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12015-09-16T17:17:22-07:00Ashley Maynor5adce0171052a8cc24f02b7c0a0c96951154dfb560701An interview with Tamara Kennelly, university archivist at Virginia Tech about the April 16th Condolence Archive. Supplement to the web documentary The Story of the Stuff.plain2015-09-16T17:17:22-07:00Vimeo2015-06-12T13:39:27video130567870Ashley Maynorinterviewsdocumentarytemporary memorialspublic tragedyAshley Maynor5adce0171052a8cc24f02b7c0a0c96951154dfb5
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12015-09-16T17:17:22-07:00Virginia Tech & the April 16th Condolence Archive1Case Studyplain1603612015-09-16T17:17:22-07:00On April 16, 2007, a lone gunman killed 32 people and wounded 17 in two separate attacks on the Virginia Tech campus. The incident remains one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.
The outpouring of grief from around the world was swift and overwhelming. As news of the tragedy spread rapidly online, people began sending their condolences to Blacksburg in the form of teddy bears, cards, homemade objects, and any other expressions meant to give comfort to those affected by the shooting. The university was inundated with an unprecedented amount of material.
Tamara Kennelly, University Archivist at Virginia Tech, led the initiative to catalog and preserve the objects received.