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The University of Virginia

A Pictorial History
Susan Tyler Hitchcock. Updated and expanded by Mariflo Stephens

BUY Cloth · 272 pp. · 9 × 12 · ISBN 9780813931241 · $49.95 · May 2012

In the nearly two centuries since the first building’s completion in Thomas Jefferson’s academical village, programs and facilities at the University of Virginia have been continually expanded and updated. This second edition of Susan Tyler Hitchcock’s The University of Virginia: A Pictorial History, first published in 1999 and updated in 2003, traces Mr. Jefferson’s favorite project through an appropriately rich pageant of images and text. The book’s main chapters, arranged chronologically, follow the rise of the university from its founding to the accomplishments of John T. Casteen III’s presidency and the appointment of Teresa A. Sullivan as the university’s eighth, and first female, president.

In this second edition, Casteen’s legacy is considered, including AccessUVa, the university’s groundbreaking full-need financial aid program; initiatives to position the University of Virginia as a global leader; and major expansion of the physical facilities, including the Arts Precinct, the South Lawn Project, John Paul Jones Arena, the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, and groundbreaking for the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. The final chapter includes an essay on the historic preservation of the Academical Village and looks forward with new president Teresa A. Sullivan as Mr. Jefferson’s university sits poised on the eve of its bicentennial celebration. Highlights include interviews with John T. Casteen III and Teresa A. Sullivan.

Reviews:

Praise for the earlier edition:Carefully researched, beautifully written and authoritative, this insightful book covers virtually all of the important events that constitute the history of the University of Virginia. It will bring back happy memories to some and introduce others to the events of the University’s remarkable past.

Raymond C. Bice, emeritus professor and former University historian, University of Virginia

Praise for the earlier edition:"The talented Susan Tyler Hitchcock, an alumnus, provides a graceful chronological narrative of the school’s founding, growth, and development into a nationally ranked university. The design and organization of this book is striking and effective."

John T. Kneebone, Virginia Libraries

About the Author: 

Susan Tyler Hitchcock is a book editor for the National Geographic Society and the author of Geography of Religion: Where God Lives, Where Pilgrims Walk and Frankenstein: A Cultural History. Coy Barefoot teaches history at the University of Virginia in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He is the author of The Corner: A History of Student Life at the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson on Leadership.

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