ Robertson and ‘Jack’ Davis, ‘Virginia in the Civil War’ features two of the country’s most respected Civil War historians. They are certainly deserving of this Library of Congress recognition.”

James I. ‘Bud’ Robertson Jr. and William C. ‘Jack’ Davis, directors at the Center for Civil War Studies, wrote and hosted “Virginia in the Civil War.” They and other historians look at Virginia’s contributions, its sacrifices, and the gallantry displayed by citizens at all levels during this nation-molding struggle. Virginia was a pivotal state in the Civil War. Over 60 percent of the battles in the four-year war were fought in the Old Dominion, which suffered more damage in that period than any other area in the western hemisphere.

According to the Library of Congress Web Archiving Team, Internet materials contribute to the historical record, capturing information that could otherwise be lost. With the growing role of the Web as an influential medium, records of historic events could be considered incomplete without materials that were "born digital" and never printed on paper.

Information about "Virginia in the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance," along with a video of select segments, can be found here.