Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Paul Mellon (1907-1999)

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

Paul Mellon (1907-1999)

Article excerpt

This winter the Virginia Historical Society lost one of the most generous benefactors in its long history. Philanthropist Paul Mellon of Upperville died on 1 February. His gifts have made a signal difference to this institution over many decades. Indeed, they have helped underwrite the transformation of the Society since the middle of the century.

It was our great good fortune that he decided to make his home in Virginia in the mid-1930s, in the rolling horse country that slopes up toward the shadow of the Blue Ridge. Since that time, the nation, the commonwealth, and the Virginia Historical Society have been the grateful recipients of his generosity.

In 1956-57 he made possible the construction of an addition at Battle Abbey that enabled the Society to move its library from its downtown location on Franklin Street. His Old Dominion Foundation funded the publication of sixteen volumes in the Documents Series of edited primary texts, and other contributions brought treasures to our book and manuscript collections. …

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