Appalachian History: Manuscript Resources in Special Collections
116th REGIMENT, NEW YORK INFANTRY.M LETTER, 1863. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a letter discussing business conditions surrounding the 116th NY, as well as the election of 1864 and brief information about the regiment and its leisurely activities. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-049.
ACKLER, BRYAN. PAPERS, 1968-71. 1.0 cu. ft. Graduate of
(1971), and one of the founders and editors of Alice, a
Blacksburg, Virginia, underground newspaper. Collection consists of
issues of Alice (1968-71); a tape recording of a student reply to a
University radio program about student unrest; and a paper written by
Ackler, "Alice: the Study of a Free Press." Ms90-047.
ADAMS, ELIZABETH KENT (1908-1994). PAPERS, 1922-1987. 0.2 cu. ft. Resident of Radford, Virginia and local historian. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, genealogical charts, essays, and other materials related to the history of Southwest Virginia and of Adams' ancestral lines, especially the Cloyd, Kent, McGavock and Putnam families. Includes photocopy of the autobiography of A. W. Putnam, photocopies of James Randall Kent's will and inventory of debts, and photocopies and originals of other family papers. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms90-045.
ADRIANCE, THOMAS (1937-96). PAPERS, 1980-95. 3.0 cu. ft.
Associate Professor of History at Virginia Tech (1968-96). Educated at
Dartmouth College (B.A., 1959) and Columbia University (Ph.D., 1968).
Papers consist of approximately 700 performance programs of theatrical
and musical productions given in the local Blacksburg and Southwest
Virginia region, New York City, and cities in Europe. Programs include
performances given by the Roanoke Symphony, Barter Theatre (Abingdon,
Virginia), and the Metropolitan Opera. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms96-003.
ALEXANDER, HENRIE H. LETTER, 1862. 0.1 cu. ft. Blacksburg,
Virginia, resident, and Confederate lieutenant in the 22nd Virginia
Regiment in the Civil War. Letter written June 10, 1862, from Alexander,
in Blacksburg, to Captain W.G. Price in Wytheville, Virginia, about a
recent skirmish with the Union soldiers at Salt Sulphur Springs, Virginia
(now West Virginia). Ms60-002.
ALLEGHANY CHAPTER, NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE
REVOLUTION. RECORDS, 1890-2008, n.d. 6.8 cu. ft. The Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) was formed in 1890 as an organization to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence, to encourage historical research in relation Membership in the D.A.R. is eligible to "any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution." The Alleghany Chapter was organized in 1911 in Blacksburg, Virginia, of members who descended from the pioneers who held land in the New River section of the Allegheny Mountains. The records consist of rosters, D.A.R. magazines, constitutions and by-laws, minutes and membership ledgers, yearbooks, scrapbooks, news bulletins, obituaries of members, and the original charter of the chapter. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1995-019.
ALLEN FAMILY. SCRAPBOOK, 1970-1972. 0.1 cu. ft. Carroll County, Virginia family involved in 1912 gun battle in the Hillsville, Virginia courthouse. Scrapbook chronicles the history of the shootout, its participants and aftermath in a set of newspaper clippings, including a series titled "Fatal Doom of the Allens" by Louise Jones Dubose. Also includes one original piece, a poem titled "A Memorial: Claude Swanson Allen." Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-065.
AMISS, EDWIN J. LAND GRANT, 1838. 0.1 cu. ft. Land grant signed
by Governor David Campbell for 150 acres of land in Montgomery County,
Virginia, to Amiss. Ms80-044.
ANDERSON, C. B. RECORDS, 1884-1910. 0.5 cu. ft. General store owner in Newbern (Pulaski County), Virginia. Ledgers, daybooks, and business journals for accounts in Anderson's store (7 items). Finding aid
available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms 89-083.
ANDERSON, SHERWOOD (1876-1941). COLLECTION, 1912-1938. 1.0 cu. ft. American novelist, short story writer, and critic; settled on Ripshin Farm (Marion, Virginia) in 1929, and became owner/operator of both local newspapers. Correspondence, including letters from Anderson to daughter Marian ("Mimi"), together with letters to other family members and a few letters regarding professional matters; typescript of a speech given to striking laborers in Danville, Virginia in 1931; and research materials about Anderson (mainly reproduction photographs and notes on his books) compiled by professors Ray White and Charles Modlin. A finding aid for the collection is available in the Virginia Heritage database. Ms73-002.
APPALACHIAN ORAL HISTORY PROJECT. RECORDS, 1986-1991. 1.25 cu. ft. Oral
history interviews conducted by students of Dr. Jean Speer and Dr. Bohland in the Department of
Humanities at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Interviewees include Frank W.
Bannister, Lillie A. Beavers, Julia T. Bratton, Thomas Cartmel Brown, Carol M. Caldwell,
Freeman A. Cockram, Virginia B. Creger, Robert and Josephine Dolinger, Ora Evans, Donald R.
Fessler, Anne W. Frame, David H. Halsey. Mildred S. Richardson, Judith C. Sale, Elizabeth M.
Weatherford. Restricted interview materials include Georgia Croy, Carlton Harmon, Jack and
Lillian Minnick, Ellison A. Smyth, and Keith Webb. Materials consist of audiocassette and
mini-cassette tapes, tape logs, and student photographs and essays about some interviewees.
Transcript available for the Hamblin interview. Finding
aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms93-025.
APPALACHIAN QUILT PROJECT. CASSETTE TAPES, 1978-79. 0.8 cu. ft.
Oral history project conducted by the Department of Clothing, Textiles,
and Related Art at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Collection consists of recorded interviews with forty-three quiltmakers
in Floyd and Washington counties, Virginia. Transcripts available.
APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION TEACHING PROJECT. RECORDS, 2001-2006. 0.2 cu. ft. Collection consists of five bound reports produced for the Appalachian Regional Commission Teaching Project from the years 2001-2006. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-041.
APPALACHIAN STUDENT ORGANIZING COMMITTEE. COLLECTION, 1964-1975. 12.4 cu. ft.collection consists primarily of the papers of David Tice and Allan Cox, student organizers of the Appalachian Student Organizing Committee. Materials include correspondence, clippings files, small-press and local publications on Appalachian issues, petitions, and notes and drafts. The materials in the collection deal with various topics, including strip mining and land use issues, poverty, health care and free clinics, coal mining and coal miners, strikes, local political races, issues at Virginia Tech, and the Vietnam War and other national and international issues. Finding aid available online. RG 31/14/10.
APPERSON FAMILY; see BLACK, KENT, AND APPERSON FAMILIES, PAPERS OF, 1779-1984 (Bulk
1821-1948). 7 l.f. John Samuel Apperson (1837-1908) served as a hospital
steward under Dr. Harvey Black in the 4th Virginia Regiment and the
field hospital of the Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, during
the Civil War, and later became a doctor. Papers include Apperson's
correspondence (ca. 1850-1900) and Civil War diaries (1861-65, 6
diaries); a medallion (1893) commemorating the 400th anniversary of
Christopher Columbus's discovery of America owned by John S. Apperson;
the correspondence and genealogical notes (ca. 1920-85) of Mr. and Mrs.
Alex Apperson; and a notebook containing a Blacksburg history (1944) by
Mary Apperson. Also includes scrapbooks (1933-50) of clippings,
correspondence, and telegrams with information about the political
career of Harvey Black Apperson (1890-1948), who was a State Senator and
Attorney General of Virginia. Includes leases and reports from the
Blacksburg Mining and Manufacturing Company of Montgomery County,
Virginia, of which Alex Apperson was a stockholder. Genealogical notes
and sources compiled by Alex and Miriam Apperson include information on
the Amiss, Crockett, Dudley, Mastin, Porter, Tynes, and Woodbridge
families. The Appersons were connected by marriage to the Black and Kent
aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database.
ASHER, ANTHONY L. PAPERS, 1921-23. 0.1 cu. ft. Captain in the
Army in World War I, later a resident of West Virginia and Roanoke,
Virginia. Papers consist of letters which mention Asher's participation
as a National Guardsman in the West Virginia Coal Mining Wars in
September 1921, and which deal with an accusation that Asher stole
property or money from the National Guard in 1922; photographs; and a
typescript resume by Asher. Ms88-078.
ASSOCIATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF VIRGINIA ANTIQUITIES,
COUNTY BRANCH. RECORDS, 1754-1996. 6.0 cu. ft. Founded in 1889, the
APVA has twenty branches which own and maintain historic properties. The
Montgomery County branch maintains the Smithfield Plantation in
Blacksburg. Records largely document the recent history of Smithfield,
ancestral home of the Preston family, especially its restoration
beginning in 1962. Includes correspondence of George Green Shackelford
(then director of the Montgomery County APVA), minutes, reports,
clippings, programs, photographs, and architectural drawings, as well as
APVA annual reports, newsletters (1982-88), and issues of
Discovery (1977-89). Also includes historical documents of and
genealogical information about the Preston family. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms62-001.
BAKER, JOSEPH J. (1841-1931). CORRESPONDENCE, 1863-1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Private, later Corporal with Co. K, 54th Regiment, Virginia Infantry. Farmer in Wythe County, following the Civil War. Collection includes two letters, one from 1863 including a description of Chickamauga, and one from 1864, describing Baker's experiences near Marietta, Georgia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-046.
BALDWIN FAMILY. LETTERS, 1861-1897. 0.1 cu. ft. Tazewell County, Virginia family. Letters from Denison B. Baldwin, Captain of 23rd Battalion Virginia Infantry to wife Sallie W. Barnes Baldwin. Also includes letter from Baldwin's brother-in-law, Oscar F. Barnes, while a prisoner at Fort Delaware, as well as letters among other family members and residents of Southwest Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-033.
BANK OF BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA]. MINUTE BOOK, 1892-1903. 1 vol.
Photocopy of the minutes of stockholders' and directors' meetings.
BARNETT, JAMES. INVENTORY, 1811. 0.1 cu. ft. List of
free Negroes and Mulattoes, compiled by James Barnett, district commissioner of revenue for Montgomery County, Virginia. List includes places of residence of the free persons
as well as a brief job description. Finding
aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database.
BARNETT, JOHN W. PATENT, 1879. 1 item. Broadside entitled "Instructions for Using John W. Barnett's Patent Process for Curing Leaf Tobacco. Patented January 7th 1879." Barnett is identified as a resident of Big Spring, Montgomery County, Virginia. Image available Ms98-002.
BEAR, VIVIAN COLEMAN (1888-1984). PAPERS, 1844-1960. 0.2 cu. ft. Resident of Roanoke, Virginia; cousin of Mark Twain. Correspondence to Bear, most apparently from would-be suitors, including Baltimore attorney H. Ferd Wiegand; correspondence and financial documents of the Clemens and Staley families; Bible with genealogical notes and clippings; photographs; and ephemera. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-086.
BELCHER, DALE. PHOTOGRAPHS, 1987-94. 34 items. Photographer of
Floyd County, Virginia. Black & white photographs of scenes in Floyd,
Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, and Scott counties, Virginia, and scenes in
Kentucky and West Virginia, depicting the traditional culture of mountain
BEVERLY, MOSES. LAND GRANT, 1792. 0.1 cu. ft. Grant for fifty
acres in Montgomery County, Virginia, signed by James Monroe, then
governor of Virginia. Ms86-017.
BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION [MONTGOMERY COUNTY, VIRGINIA].
1973-77. 1.0 cu. ft. Commission organized to encourage county
organizations to engage in Bicentennial commemorative programs. Records
0.5 cu. ft.); and annual reports and ot
include correspondence, minutes, reports, and newspaper clippings.
BIG STONY RAILROAD COMPANY. RECORDS, 1897-1917. Ms81-006.
BIG VEIN ANTHRACITE COLLIERIES. RECORDS, 1926-1928. 0.1 cu. ft. Coal mining operation in McCoy (Montgomery County), Virginia. Daily reports of fire boss, describing mine conditions. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms90-014.
BIGGER, PEACOCK. ESTATE PAPERS, 1751-1754. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of two documents (1751-1754) related to Peacock Bigger's estate and attempts to settle it. Finding aid available online. Ms2012-035.
BLACK APPALACHIANS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT. CASSETTE TAPES, 1991. 0.4 cu. ft. Oral history interviews (22 on 25 tapes) conducted by Dr. Michael Cooke of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University of and about blacks in Appalachia, predominantly in Montgomery County, Virginia. Interviewees include Frank T. Bannister, Leola Burns, Alexandra Burford, Roxie Ida Byson, Rice Dobbins, James E. Dow, Rosa Thomas Holmes, Charles A. Johnson, Thompson V. Lester, Elizabeth Lester, Walter H. Lewis, William Burrell Morgan, W. Waymon Pack (transcript available), Cora Pack, J. Homer Pack, Christine P. Price (transcript available), Valerie Scott, Mason Scott, Homer C. Sherman, James E. Sherman, Ellison A. Smyth (transcript available), James C. Wade (transcript available), and Sarah J. Wade (transcript available). Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms91-019.
BLACK, KENT, AND APPERSON FAMILIES, PAPERS OF, 1779-1984 (Bulk
1821-1948). 7 l.f. Papers and artifacts of an interrelated family
prominent in Blacksburg's history. Dr. Harvey Black (1827-88) served in
the Civil War as a surgeon for the Fourth Virginia Infantry Regiment and
as surgeon in charge of the field hospital of the 2nd Corps, Army of
Northern Virginia. Black assisted in the operation on General Thomas J.
"Stonewall" Jackson after he had been wounded at the Battle of
Chancellorsville. He was a founder and was on the first Board of
Visitors of the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, now
Virginia Tech. Papers include the Civil War correspondence of
Confederate surgeon Dr. Harvey Black to his wife, the Civil War diary of
hospital steward John S. Apperson, cotton books and correspondence of
Germanicus Kent, nineteenth-century account books of Blacksburg
mercantile establishments, a 1912 European travel diary, the political
scrapbooks of State Senator and Attorney General Harvey B. Apperson, and
genealogy research on the Black, Kent, and Apperson and related
families. Also includes a manuscript notebook
with a history of Blacksburg, as told to Mary E. Apperson by her
mother Lizzie Black Apperson. The Blacks were connected by marriage to
the Apperson and Kent families. Ms74-003. Finding
aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database.
BLACK, JOHN H. LETTER, 1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Lieutenant in the 12th
predominantly in Montgomery County, Virginia.
Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry in the Civil War, writing his wife on
October 21, 1864, from Bolivar Heights, Virginia (now West Virginia).
Writes about the Battle of Cedar Creek (October 19, 1864) and efforts to
recruit new troops to replace those lost in the battles. Ms89-089.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA], TOWN OF. MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS,
0.3 cu. ft. Collection consists of a variety of Blacksburg town
documents and reports collected by Virginia Polytechnic Institute
librarians. Includes financial statements (1927-51), a typescript annual
report (1954), a population study (1944), Chamber of Commerce brochures,
and information on elections (1936-68). Ms87-003.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA] COMMUNITY CONCERT ASSOCIATION.
1939-69. 1.0 cu. ft. Organized to invite outside artists to perform on
the Virginia Tech campus. Records include membership ledgers (33 vol.),
programs, letters to members, and newspaper clippings. Ms76-002.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA] COMMUNITY FEDERATION. RECORDS,
0.2 cu. ft. Formed in 1928 to unite community organizations toward
common goals in matters dealing with public health, education, and
community beautification. Originally called the Blacksburg Federated
Council and was the direct outgrowth of a community study done in 1928 by
the Virginia Tech Department of Rural Sociology in cooperation with
various town organizations. Collection includes Community Days Programs
(1926-29), Community Chest letters (1934-45), a Directory of Blacksburg
Service Agencies (1942), and miscellaneous documents. Ms87-002.
[BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA GENERAL STORE]. DAY BOOK, 1894-1895. 0.1 cu. ft. Unidentified Blacksburg general store, possibly that of James P. Harvey. Ledger recording daily transactions, including customer names, goods purchased, and prices. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1968-010.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA] HIGH SCHOOL BAND BOOSTERS.
1972-75. 1 vol. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings and photographs of the
Blacksburg High School Warrior Band and about the work of the Band
Boosters, whose purpose was to encourage and support the development of
the instrumental program in the Blacksburg schools. Ms94-031.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA] MUSIC CLUB. RECORDS, 1907-1971. 2.5 cu. ft. Founded to promote the study of music among its members and to stimulate local interest through regularly scheduled musical programs. Affiliated with the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Correspondence, minutes, programs, financial records, scrapbooks, rosters, and bylaws. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1979-008.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA] ODD FELLOWS LODGE. RECORDS, 1910-30.
3.8 cu. ft. Black fraternal and religious organization. Records include
papers of the Independent Order of St. Luke, souvenir programs, annual
reports, calendars, financial reports, proceedings from meetings,
circulars, membership books, ritual books, and correspondence. Collection includes
black wool uniform coatee with brass buttons with insignia BOOF. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA] ORAL HISTORY PROJECT. RECORDS, 1984-
0.2 cu. ft. Project of the University Libraries of Virginia Tech to
collect information on the history of Blacksburg, Virginia. Collection
contains taped interviews, most with transcripts, of the following
Blacksburg residents: Cliff Busby, Georgia Croy, S.H. Kessinger, Lucy Lee
Lancaster, George Litton, Howard Price, Carrie T. Sibold, and Ellison A.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA] POST OFFICE. RECORDS, 1914-22. 0.4 cu.
Collection consists of Postmaster's account and record book (1914-17),
cash books of the International Money Order Office (1915-22, 4 vols.),
and a postmark impression book (1918-20). Ms73-009.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA] PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. LAND DEEDS,
1904, AND 1924. 0.1 cu. ft. Three deeds for land owned or sold by the
trustees of the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church. Trustees include K.
Black, W.M. Lybrook, Charles Black, Edwin I. Amiss, and Thomas Brown.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA] REGIONAL ART ASSOCIATION. RECORDS,
Boosters, whose purpose was to encourage and suppo
0.1 cu. ft. Community art club formed in 1950 as a chapter of the
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Sponsored monthly exhibits at the Virginia
Polytechnic Institute Library and brought Virginia Museum Artmobiles to
Blacksburg. Materials include programs and letters to members.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA] STUDY GROUP. RECORDS, 1984-85. 0.5 cu.
Study group funded by the Blacksburg town council under the aegis of the
Townscape Committee to study the town's architecture and landscape,
inform town officials about present conditions, and make recommendations
for changes. Results were accumulated for a book,
Blacksburg-Understanding a Virginia Town: Town Architecture
(1986) by Donna Dunay. Records include architectural drawings, maps,
diagrams, and photographs used in the book. Ms87-008.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA] - VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE CIVILIAN DEFENSE COUNCIL. RECORDS, 1942-1945. 0.4 cu. ft. Town-college council organized to administer and promote local civilian responses and efforts during World War II. Correspondence, reports, and printed materials relating to salvage drives and other activities. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1979-005.
BLACKSBURG [VIRGINIA] WOMAN'S CLUB. RECORDS, 1907-1972. 7.0 cu. ft. Founded as the Women's Civic Betterment Club in 1907; disbanded in 1970. Involved in civic improvement projects including community beautification, public health, civil defense, charity and cultural programs. Records include correspondence, minutes, financial records, scrapbooks and printed material. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms63-002.
BLACKSMITH LEDGER, c. 1928. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection includes a ledger, most likely from Rural Retreat, Virginia, featuring approx. 200 pages of local customer order logs. Finding aid available online. Ms2012-049.
BLECHER, MARVIN. AUDIOCASSETTE TAPE, 1998. 1 item. Oral history interview conducted by Virginia Tech student Christina Roemer with Marvin and Freda Blecher of Blacksburg, Virginia, about their involvement in the Jewish community in the town and the Hillel student organization at Virginia Tech. Dr. Marvin Blecher served as faculty advisor for Hillel from 1973 to 1983. Also includes information about the Blacksburg Jewish Community Center and other Jewish communities in the region. Ms98-017.
BLIZNAKOV, MILKA T. (1927- ). ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS, 1978-
0.5 cu. ft. Born in Bulgaria; architect of Blacksburg, Virginia, and
professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. Founder
and former Chair of the Board of Advisors for the International Archive
of Women in Architecture. Papers consists of forty-three architectural
drawings drawn by her of her residence in Blacksburg. Ms91-025.
BLUE RIDGE DISCOVERY CENTER. COLLECTION, 2011. 0.2 cu. ft.
Environmental non-profit organization founded to foster "creativity, discovery, and critical thinking through interest-driven and hands on activities focused on the Blue Ridge Mountains." Printed materials published by the organization. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2012-004.
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY FOLKLIFE PROJECT. RECORDS, 1978-79. 14.0
ft. Oral history project conducted by the American Folklife Center in
cooperation with the National Park Service. Project surveyed folk
cultural traditions along the Blue Ridge Parkway, particularly along a
hundred-mile stretch from Rocky Knob, Virginia, to Doughton Park, North
Carolina. Field coordinator for the project was Charles K. Wolfe of
Middle Tennessee State University. Collection consists of taped
interviews, photographs, and field notes. Ms86-009.
BOATWRIGHT, CYNTHIA ADDINGTON (1898-1973). PAPERS, 1936-60.
cu. ft. Resident of Coeburn, Wise County, Virginia, active in civic,
church, and political organizations in the county and state. President
of the Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs, 1941-44. Member of the
Board of Visitors of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1944-49. Papers
consist of scrapbooks, photographs, news clippings, certificates, and
convention programs, mostly concerning the Virginia Federation of Women's
Clubs in the 1930s and 1940s. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms90-070.
BODELL, DOROTHY (1931- ). RESEARCH NOTES, 1850-1996. 0.8 cu.
ft. Resident and local historian of Blacksburg, Virginia. Collection
consists of photocopies of notes and files Bodell compiled while
researching her book Montgomery White Sulphur Springs: A History of the
Resort, Cemeteries, Markers, and Monument, published in 1993. Notes
include information about the resort's use as a Confederate hospital
during the Civil War, run by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy,
a religious order of Charleston, South Carolina. Also includes material
prepared for the 40th reunion of the Blacksburg High School class of 1948
(of which Bodell was a member). Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms88-042.
BOONE, BETTY BELLE (1865-1931). DIARY, 1893-1894. 0.1 cu. ft. Young woman of Boones Mill, Franklin County, Virginia. Diary documenting household chores and social activities. Finding
aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-051.
BOSWORTH, SQUIRE (1785-1870). PAPERS, 1848-1892. 0.1 cu. ft. Physician and county court clerk of Randolph County, Virginia/West Virginia. Correspondence, personal financial and legal documents, including discussions of political activities in antebellum western Virginia and Reconstruction issues in North Carolina and Virginia. Includes papers relating to a claim for losses incurred during the Civil War. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-060.
BOYNTON, HENRY B. (1899-1991). PAPERS, 1931-91. 4.0 cu. ft.
Architect of Roanoke, Virginia. Graduate of Virginia Tech (B.S. in
Agricultural Engineering, 1921; B.S. in Civil Engineering, 1923). With
Louis Smithey founded Smithey & Boynton, Architects and Engineers, in
Roanoke in 1935. Retired in 1982 but remained active in the firm until
1988. Member and President (1955) of the Virginia Chapter of the
American Institute of Architects. Member (1962-72) of the Virginia State
Registration Board for Architects, Professional Engineers and Land
Surveyors, and President in 1967. Papers consist of primarily financial
and administrative records from Smithey & Boynton, and awards and
certificates of honors bestowed upon Boynton. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms92-002.
BROWN FAMILY. PAPERS, 1825-1912, 1965, n.d. 0.5 cu. ft. Montgomery County, Virginia, family; owners of a farm on the north fork of the Roanoke River. Collection consists of receipts, bills, correspondence, tax notes and other papers created between 1825 and 1912, with the bulk of the collection from 1850 to 1894, by members of the Brown family, particularly James Cartmill Brown (1828-1913), as they purchased services and goods from business people in the community. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1990-011.
BROWN, GEORGE. TAX RECORDS BOOK, 1906-1922. 0.1 cu. ft. County and church clerk of Wythe County, Virginia. Ledger listing county special fund credits and delinquent taxpayers, as well as church treasury account transactions. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-002.
BROWN, MIMA. LETTER, 1863. 0.1 cu. ft. Pulaski Couty, Virginia, resident. Collection includes a letter from Brown to her brother John describing local supply shortages for soldiers, a recent outbreak of illness, and war news. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2012-025.
BROWN, RALPH MINTHORNE (1878-1958). PAPERS, 1925-1944. 2.3 cu. ft. Virginia Tech head librarian, amateur historian and naturalist; compiler of the V.P.I. Historical Index, 1872-1941. Historical sources relating to Virginia Tech, Blacksburg and the New River Valley; notes on local ornithological and weather observations. For Brown's official files as head librarian, see Record Group 23/1. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms70-002.
BRYAN, W. J. (b. 1825). ACCOUNT LEDGER, 1860-1911. 0.5 cu. ft. Greene County, Pennsylvania farmer. Ledger listing sales and property rental transactions, as well as royalty payments received for coal and oil removed from properties in Marion County, West Virginia and Greene County, Pennsylvania. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-027.
BUCHANAN, VIRGINIA, TOWN OF. PHOTOGRAPHS, ca. 1890s. 8 items. Town located in Botetourt County, Virginia. Collection consists of photographs of Main Street, the Baptist Church, and businesses located in Buchanan, around the 1890s. Ms96-024.
BUCKHORN COAL COMPANY. RECORDS, 1880-1961. 1.2 cu. ft.
that owned coal lands in Russell and Buchanan counties in Virginia.
Records include ledgers (stock transfers and cash books); blueprint maps showing coal lands, leases, and tunnels; and prospectus and abstracts of leases. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms84-175.
BURGER, SAMUEL (1820-1889). MATHEMATICS NOTEBOOK, 1857-?. 0.1 cu. ft. Botetourt, Virginia resident; teacher; Confederate Army captain. Collection consists of a math notebook with algebra and word problems. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-009.
BURNS & BURNS, ATTORNEYS AT LAW. RECORDS, 1871-1910, n.d. 2.0 cu. ft. Lawyers of Lebanon, Virginia, in Russell County. Records consist of case files, legal briefs, correspondence, circuit court petitions, and collection notices. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms94-032.
CAPERTON FAMILY. PAPERS, 1861-62. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection
consists of transcripts of letters written by Mary Elizabeth Henderson
Caperton of Nelson County, Virginia, to her husband George Henry
Caperton, a soldier in the 1st Virginia Regiment of Mounted Volunteers
(also known as the 30th Virginia Volunteers Mounted) in the Civil War.
Mary Caperton wrote most of the letters from White Thorn, in Blacksburg,
American Institute of Architects. Member
Virginia, while staying with Sarah Ann Caperton Preston, her husband's
sister, while her husband served in the Confederate Army. She writes of
various members of the Preston family, fears that the slaves will rise up
in rebellion, and Dr. Harvey Black. Collections also includes a copy of
George Caperton's diary written in late 1861 while he was ill.
CARNAHAN, JOHN NEWTON (1824-1862). LETTERS, 1861-1862. 0.1 cu. ft. Resident of Pulaski County, Virginia; private in Company F, 54th Virginia Infantry during the Civil War. Letters written from camps in Southwest Virginia and eastern Kentucky to wife Juliette Sophia Calfee Carnahan and children at home in Pulaski County. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-112.
CARPENTER, HENRY C. (d. 1864). LETTERS, 1862-64. 0.1 cu. ft.
Born in Bland County, Virginia. Corporal in Company H, 45th Virginia
Infantry in the Civil War. Papers consist of seven letters from
Carpenter to his sister Elizabeth, written between February 1862 and June
1864 while encamped in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia; Monroe
County, West Virginia; Saltville, Virginia; and Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Participated in the Battle of Cloyd's Farm in May 1864. Died in
Woodstock, Virginia, on October 6, 1864. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1996-008.
CARROLL COUNTY, VIRGINIA. PETITION, 1865. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a petition from former members of the 24th and 29th Virginia Infantries, seeking assistance for the pardon and release of POWs from Carroll County, Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-100.
CASSEL, JACOB. PAPERS, 1865-1881. 0.1 cu. ft. Confederate landowner from Smyth County, Virginia. Materials relate to Cassel's business, his community involvement, and the Civil War, and include a signed oath of allegiance from 1865. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms2008-086.
CASSELL, CHARLES M. (b. abt. 1842). LETTER, 1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Enlisted as a private with the 4th Virginia Reserves; later promoted to Sergeant. Collection consists of a letter to his aunt in Wytheville, Virginia, describing living conditions at Camp Dublin, his desire for a furlough, Confederate and Union desertions, as well as attempts to retrieve the deserters. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2012-018.
CASSELL, CHARLES WILLIS FAMILY. PAPERS, ca. 1883-1950. 4.2 cu. ft. Wythe County, Virginia, Lutheran minister, compiler of History of the Lutheran Church in Virginia and East Tennessee (1930). Cassell's personal, professional, and business correspondence; the personal correspondence of his wife and children; financial and legal records; diaries; notes on "catechetics;" scrapbooks containing historical sketches of various Lutheran Churches, obituaries, family-related social events and newspaper clippings concerning Cassell's services as pastor; and printed materials. Finding
aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms84-170.
A CENTER FOR CIVIC ACTIVITY IN THE TOWN OF BLACKSBURG: A
COMPETITION, 1992-94. 0.2 cu. ft. A design competition sponsored by
American Institute of Architects. Member
the town of Blacksburg, Virginia, and the College of Architecture and
Urban Studies of Virginia Tech which focused on a new town center.
Solicitation of submissions began in 1992 and the winner was decided the
following year. Materials include brochures about the competition
listing winners, committee members, jurors, calendar, entrants, and
competition managers, with the jury report; a poster advertising and
soliciting submissions to the competition, a competition site plan
showing existing conditions, and an article from CAUS News (Winter 1994)
with an article about the competition. Ms95-013.
CHARLTON FAMILY. LETTER, 1861. 0.1 cu. ft. Waddy C. Charlton (1839-1920), Montgomery County, Virginia native and soldier in the 4th Virginia Infantry during the Civil War. Photocopy of letter to Charlton from unidentified brother in Christiansburg, Virginia. Mentions family matters, local crop conditions, the local movement of troops aboard trains, the prospects of a Confederate invasion of Washington D.C. and Maryland, and military activities in northwestern Virginia. Part of the Civil War Small Manuscripts Collection. Ms2003-014.
CHARLTON FAMILY. PAPERS, 1853-1958. 0.2 cu. ft. Residents of Christiansburg (Montgomery County), Virginia. Civil War-era letters of Davidson W. L. Charlton and his sons Milton (54th Virginia Infantry), James P. and Pembroke (both of the 4th Virginia Infantry); and nephew Waddy C. Charlton (also of the 4th), all written to family friend Oliver H. P. Carden. Also includes other correspondence, legal/financial documents, and ephemera. Transcripts available. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1980-001.
CHILHOWIE MILLING COMPANY. CORRESPONDENCE, 1917. 0.2 cu. ft.
Smyth County, Virginia, makers of flour and meal. Correspondence
includes orders from Virginia Iron, Coal and Coke Company and the Norfolk
and Western Railway Company. Ms89-086.
CHOATE FAMILY. CORRESPONDENCE, 1862-64. 0.1 cu. ft. Allegheny
County, North Carolina, brothers--William T., S.J., and J.W.--who served
for the Confederacy in the Civil War. William enlisted in Company I,
61st North Carolina Regiment, and S.J. and J.W. enlisted in Company F,
22nd North Carolina Regiment. All died in the war. Papers consist of
photocopies of the thirty-two letters written among the brothers to each
other and to Martha Choate, wife of William. Includes a letter to Martha
from James Radcliffe, informing her of her husband's death.
CHRISTIANSBURG INDUSTRIAL INSTITUTE [CHRISTIANSBURG,
HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS, 1866-1991. 0.4 cu. ft. Founded in 1866 by Civil
War Union Captain Charles S. Shaeffer as a primary school for freed
blacks. Supported by the Friends Freedmen's Association of Philadelphia
(a Quaker organization). In 1896 Booker T. Washington reorganized the
school into a program that gave technical training to black boys. CII
was transferred to a 185-acre farm in 1905. In 1934 the Montgomery
County School Board began its management of the school, and by 1947 it
was converted to a regional high school for blacks in the local area. In
bridge (or bridges) across the
bri1966 CII closed when the local schools were integrated. Collection
consists of photocopies of historical documents and records of CII's
history, compiled by Amanda De Hart of Pulaski, Virginia, an alumna of
CII and the archivist for the school's alumni organization. Included in
the documents are copies of the papers (consisting mostly of handwritten
drafts of speeches, lectures, and sermons) of Edgar A. Long, principal of
CII from 1905 to 1924. The collections also includes copies of school
catalogs (1902-03, 1925-26), an annual report (1908), and writings of
alumnae. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database.
CHRISTIANSBURG [VIRGINIA] PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. MINUTE
1869-97. 1 vol. Minutes of session, written by congregational
secretaries R.D. Montague, Jno. R. Johnson, and Daniel Blain. Includes a
list of members, the time when they were admitted to the Church, and
their date of death. Ms84-179.
CLAYTOR, W. GRAHAM (1886-1971). PAPERS, 1912-1964. 3.0 cu. ft. Graduate (BS, electrical engineering, 1906) of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (later Virginia Polytechnic Institute); executive with the Roanoke (Virginia) Railway and Electric Company, American Electric Power Company, and American Gas and Electric Company; board member for Virginia Polytechnic Institute Alumni Fund and Virginia Polytechnic Institute Educational Foundation; and avid ham radio operator. Correspondence with business associates, political leaders, and industrial figures, printed materials relating to business and civic affairs, speech drafts, photographs, and files on the VPI Alumni Association and VPI Educational Foundation. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1981-095.
CLENDENING, ABRAM (d. 1864). LETTERS, 1863-67. 0.1 cu. ft. Six letters from or about Clendening and his brothers, all soldiers in the Union Army in the Civil War. Clendening and his family were from Mill Creek, (West) Virginia, but he and his brothers emigrated to Ohio when they refused to fight for the Confederacy. Clendening enlisted in the 5th Ohio Sharpshooters in December 1863. He died in May 1864 from a gunshot wound at Hallowell's Landing, Alabama. Letters by Clendening focus on his reasons for not fighting with the Confederacy, and after his death the letters by friends and family focus on his death and the location of his grave. Transcripts available. Ms91-067.
COCKE, THEOPHILUS (1825-1911). LETTER, 1907. 0.1 cu. ft. Veteran of the Mexican War. Letter to Dr. Brancomb Cabble requesting benefits provided by the Service Pension Bill of 1907. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-057.
COFFEE FAMILY. LAND GRANT, 1800. 1 item. Grant for 730 acres in
Montgomery County, Virginia, signed by James Monroe as governor of
Virginia to Robert, James, and Samuel Coffee. Ms86-018.
COOPER, BYRON NELSON (1912-1971). PAPERS, 1925-1971. 9.0 cu. ft. Head of Virginia Polytechnic Institute's Department of Geological Sciences (1946-1971). Correspondence; writings; instructional, administrative and consulting files; research data; and photographs relating largely to Appalachian geology--particularly that of southwestern Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1973-004. Note: This collection is in off-site storage and requires 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.
COWAN, JOHN T. (1840-1929). PAPERS, 1887-1917. 0.1 cu. ft. Born in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). Member of the original board of trustees for the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Virginia Polytechnic Institute). Served with the Confederacy in the Civil War and represented Montgomery County, Virginia, in the legislature. Raised shorthorn cattle in Whitehorn, Virginia. Papers consist of pages from an account book, bills, notes, and correspondence relating to his personal and business affairs. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1969-005.
COWARDIN, AILEEN B. FRIENDSHIP BOOK, 1863-1870. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a friendship book collected and maintained by Aileen B. Cowardin. The book includes leaf and plant samples, most of which are labeled as to the location where they were found. Finding aid available online. Ms2011-104.
COX, A.B. MANUSCRIPT, 1900. 0.1 cu. ft. Typed manuscript of
Foot Prints In The Sands Of Time: A History Of South-Western Virginia
And North-Western North Carolina, written in 1900 by Cox. Copy was typed
from Cox's book by Mrs. Alfred Apple of Bedford, Indiana. Ms89-038.
COX, EMORY M. (1835-1908). RECEIPTS, 1862-1902. 0.1 cu. ft. Nineteenth-century resident of Scott County, Virginia. Receipts for taxes, goods and license fees. [3 items]. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-049.
CRABILL, ELIAS (1826-1890). ACCOUNT STATEMENT, 1861. 0.1 cu. ft. Resident of Shenandoah County, Virginia. Bill issued by Strasburg, Virginia mercantile business Zea & Pirkey for food, fabric, and clothing accessories purchased by Crabill's sister. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-059.
CRAIG HEALING SPRINGS [CRAIG COUNTY, VIRGINIA.] LETTERS,
0.1 cu. ft. Typescript copies of seventy-five letters from the
management of a resort hotel in Craig County, Virginia, about
reservations, accomodations, and the restorative powers of the spring
water, to potential guests and other resorts. Ms90-078.
CROCKETT, J.W. PAPERS, 1890. 0.1 cu. ft. Papers consist of a
broadside, "The Center as Conservative Balance," and an unstamped
Congressional cover from George C. Cabell to Crockett of Floyd County,
CROCKETT, ROBERT. INVENTORY, 1815. 0.1 cu. ft. Wythe County,
Virginia, land and slave owner. Inventory of Crockett's property and
CROWN COTTON MILLS [DALTON, GEORGIA]. ORAL HISTORY TAPES,
1984-85. 19 tapes. Oral history tapes of employees at the Crown Cotton
Mills in Dalton, a textile town in the Appalachian Valley of northwest
Georgia. Most of mill hands interviewed worked for Crown from the
1920s-1960s. All interviews conducted by J. Douglas Flamming, history
professor at Virginia Tech, in 1984-85. Restricted access.
CROY FAMILY. PAPERS, 1859-1938. 0.5 cu. ft. Blacksburg, Virginia family. Includes papers of the Croy and related families (especially the Dawson and Pepper families) of Montgomery County, Virginia. Includes correspondence, financial records, diaries, artifacts and photographs. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Images from the album are available on the VT Imagebase. Ms2001-018.
CRUSH, CHARLES W. PAPERS, 1795-1946. 1.0 cu. ft. Montgomery
County, Virginia, judge and local historian, author of The
Montgomery County Story (1957). Papers include Crush's files on
Confederate gravesites in Montgomery County (1931-38); Montgomery County
World War II casualties (1941-46); Company 161, Virginia Reserve Militia
(1944-45); and the 150th anniversary of Christiansburg, Virginia (1945).
Also includes bills from Montgomery County businesses (1809-80); a ledger
book of James Hoge; lists of "tithables" (1799-1813); and typescript
copies of court house records of Montgomery and Fincastle counties from
the late 1700s. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms84-180.
DANVILLE, VIRGINIA. MILITARY PASS, 1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a single military pass for Captain F. C. Fisher to Montgomery White Sulphur Springs (Montgomery County, Va.). Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-036.
DAUGHERTY, D. A. LETTER, 1861. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a letter by Daugherty, regarding the confiscation of his father's cow to pay a debt. Finding aid available online. Ms2012-053.
DEANE, F. B. JR. LETTER, 1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Pulaski, Virginia resident; partner in Deane & Son Foundry. Collection consists of a letter from Deane to General John Echols, requesting permission to ship pork by rail. Finding aid available online. Ms2012-059.
DEHART, W. D. & SONS. LEDGERS, 1916-1946. 0.7 cu. ft. Country store in
Meadows of Dan, Virginia, likely operated by William D. Dehart. Three ledgers of customer accounts. One ledger of wholesale transactions. Loose letters within ledgers. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-045.
DEVIER, HUGH (1818-1889). LETTER OF ATTORNEY, 1857. Resident of Shenandoah County, Virginia. Legal document granting Devier's mother, Nancy Devier, power of attorney in receiving funds from sale of the lands and slaves of his late father, Allen Devier. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-039.
DICKINSON FAMILY. PAPERS, 1888-1931. 0.8 cu. ft. Marion, Smyth
County, Virginia, family. Papers consist of seven medical account books
of S.W. Dickinson, a physician, and seventy-two letters from his son,
Ralph Dickinson, to the family primarily when stationed with the U.S.
Army in Alaska and Washington state. Ms89-094.
DICKSON FAMILY. PAPERS, 1769-1930. 2.0 cu. ft. Pioneer settlers
in Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia). Papers include
financial accounts, bonds, correspondence, legal papers, diaries, slave
documents, and bills of sale for property of four generations of the
family. Collection also includes papers dealing with the construction of
the family home, Locust Hill (later called Mountain Home). Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms88-094.
DILLARD, MARTHA. AUDIOCASSETTE TAPES, 1992. 0.2 cu. ft. Oral history interviews (3 on 3 cassette tapes) conducted by artist Martha Dillard in connection with "Watershed," an exhibition of Dillard√É,Ä¢s paintings of the Ellett Valley in Montgomery County, Virginia. Interviewees include T. Cartmel and Liz Brown, Anna Laura Tribble, and Josie Shotts about the valley of the North Fork of the Roanoke River. Collection also includes postcards and flyers relating to the exhibition. Interviews untranscribed, notes available. Ms98-027.
DILLON, ELLETT & COMPANY. LEDGERS, 1871-99. 1.0 cu. ft. Company
that produced limestone and related items in Indian Rock, Botetourt
County, Virginia. Ledgers include a cash accounts book, a journal, and a
day book. Ms86-011.
D'INVILLIERS, EDWARD. REPORT, 1905. 0.1 cu. ft. Typescript
carbon copy of a geological report on the Virginia Anthracite Coal
Company property, Price and Brush Mountains in Montgomery County,
Virginia, by d'Invilliers, geologist and mining engineer of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1959-002.
DOUGHERTY, JOHN. PAPERS, 1796. 0.1 cu. ft. Wythe County,
Virginia, militia compensation note, paid to Dougherty. Signed by James
DOUGLAS LAND COMPANY. RECORDS, 1880-1923. Obsolete title. See HURT, WILLIAM W. PAPERS. Ms92-025.
DRAPER MERCANTILE COMPANY. ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1908-1932. 1.2 cu. ft. General store operating in Draper (Pulaski County), Virginia. Ledgers detailing customer transactions. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-005.
DUDLEY, HARRY C. (1885-1955). ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1910-1939. 0.9 cu. ft. Operator of lime kiln, sawmill, farm, and general store in Montgomery County, Virginia. Ledgers detailing expenses and customer accounts. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-007.
DUNCAN, LANDON (1786-1867). LETTERS, 1812-37, n.d. 6 items. Giles County,
Virginia, minister, teacher, and Commissioner of the Revenue. Collection consists of five
letters from Duncan to his uncle Alamander Duncan and cousin Hiram Duncan in Stokes
County, North Carolina. In the letters Duncan writes about the draft laws passed by the
Virginia legislature for the War of 1812, the prices of basic goods such as pork and corn,
and the nature of God's grace and his own faith. One of the letters was written by Jane H.
Threves of Gallatin, Tennessee, to her cousin Hiram Duncan. Finding aid with links to transcripts and images available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms97-023.
EARLY, JUBAL A. (1816-94). LETTER, 1872. 0.1 cu. ft.
Confederate general in the Civil War. Born in Franklin County, Virginia,
and was a Lynchburg, Virginia, resident most of his life. Published
A Memoir of the Last Year of the War for Independence In the
Confederate States of America (1866). Collection consists of a
letter written by Early to General William H. Payne of Warrenton,
Virginia, about the appointment of General Lunsford Lindsay Lomax to the
the family home, Locust Hill (later called Mountain Presidency of Virginia
Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Virginia
Tech) in Blacksburg. Ms55-005.
EDMINTON, ROBERT. INVENTORY, 1815. 0.1 cu. ft. Washington
County, Virginia, land and slave owner. Inventory of value of land,
farm, and slaves. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms88-077.
EGGLESTON, JOSEPH D. (1867-1953). PAPERS, 1913-19. 6.0 cu. ft.
President of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1913-19). Educated at
Hampden Sydney College; later its President. Virginia state
superintendent of public instruction (1906-13). Papers consist of
correspondence concerning mostly VPI, but also many other subjects, such
as Agricultural High Schools, rural economic development, and the U.S.
War Department. Also includes correspondence with state and national
figures, including N.E. Clement, W.H. Mann, James Ray, and Claude A.
Swanson. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. RG2/7.
ELLETT, ANNA BURTON (1886-1974). PAPERS, 1751-1932. 0.3 cu. ft. Blacksburg, Virginia, resident, active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Correspondence, accounts, and military documents of early Southwest Virginia residents James Patton, William Preston, and John Preston. Also includes printed materials commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1974-010.
ELLETT FAMILY. PAPERS, 1865-1961. 0.2 cu. ft. Montgomery County, Virginia, family. Approximately 35 letters (1865-1867) from Dr. Robert Thaddeus Ellett (1826-1904), who served as a Confederate Army assistant surgeon at White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, during the Civil War, to Sue French of Pearisburg, Virginia, who would later become his wife. Also includes genealogical information about the Ellett and French families in the form of photographs, newspaper clippings, and essays. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1988-047.
ELLETT, ROBERT (1836-1904). ACCOUNT BOOK, 1867-1873. 0.1 cu. ft. Physician residing and practicing in Montgomery County, Virginia. Physician's account book, providing patient names, dates of visits, and fees. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-006.
EMOND, JAMES C.V. PAPERS, 1841-1987. 4.5 cu. ft. Carroll
County, Virginia, resident, and minister of Fairlawn Church of Christ in
the 1970s. Files consist of photographs; maps; newspapers and news
clippings of local papers, including the Carroll News;
correspondence; and research notes created or collected by Emond while
doing research on the history of Carroll County. Also includes financial
statements and sermon programs from Fairlawm Church of Christ, copies of
papers documenting the county's formation (1841), materials on the county
before white settlers arrived in the area and during the Civil War, and
information about the Galax "Old Fiddler's Annual Convention."
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA. RECORDS, 1919-
98.4 cu. ft. Diocese created from the Diocese of Southern Virginia in
1919, covering those parts of Virginia south and west of Nelson, Amherst,
and Campbell counties, with administrative headquarters in Roanoke.
Records include correspondence of Bishops Robert C. Jett (1920-38), Henry
D. Phillips (1938-54), and William H. Marmion (1954-79); reports from
various churches, parishes, and mountain missions; diocesan financial
information; lists of offical acts (baptisms, confirmations); typescript
histories of churches; and photographs. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms85-004.
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA. RECORDS (II), 1913-1967, n.d. Collection includes accounting records, attendance records, documents from the diocese, bills, correspondence, and service programs from Christ Church of Roanoke, Christ Church of Schuyler, St. Andrew's in Galax, St. John's in Roanoke, and Saint Peter's in Roanoke, as well as those of the diocese Standing Committee. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-018.
EUBANK, MRS. C. D. [MINNIE LINWOOD] (abt. 1862-1938). ACCOUNT BOOK, 1916-1919. 0.3 cu. ft. Collection contains Mrs. Eubank's account book with subscription information for newspapers, including the Vinton World News. Also included are several clipped classified ads with handwritten notes. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-056.
FANCY GAP CHURCH SINGING CLASS. PHOTOGRAPH, ca. 1900. 0.1 cu. ft. Church in Carroll County, Virginia. Photograph of group in front of church, together with caption identifying those pictured. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-068.
FARADAY, RICHARD. FORMULA BOOK, ca. 1816. 0.1 cu. ft. Photocopy
of a formula book for making lead shot at the Shot Tower in Wythe County,
Virginia. Includes genealogical notes on Faraday's family. Transcript
FARRIER FAMILY. PAPERS, 1894-1972. 60.0 cu. ft. Martin P.
(1869-1946) and his son, Andrew L. (?-1972) Farrier, lawyers in
Pearisburg, Giles County, Virginia. Each was a trial lawyer and each
served in the Virginia General Assembly. As a law firm they individually
commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Wa
and collectively represented some of the most important industries in
Southwest Virginia, including the Norfolk and Western Railway,
Appalachian Power Company, and several coal and lumber interests.
Collection includes copies of deeds, title searches, land estate matters,
correspondence; and research notes created or collected by Emond
loan contracts, divorce suits, small claims collection suits ledgers, and
FRAZER, G. PRESTON. ARTWORK, 1940s and 1950s. 22 sketches and
drawings. Artist and former professor of architecture at Virginia Tech.
statements and sermon programs from Fairl
Collection consists of twenty-two sketches and drawings done by Frazer of
nudes and scenes of Blacksburg, Virginia, and the southwest Virginia
FERGUSON, GEORGE L. LETTERS, 1918-19. 0.1 cu. ft. Letters
written from Ferguson on active service with the American Expeditionary
Force immediately after World War I in France and Scotland, to Julia
Harvey Ingles of Dublin and Abingdon, Virginia. Unprocessed.
FISHBURN, JUNIUS BLAIR (1865-1955). PAPERS, 1940-1947. 0.1 cu. ft.
Roanoke, Virginia, banker and vice president of the Time-World
Corporation. Papers include a typescript report (1940) by A. Murrill,
mining engineer, on the Fishburn Price Mountain coal property in
Montgomery County, Virginia, and a letter (1947) by Fishburn to John H.
of a formula book for making lead
Jones of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the property. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1958-001.
FISHWICK, JOHN PALMER (1916- ). PAPERS, 1974-81. 5.0 cu. ft.
Railroad executive and lawyer; born in Roanoke, Virginia. President and
Chief Executive Officer of the Norfolk and Western Railway Company
(1970-80). Member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Foundation
for the Humanities. Papers include correspondence; speeches; testimonies
for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and other
federal committees; minutes; memoranda; Legislation-status reports; and
reports and other materials from the Organization of American Railroads.
FITZPATRICK, FRANCIS BURKE. PAPERS, 1937. 0.1 cu. ft. Unbound
typescript copy of History of Ingles Ferry, Virginia (1936)
by Fitzpatrick of Radford State Teacher's College. Ms37-001.
FLANARY, CREED F. (1844-1910). ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1871-1908. 1.4 cu. ft. General store merchant in Wise County, Virginia, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Store ledgers providing names of customers and details of transactions. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-008.
FLOYD COUNTY [VIRGINIA] HISTORICAL SOCIETY. RECORDS, ca.
1880-1986. Obsolete title. See WEST, RUBY
BISHOP COLLECTION. Ms86-002.
FLOYD COURTHOUSE CHAPTER, NATIONAL SOCIETY OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. RECORDS, 1935-2004. 0.5 cu. ft. Floyd, Virginia chapter of women's volunteer service organization. Minutes, yearbooks and annual reports. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database.. Ms2005-008.
FLOYD, JOHN BUCHANAN (1806-63). LETTER, 1861. 0.1 cu. ft., 1
item. Major general of the Virginia state troops in the Civil War.
Born in Montgomery County, Virginia. Governor of Virginia, 1848-52.
Secretary of War, 1857-60. Commissioned a Confederate brigadier general
in May 1861 and served in the West Virginia campaign under Gen. Robert E.
Lee. Commissioned a major general in March 1862. Letter written from
Camp Jackson in Wytheville, Virginia, to L.P. Walker. Concerns a West
Point cadet, B.A. Tirrett(?) from Louisiana, who wanted a position as a
Confederate officer. Ms89-015.
FOSTER, SAMUEL D. LETTER, 1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Union soldier in
the Civil War, writing August 17, 1864, from Louisville, Kentucky, to a
friend. Describes conditions at the Confederate prison in Danville,
Virginia, where he was recently held as a prisoner of war. Notes the
behavior of the guards and the quality of the food. Ms90-001.
FOWLKES, HENRY M. (1830-1887). LETTERS, 1863-1865. 0.1 cu. ft. Chesterfield County, and later, Montgomery County, Virginia, resident. Collection consists of two letters written my Fowlkes to his two daughters, one after the death of their mother, and the second what he believed was his death bed (Fowlkes lived another 22 years). Transcripts available. Finding aid available online. Ms1980-004.
FRANCIS, HENRY. CORRESPONDENCE, 1898. 0.1 cu. ft. Corporal in
Co. F, 2nd Virginia Regiment, during the Spanish-American War. Letters
from camp in Jacksonville, Florida, to his mother in Simpson, Floyd
County, Virginia, about life in camp, his estranged wife, and his various
misfortunes. Transcripts available. Ms89-005.
FRANKLIN, JAMES C. (1836-?). LETTER, 1863. 0.1. cu. ft. Soldier in 57th Virginia Infantry during the Civil War. Letter to wife Susan, in Galveston (Pittsylvania County), Virginia, describing a recent, difficult march through rain and snow near Fredericksburg, recounting a massive snowball fight between Toombs' and Cross' brigades, and advising his brother to bring a surgeon's certificate when he returns to duty. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-076.
FRENCH, CHAPMAN J. (1880-1964). PAPERS, 1891-1957. 4.2 cu. ft. Graduate of Virginia Tech (class of 1902), civil engineer employed by the Norfolk & Western Railway Company (1902-1950). Office papers, including notes, correspondence, memoranda, specifications, maps and plans relating to both specific projects and engineering department procedures, as well as other aspects of railway's administration and operation. Also contains personal papers, mostly consisting of receipts, invoices and correspondence relating to purchase of household goods. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-034.
FRIES [VIRGINIA] TEXTILE PLANT. RECORDS, ca. 1900-1988. ca. 130
li. ft. Town and textile plant in Grayson County, Virginia, founded in
1903 by Col. Francis Henry Fries, and operated successively by
Washington Mills, the Rigel Textile Company, and the Mount Vernon
Corporation. The plant was closed in 1988. Materials include
correspondence, ledgers, production records, employee records, and other
items documenting the history of the town and plant. Partially processed; partial inventory available
FUGATE, HENLEY (1843-1913). BUSINESS RECORDS, 1881-1913. 3.0
records of deaths, marriages, and births of Fl
ft. Abingdon, Virginia, businessman whose concerns included a lumber
company, a coal company, and a proposed hydro-electric power plant on the
Holston River. Records include letter files, copy books and account
books for the Trigg, Fugate and Company lumber business (1881-96);
correspondence for the Fugate lumber business (1902-08); and financial
records, annual statements, and correspondence (1909-13) for the Raven
Ash Coal Company. Ms78-007.
FULTON, REID STANGER (1886-1979). PAPERS, 1900-1976. 0.2 cu. ft. Economics instructor at Drake University and City College of New York; avid book collector; owner of Graham mansion at Max Meadows, Virginia. Correspondence, legal papers, and printed materials relating to Fulton's life and career and the Graham mansion. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1978-010.
GALE, CHARLOTTE D. PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM, 1898-1900. 1 vol.
Virginia, resident. Photograph album compiled by Gale of scenes in
Roanoke, Salem, and Norfolk, Virginia. Ms90-044.
GARDNER, C.B. TREASURY LEDGER, 1863-64. 0.1 cu. ft. 100 pages.
Notebook with accounts kept by "Dr. C.B. Gardner Depository of the
Treasury in a/c with the Treasury of the Confederate States"
Christiansburg, Virginia, giving date of deposit, by whom deposited, kind
plant wasclosed i
of stock, and amount. Also gives a "list showing the names of persons to
whom certificates were given for treasury notes deposited for funding
under the Act of 17th Febry 1864" giving date of deposit, name of
depositor, number of certificates, and amount. Ms84-001.
GARDNER FAMILY. PAPERS, 1889-1937. 0.1 cu. ft. Residents of Shawsville (Montgomery County), Virginia. Letters home from John Sessler Gardner, living in Florida; Montgomery County property tax receipts of William Redman Gardner; and ephemera. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-096.
GARDNER, WILLIAM W. (b. 1872). DAYBOOK, 1918. 0.1 cu. ft. Merchant in Lafayette (Montgomery County), Virginia. Daybook providing customer names, goods purchased, and prices paid. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-011.
GARNETT, WILLIAM E. (1885-1970). PAPERS, 1936-1969, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Professor of Rural Sociology (1925-1969) at the Agricultural Experiment Station at Virginia Tech. Papers consist of field notes, surveys, reports, class notes, letters to the editors of Montgomery County, Virginia, newspapers, and reprints of publications. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1973-011.
GASKINS, RAY. ESSAY, 2010. 0.1 cu. ft. Graduate of Virginia Tech and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science at Hampden Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Virginia. The collection contains an essay entitled, "The Great Blizzard of 1857" written by Dr. Ray Gaskins. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-046.
GIBBONEY, A. H. AND WILLIAM. LETTER, 1882. Letter to W. R. Wharton concerning the payment of employees of the Norfolk and Western Railroad (formerly the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Ohio Railroad). Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-070.
GIESEN, CHARLOTTE C. PAPERS, 1987. 0.1 cu. ft. Republican member
of Virginia House of Delegates from Montgomery County (1957-61).
Collection consists of a taped interview (April 1987) of Giesen, by
Samantha J. Hall, a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University, with a history paper on Giesen prepared by Hall.
GOODWIN, W. O. & COMPANY. ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1896-1920. 0.3 cu. ft. General store merchant in Glenvar (Roanoke County, Virginia); successor of Frank P. Harmon. Account books, providing names of customers, descriptions of goods purchased, dates and prices. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-012.
GOVERNORS' CONFERENCE. STATE DINNER MENU, 1950. 0.1 cu. ft. Menu from state dinner of the National Governors' Conference of 1950, held at the Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia). Autographed for John Britton Jr. by Tennessee Governor Gordon Browning and others. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-047.
GRAHAM AND ROBINSON. ACCOUNT BOOK, 1869-1873. 0.2 cu. ft. Wythe County, Virginia, general store. Ledger detailing customer transactions, including credits for employee wages. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1978-013.
GRAHAM, DAVID P. (1838-1898). ACCOUNT BOOK, 1880-1884. 0.1 cu. ft. Wythe County,
Virginia, merchant, farmer, and iron furnace owner. Accounts of servants and workers, showing goods purchased at Graham's store and pay for days worked. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-009.
GRAHAM, WILLIAM H. (1893-1964). ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1931-1932. 0.1 cu. ft. Resident and general store merchant of Radford, Virginia. Two ledgers containing customer names, goods purchased, and prices. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-010.
GRAVES, JEREMIAH WHITE (1801-78?). DIARY, 1820-78. 0.1 cu. ft.
Pittsylvania County, Virginia, farmer. Collection consists of a
microfilm copy of Graves's extensive diary and a typescript manuscript of
selected transcribed passages from the diary. Graves refers to his
farmwork, the sale of Negroes in the area, and his children's schooling.
During the Civil War years Graves mentions the fighting and the war's
end. After the war he comments that Negroes could vote while he could
not. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms90-033.
GRAY, FLOYD (1867-1941). PAPERS, 1895-1908. 0.5 cu. ft. Bedford County Republican Committee chairman and distillery general storekeeper-gauger for the Internal Revenue Service. Includes correspondence and notes relating both to Gray's political activities and his civil service work. Also includes personal correspondence and financial records. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database.Ms89-085.
GREER, CHARLES P. (1877-1953). LETTER, 1947. 0.1 cu. ft. Resident of Troutdale, Virginia. Lumberman, sheep owner, merchant, and land speculator. Typescript letter and broadside, discussing the purchase and planned improvement of auctioned lands in Troutdale, Virginia. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-078.
HAGANS, HARRISON (1796-1867). ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1836-1858. 0.2 cu. ft. General store proprietor and iron furnace operator in Brandonville, Virginia (now West Virginia). Time book said to have documented workers at Muddy Creek Furnace and daybooks from Hagans' general store. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1988-057.
HAGER, ANNE JUDKINS. PAPERS, 1828-1990, n.d. 2.6 cu. ft.
Genealogical researcher, and collector of her family papers. Papers
consist of the files, books, and newspaper clippings gathered by Hager
and other family members on the Preston family of southwest Virginia
(particularly the Abingdon branch), and other associated families that
intermarried with the Prestons. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms95-008.
HAGER, GEORGE H. (b. 1854). ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1913-1925. 1.0 cu. ft. Merchant of Wythe County, Virginia. Customer account ledgers and order books of general mercantile business. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-014.
HALE, RUTH G. PAPERS, ca. 1984-87. 0.1 cu. ft. Roanoke,
Virginia, resident. Papers consist of a copy of "Montgomery County
Cemeteries" by Hale, listing markings on gravestones in cemeteries in
Montgomery County, Virginia. Ms89-037.
HANSARD, A.C.M.A. LETTER, 1865. 0.1 cu. ft. Civil War homefront
letter written February 24, 1865, from Tazewell, Claiborne County,
Tennessee. Hansard writes to her family about the lack of available
meat, robberies in the area, and a recent local revival meeting.
HARKRADER PRODUCE COMPANY. ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1923-1936. 0.5 cu. ft. Christiansburg, Virginia feed and seed wholesale business. Three daybooks, providing names, dates, goods purchased, and prices for each transaction. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-014.
HARMAN, EDWIN HOUSTON (1835-64). CORRESPONDENCE, 1856-64.
cu. ft. Lieutenant Colonel in Company H, 45th Virginia Infantry, in the
Civil War. Born in Tazewell County, Virginia; enlisted in May 1861 as a
captain. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in May 1862. Killed in action
at Cloyd's Farm, Virginia, in May 1864. Collection consists of ca. 300
letters to and from Harman in various camps in southwest Virginia and his
wife. Transcripts available. Ms90-019.
HARMON, DANA. PAPERS, 1885-1916. 1.0 cu. ft. Tennessee judge and unsuccessful Republican Congressional candidate. Collection includes correspondence to and from Harmon; receipts and court expense papers; election materials. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-013.
HARRIS MOUNTAIN SCHOOLS. PAPERS, 1913-61. 0.1 cu. ft.
Presbyterian mission schools in Floyd, Montgomery, and Franklin counties,
Virginia. Schools included Shooting Creek, Ferrum; Cannaday,
Chistiansburg; Buffalo Mountain, Sylvatus; Pippen Hill, Boone's Mill;
Taylor's Mountain, Thaxton; Cave Mountain, Greenlee; Algoma, Boone's
Mill; and Franklin, Christiansburg. Includes act of incorporation or the
Schools (1913); correspondence (1947-61) to Rev. R.G. See, President of
the Board of Advisors, and Rev. G.A. Wilson; histories of the school; a
brochure about John Kellogg Harris, after whom the school is named; and a
intermarried with the Preston
copy of the "Montgomery Mountain Missionary" (1925) containing articles
on the Schools and the Presbyterian home mission. Ms61-001.
HASKELL-SPEER, JEAN. PAPERS, 1782-1995. 2.8 cu. ft. Professor of Communication Studies and Humanities at Virginia Tech. Collection includes research files on Floyd and Patrick County, as well as the Roanoke Valley and West Virginia. Finding aid available online. Ms2011-109.
HAYES, CARL N. "NEIGHBOR AGAINST NEIGHBOR, BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER: GREENE COUNTY IN THE CIVIL WAR," [1966?] 0.1 cu. ft. Photocopy of typescript collection of information regarding the Civil War in Greene County, Tennessee. Part of the Civil War Small Manuscripts Collection. Ms2003-014.
HENDERSON, LILBURN LEWIS (1786-1820). LEGAL DOCUMENT, 1820. 0.1 cu. ft. Abingdon, Virginia merchant; guardian of children of business partner William Trigg, deceased. Report of commission examining Henderson's accounts as guardian. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-092.
HICKMAN FAMILY. NEWSLETTERS and PAPERS, 1995-98. 0.1 cu. ft. Family newsletters written by H. William Gabriel of Florence, Montana, about his research into the history of the Hickman family of Back Creek, Bath County, Virginia. Includes extensive information about William P. Hickman (1810-64), a Presbyterian preacher who ministered to congregations in Wythe, Pulaski, and Montgomery counties, Virginia, until his death in May 1864, fighting with the Confederate forces at the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain during the Civil War. Ms98-007.
HIDDEN HISTORY: THE BLACK EXPERIENCE IN THE ROANOKE
CASSETTE TAPES AND TRANSCRIPTS, 1992. 1.5 cu. ft. Oral history project
designed to interview African-American residents of Roanoke, Virginia, on
the cultural, social, and political history of blacks in the city.
Collection consists of approximately sixty-five interviews. Transcripts
available for each interview. Ms92-049.
HILL, HENRY HARRIS (1880-1954). PAPERS, 1908-51, n.d. 0.4 cu. ft.
Born in Scottsville, Virginia. Received B.S. (1907) and M.S. (1909) in
chemistry from Virginia Tech. Became chemist in 1907 for the Virginia
Agricultural Experiment Station and eventually head of the Agricultural
Chemistry department at Virginia Tech before retiring in 1950. Hill was
an elder of the Presbyterian Church in Blacksburg, Virginia, and
executive secretary of the VPI Alumni Association. Papers include
personal, biographical, and genealogical materials, papers about the
Civil War and Virginia Tech, and material on Blacksburg and Montgomery
County. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms80-003.
HITE, S. P. AND COMPANY. DRUGGIST'S LEDGER, 1905-09. 1 vol.
Roanoke, Virginia, druggist, manufacturer of a pain reliever. Ledger
shows shipments and customers, costs, and discounts. Ms87-005.
HOG ORDINANCE. BROADSIDE, undated. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a broadside containing suggested town regulations for the housing of hogs or pigs within town limits. Finding aid available online. Ms2012-078.
HOGE FAMILY. PAPERS, 1781, 1817, 1848, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Early
Southwest Virginia settlers. Papers consist of a letter (n.d.) from
James Hoge (1732-1812) to John Preston (1764-1827) of Richmond and later
Montgomery County, concerning the settlement of an account, and a
certificate, dated September 10, 1781, entitling Hoge to 130 acres of
land in Montgomery County that he settled on in 1769. Also includes a
letter, dated March 6, 1817, to Hoge's son, General James Hoge
(1783-1861) concerning land in Russell County to be sold for non-payment
of taxes. Also includes a survey plat (1848) for General Hoge's 3,000
acres on Back Creek in Pulaski County, Virginia. Ms92-045.
HOGE, WILLIAM EDWARD. FAMILY PAPERS, 1810-1933. 1.2 cu. ft. Letters and deeds from the Hoge family describing life in southwest Virginia in the 1800s. Includes descriptions of their daily life, experiences with family sickness and death, and the Civil War. Also includes financial papers and genealogical research of the early settlers of southwest Virginia. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms2003-019.
HOLDEN, ROY J. (1870-1945). PAPERS, 1904-1945. 6.0 cu. ft.
Professor of Geology and Mineralogy (1905-42) at Virginia Tech. Papers
include field notes, charts and maps, and geological surveys and research
results, covering the history of mineralogy and geology, especially in
Virginia, including work at the Virginia Tech Engineering Experiment
Station. In addition to detailed materials on iron ores in Virginia,
especially west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, there are reports on mines
and furnaces in twenty-five counties of the state. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1982-014.
HOOVER, HERBERT (1874-1964). DEED, 1932. 0.1 cu. ft. Thirty-first President of the United States (1929-33). Born in West Branch, Iowa; educated at Stanford University (1891-95). Collection includes a deed of trust of Hoover and his wife, Lou Henry, and William E. Carson, Trustee, for land in Madison County, Virginia, to become part of the Shenandoah National Park. Deed signed by Notary Public Nelson Webster. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1979-006.
HUDDLE FAMILY. PAPERS, ca. 1890-1970. 6.0 cu. ft. Charles Ross
Huddle and his son Charles Richard Huddle, mining engineers in Ivanhoe,
Virginia, who served in various capacities with the National Carbide
Company; Ivanhoe Mining and Smelting Corporation (formerly the Ivanhoe
Furnace Company); New River Mineral Company; and Sand Mountain Sand
Corporation. Papers include personal and business correspondence of the
Huddles, W.F. Rupp (business manager of the Ivanhoe Furnace Company's
home office in Pittsburgh), and A.B. Daily (chief executive officer of
Ivanhoe Mining and Smelting Corporation); reports; business ledgers;
employee records; deeds; blueprints; and ca. 300 photographs of Ivanhoe
and the businesses with which the Huddles were associated. Unprocessed.
HUFF-HYLTON FAMILIES. PAPERS, 1803-14, 1858-82, 1975, n.d. 0.3 cu. ft. Settlers of Montgomery (now Floyd) County, Virginia, in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Collection consists of letters and other family papers of gathered by Barbara Ellen Huff Hylton Dillion (1828-1911), including promissory notes, fines, and an indenture for land of Samuel Huff, and letters written by Barbara's first husband Lorenzo Dow Hylton during the Civil War. Lorenzo Hylton (1830-64) served in Company D of the 54th Virginia Infantry, and died on February 13, 1864, in a Confederate hospital in Marietta, Georgia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1998-001.
HUMMEL, VIRGINIA HOLDEN (1916-98). PAPERS, 1830-1998. 3.0 cu. ft. Resident of and teacher in Blacksburg, Virginia, and amateur historian of Blacksburg and Appalachian history. Collection consists of newspaper clippings, research notes, photographs, maps, and genealogical information concerning the history of Blacksburg and its founders and notable residents. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms98-014.
HUNT FAMILY. PAPERS, 1760-1933. 1 roll of microfilm.
Pittsylvania County, Virginia, family. Papers include letters
(1850-1922), business records and receipts (1806-1933), landsale notices
and memoranda (1841-94), wills (1791-1906), and other family papers on
one roll of microfilm. Ms90-034.
HURT, WILLIAM W. PAPERS, 1860-1929. 0.7 cu. ft. Businessman of Smyth and Washington counties, Virginia. General manager of the Douglas Land Company. Deeds, leases and other business and legal documents pertaining to Douglas Land Company and several other enterprises operating in Smyth County, Virginia, together with Hurt's personal financial papers. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms92-025
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ST. LUKE. RECORDS, 1877-1970. 1.1 cu. ft. Charter
Established in 1867 as a life insurance organization for blacks. The
Virginia chapter was organized in 1914 and headquartered in Richmond.
Records consist of handbooks, correspondence, receipts, programs,
membership records, annual reports, and assessment reports of the Order,
collected primarily by members in Blacksburg, Virginia. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms88-121.
IDDINGS, HENRY (1762-1854). FAMILY COLLECTION, 0.5 cu. ft. Montgomery and Floyd County, Virginia resident and farmer. Collection includes personal papers (correspondence, legal document, land surveys and grants, contracts, photographs, and tax receipts) dating from 1810-1900. Finding aid available online. Ms2013-021.
INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION FOR SOUTHERN MOUNTAINEERS. COLLECTION, 1930, 1936, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Charitable organization based in New York City devoted to improving conditions of mountain people. Collection includes two pieces of correspondence by Caroline T. Burkham (President) and two pamphlets produced by the Industrial Education Association of Southern Mountaineers.Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-059.
INGLES FAMILY. COLLECTION, 1797-1823. 0.6 cu. ft. Ferry Hill Ledger (1797-1804) and 3 of 6 volumes of Ingles Family Bible (1823); first available documentation of Mary Draper Ingles (kidnapped at Draper Meadows Massacre and later escaped from Shawnee Indian captivity) and William Ingles, operator of Ingles Ferry, Ingles Ferry Hill Tavern, and blacksmith shop. Documentation of the family's history, its ferry, and related enterprises.Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2002-021.
INGLES, JOHN. LETTERS, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of three partial letters from John Ingles. Ms1993-008.
JACKSONVILLE [VIRGINIA] SCHOOL DISTRICT. MINUTE BOOK, 1870-
0.1 cu.ft. Photocopy of the board minutes from the Jacksonville (now
Floyd), Floyd County, Virginia, school district. Ms85-008.
JACOCKS, HENRY MORGAN (1878-1950). PAPERS, 1898-1919. 2.0 cu. ft. Graduate of Virginia Tech (class of 1900); assistant superintendent at Mathieson Alkali Works (Saltville, Virginia). Correspondence, notes, trade catalogs, instructional booklets, and blueprints from Jacocks' years at Mathieson Alkali Works. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms92-008.
JAMERSON FAMILY. PAPERS, 1792, 1803-1907. 0.2 cu. ft. Franklin
County, Virginia, family. Papers include receipts, deeds, land
settlements, and correspondence from the Jamerson and other Franklin
County families, including the Webster, Basham, Rayford, Akers, and Neff
families. Also include fifteen Civil War Confederate soldiers' letters
from John Jamerson, in the 37th Virginia Cavalry, and John Hartsel,
written from Norfolk and Washington County, Virginia. Ms90-080.
JEWELL, DOCTOR V. (1885-1942). ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1898-1923. 0.7 cu. ft. General store merchant and manager of Crockett Springs Hotel in Montgomery County, Virginia. Ledgers detailing accounts of hotel and general store customers and hotel staff.
Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-015.
JOHNSON FARM HISTORIC RESOURCES STUDY. REPORT, 1990. 1.0
Study of the Johnson Farm at Peaks of Otter in Bedford County, Virginia,
construction contracts. Norfolk and Western Railway Archives.
managed by the Blue Ridge Parkway. Prepared by the Appalachian Studies
Program at Virginia Tech (Dr. Jean H. Speer, project director).
Collection includes an historic structures report and nine volumes of
JOHNSON, JOHN HENRY (1889-1956). SCRAPBOOK, 1907-1952. 0.3 cu. ft. Southwest Virginia farmer, businessman and politician, serving in the Virginia House of Delegates (1914-1915) and Virginia Senate (1924-1928). Scrapbook containing correspondence from state and national political figures (most notably William Jennings Bryan and other members of the Bryan family), newspaper clippings relating to Johnson family relatives and acquaintances as well as local, state and national history; and ephemera. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-053.
JOHNSON, MARTHA L. (1803-1886) FAMILY. PAPERS, 1821-1882. 0.5 cu. ft. Nineteenth-century matriarch of a Carroll County, Virginia family. Correspondence from friends and family members, focusing on themes related to domestic issues, religion, Civil War, medicine, and fashion. Also legal and financial papers of Robert C. Johnson, a Carroll County tavern keeper, postmaster, and commissioner of revenue (including Carroll county tax records for 1850); and correspondence of William Lithgow Robinson, a soldier in Company A, 18th Virginia Infantry ("Danville Blues"). Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2001-065.
JOHNSON, PATRICIA GIVENS (1932-1996). PAPERS, 1920-1986. 2.0 cu. ft. New River Valley local historian and author. Correspondence, subject files, printed materials and photographs accumulated during Johnson's research on local history, particularly for her books on Andrew Lewis, James Patton and William Preston. Also includes a scrapbook, files on Christiansburg and Montgomery County history, and a few other materials which had belonged to Johnson's mother, Lula Porterfield Givens, also a local historian. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms88-007.
JOHNSON, S. HARVEY (1854-?). COPYBOOK, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. 19th-century Pittsylvania County, Virginia Methodist minister. Copybook titled "Thoughts, Original and selected with Incidents, Illustrations, etc." containing passaged copied from numerous works, relating mostly to religious matters, including instructions on what and how to preach. Accompanied by an untitlted poem by Paul Hayne. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-004.
JOHNSTON, CLEMENT DIXON (1895-1979). PAPERS, 1939-1979. 19.0 cu. ft. Founder of Roanoke [Virginia] Public Warehouse (1926); deputy director, U.S. Office of Civil Defense Planning (1947-48); President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (1954-55); special representative of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to study the foreign aid program in Southeast Asia (1956-57); president, Virginia State Chamber of Commerce. Papers include correspondence, speeches, letterbooks, publications, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, diaries, photographs, and memorabilia. Topics covered include the Roanoke, Virginia, and U.S. Chambers of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, Virginia colleges and universities, and Rotary International. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1982-012.
JONES, J.T. LEDGER, 1925-26. 1 vol. Blacksburg, Virginia,
merchant, possibly owner of a meat market. Lists accounts by customer,
including C.W. Black, H.L. Price, and Y.B. Keister. Ms90-018.
JOSEPH FUNK & SONS. CORRESPONDENCE, 1858-1860. Mennonite farmer, school master, and publisher of music books from Rockingham County, Virginia. Two letters from Joseph Funk & Sons to James Curry discussing his reception of songbooks and the settlement of his account. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-074.
KENNEY, ANNA WHITEHEAD. PAPERS, 1965-1972. 0.6 cu. ft. Resident of Blacksburg, Virginia, and curator of Smithfield Plantation from 1965 to 1972. Papers consist of the files she created while she worked at Smithfield, with historical and biographical information about the Preston family and other pioneer families of Blacksburg. Finding aid available online. Ms1991-022.
KENT FAMILY. PAPERS, ca. 1818-1979; see BLACK, KENT AND APPERSON
FAMILIES, PAPERS OF. Germanicus Kent (1791-1862) was a founder of
Rockford, Illinois. Born in Connecticut, he lived in Huntsville,
Alabama (ca. 1822-34); Rockford, Illinois (1834-44); and Blacksburg,
Virginia (1844-62). Papers include a cotton book and letter book of
Germanicus Kent (2 vols., 1821-1823); correspondence of Germanicus
Kent (1834-60); miscellaneous correspondence and business papers
of Germanicus, Aratus, and John E. Kent (ca.1834-60); correspondence
with the Rockford, Illinois, Historical Society (ca.1966-77); and
biographical and genealogical information. The Kents were connected
to the Black and Apperson families by marriage. Finding
aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms74-003.
KENT, JACOB (1730-1776). ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1765-1793. 1.0 cu. ft. Merchant and innkeeper on the "Great Road" (now Virginia Route 11) in the Shawsville (Montgomery County), Virginia area. Collection consists of two account books. One ledger (spanning the years 1765 to 1771) is of unknown origin but records transactions of a merchant in the Cumberland County, Pennsylvania area. The second ledger is divided into two sections: The first section covers the years 1774 to 1776 and seems to detail the transactions of Kent's store in Montgomery County, recording customers' names, merchandise purchased, and credits to accounts. A section at the rear, written in a different hand and covering the years 1784 to 1793, may be from a store operated by Kent's son, Joseph Kent. Ms92-031.
KENT, JAMES RANDALL (?-1867). PAPERS, 1856-86, n.d. 0.4 cu. ft.
including C.W. Bl
Wealthy land and slave-holder in Montgomery and Pulaski counties,
Virginia. Collection includes court records, correspondence, titheables
to the Sheriffs of Montgomery and Pulaski counties, photographs, court
summons, and other notes concerning Kent's property--Kentland--and his
business affairs. Also includes a letter from Kent at Bank of Blacksburg
to William H. Macfarland of Richmond, Virginia. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database.
KEYES, OLIN P. COAL MINING PRINTS. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of eight different black and white prints created by West Virginia native artist Olin P Keyes in 1970. The prints depict common coal mining scenes in Bluefield, West Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-035.
KEYSER, LINWOOD D. (ca.1893-1952). PAPERS, 1889-1944. 0.4 cu. ft. Urologist in Roanoke, Virginia. Graduate of University of Virginia (1914) and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1918). Obtained M.S. in pathology at the University of Minnesota (1921) and later studied at the Mayo Clinic. Diplomas, certificates, and photographs. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1972-006.
KILLINGER, KENNETH G. COLLECTION, 1925-1932, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Lutheran missionary near Marion, and throughout Smyth County, Virginia. Collection contains a report on mountain mission work and Lutheran summer camp programs. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1988-030.
KINCAID FAMILY. PAPERS, 1803-80. 31 items. Bills, receipts,
notes, and accounts of Charles, James, William, and John Kincaid, members
of a Bath County, Virginia, family. Includes receipts of James and
Charles Kincaid to the Bath County sheriff, a record of "appraisement"
(1866) of William Kincaid's estate, and a "Widow's Pension" (1880) to
Elizabeth Kincaid, wife of William. Ms87-001.
KING, WILEY B. (1881-1957). ACCOUNT BOOK, 1904-1905. 0.2 cu. ft. Proprietor of general mercantile business at Poplar Hill (Giles County), Virginia. Account book, providing names of customers, dates of purchases, goods purchased, and prices. Finding aid available in the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-018.
KINGSBURY, J.D. PAPERS, 1854. 0.1 cu. ft. Missionary sent by
the American Sunday-School Union in Philadelphia, Pennsylavania, to
Monongalia and Marion counties, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1854.
Papers include Kingsbury's ceritificate appointing him to his position
by the Union, and five letters to him from co-workers and friends
referring to Kingsbury's concerns over the position given him and his
plans to establish a library. Ms89-054.
KINZER, MICHAEL (1762-1826). FAMILY PAPERS, 1782-1904. 0.1 cu.
ft. Montgomery County, Virginia, family. Collection consists of
documents concerned with the acquisition of land in Montgomery County,
and Michael Kinzer's last will and testament (1826). Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1962-005.
KINZIE, SAMUEL. SURVEY, 1899. 0.1 cu. ft. Montgomery County,
Virginia, resident. Survey of Kinzie properties in Blacksburg and
Christiansburg, Virginia, by C.S. Charlton. Ms87-044.
KITTS, JR., FRANK C. SCRAPBOOK, 1919-1936. 0.1 cu. ft. This collection consists of a scrapbook assembled by Frank C, Kitts, Jr., of Tazewell County, Virginia. The scrapbook contains mementoes such as letters, locks of hair, newspaper clippings, high school football and play tickets, calling cards, and poems. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-020.
LANCASTER, LUCY LEE (1905-89). PAPERS, ca. 1835-1980. 60.0 cu.
ft. One of the first female graduates (class of 1925) and later
librarian (1925-75) at Virginia Tech. Collection consists of personal
correspondence, travel diaries, memoranda and correspondence concerning
Library and University matters, Blacksburg [Virginia] Consumer Club
minutes and correspondence (1937-49), American Association of University
Women material, class notes (1921-25), United Daughters of the
Confederacy material, American Association of Retired Persons items,
Blacksburg Civilian Defense Council minutes and correspondence (1941-45),
and Phi Kappa Phi material. Materials include a typescript of the
Tuesday Afternoon Book Club of Blacksburg minutes (1933-80); a radio
script of "Three Heroes of Virginia" (Matthew F. Maury, Robert E. Lee,
and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson) written by M.C. Harrison of VPI; and a
manuscript copy of portions of the Montgomery County, Virginia, deed
book. Also includes correspondence and papers of her father William
Lancaster; plus family bibles with genealogical information; an account
book (1835-38) from a general store in Lynchburg, Virginia; and a book of
handwritten poetry and prose, some dedicating the Confederate dead, from
an unknown ancestor of Lancaster's. Finding aid available online. Ms90-069.
LANTZ, JACOB W. (1868-1940). PAPERS, 1908-1944. 1.5 cu. ft. Proprietor of general store in Cedar Creek (Smyth County), Virginia and farm manager for Lobdell Car Wheel Company. Account books and correspondence. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1975-003.
LATHROP, HARRIET ELIZA (1857-?). REMINISCENCES, ca. 1937. 0.1
cu. ft. Born in New York, moved to Tazewell County, Virginia, with her
husband, a mining engineer, in 1881 when he was sent to open up the
Pocahontas Coal Field by the Norfolk and Western Railway Company.
Reminiscences recount her experiences in Virginia from 1881 until her
return to New York in 1885, the formation of the Pocahontas Coal Field
and the town of Pocahontas, Virginia, and the explosion of the coal mines
in March 1884. Includes a forward written by her daughter, Helen Lathrop
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY [VIRGINIA]. RECORDS, 1961-2001. 21 cu. ft. Montgomery County chapter established in March 1974 to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government, and to promote discussion of government policies. Records consist of chapter and national league literature and publications, bulletins, candidate questionnaires, meeting minutes and agendas, budget and financial information, and treasurer's reports. Topics covered include the Equal Rights Amendment, natural resources, poverty in Montgomery County, and education. Finding aid available online. Ms1997-016.
LEDGERWOOD, HUGH C. (1862-1923). ACCOUNT BOOK, 1915. 0.2 cu. ft. General store merchant of Newbern (Pulaski County), Virginia. Ledger detailing customer transactions, including names, dates of purchases, goods purchased, and prices paid. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-017.
LEECH, PRESTON. GLASS SLIDES, ca. 1900-1925, and CASSETTE TAPE,
1994. 298 slides and 1 cassette tape. Collection of 298 glass slides
collected by Preston Leech, a Roanoke, Virginia, resident and an employee
of the Norfolk & Western Railway Company from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Most of the slides are of N&W locomotives, rail routes, and stations.
Other slides are of general agricultural and industrial scenes, and of
the Luray Caverns inVirginia. The cassette tape is of an interview of
Leech done in March 1994, where he speaks about his employment at the
Norfolk & Western Railway Company, the Appalachian Trail Club, and the
local Masonic Lodge. Transcript of the interview is available.
LEFTWICH FAMILY. LETTERS, 1861-1866. 0.2 cu. ft. Bedford County, Virginia family. Letters from members of the Leftwich family and their friends. Correspondence from James B. (28th Virginia Infantry), William, and Thomas Leftwich in addition to missives from a family friend and a bereaved lover. The soldiers' letters issue from Civil War battlefronts and provide insight into significant battles (the Battle of Bull Run), war-time trade, and the daily routine of a soldier. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-021.
LINCOLN-LOOK FAMILY. PAPERS, 1844-1930. 0.2 cu. ft. Sarah Ann Burt Lincoln (1826-1857) and husband Nathan Loomis Look (1819-1909), residents of Virginia's Loudoun, Botetourt, Montgomery, and Smyth counties during the mid-nineteenth century; operators of a farm implement factory, also engaged in cheese- and hat-making. Letters to and from Lincoln and Look family members in Massachusetts and New York, including a few written from Smyth County, Virginia during the Civil War. Transcripts available. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database.Ms85-009.
LIPPS, JONATHAN E. (b. 1851). ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1892-1924. 3.2 cu. ft. General store proprietor, court clerk for Wise County, Virginia. Court clerk and general store account ledgers. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-016.
LOBDELL CAR WHEEL COMPANY. ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1881-1902. 2.9 cu. ft. Railroad car wheel manufacturer of Wilmington, Delaware, with iron-mining operations in Southwest Virginia. Records of company's furnace and store operations in Smyth and Wythe counties, Virginia. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-019.
LUCAS, DANIEL BEDINGER (1836-1909). PAPERS, 1812-1924, n.d. 1.6
cu. ft. West Virginia lawyer and poet. Papers consist of
correspondence, newspapers, poems and essays, scrapbooks, and other
materials collected and created by Lucas and his daughter Virginia.
Topics include Lucas's attempts to defend his friend John Yates Beall
from being charged as a Confederate spy by the Union during the Civil
War, West Virginia politics, the exploits of adventurer William Walker,
and the origins of Robert E. Lee's horse Traveler. Also includes many
examples of Lucas's poetry. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1995-012.
LUSTER, A. W. RECEIPT, 1906. 0.1 cu. ft. Blacksburg, Virginia, farmer and store owner. Collection consists of a receipt for purchases by Luster from J. A. McConkey in February 1906. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-093.
LUTHER MEMORIAL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH. RECORDS, 1944-1974. 0.8 cu. ft. Blacksburg, Virginia church, established in 1883. Collection includes church bulletins (1944-1974), pastor newsletters, and ephemera. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-014.
LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA. SLAVE IMPRESSMENT DOCUMENT, 1863. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a receipt of a slave, John, in Lynchburg, Virginia, for work on the city's fortifications in October 1863. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-048.
MCCALL, WILLIAM. LETTER, 1785. Resident of Franklin County, Virginia. Letter written to John Barr, of Holstein, regarding family matters. McCall mentions having a letter from "Brother Robert," who intends a trip to "Caintucky." Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-042.
MCCAULEY, JOHN. LETTER, 1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Resident of Salem, Virginia during the Civil War. Letter describing arrival at home, advising Edward (probably his son) not to accompany fellow soldiers who steal from the local populace at night, and relaying news of a benefit exhibition for soldiers in the area. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-075.
MCDONALD, MARTHA. LETTER, 1862. 0.1 cu. ft. Southern woman and wife to Lewis McDonald, a Confederate soldier. Letter of general inquiry to husband serving in the Civil War. Finding
aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-029.
McGAVOCK, DAVID CLOYD (1845-64). PAPERS, 1861-1901, n.d. 0.1 cu.
ft. Soldier in Company B of the 24th Virginia Regiment in the
Confederate Army during the Civil War. Died in May, 1864. Collection
consists of ca. 35 items, including letters written by McGavock to his
family while in studying at Roanoke College in 1861, and then from camps
near Winchester and Petersburg, Virginia, and Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Includes sympathy letters to McGavock's sister after his death, and other
miscellaneous family papers. Ms90-032.
MAGILL, ORRIN RANKIN (1887-1976). PAPERS, 1945-1972. 2.5 cu. ft. Graduate of VPI class of 1913, VPI professor of philosophy and religion, and active member of Montgomery County community. Papers documenting community activities, particularly on the County Board of Supervisors and the New River Valley Planning Commission. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1975-010.
MAHOOD, THOMAS A. (1838-1916). CIVIL WAR REMINISCENCES, ca. 1895. 0.1 cu. ft. Lieutenant with French's Battery, Giles Artillery (Wise Legion, Virginia Artillery). Collection consists of a thirty-six page retrospective written by Mahood of his war experiences. Describes the company's involvement in the Battle of Drewrys Bluff (May 1864), and the actions of the Legion commander General Henry A. Wise. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1979-002.
MANNING, WARREN H. PAPERS, 1925-1928. 0.1 cu. ft. Landscape architect in Massachusetts. Papers include Manning's reports and blueprint drawings on historic sites of Blacksburg, Virginia, including the Black homestead, Smithfield, and Preston Cemetery. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1962-007.
[MAP OF 1937 MERRIMAC COMMUNITY, 1996.] 0.1 cu. ft. Map of the
Merrimac coal mining community in Montgomery County, Virginia, as it was
in 1937. Produced by the Appalachian Studies Program and the Landscape
Architecture Program at Virginia Tech. Restricted use. Ms96-012.
MARMION, BISHOP WILLIAM HENRY (1907- ). PAPERS, 1935-79. 8.0
cu. ft. Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
(1954-79). Rector of St. Mary's on the Highlands (1938-50) in
Birmingham, Alabama, and of St. Andrew's Church (1950-54) in Wilmington,
Deleware. Papers include correspondence, conference programs, news
clippings, and photographs on topics covering his career as a bishop and
minister, and his views concerning the Vietnam War and black civil
rights. Future additions expected. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms86-013.
MASSANUTTEN MOUNTAIN [VIRGINIA]. PHOTOGRAPH, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Mountain ridge in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Early twentieth century photograph taken from the mountain and overlooking Woodstock, Virginia to the west. Photograph by local photographer Hugh Morrison, Jr. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-066.
MATTHEWS, THOMAS J. CORRESPONDENCE, 1878, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Surveyor for Kanawha County, West Virginia. Letters to W. W. Gitt regarding coal lands near Coal River and Cabin Creek on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, accompanied by note from Gitt giving instructions to an unnamed person. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-032.
MENTAL HYGIENE IN THE CLASSROOM. MANUAL, 1970. 0.1 cu. ft. Manual to help educate teachers on recognizing and preventing the development of mental health issues in their students; manual outlines sixteen symptoms of "personality difficulty" ranging from cruelty to daydreaming. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-054.
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, SOUTH [PULASKI, VIRGINIA,
RECORD BOOK, 1892-96. 1 vol. Mission for the Methodist Episcopal Church
in Southwest Virginia. Record book list membership, baptisms, financial
information, Sunday school attendence, and other business for regions in
Pulaski and Carroll counties and other areas of Southwest Virginia.
MICHAEL, RUDOLPH DIXON (1904-1994). PAPERS, 1925-1984. 0.2 cu. ft. Virginia Polytechnic Institute alumnus (class of 1926) and Agricultural Experiment Station agricultural editor (1928-65). Contains correspondence and notes relating to the histories Blacksburg, the Preston family, and Smithfield Plantation (including maps of the grounds and the cemetery). Also contains a few campus photographs and printed materials related to Virginia Tech. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms60-005.
MILLER, CHARLES A. (1819-93). FAMILY PAPERS, 1708-1926. 0.4 cu.
ft. Christiansburg, Virginia, clergyman. Served as a home missionary in
Giles County, Virginia, (1849-51) and in the Kimberlin Church of Giles
County (1853-62). Pastor in the White House Church near Radford,
Virginia, from 1871-93. Collection includes account books (1818-1903) of
Rev. Miller and his second wife Melinda Taylor, as well as those of his
ancestor Johann Muller of Schwabisch Hall in Germany (1708-26); oath of
allegiance (1778) annotated by Miller's uncle, the folk artist Lewis
Miller (1796-1882), of Ludwig Miller of Worcestor Township, Pennsylvania;
certificate of apprenticeship (1799) of Daniel Miller of York County,
Pennsylvania; and several other papers belonging to Rev. Miller,
including deeds (1855), a diary (1858), and receipts and promissory notes
(1840-1906). Mrs. Miller's papers include correspondence (1893-1903), a
bank book (1901-02), and a typescript genealogy of her family (1926).
MILLER, THOMAS S. (1860-1949). ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1885-1914. 3.0 cu. ft. Proprietor of general store in Giles County, Virginia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Day books and ledgers detailing customer accounts. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-020.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY [VIRGINIA] BICENTENNIAL COMMISSION. RECORDS, 1972-1977. 1.0 cu. ft. Commission formed to organize events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the formation of the United States and Montgomery County, Virginia. Includes correspondence, minutes, working notes and preparatory materials, printed material, and a scrapbook. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms76-001.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY [VIRGINIA] DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE.
1961-94. 3.0 cu. ft. Correspondence, newsclippings, meeting minutes,
and rosters concerning the committee, local politics, and the
Congressional, Senatorial, and Presidential races of the 1970s, 1980s,
and 1990s. Includes information about the specific campaigns and tenures
of Rick Boucher (9th District Congressional Representative), L. Douglas
Wilder (as Governor of Virginia, 1989-93), Al Gore and Bill Clinton (1992
Presidential campaign), Don Beyer (Lietenant Governor campaign), Mary Sue
Terry for Attorney General (1989) and Governor (1993), and Joan Munford
and Jim Shuler for the 12th District Virginia House of Delegates.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY [VIRGINIA] HISTORIC SITES SURVEY. RECORDS, 1985-1986. 1.2 cu. ft. Records arising from a 1985 survey of significant architectural and/or historical sites in Montgomery County, Virginia. Includes an inventory of structures and sites, a copy of the survey's book, Montgomery County Historic Sites Survey (1986), and maps indicating locations of the inventory's structures and sites. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms86-006.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, VIRGINIA. LAND SURVEY, 1784. 1.0 cu. ft. Collecton consists of map of Montgomery County as it was in 1784. The acreage, divided into thirty-two tracts of one thousand acres each, is situated on the Guyandotte River, a tributary of the Ohio, in present-day West Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-023.
[MONTGOMERY COUNTY, VIRGINIA, SURVEY, 1965]. 1 vol. Typescript
Pesurvey prepared by the first-year graduate students of the Department
Pennsylvania; and several other papers belonging to Re
Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Tech. Topics include land use
and misuse, transportation, commerce, employment, political aspects,
non-urban lands, shopping distribution, county government, financial
implementation, and land use controls. Ms91-060.
MONTGOMERY FEMALE COLLEGE. COLLECTION, 1886-1892. 0.1 cu. ft. Christiansburg, Virginia institution of higher learning for women during the latter 19th century. Assorted ephemera relating to the school, including a program for the 1886 class exercises; an 1892 program of entertainment; and certificates awarded to students Annie V. and Eugenia V. Sullivan. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-013.
MONTGOMERY FILM SOCIETY. RECORDS, 1956-1972. 0.5 cu. ft. Society devoted to bringing foreign, art and classic films to Blacksburg, Virginia. Records include correspondence, membership lists and administrative notes (including constitution), film advertisements and reviews, film rental agreements, programs, and financial records. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms73-007.
MONTGOMERY SAVINGS BANK. ACCOUNT BOOK, 1873-1878. 0.3 cu. ft. Bank operating in Montgomery County, Virginia during the latter 19th century. Ledger detailing customer accounts. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1975-009.
MONTGOMERY WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS. GUEST BOOK, 1886-1890. .6 cu. ft. Resort operating in rural Montgomery County, Virginia from 1855 to 1904. Register includes
names of resort's guests, their places of residence and notes on their meals, rooms and porterage. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database.
Also available in PDF format (PDF 90.2mb) Ms2003-007.
MRS. SPRINGER. MEMORANDA BOOK, 1880-1881. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a memorandum book presented by A. Rosenstock of Petersburg, Virginia, and used by a Mrs. Springer, probably of Washington County, Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-025.
MULLENS SMOKELESS COAL COMPANY. RECORDS, 1937-60. 2.0 cu.
Mullens, West Virginia, coal company, owned by Harry Meade. Briefly
called the Harmco Smokeless Coal Company in the 1950s. Records consist
of ledgers, cash books, and certificates of stock. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms94-005.
MULLINS, HENRY I. (1874-1951). ACCOUNT BOOK, 1921-1924. 0.1 cu. ft. Merchant in Pound (Wise County), Virginia. Ledger recording customer transactions of general mercantile store. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-022.
MUNSEY, W.T. ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1911-24. 29 vols. Giles County,
Virginia, general store merchant. Customer accounts. Ms40-025.
MURDOCK, FRANK M. PAPERS, 1877-93. 0.1 cu. ft. One volume of
notes taken by Murdock, of Kingwood, Preston County, West Virginia. Notes are of several clubs
in Kingwood, including the constitution and
meeting minutes of the Kingwood Amateur Troupe, programs and minutes of
the Kingwood School Literary Society, and treasurer's notes of the Mozart
Band of Kingwood. Also includes Murdock's certificate of baptism (1877).
NEW JERSEY ZINC CORPORATION [AUSTINVILLE, VIRGINIA]. RECORDS, 1850-1969. Ca. 30.0 cu. ft. New Jersey Zinc purchased the mines in Wythe County from the Bertha Mineral Company in 1902, and became its parent company. Originally formed from the southwest Virginia lead mines discovered by Colonel John Chiswell in 1756. Collection consists of maps, blueprints, and files of the corporation's Austinville operations. Unprocessed. Preliminary inventory available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1991-032.
NEW JERSEY ZINC CORPORATION (AUSTINVILLE, VIRGINIA).ORDS II (1925-1969). 3.3 cu. ft. Contains maps, surveys, memoranda, and reports related to the New Jersey Zinc Company. Finding Aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-037.
NEW RIVER GROCERY COMPANY. ORDER BOOK, 1905-1906. 0.1 cu. ft. Wholesale business in Fries (Grayson County), Virginia. Order book listing goods ordered by customers, with prices for each. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-026.
NEW RIVER INVESTMENT COMPANY. DEEDS, 1890-1892. Company chartered in 1889 for developing land in Montgomery County, Virginia. One deed from 1890 and three drafts of a deed from 1892. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-073.
NEW RIVER MINERAL COMPANY. STOCK CERTIFICATE, ca. 1882. 0.1 cu. ft. Mineral company operating at Ivanhoe (Wythe County), Virginia during the late nineteenth century. Unissued certificate for shares of the company's stock. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-036.
NEW RIVER VALLEY PLANNING DISTRICT COMMISSION. RECORDS, 1959-1991, n.d. 3.0 cu. ft. Collection consists of reports, files, and other literature gathered and used by the commission to aid their planning for the New River Valley of Virginia. Some of the records deal with forestation, wilderness management, water systems, economic concerns, and housing in the New River Valley and other areas of southern Appalachia. Includes publications from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1998-024.
NEWLEE FAMILY. PAPERS, 1916,1980, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Blacksburg,
Virginia, family. Colonel Robert G. Newlee was a sergeant in the 1st
Virginia Regiment in the Mexican War, and raised a company in Blacksburg
known as the Montgomery Mountain Boys in the Civil War. Papers include a
history (1980) of Smithfield Plantation, the Preston Family, and Virginia
Newlee (Robert's daughter) written by George Shackleford; an obituary of
Colonel Newlee; and a newspaper clipping (1916) with the muster roll of
the Company of Virginia Volunteers in the Mexican War. Also includes a
muster roll of Company L, Fourth Virginia Regiment, in the Civil War, of
which Newlee was captain. Ms82-021.
NICKELS, W. H. RECEIPT, 1832. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection contains a receipt of payment from John A. Mann to W.H. Nickels for materials purchased during 1832 and 1833. Finding aid available online. Ms2012-052.
NICOLAY, JOHN. PAPERS, 1792-1920. 0.2 cu. ft. Blacksburg,
Virginia, resident. Collection consists of papers Nicolay has used for
his research on Montgomery County, Virginia, history. Topics include
poverty in Montgomery County, blacks, local churches, and the Edie Family
of Christiansburg, Virginia. Materials include oral history tapes,
and Wslides, and the transcript for Nicolay's paper, "Slave and Black
Commentaries: An Oral History Project Reflecting on Wake Forest,
Montgomery County, Virginia," written with Clyde Kessler; original
documents, receipts, court records and warrants for arrest; historical
photographs of the area by Earl Palmer; material from Mountainside
Magazine, edited by Nicolay from 1983 to 1984, including writings by
Beverly Brinlee, Jess Carr, Fred Waage, and William White; chapters from
Ann Swain's Radford University thesis about the Christiansburg Industrial
Institute; and other material relating to the history of Montgomery
19th BATTALION, VIRGINIA HEAVY ARTILLERY. COLLECTION. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection includes two short histories of the Cabell-Breckinridge Brass Band and the 19th Battalion, Virginia Heavy Artillery, as well as a commemorative pin. A CD of songs has been removed and cataloged as Spec Media Compact Disc 5032. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-038.
NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILWAY AND ASSOCIATED COMPANIES. COLLECTION, 1851-1978. 3.7 cu. ft. Reorganized in 1896 from the Norfolk and Western Railroad; merged with Southern Railway in 1982 to form Norfolk Southern Corporation. Financial and legal documents, reports, maps, construction files, and printed materials relating to the railway, its predecessor and subsidiary lines and other associated enterprises, including the Atlantic & Danville Railway; Bluefield Inn; Deepwater Railway; Hotel Roanoke; New Jersey, Indiana & Illinois Railroad; New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad ("Nickel Plate Road"); Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad; Norfolk and Western Railroad; Roanoke Machine Works; Shenandoah Valley Railroad; Tidewater Railway; and the Winston-Salem Southbound Railway. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-037.
NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY. ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL RECORDS, 1874-1907. 0.5 cu. ft. Three ledgers containing records relating to the personnel of the company's accounting department, listing employee name, age, marital status, date of hire, jobs worked, and wages earned. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Norfolk & Western Railway Archives. Ms92-058.
NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY. CONSTRUCTION SITE PHOTOGRAPHS, 1967-81, n.d. 0.6 cu. ft. Collection of approximately 360 photographs of railroad construction in Southwest Virginia. Ms97-027.
NORFOLK & WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY. HISTORICAL
COLLECTION, ca. 1905-69. Approximately 10,000 photographic images taken by the Norfolk and Western Railway's Public Relations Department. Subjects include locomotives; cars; coal mines; stations; cities and towns; Roanoke, Virginia, and the Hotel Roanoke; farm scenes; resorts; train wrecks; colleges and universities; group and individual portraits; and caves and caverns. Some photographs date from as early as the 1880s, and a large group of glass plates dates from the early 1900s, but the bulk of the photograph collection dates from the 1920s or later. Other railroads covered by the collection in addition to the Norfolk and Western include the Atlantic and Danville; the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Ohio; the Big Stony; the Chesapeake and Ohio; the Cincinnati, Portsmouth, and Virginia; the Lynchburg and Durham; the New River, Holston, and Western; the New York, Chicago, and St. Louis; the Norfolk and Virginia Beach; the Ohio Railroad; the Ohio and Northwestern; the Ohio River and Columbus; the Ohio River and Western; the Virginian; the Virginia and Tennessee; and the Wabash. Originals returned to NS Corp Archives in Atlanta. Images available on
the VT Imagebase.
NORFOLK & WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY. PHOTOGRAPH, [1925?]. 0.1 cu. ft. Rail carrier headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia. Photograph of group believed to be Roanoke, Virginia employees of the company. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-019.
"ORAL HISTORY OF THE PRINCIPALSHIP." RECORDS, 1987-95. 8.0 cu.
ft. Project designed to interview retired elementary, middle, and high
school principals for their views, reminiscences, and accumulated wisdom.
Most of the interviewees are from the Southeast (mainly Virginia, North
Carolina, Maryland, District of Columbia, and West Virginia). The
Project Director was Dr. Patrick W. Carlton, Associate Professor of
Education at Virginia Tech. Materials consist of cassette tapes and
transcripts of the interviews. Ms89-040.
PALMER, EARL (1905-96). APPALACHIAN PHOTOGRAPH AND
COLLECTION, Ca. 1880-1989. Ca. 100 cu. ft. Award-winning Appalachian
photographer and collector of Appalachian material culture artifacts.
Palmer's photographs have been published in a number of magazines,
including Life, National Geographic, and the Saturday Evening Post; in
newspapers including the New York Times and Washington Star; and in books
including Mountain Medicine and many of the books of Kentucky author
Jesse Stuart. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums
across the nation. Palmer's photographs, taken over a fifty-year period,
include depictions of the traditional culture of mountain people--their
work, economy, daily life, and creative expression. Photographs include
scenes of logging, mining, farming, railroading, moonshining, and
homemaking; many photographs are accompanied by extensive typescript
commentaries written by Palmer. The artifacts include a moonshine still;
a hand-carved replica of Mabry Mill made by mountaineer Newton Hylton;
handmade dolls, a rocking chair, wagon wheels, and a plow; and artifacts
representative of coal mining and railroading in the Appalachian region.
The materials have been donated jointly to the Appalachian Collection in
the University Libraries and the Appalachian Studies Program at Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms89-025.
PANDAPAS, JAMES J. (1915- ). AUDIOTAPE and PAPERS, 1966-88,
1997. 0.2 cu. ft. Resident of Blacksburg, Virginia, born in Peabody,
Massachusetts. Played a large role in the development of business and
residential housing in Blacksburg by establishing Blacksburg's first
industry, Electro-Tec, in 1947, and Poly-Scientific Corporation, in 1953,
both manufacturers of electroplated slip-rings for radar antannae. Also
developed various neighborhoods in Blacksburg, including Airport Acres
(established in 1942) and Highland Park (1945). In 1948 Pandapas
purchased a 500 acre track of land on Poverty Creek in Montgomery County,
Virginia, as a recreational area for the employees of Electro-Tec. By
the time he sold this land to the National Park Service in 1987 it was
called Pandapas Pond. Collection consists of audio-tapes of an interview
conducted on July 16, 1997, in which Pandapas talks about his life and
career as a businessman in Blacksburg. The collection also includes a
transcription of the interview with corrections and additons done by
Pandapas, newspaper clippings (1966-88) of editorials written by Pandapas
and interviews conducted with him, and a self-published book entitled
"Early History of Poly-Scientific by its Founder James J. Pandapas." Transcript of interview available.
PARMMER LETTER, 1869. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a single letter to "Mr. Parmmer," regarding the use of poke root in cattle care. Finding aid available online. Ms2012-054.
PARSONS, HENRY C. (1840-?). PAPERS, 1863-85. 0.2 cu. ft. Lawyer
and capitalist. An officer in the Army of the Potomac during the Civil
War. After the war he lived in West Virginia and was successively
involved in the management of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, the
Richmond and Alleghany Railroad, the Atlantic and Northwestern Railroad,
and the Kanawha Construction Company. Owned Natural Bridge in Rockbridge
County, Virginia. Papers consist of correspondence to Parsons primarily
from H.D. Whitcomb and C.W. Parsons (no relation), who acted as railroad
"spies" for Parsons. Ms90-109.
PATRICK COUNTY [VIRGINIA] PROJECT. RECORDS, 1980-1982. 19.0 cu.
ft. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Regional Library and Virginia Tech to
explore the theme of "Continuity and Change in a Rural Community." It
was conducted between September 1980 and August 1982. The project began
by presenting a series of folklife programs on local traditions of music,
dance, verbal art, history, and material culture; continued by collecting
and transcribing taped oral histories of families and communities,
building a collection of photographs of the county's past and present,
and expanding the public branch library's and the University library's
collections in regional literature, folk culture, and history; then combining these activities as resources for producing a series of public programs which pursued the basic theme of "continuity and change" in this rural Southwest Virginia county. The collection consists of taped interviews; transcripts; biographical information about the interviewees; a subject card index to the interviews; a film, "Up and Down These Roads: a Rural County in Transition; slide/tape programs; and such project documents as the original proposal, the final report, photographs, publicity clippings, and program posters. For a published guide to the collection, available in Special Collections, see Addison catalog record. Finding aid available in the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1983-007.
PAXTON, JAMES G. LETTER, 1863. 0.1 cu. ft. Confederate major in
the Civil War. Letter, April 6, 1863, from Paxton in Salem, Virginia, to
Major William McLaughlin suggesting he consider being a candidate for the
Confederate State Senate from Lexington and Rockbridge, Virginia.
PENDLETON, LEE (1893- ). PAPERS, 1964-76. 0.1 cu. ft.
Montgomery County, Virginia, historian, author of Indian Massacre In
Montgomery County, 1755-1756 (1968). Collection includes correspondence,
manuscript drafts on local history and families, a copy of his book, and
newspaper clippings. Ms74-007.
PERKINS, WAYNE (1947-2004). COLLECTION, 1835-1996. 2.6 cu. ft. Wytheville, Virginia pharmacist and railroad enthusiast. A collection of records, memorabilia, and photographs relating to a number of North American railroads but concentrating mostly the Norfolk & Western Railway. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-078.
PERRY, THOMAS DAVID (1960- ). COLLECTION, ca.1979-2007. 29 cu. ft. Virginia Tech graduate (class of 1984), historian, and founder of the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust, Inc. Research notes, writings, photographs, printed materials and photocopies of original sources relating to the history of Patrick County, Virginia, and the life, family and birthplace of native son Confederate General James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart. Inventory available on the Virginia Heritage database. Unprocessed. Ms2008-006.
PEYTON, JOHN HOWE (1778-1847). LETTER, 1821. 0.1 cu. ft. Born
in Stony Hill, Stafford County, Virginia; attended the College of New
Jersey at Princeton, and became a lawyer in 1799. Virginia Commonwealth
Attorney, state senator (1839-45), and founder of the Virginia Female
Institute at Staunton. Married Susanna Smith Madison (1780-1820) in
1802, and after her death married Ann Elizabeth Lewis (1802-50). Letter
is from Peyton in Staunton to his first wife's mother, Elizabeth Preston
Madison (1762-1837) at Fotheringay, Montgomery County, Virginia, and
writes of the family and personal concerns. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1977-001.
PORTER, J.C. PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM, ca. 1880. 1 vol. Scrapbook of
approximately 240 (all ca. 1880) photographs of structures and scenes in
several southwestern Virginia counties, including Bland, Craig, Giles,
and Smyth. Includes photographs of a Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad station
Madison (1762-1837) at Fotheringay, Montgomer
in New Castle and Mountain Lake resort hotel, both in Giles County.
Photographs believed to have been taken and compiled by Porter.
Ms90-079.Images available online.
PRESTON FAMILY. CORRESPONDENCE, 1861, 1872. 0.1 cu. ft. This collection contains two letters. The first is written by James Preston to his wife, Sarah Caperton Preston; he describes his involvement in the First Battle of Bull Run. The second letter is written by Sarah to Colonel Grabowski; she addresses Hugh's (her son) failure to follow an order at VMI. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-070.
PRESTON, JOHN (1764-1827). PAPERS, 1806-20, 1844, n.d. 0.2 cu.
ft. Born at Greenfield (the Preston family home prior to Smithfield),
served in the Virginia militia and the House of Delegates and Virginia
Senate throughout his life. Treasurer of Virginia from 1810 to 1819.
Papers consist of letters and promissory notes, and documents stating the
transfer of lands, slaves, and property. Also includes a letter from
J.B. McBride at the Union Theological Seminary, to William M. Radford of
Botetourt County, Virginia. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms94-034.
PRESTON, NELSON. LETTER, 1840. 0.1 cu. ft. Lieutenant colonel of the 94th Virginia Militia. Note from Preston to Captain Robinet, discussing regimental training and a muster at Lee Courthouse. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-075.
PRESTON, ROBERT TAYLOR (1809-80). PAPERS, 1829-71, n.d.. 0.2 cu.
ft. Born at Smithfield in Blacksburg, Virginia; built Solitude, his home
near Smithfield, now part of Virginia Tech. Prior to the Civil War
Preston served as a member of the militia and justice of the peace. At
the start of the Civil War he was appointed colonel of volunteers in the
Provisional Army of Virginia, and in July 1861 was appointed colonel of
the 28th Virginia Infantry, Confederate States of America, where he
served until the infantry's reorganization in April 1862. Beginning in
August 1864 he served as lieutenant colonel and then colonel of the 4th
Virginia Reserves, and surrendered with the troops of General J. E.
Johnston in North Carolina in April 1865. The collection consists of 218
Photographs, letters, military orders, notes, certificates of military appointments,
and other items, the majority collected or created by Preston during the
period of May 1861 and December 1862. Includes several military orders
signed by such members of the Confederate Army as Jubal Early, John B.
Floyd, and George E. Pickett, as well as orders written by Preston
himself. Also includes a draft of a broadside written by Preston from
Solitude on May 13, 1863, as a call to arms to the men of Roanoke and
Montgomery County to repel the Union Army which was in the immediate
vicinity. Selected transcripts available. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1992-003.
PRESTON, SARAH BUCHANAN (1778-1846). LAND DEED, 1835. 0.1 cu.
ft. Born in Smyth County, Virginia; died in Abingdon, Virginia.
Manuscript copy of a land transfer indenture statement for lands in
Russell, Tazewell, and Scott counties, Virginia. Sold by Preston to John
and Edward Fulton of Washington County, Virginia. Ms87-034.
PRESTON, THOMAS L. LETTER, 1860. 0.1 cu. ft. Resident of Campbell County, Virginia. Letter to John M. Preston of Smyth County, Virginia, regarding personal matters and health and ending with comments on the political climate and the possibility of an impending civil war. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-041.
PRESTON, WILLIAM (1729-83). LAND GRANT, 1773. 1 item. Surveyor
and militiaman. Born in Ireland, came to the American colonies in 1738.
Settled in area of Virginia that is now Montgomery County. Established
the plantation "Smithfield" in 1773, which is now near the Virginia Tech
campus and run by the Montgomery County branch of the Association for the
Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Land grant is for 2175 acres in
Botetourt County, Virginia (now the land that is Smithfield), purchased
by Preston, signed by British King George III and Virginia colonial
Governor John Murray Dunmore. Ms94-027.
PRESTON AND OLIN INSTITUTE. RECORDS, 1852-1871, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Academic institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, that opened in 1854 under the name of Olin and Preston Institute. Closed during the Civil War, and then reopened as the Preston and Olin Institute. Was given to the state of Virginia in 1872 and its buildings were used for a new land-grant college, the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, (now Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University). Records consist of a book (1853-1857) with lists of trustees of the Institute and subscribers, a program (1871) of the anniversary celebration of the Preston Literary Society, and reports of the Committee on Seminaries (1852-1854, n.d.). Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1964-001.
PRESTON FAMILY (ALICE PRESTON MOORE COLLECTION). PAPERS,
1745-1882. 235 items. Pioneer Montgomery, Botetourt, and Washington
County, Virginia, family. Papers include business transactions, land
surveys, and general store accounts (1745-89) relating to Willaim and
Susannah Smith Preston; correspondence, business transactions, and notes
on farm affairs (1782-1828) relating to their son, John Preston;
correspondence and land surveys (1840-82) relating to John, William A.,
and Alfred G. Preston; correspondence (1848-61) relating to William
Ballard Preston; and a day book (1789-1820) of the Prestons of Washington
Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.
PRESTON FAMILY (CHARLES PEALE DIDIER COLLECTION). PAPERS,
1747-1897. 282 items. Separate collection from the Preston family
collection listed above. Papers include surveys, promissory notes, and
land indentures (1747-70) relating to James Patton; list of quit rents in
the Middle District of Augusta (1759-60); promissory notes and
correspondence (1755-1806) relating to William Preston; and
correspondence, surveys, and business papers (1780-1830) relating to John
Preston. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database.
PRICE FAMILY. COLLECTION, 1840-1905. 1.6 cu. ft. Southwest Virginia family; Montgomery County residents; owner's of Prices Fork General Store. Collection includes correspondence (mostly to Samuel Winston Price from his wife, Della Hickman Price), photograph albums of friends and family, receipts, and ephemera. Finding aid available online. Ms2012-047.
PRICE, HARVEY LEE (1874-1951). PAPERS, 1853, 1927-49. 1.67 cu. ft.
Descendant of early Montgomery County, Virginia, settlers. Price
obtained his B.S. in 1898 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and became
a faculty member in the Horticulture Department (1900-50) and a School of
Agriculture administrator (1908-48). Price had a strong avocational
interest in genealogy and local history, and wrote Outlines Of Montgomery
County Families (1940) which, though never published, has proved a
valuable source for genealogists and historians. Collection includes
Price's extensive notes and correspondence which provided much of the
information for his book. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms75-001.
PRICE, JAMES BANE (1832-1896). ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1871-1897. 0.7 cu. ft. Proprietor of general store in Prices Fork (Montgomery Co.), Virginia. Collection consists of eight books detailing daily transactions, expenditures and customer accounts. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms88-008.
PRICE, JIMMIE L. PAPERS, 1986-87. 3 videotapes and 0.1 cu. ft.
Blacksburg, Virginia, resident and local historian. Collection consists
of three videotapes of interviews conducted by Price with Montgomery
County residents, including an interview in 1986 with Elizabeth Kent
Adams about the Kentland property interviews conducted in 1987 with four
Montgomery County residents, including Robert H. Surface, Albert
Hamlin, Evans Linkous, and Arnold Linkous, about coal mines and mining in
the county; and an interview with Frank Bannister of Montgomery County,
whose ancesters were slaves and later servants at Kentland. Also
includes sketches of Kentland and coal operations, drawn by Price as
described by the interviewees. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms87-048.
PULASKI IRON COMPANY. TITLE ABSTRACTS, 1910-1918. 1.2 cu. ft. Iron furnace operating in Pulaski County, Virginia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Transcripts of land grants, deeds, surveys, wills, other legal documents and correspondence relating to various tracts of land conveyed to the company in Augusta, Botetourt, Pulaski, Roanoke and Wythe counties, Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms94-025.
RADFORD BRICK COMPANY. CASH LEDGER, 1889-1921. 0.2 cu. ft. Brick-manufacturing company chartered in 1889, operating a plant at Tiptop (Tazewell County), Virginia. Cash ledger detailing company income and expenditures. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-025.
RALEIGH COAL & COKE COMPANY. RAIL SPUR DRAWING, 1920. 0.1 cu. ft. Coal mining company operating in Raleigh County, West Virginia during the first half of the twentieth century. As-built drawing for a rail spur line to the company's Number 3 Mine, located on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway's Piney Creek Branch (New River District). Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-039.
REED ISLAND IRON COMPANY. RECEIPTS, 1894-1896. 0.1 cu. ft. Iron company located in Pulaski County, Virginia. Two receipts issued to the company from Dora Furnace Company and wholesale grocers Robinson, Tate & Company of Dublin, Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-040.
REPASS/SPANGLER FAMILY. CORRESPONDENCE, 1861, 1936, undated. 0.1 cu. ft. Wythe County, Virginia residents. Collection includes three letters by members of the Repass family, and one letter by Henry Spangler (apparently related to the Repass family by marriage) relating family news. Finding aid available online. Ms2012-061.
REYNOLDS, CATHLEEN CARLSON. MANUSCRIPT THESIS, 1987. 0.1
Resident of Marion, Virginia, and Civil War historian. Collection
consists of a copy of "A Pragmatic Loyalty: Unionism in Southwestern
in Pulaski, Virginia. Incorporated in Virginia, 1861-1865," Reynolds's
1987 master's thesis for the University
of Alabama at Birmingham. Ms91-038.
RICE, DAVID S. (1833-1878). FAMILY PAPERS, 1857-1894. 0.1 cu. ft. Farmer in Rockingham County, Virginia. Family-related documents including three deeds and pages, possibly extracted from a family Bible, providing genealogical information on Rice, his wife Tabitha, and their children. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-067.
RITTENHOUR, JOHN. DEED, 1795. 0.1 cu. ft. Deed for 300 acres on
Sinking Creek of the New River in Montgomery County, Virginia, granted to
Rittenhour, assignee of Michael Drake. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1976-004.
ROAD COMPANY, THE. RECORDS, 1972-98. 33.0 cu. ft. Community-based theater company in Johnson City, Tennessee, dedicated to the production of new theater reflecting the concerns and interests of the community, based on the premise that theater is a community event. Established in 1972, produced plays about southern community history, frontier experiences in democracy, ancient and modern myths, the moonshine trade, land issues, wild lemons, love stories, and the impact of the world energy situation on Johnson City. Many of the plays performed were original works created for the company. Worked collaboratively with other community theaters. Closed up production in 1998. Records include administrative files, touring information, scripts, video and audiocassettes of productions, and public relations material. Partially processed. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1998-008.
ROANOKE AND SOUTHERN RAILWAY COMPANY. CHARTER AMENDMENT, 1893. 0.1 cu. ft. Railroad company leasing a line between Roanoke, Virginia and Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Norfolk & Western Railroad Company. Flyer containing text charter amendment, granting the company the power to sell and lease property and to merge and consolidate with other companies. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-018.
ROANOKE RAILWAY AND ELECTRIC COMPANY. PHOTO ALBUM, c.1909. 0.3 cu. ft. Photo album featuring images of the Roanoke Railway and Electric Company buildings and lines, as well as scenic views within the Roanoke area. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Images from the album are available on the VT Imagebase. Ms2003-002.
ROANOKE, VIRGINIA. SCRAPBOOK, 1931-1932. 0.5 cu. ft. Scrapbook containing essays, photographs, reports, maps and ephemera, compiled to promote Roanoke as the site for a proposed new Veterans Administration hospital in Southwest Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1932-001.
ROBINSON, DAVID TOBIAS. CONFEDERATE COMPANY LIST, ca. 1861-
0.1 cu. ft. Confederate soldier in the Civil War. Manuscript list of
Company E, 4th Virginia Volunteer Regiment, written by Robinson, listing
rank, age, eye and hair color, occupation, and other information about
the men in the company, most of them from Southwest Virginia counties.
Also includes an itemized list of clothing distributed to each man.
ROBINSON, W. LETTER, 1810. 0.1 cu. ft., 1 item. Pittsylvania
County, Virginia, slave owner. Letter to Botetourt County,Virginia, man
about slaves Robinson sent him. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms88-068.
[ROLL OF BUFFALO GUARDS, n.d.]. 0.1 cu. ft., 1 item. Typescript
listing lots for sale or sold. Norfolk and
listing of men in a Confederate regiment from Buffalo, Virginia (later
listing lots forWest Virginia), and the Kanawha Valley, that mustered
into service May
13, 1861, during the Civil War. Soon became part of the 36th Virginia
Infantry as Company A, under John McGausland's command. Lists officers
(including Captain William E. Fife and First Lieutnenant B.B. Sterrett)
and privates, with indication of whether or not they were killed,
wounded, or had died. Ms96-004.
ROLLER VALLEY MILL [CRAIG COUNTY, VIRGINIA]. SCRAPBOOK,
vol. Abandoned flour mill in Craig County, Virginia. Handwritten survey
(1881-95, 1.5 cu. ft.).
of the mill done for the Association for the Preservation of Virginia
Antiquities (Montgomery County Branch). Ms86-019.
ROSEMONT CORPORATION. LEDGERS, 1939-1960. 0.3 cu. ft. Textile manufacturer and seller in Marion, Virginia. Ledgers detailing company sales and expenses. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1987-029.
RUFFNER, WILLIAM H. (1842-1908). LETTERS, 1855-1888, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. First superintendent of Public Instruction in Virginia. Member of Board of Visitors (1872-82) at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Virginia Tech). Established the Farmville Normal School (now Longwood College), and served as president. Collection includes photocopies of eleven letters from Ruffner to his wife and children, and to him from his daughter Anne. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1977-003.
RURAL RETREAT HIGH SCHOOL. EDUCATIONAL EXHIBIT BOOK, c.1914. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection contains a ledger book, circa 1914, containing academic work of students (Math, History, and English); each page includes the name and grade of the student, as well as the teacher. Finding aid available online. Ms2013-004.
ST. CLAIR RAILROAD AND COAL COMPANY. RECORDS, 1853-63. Ms84-139.
SANDERS, HARRY W. (1895-1984). PAPERS, 1913-1981. 1.2 cu. ft. Graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (BS, 1916); Professor of agricultural education and vocational education (1925-1963) and professor emeritus of vocational education (1963-1985) at Virginia Tech; vocational teacher-trainer in Puerto Rico (1932-1933); co-founder of Future Farmers of Virginia, basis of Future Farmers of America. Correspondence, articles, printed materials, awards, scrapbooks, and photographs relating to Sanders' personal life and professional career (including his year in Puerto Rico, developing a vocational agricultural education program), as well as the histories of Virginia Tech and Blacksburg, Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1975-002.
SARVEY, RUFUS. PAPERS, 1845-83. 0.1 cu. ft. Blacksburg,
Virginia, general store owner. Two account books (1845-46, 1872-74), a
partnership agreement (1879) between Sarvey and Thomas N. Conrad, and an
agreement (1883) of sale for goods sold to Charles Lyle. Ms62-003.
SAY, BENJAMIN. DEED, 1787. 0.1 cu ft. Collection consists of a deed between Benjamin Say and Richard Mason in 1787 for the purchase of 5,000 acres of land located on the west fork of the Monongalia River, in present-day Harrison County, WV. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-044.
SCARLETT, SHANNON TAYLOR. PAPERS, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Principal of
Shannon Taylor Scarlett, Architects, of Boston, Massachusetts, since
1991. Won first prize in a design competition for a library and civic
center in Blacksburg, Virginia, in 1992. Papers consist of a curriculum
vitae, a firm biography, and a description of the Blacksburg library and
civic center design. International Archive of Women in Architecture.
[SCHOOLMASTER'S JOURNAL, 1846]. 0.1 cu. ft. Journal/diary of a
schoolmaster in Southwest Virginia (probably near Abingdon). Notes
provisions bought for the school, tuition paid, and dealings with various
merchants and neighbors. Ms90-010.
[SCOTT COUNTY, VIRGINIA AMNESTY OATH REGISTER], 1865-1866. 0.1 cu. ft. Ledger containing list of men, mostly from Scott County, Virginia, including names, ages, occupations, and places of residence. Believed to be names of local residents to whom the amnesty oath was administered following the Civil War. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-022.
SCOTT, R. A. DIARY, 1877-1882. 0.1 cu. ft. Overseer of [rail] roads from Augusta County, Virginia. Diary and two receipts. Diary entries discuss the railroad, farming, religion, and local deaths.Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-53.
SELDEN, HENRY COURTENAY (1846-1864). LETTERS, 1861-1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Student at Washington College (now Washington & Lee University) and private in 3rd Virginia Cavalry during the Civil War. Letters to sister Mollie regarding schoolwork, family members, personal acquaintances, war news and rumors. Letter of May 18, 1863 describes funeral procession and burial of Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson; another letter mentions the 3rd Virginia's recent battles. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-015.
SHACKELFORD, GEORGE GREEN (1921-2010). PAPERS, 1899-1990 (bulk 1955-1989). 16.8 cu. ft. Professor of History (1954-1986) and later Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech. Served on the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and on the board of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities. Collection includes clippings, correspondence, memoranda, bulletins, scrapbooks, and other materials relating to the APVA; the National Trust; the New River Historical Association; the Virginia Landmark Commission the Democratic Committee of Montgomery County (Virginia); the Visiting Scholar Committee of the College of Arts and Sciences for VPI&SU; Blacksburg, Virginia, and Southwest Virginia history; historic properties in Blacksburg and Southwest Virginia, particularly Smithfield Plantation; and of Virginia and VPI&SU related topics. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1983-008.
SHACKELFORD, GEORGE GREEN (1921-2010). STUDENT PAPERS 1963-1989. 2 cu. ft. The collection contains student papers from Dr. George Green Shackelford's Historical Preservation classes spanning 1963-1989. The paper topics cover specific people, places, or general geographic locations throughout Virginia, as well as some locations in West Virginia and North Carolina. Papers detail the history and design of the building or structure in question, and often include pictures and floor plans. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-006.
SHACKELFORD, GRACE. PAPERS, 1962-65, n.d. 0.2cu. ft. Architect
of Blacksburg, Virginia. Collection consists of architectural drawings
for seven residences in Blacksburg, Montgomery County, and Woolwine,
Virginia, designed or altered by Shackelford. International Archive of
Women in Architecture. Ms90-046.
SHEFFEY, JOHN P. (1837-1905). PAPERS, 1853-1989. .5 cu. ft. Attorney and judge from Smyth County, Virginia. Confederate captain in Company A, 8th Virginia Cavalry. Papers include correspondence written by Sheffey to his wife from various camps in West Virginia and southwestern Virginia, discussing personal matters as well as military activities and war-time social conditions. Other correspondents include Sheffey's sisters Margaret and Ellen, as well as other southwestern Virginia relatives and friends. Also included are documents related to Sheffey's military career, twentieth-century newspaper articles regarding the Civil War in southwestern Virginia, and other Sheffey family papers. Transcripts are available for the 1861-1862 correspondence. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms2001-060.
SHELL FAMILY. PAPERS, 1871-1932. 0.1 cu ft. Includes a typescript copy of a sketch of the Shell or "Schull" family, early settlers of Montgomery County, Virginia. Originally dictated by John H. Shell in 1871. Centers around Jacob Shell (1720-1803), who came to the Price's Fork section of Montgomery County in the mid-eighteenth century. Mentions other early settlers, Indian raids, and the Indian captivity of "Mrs. English" and "Mrs. Bingamen." The two-page transcript was made in 1959 by Vernon McT. Shell of Arden, North Carolina. Also includes correspondence of Bernard Shell concerning Shell family history, together with related typescript notes, newsclippings and ephemera. Ms59-001.
SIBOLD, CARRIE T. (1904-90). PAPERS, 1912-26, 1966-90. 9.0 cu.
ft. Blacksburg, Virginia, resident, and one of the first women graduates
of Virginia Tech (1925). Papers consist of scrapbooks containing
clippings about Blacksburg history, local church activities, and Virginia
Tech (1966-90). Also includes diplomas from Blacksburg high school
(1912-26) for Carrie and members of the Sibold family. Unprocessed.
SLONE, PEDRO T. (1879-1982). MEMOIR, 1943. 0.1 cu. ft. Typescript memoir by Pedro T. Slone of Franklin County, Virginia; written in February 1943; describes life in Franklin County, Virginia, during the late 19th and early 20th century. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-057.
SLUSSER FAMILY. PAPERS, 1852-1909. 0.1 cu. ft. Montgomery
County, Virginia, family. Includes loose ledger sheets (1852-58) for the
household expenditures of Dr. John B. Slusser with pencil drawings from
1885(?) by Murray C. Slusser; advertisement of a mine car from the
Pressed Steel Car Company (n.d.); sheet from an account book, "In account
with the dining hall of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute" (1909); a
U.S. patent application, January 30, 1894, for the invention of an
improved nut-lock by Murray C. and William J. Slusser; and pages from a
personal account book. Ms60-001.
"SMART" ROAD CITIZEN'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE. RECORDS, 1993-97. 0.6 cu. ft. The "Smart" Road is a project designed by the Virginia Department of Transportation to build a roadway as a direct link between Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia. Its construction is meant to alleviate congestion on Route 460 in Christiansburg and Blacksburg, Virginia, and to serve as a testsite for Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems (IVHS), or "smart highway" technology. A citizen's advisory committee was formed in 1994 to advise VDOT about the environmental and social ramifications of building the new roadway, as well as its overal design. The records were collected by Dorothy Bodell, a member of the committee from January 1995 to July 1997. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms97-025.
SMITH FAMILY. LETTERS, 1861-65, 1912, 1975, 1996 n.d. 0.2 cu. ft. Collection consists of forty-nine letters written by the brothers of the Smith family of Carroll County, Virginia, almost exclusively while most of them served as soldiers for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The brothers include James R. Smith (1831-63), who served in Company I of the 50th Virginia Regiment; Stephen Mitchell Smith (1832-1913), who was initially exempt from military service because he was the only blacksmith in the area, but later served with Company G of the 54th Virginia Regiment; William Alexander Smith (1835-68), who served in Company I of the 50th Virginia Regiment; and Barton Pierce Smith (1838-63) who enlisted in February 1863 and served in Company D of the 29th Virginia Regiment as a hospital steward. Most are written to Stephen Mitchell Smith from encampments in Virginia. Also includes genealogical information about the family compiled in 1975 by Frederick R. Smith of Hardy, Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1996-018.
SMITH, AUGUSTUS. CORRESPONDENCE, 1864-66. 0.1 cu. ft. Civil War
Confederate soldier. Two letters--one from Smith in Greenville,
Tennessee, (1864) to his mother, and one to General Alex E. Smith, his
father in Rural Mount, Virginia (1866), from an unknown person, telling
of his daughter-inlaw's death. Also includes newsclippings concerning
the Civil War and Smiths family genealogy. Ms85-017.
SMITHEY & BOYNTON. RECORDS, 1922-77. 60.0 cu. ft. and 1500 rolls
of architectural drawings. Architectural firm in Roanoke, Virginia,
established in 1935 by Louis Phillipe Smithey and Henry B. Boynton.
Records consist of about 1500 designs of residences, churches,
businesses, schools, and community buildings predominently in the Roanoke
and Southwest Virginia area, designed mostly between 1935 and 1977.
Materials consist of project files, specifications, framed drawings and
photographs, and architectural drawings. Includes designs done by
Smithey before he collaborated with Boynton, as well as designs done by
other firms of projects later redesigned by Smithey & Boynton.
SMITHFIELD PRESTON FOUNDATION. PAPERS, 1784-1881, n.d. 204 items. Collection consists of letters written by two generations of members of the Preston family of southwest Virginia, Kentucky, and South Carolina, to James and Sarah Preston McDowell in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Most of the correspondents are the children and grandchildren of William and Susanna Smith Preston, settlers of Montgomery County, Virginia, who built their home, "Smithfield," in 1772. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1997-002.
SNAVELY, AMBROSE L. (1868-1934). PAPERS, 1903-1952. 0.5 cu. ft. Owner of a stock and produce farm in Wythe County, Virginia during the first half of the 20th century. Diaries of daily activities and account books for farm income and expenditures, breeding records, and household finances. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1989-014.
SNAVELY, AARON (1825-1880). POEM, [1863?]. 0.1 cu. ft. Wythe County, Virginia physician. Poem titled "Remember Sarah Jane," lamenting the recent death and burial of Snavely's wife. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-001.
SNAVELY, ROBERT. LETTER, 1876. 0.1 cu. ft. Graduate of Virginia Tech (1876), and Roanoke City High School Principal. Collection consists of a letter written by Snavely to a "Valued Friend", Mr. J. N. Huddle from Rural Retreat. Ms1987-020.
SNIDER, JOHN N. (1834-97). LETTER, 1863. 0.1 cu. ft. Soldier in
the 14th Virginia Cavalry, Jenkins Brigade, during the Civil War. Letter
from Snider in "Camp near Salem" to his sister. Writes about the high
price of food and that there is preaching in the camp every Sunday.
SOLITUDE. PHOTOGRAPHS and PAPERS, 1960s-80s. 0.3 cu. ft.
Historic home of Blacksburg, Virginia, built by the Preston family in the
early 1800s. Purchased by the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical
College (now Virginia Tech) in 1872, and remains the oldest building on
campus. Photographs consist of thirty-four mounted photographs of
various views and details of Solitude, with identifying labels. Also
includes other papers, such as newspaper clippings and postcards, with
information about Solitude. Ms93-024.
[SOLITUDE LETTER, 1860.] 0.1 cu. ft. Letter written December 27,
1860, from an unidentified man at Solitude, the Preston family
home in Blacksburg, Virginia, to "Miss Martha." Ms90-138.
SOMMERVILLE, HENRY CLAY (1834-1918). LETTERS, 1862, 1864. 0.1
cu. ft. Born in Hampshire County, Virginia; surgeon for the Confederate
Army during the Civil War. Collection consists of letters, written
mostly from January to April, 1864, to Sommerville while in Danville and
Lynchburg, Virginia, from friends in Liberty (now Bedford), Virginia.
Most of the letters focus on town news and gossip. Ms91-045.
STERN OLD BACHELOR'S CLUB [BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA]. MINUTE
1928-32. 0.1 cu. ft. Men's social club in Blacksburg, Virginia, whose
motto was "Millions for defense, but not one cent for matrimony."
Photocopy of a minute book listing officers and members, including Gordon
Organized in 1894
Bennett, Mason Heavener, Baxter Johnston, Champ Lester, Harvey Lee Price,
and David Slusser; and the club's constitution. Ms90-017.
SULLIVAN FAMILY. PAPERS, 1869-1902. 0.8 cu. ft. Early
Christiansburg, Virginia, family. Collection includes correspondence
(1883-89); ledger books for Blacksburg, Virginia district taxes (1885),
Virginia House of Delegates (1891-92), and Lorentz and Sullivan's mill
(1882-1884); and photographs, brochures (1884), news clippings (n.d.),
and receipts (1881-84). Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms56-001.
SUPERIOR ANTHRACITE MINES. FIRE BOSS REPORTS, 1929-1953. 0.3 cu. ft. Coal mining operation in McCoy (Montgomery County), Virginia. Daily reports of fire boss for the company's Big Vein Mine, describing mine conditions. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-131.
SURFACE (ZERFASS) FAMILY. GENEALOGY, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft., 1 item. Copy of extensive genealogy of the Surface, or Zerfass, family of Virginia, Indiana, and Ohio. Compiled by Clyde S. Boots of Isabel, Kansas. Contains thorough family trees of the family members; cemetery records of Johnson County, Indiana; records of the Price Family of Montgomery County, Virginia, who intermarried with the Surfaces; brief census statistics from 19th century Montgomery County, Virginia; biographies of select members of the family; and copies of the wills (1805 and 1808) of John Surface and John Surface, Jr. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1970-001.
SUTTON-MARTIN-MASON FAMILY. PAPERS, 1861-1968. .2 cu. ft. Pulaski County, Virginia family. Papers consist largely of correspondence to Rachel Louisa Sutton (later married to David H. Martin) from friends and family during the 1860s. Many letters comment on the Civil War, particularly conditions in Southwest Virginia. Others discuss Martha Washington College (Abingdon, Virginia), its classes, and related activities. Also contains deeds, family financial records, poetry, photographs and assorted ephemera. A small collection of materials belonging to the Martins' granddaughter, Elinor Mason, completes the collection. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms2003-013.
TANT, MARTHA ANN HITE. GENEALOGY RECORDS, 1991. 0.1 cu. ft.
Resident of Kingsport, Tennessee, and genealogy researcher. Records
include pedigree charts, Bible records, and family group listings of 300
years of Tant's ancestors, including the Brown, Haden, Harman, Hite,
Linkous, Marrs, May, Salmons, and Trollinger families, who settled in
Henry, Montgomery, Pittsylvania, and Tazewell counties, Virginia, and in
TARTER FAMILY. PAPERS (1862-1865). 0.1 cu. ft. The collection includes a letter from J. W. & Susan M. Tarter to J. W.'s brother, Confederate soldier James H. Tarter; a CSA envelope, and James H.'s Oath of Allegiance certificate. The letter, written from Wythe County and dated November 2nd, 1862, includes mostly family news, food prices, and war news. Finding aid available on Virginia Heritage database. Ms2012-021.
TARTER, WILLIAM J. ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1895-1922. 0.3 cu. ft. Wythe County, Virginia, merchant and postmaster. Ledgers detailing inventory and transactions of post office; cash books for store and other business enterprises. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-027.
TATE, LELAND B. (1905-1999). PAPERS, 1940-[1955?]. 0.2 cu. ft. Professor of rural sociology at Virginia Tech. Newspaper clippings relating to industrial and economic development in the New River Valley, with an emphasis on the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, together with studies titled "Facts About the Blacksburg Community" and "Some Facts About Virginia's People." Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1956-004.
TAYLOR, ROBERT A. BUSINESS PAPERS, 1825-26. 0.2 cu. ft. Ginsing
Christiansburg, Virginia, family. Collection includes corres
merchant from Baltimore, Maryland. Records deal with sales of ginsing to
the Preston family of Abingdon, Virginia. Includes invoices and
TENNESSEE, VIRGINIA, AND WEST VIRGINIA. CABINET CARDS, c.1880s-1890s. 0.1 cu. ft. Ccollection consists of 23 cabinet cards featuring individuals, couples, children, and adults. Images were taken by photographers and photographic studios in Bristol, TN/VA, Bluefield, West Virginia., and several towns in Southwest Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-024.
31st REGIMENT, VIRGINIA INFANTRY. COMPANY ROLL, 1862. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection contains a single document reporting the roll of the 31st Virginia Infantry, Company E for May 1862, with a short description of the regiment's activities. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-055.
THOMAS, WILLIAM. ACCOUNT BOOK, 1845-1852. 0.3 cu. ft. Blacksburg (Montgomery County), Virginia, general store merchant. Ledger providing customer names and transaction descriptions. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-031.
THOMAS WOOD AND COMPANY. FREIGHT RECORDS, 1881-1886. 0.2 cu. ft. General mercantile business in Max Meadows, Virginia during the latter nineteenth century. Bills for freight received on the Norfolk & Western Railroad for foodstuffs, clothing, hardware, agricultural equipment, furniture and other household goods. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-045.
THURSDAY BOOK CLUB [BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA]. RECORDS, 1926-
0.1 cu. ft. Book club organized by women residents of Blacksburg,
Virginia, in 1928. Originally called the Round Dozen Book Club. Records
consist of meeting minutes (1928-30, 1936-42) and cards (1963-64,
1967-68) listing order in which the books were passed among the members.
Also includes a newspaper clipping (January 1944) marking the
twenty-sixth year of the Thursday Book Club. Ms97-004.
[TIMBERVILLE, VIRGINIA AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SHOP]. LEDGER, 1924-1926. 0.1 cu. ft. Ledger of unidentified automobile repair shop in Timberville, Virginia, providing customer names together with itemized charges for parts and labor on repairs and maintenance. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-017.
TISE, J.M. LEDGER AND TISE FAMILY RECEIPTS, ca. 1798-ca. 1937. 1
li. ft. Account book kept by J.M. Tise, manager of the Floyd County
Electric Company at Sower's Mill Dam in Floyd County, ca. 1923-ca. 1937.
The collection also contains ca. 100 miscellaneous receipts kept by the
Tise family, ca. 1798-ca. 1860. Ms2002-034.
TRENT, CLARENCE E. PAPERS, 1981-84. 0.1 cu. ft. Professor of
Mechanical Engineering (1931-73) and Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech.
Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and has served on
the Virginia Section's History and Heritage Committee. Primary force in
bringing about the selection of two National Historical Landmarks: the
Jackson Ferry Shot Tower at Fort Chiswell, and Norfolk and Western's 611
steam locomotive. Collection consists of materials related to these two
historical landmarks. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms85-010.
TUCKER, MATTIE LAMB (1893-1985). PAPERS, 1945-1984. 0.2 cu. ft. Blacksburg, Virginia Red Cross nurse and social worker. Certificates, newspaper clippings (mostly recognizing Tucker for volunteer efforts); photographs; correspondence and other printed material relating to her and her family's activities--particularly her son, Henry Tucker, a marine killed on Iwo Jima during World War II. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms84-176.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON BOOK CLUB. RECORDS, 1933-1989. 0.5 cu. ft. Blacksburg, Virginia club, which met to discuss books and current affairs. Programs, minutes books, a club history, and a list of checked out books. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms89-052.
TURNER FAMILY. GENEALOGY PAPERS, ca. 1980s. 0.1 cu. ft.
Genealogical information about the Turner family of Snowcreek in Franklin
County, Virginia. Meshack Taylor (1819 or1820-1877) served in Company E
of the 64th Virginia Regiment during the Civil War. Collection includes
a photocopy of a letter written by Turner to his wife Sallie from Farrow
Grownds near Norfolk, Virginia, on April 13, 1862. Also includes a
genealogy compiled by Helen Turner of Lawton, Oklahoma, on "The Turners
of Snowcreek", which consists of transcripts of wills, research notes,
Meshack Turner's Civil War record, and family trees of the Turner
TYLER-ELLIS-MARYE FAMILY. COLLECTION, 1848-1939. 0.3 cu. ft. Family and descendants of President John Tyler and Julia Gardiner Tyler, including daughter Pearl Tyler Ellis, her husband, William Munford Ellis, and their daughter, Leila Ellis Marye. Correspondence, autograph book, printed materials, and photographs, including two studio portraits of William G. Anderson, 54th Virginia Infantry. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-067.
TYLER, J. HOGE (1846-1925). DIARY, 1846-1925, 2009. 0.2. cu. ft. Virginia state senator (1877-1879), lieutenant governor (1890-1894), and governor (1898-1902). Collection includes Tyler's diary with entries by Tyler, his wife, Sue Hammet Tyler, and his daughter, Eliza (Lily) Tyler (later Wilson). Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-010.
TYLER, J. HOGE (1846-1925). FAMILY PAPERS, 1802-1956. 42.0 cu. ft.
Virginia state senator (1877-1879), lieutenant governor (1890-1894), and governor
(1898-1902). Papers contain Tyler's political, business, and personal
correspondence, including 38 bound volumes of official gubernatorial correspondence; manuscript drafts of speeches; applications and
endorsements for state positions; subject files; and other political correspondence. Business records include ledgers and
store books for the Belle Hampton Coal Company (1884-1892) and records of
the Radford Development Company (1890-1922). Other papers
relate to Tyler's wife, Sue Hammett Tyler, and her family, and include
account books and miscellaneous papers (1851-1876) of Dr. J. P.
Hammett, a Montgomery County, Virginia physician, and ledgers for the Aldomar and Lammermoor plantations in
Mississippi (1857-1872). Included also are the Spanish-American War paymaster records of S. Heth Tyler (1898); correspondence of other Tyler children
and grandchildren; scrapbooks; photographs; and printed materials. Also included are papers of the Sifford family of Pulaski County, Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. 67-002.
UNDERHILL, GROVER W. PAPERS, 1935. 0.1 cu. ft. Professor of
Entomology (1918-54) at Virginia Tech, at the Virginia Agricultural
Experiment Station. Collection consists of a radio talk entitled "The
Insect Menace to Log Cabins and Rustic Woodwork." Ms87-014.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF THE NEW RIVER
RECORDS, 1958-87. 0.2 cu. ft. Founded as the Blacksburg [Virginia]
Unitarian fellowship in 1956; changed name in 1986. Materials include a
notebook with essays about the history, programs, etc. of the fellowship;
newsclippings; reports; and newsletters. Unprocessed. Ms88-001.
UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY, DR. HARVY BLACK CHAPTER. RECORDS, 1862-1999. 3.4 cu. ft. Blacksburg, Virginia chapter (formed 1896) of national organization of Confederate veterans' female descendents. Records include files devoted to local Confederate veterans (including letters of Elisha Epperson, 67th Virginia Infantry), chapter financial records, minute books, membership records, financial records, printed materials and scrapbooks. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms90-050.
URQUHART, LUCY DICKINSON (1881-1975). PAPERS, 1865-1973. 0.9 cu. ft. Born in Marion, Virginia; Lynchburg, Virginia, copy editor; writer. Contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and poetry and advertisements by Urquhart. Also includes correspondence, papers, and other materials related to her family. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1987-046.
VAN BUREN-OLIVER FAMILY. COLLECTION, 1930-1948. 0.1 cu. ft. Thirty-eight items of correspondence from friends and relatives in Roanoke, Charlottesville, and Blacksburg, Virginia, and other places to Oliver and his mother Etta in Winchester, Salem, Goodwin Ferry, and Blacksburg, Virginia. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1982-005.
VIAR, GEORGE W. PAPERS, 1862-63. 0.1 cu. ft. Soldier in Company
E of the 24th Virginia Volunteer Regiment during the Civil War. Papers
consist of reports by surgeons in Dublin, Virginia, of their examinations
of Viar, declaring him unfit for field duty. Also includes a note by a
fellow soldier of Viar's to his family with saying that he is sending
Entomolodocuments home with Viar. Ms90-036.
VINSON, WILLIAM (ca. 1819-1883). LETTER, 1854. 0.1 cu. ft. Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 1853-1854. Letter to family at home in Wayne County, (West) Virginia, discussing Vinson's attempts in the general assembly to secure roads and mail routes, his children's education, health and weather conditions in Richmond, and winnings from local lotteries. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-048.
VIRGINIA AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION. RECORDS, 1906-
Experiment Station. Collection consists of a radcu. ft. Established in
1886 by an Act of the Virginia General Assembly
and funded by the Hatch Act of 1887, the Virginia Agricultural Experiment
Station was not established physically until 1888. Responsible for
several agricultural research stations and laboratories throughout the
state. Collection includes farm survey work sheets and work reports on
such agricultural subjects as insecticides, cattle, orchards, and crop
rotations. Collection also includes statistical surveys for farm
operations and production in ten Virginia counties, including: Albemarle
(1935, 2 vols.), Appomattox (1935-36, 4 vols.), Floyd (1937, 2 vols.),
Grayson (1930-31, 8 vols.), Halifax (1939, 7 vols.), Henry (1940, 7
vols.), Nansemond (1932, 17 vols.), Norfolk (1931-32, 7 vols.),
Pittsylvania (1933-36, 42 vols.), and Russell (1935, 9 vols.). Also
included are Poultry surveys (1931-32, 9 vols.) encompassing several
Virginia counties, and a Truck survey (1938, 2 vols.) listed by names of
farmer. Farm surveys include information on dairy production, land
tenure, feed and supplies, livestock, equipment, and crops. RG25/1.
VIRGINIA AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATION, VIRGINIA
INSTITUTE. HOME ECONOMICS STUDY OF GRAYSON COUNTY, VIRGINIA,
1931. 18 vols. Study by VPI Home Economics Department of statistics
concerning Grayson County families, including schooling, education,
household expenditures, occupations, food, and clothing. Also includes
46 "cards," or first draft tabulation sheets, plus an index, a list of
the families, and a card outline. Ms40-023.
VIRGINIA AND TENNESSEE RAILROAD COMPANY. LETTERS, 1849. 0.1 cu. ft. Railroad chartered in 1849 and built in the 1850s. Letters to former senator William S. Archer informing him of his election as delegate to the V&T's July convention in Memphis, Tennessee. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-077.
VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM
RECORDS, 1970-97. 2.0 cu. ft. Established in 1974 as an organization to
bring together those who are professionally involved in broadening And
Western Railwayaccessibility to and success in the formal post-secondary
education of economically or socially disadvantaged Virginians. Records
include administrative information, correspondence, and meeting minutes.
VIRGINIA IRON, COAL AND COKE COMPANY. RECEIPTS, 1902-1909. 0.1 cu. ft. Mineral company operating several plants in Southwest Virginia. Receipts for various purchases made by the company. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-046.
VIRGINIA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. RECORDS, 1894-
cu. ft. Incorporated in 1894 for the purpose of advancing veterinary
medical knowledge throughout Virginia. Records include annual meeting
minutes, minutes of the Board of Censors, programs, speeches, a history
of the organization, and a list of presidents. Ms88-052.
WADE, JANE. LETTER, 1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Photocopy of a letter
from Wade in Christiansburg, Virginia, written on May 15, 1864, to her
husband John, a soldier in the Confederate Army in the Civil War. She
writes about the "Yanks advancing on Dublin [Virginia] and burning town
buildings," the wounded, and looting by the Yankee soldiers. Transcript
WAGG, JOHN D. (1835-66). PAPERS, 1854-66. 0.4 cu. ft. Methodist
minister who practiced as a circuit preacher in the Virginia counties of
Giles, Russell, and Wise in the late 1850s and early 1860s. In late 1862
or early 1863 he assumed ministerial duties in Ashville, North Carolina.
Papers consist of correspondence, diaries, sermons, church documents, and
miscellaneous poems and essays. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1992-048.
WALKER AND CALDWELL. PAPERS, 1882-1952. 1.7 cu. ft. Wytheville, Virginia, law firm of James A. Walker (1832-1901) and Manley M. Caldwell (1861?-1940). Papers relating to land ownership, particularly mineral rights for property in Rye Valley, Wythe County, Virginia, and adjacent areas; and to business, industrial, and mineral interests in the area, including the Wythe County Iron and Zinc Company, New River Cripple Creek Mineral Territory, Princeton (West Virginia) Banking Company, Edgewood Land Company, and the Botetourt Tramway Company. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1973-012.
WALL, ALEXANDER FLOYD (ca. 1826-ca. 1899). CORRESPONDENCE,
1861-65. 0.1 cu. ft. Farmer in Montgomery County, Virginia. Collection
consists of copies of three letters, 1862-65, from Wall to his
brother-in-law, Waddy Thompson James (1836-1926 or 1931), a Captain and
then Lieutenant Colonel in Company B of the 57th Virginia Infantry during
the Civil War. Wall's letters describe conditions on his farm during
the war, prices of crops, problems of getting supplies to soldiers, and
the transfer of slaves. Company B, or the "Franklin Sharpshooters," was
organized by James of men from Franklin County, Virginia. James was
injured in the Battle of Malvern Hill (July 1862), resigned from service
soon thereafter, and returned his farm in Franklin County. Also includes
one letter from James to his wife Jennie, written from Camp Belcher in
Richmond, Virginia, on October 4, 1861, and biographical and military
information about James and his career as a soldier. After the war James
served in the Virginia House of Delegates (1864-78) and the Virginia
Senate (1879-82) as a representative from Franklin County. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms82-007.
WALLACE, SAMUEL. DEED, 1832. 0.1 cu. ft. Resident of Scott County, Virginia. Contract between Wallace and John Allan of Tazewell County, Virginia, for sale of land. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-050.
WALTHALL, JAMES GLEN (1872-1949). DAYBOOK, 1906. 0.1 cu. ft. Operator of general mercantile business in Lafayette (Montgomery County), Virginia. Day. Ledger recording daily transactions, including customer name, goods purchased, and prices paid. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-030.
WALTON SEPHAS (CEPHAS) L. CORRESPONDENCE, 1861-1864, 1884. 0.1 cu. ft. Floyd County, Virginia, family. S. L. Walton volunteered in the Confederate Army in 1861 and served in the 42nd Virginia Regiment and the 1st Virginia Battalion. He was captured in April 1865 and taken to Point Lookout, Maryland, where he was released in June. Collection consists of seventeen letters and notes to and from Walton, his parents, his wife Nancy Ann, his brother, and cousins. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1955-001.
WAMPLER, WILLIAM C. CONGRESSIONAL PAPERS, 1967-82. Ca. 200
ft. Republican representative from Virginia's Ninth Congressional
District, 1953-54, 1967-82. Papers include legislative files, committee
files (House Agriculture Committee, Select Committee on Aging),
constituency correspondence, speeches, and photographs. Restricted
access. Unprocessed. Ms82-003.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA. COURT NOTICE, 1860. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection consists of a Court Document, May 28, 1860, Washington County, Virginia, ordering payment for the autopsy of a slave. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-045.
WATKINS, SESSLER (1892-1966). LETTER. 0.1 cu. ft. Employee of a West Virginia mining company at the turn of the twentieth century. Letter from Watkins in Cary, West Virginia to his mother, Mrs. J. B. Watkins of Troutville, Virginia, concerning his experiences living and working in the mining town. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-084.
WEST, RUBY BISHOP. COLLECTION, 1858-1981. 2 cu. ft. Floyd County educator and local historian. Collection consists largely of materials related to the history of Floyd County, particularly--but not limited to--church, education, county development, and the 1981 county sesquicentennial celebration. Also contains personal materials, including Radford College grade reports and diplomas, personal photographs and ephemera, and a sizeable sheet music collection from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project. Ms86-002.
[WEST VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR CORRESPONDENCE, 1861]. 0.1 cu. ft. Two
letters on one sheet from two girls in Western Virginia (now West
Virginia) to their aunt. Write of war on the home front and the
destruction caused by the Yankee soldiers to their farm. Ms89-006.
WHISNER MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH. RECORDS, 1857-1960.
ft. Church in Blacksburg, Virginia; founded 1798. Records include
recording steward's book (1859-60); quarterly conference minutes
(1880-1950); church registers (1857-1938); Sunday school records
(1879-1911); rolls of the Women's Foreign Missionary Society; Blacksburg
Auxiliary (1905-10); Women's Society of Christian Service record and
report books (1941-60); and various publications dealing with the history
of the church. Finding aid available online. Ms1964-003.
WHITE, ISAAC (1837-89). PAPERS, 1861-1938. 0.2 cu. ft.
Assistant surgeon in the Confederate Army. Born in Charlottesville,
Virginia, White graduated in 1859 from the Medical College of Virginia.
He resided in Upshur County, Virginia (now West Virginia) before the war,
and then in Shawsville in Montgomery County, Virginia, until his death.
He served in various regiments during the war, including the 29th
Virginia Infantry Regiment, the 31st Virginia Infantry Regiment, and the
62nd Virginia Mounted Infantry Regiment. He also served, between
September 1862 and January 1863 as an assistant surgeon at Montgomery
White Sulphur Springs Hospital. The papers consist of letters from White
to his wife in Shawsville, written mostly while encamped along the
Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1863 and 1864. He describes the losses
to his regiment suffered during the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1863), the
Battles of New Market and Spotsylvania (May 1864), and the Battle of
Winchester (September 1864). Finding aid with links to transcripts and images (jpgs) available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms97-013.
WILLIAMS, LEWIS. LETTER, 1835. 0.1 cu. ft. Letter from Williams
in Washington, D.C., to Andrew Rincoinnon(?) in Wythe County, Virginia,
writing of the postal service from Salem, Virginia to Wythe County.
WILLIAMS, SAMUEL W. PAPERS, 1868-1919. 0.7 cu. ft. Lawyer in Bland County, Virginia. Notebooks from his law education at the University of Virginia, and ledgers from his business. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms86-012.
WILLS FAMILY. CORRESPONDENCE, 1860-65. 0.1 cu. ft. Bedford,
Virginia family. Photocopies of Civil War correspondence from William
S., William L., Lindsay T., and Henry H. Wills from various camps,
including Jamestown and Richmond, Virginia, and Murfreesboro, North
Carolina, to Mollie and Mary Wills. William S. Wills was in the
Charlottesville Artillery; Lindsay T. and Henry H. Wills served in the
10th Virginia Cavalry, and then in the Bedford Light Artillery.
WILSON, B.G. LETTER, 1863. 0.1 cu. ft. Confederate soldier in
the Civil War from Danville, Virginia. Letter from Wilson to his
brother, December 24, 1863, referring to sickness in the camp and the low
morale of the soldiers. Transcript available. Ms88-082.
WILSON, NELSON R. (b. 1856). AUCTION NOTICE, 1932. 0.1 cu. ft. Resident of Bedford County, Virginia. Broadside announcing auction of home and farm property resulting from defaulted loan. Names Henry M. Sackett and Douglas A. Robertson as trustees and Walker, Mosby & Calvert as auctioneers. Reverse side contains agreement of sale to W. H. Slaughter. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2009-016.
WISS, HENRY H. (1913-94). PAPERS, 1960, n.d. 0.2 cu. ft.
Professor of Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
RUniversity from 1947 to 1983. Collection consists of twelve
architectural drawings and four photographs of Wiss's private residence
in Blacksburg, Virginia, designed by him in 1960. Ms96-013.
WOOD, GREENVILLE D. ACCOUNT BOOKS, 1894-1912. 0.6 cu. ft. Floyd County, Virginia, general store merchant. Account books of general mercantile business, providing customer names, dates of purchase, transaction descriptions and dates. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1940-028.
WOOD, KASEY AND WOOD. ACCOUNT BOOKS (1864-1889). 0.7 cu.ft. Account books from a general store and zinc distributor in Max Meadows, Virginia. One book documents dealings with the Lehigh Zinc Company of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Mercer Zinc Works of Trenton, New Jersey. Materials include two detailed ledgers, three day books, and one cash book. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2008-035.
[WORLD WAR II CIVILIAN RATION BOOKS, 1945.] 0.1 cu. ft. Packet
of ration books used by the Porterfield family of Newport, Virginia,
during World War II. Ms90-077.
WORLEY, CHARLES S. JR. (1912-95). PAPERS, 1954-62, n.d.
0.5 cu. ft. Professor of Architecture at Virginia Tech from 1947 to
1982, and Professor Emeritus from 1982 until his death in 1995. Papers
consist of architectural designs done by Worley, often in partnership
with Henry Wiss, also a Virginia Tech Architecture Professor, in the
mid-1950s and early 1960s. Also includes photographs of Worley in his
home in Blacksburg, Virginia, which he designed, and slides taken by
Worley of Blacksburg, Smithfield Plantation, and the Ogunquit Museum of
American Art in Maine. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms1996-017.
WORNER, SCOTT. PAPERS, 1995. 2.0 cu. ft. Collection consists of architectural floorplans, photographs, building demographic surveys, and curriculum guides of secondary schools operating in Virginia as of 1995. Worner collected this material as part of his research for his dissertation from the College of Education at Virginia Tech. His study resulted in "A Study of the Architecture and Curriculum of Virginia High Schools," that was part of earning his Ph.D. in Educational Administration. Finding aid online. Ms1998-015.
WYTHE COUNTY, OFFICE OF SUBSISTENCE. ORDER, 1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection contains one Confederate subsistence order for Joseph Ferdinand Kent, Commander of the Wythe County Home Guards. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-107.
WYTHE COUNTY, VIRGINIA. SOLDIER BENEFIT RECEIPTS, 1863. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection contains four receipts from Wythe County [Virginia] Court for funds paid to the families of 3 soldiers: William Ayers, Andrew Aker, and Wiliam Landers. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2011-028.
YATES, ANNE H. PRICE (1939- ). PAPERS, 1975-1985. 1.0 cu. ft. Co-compiler of Increase in Prices (1985). Correspondence; genealogical charts, notes and documents compiled by Yates and her father, William Conway Price, in the course of writing book. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms89-087.
YATES, ANNE PRICE, (1939- ). PAPERS II, 1898-2005. 0.3 cu. ft. Contains correspondence and genealogical material compliled from readers of her book, Increase in Prices, as well as correspondence from W.C. Price and papers related to H.L. Price. Finding aid available on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms2010-065.
YELLOW SULPHUR SPRINGS HOTEL [MONTGOMERY COUNTY, VIRGINIA].
ACCOUNT BOOK, 1885-95. 0.5 cu. ft. Montgomery County mountain
resort; established in 1810, closed in 1923. Became a Virginia Historic
Landmark in 1977. Collection contains a guest register. Images available online (Adobe Acrobat Reader required for viewing). Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage database. Ms40-033.
YONSON (JOHNSON) FAMILY. COLLECTION, 1803-1859. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection include tax receipts, estate bills for clothes, machinery, auctions, and other ephemera, mostly belonging to Baltzer (Palser) Yonson (Johnson) and his wife, Mary Thompson, as well as other family members. Finding aid available online. Ms2013-0020.
YOUNG, FIELDS M. PAPERS, 1881-1923. 0.7 cu. ft. Grayson County, Virginia merchant. Includes correspondence relating to personal and financial matters, as well as store business; advertising materials from various manufacturers and wholesalers; financial records; a folder of material relating to Walter R. Hardin and the Roanoke Notion Company; and printed materials. Finding aid available in EAD on the Virginia Heritage Project database. Ms85-018.
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