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NAKAHARA, NOBUKO (1929-2008). EXHIBIT BOARDS, 2002. 2.0 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Architect of Japan. Nakahara received her architecture degree from the Musashi Institute of Technology (now Tokyo City University) in 1952. She was also involved on the international scene serving as Vice President of International Union of Women Architects (UIFA) and as president and president emeritus of UIFA JAPON. Her collection contains copies of boards made for the exhibition "Women and Architecture - creating better housing and cities/towns for supporting both work and family life." exhibition was held at the "Center for Advancement of Working Women (Tokyo, Japan) in 2002. Dates for residences in the exhibit are 1965, 1975, 1986. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054
NALLE, CHARLES RAVENSCROFT. PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM, 1902-1904. Lived in the Somerset, Virginia, area until at least around 1910. Collection contains 32 photographs taken from 1902 to 1904 with the subject matter ranging from individuals and animals to the Vatican. Finding aid available online. Ms2009-097.
NANASY, ILONA. ARCHITECTURAL COLLECTION, 1978-2003. 0.1 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Architect of Budapest, Hungary. Began working in 1978 at the Hungarian Ministry of Housing, then opened a private practice in 1991. Collection consists of residential, commercial and competition projects. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Finding aid available online. Ms2005-010.
[NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, CIVIL WAR LETTER, n.d.] 0.1 cu. ft. Letter from a Union soldier named Chris to Mrs. Curtis. Writes that although he is staying in the best hotel in town the food is still terrible and expresses his opinion about blacks in the city. Transcript available. Ms89-080.
[NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, CIVIL WAR LETTER, 1864.] 0.1 cu. ft. Letter from a Union soldier named Clinton to "Friend Ettie," written January 5, 1864. Writes that he intends to settle down and get married after the war, and asks Ettie to look for a "goodlooking amiable young lady that wishes to change her situation in life." Ms89-071.
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL PUBLICATIONS, 1917-1990. 0.8 cu. ft. collection contains United States Department of Agriculture and other national agency publications relating to food, cooking and nutrition; home economics and household management; home organization; and farm and garden. Finding aid available online. Ms2011-022.
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON COMMUNITY SERVICES AND CONTINUING EDUCATION. RECORDS, 1969-91. 8.0 cu. ft. Formed in 1969 as part of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges community services project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. When the Council structure of the AACJC was reorganized in 1972, the NCCSCE became one of the operating councils of the AACJC. Currently involves more than 1000 members in the United States and Canada. Its goals include encouraging the growth of community services and continuing education as a response to the lifelong learning needs of all citizens. Collection includes membership lists, minutes, treasurer's reports, newsletters, correspondence, National conference proceedings, handbooks, and annual reports. Unprocessed. Ms87-019.
"NATIONAL DIARY" RECIPE BOOK. [1914?]. 0.1 cu. ft. Daily diary filled with handwritten and news-clipping recipes. Finding aid available online. Ms2009-051.
NATURAL TUNNEL, SCOTT COUNTY, VIRGINIA. COLLECTION, [c.1932-1958]. consists of a wood postcard printed with a sketch of the tunnel. On the back is a message to Mrs. Chaz Etter in Rural Retreat, Virginia. Also includes a photocopy of a sketch of the tunnel. Finding aid available online. Ms2009-085.
NEALE, RICHARD W. COLLECTION, 1932. VPI Football programs from 1932: VPI v. University of Georgia and VPI v. University of Maryland. Ms1991-029.
NEATHERY, J. MARSHALL. GENEALOGY, 1996. 1 vol. Resident of Rolesville, North Carolina, amateur genealogist, and Baptist minister. Typescript, spiral bound genealogy entitled "Neathery Siblings Had Eight Ancestors in the Civil War: Five of Them at Gettysburg." Describes the lives of eight ancestors related to the Neathery family who served in the Confederacy during the Civil War. These ancestors include: William Robert Currin (1838- 1913) Company G, 30th North Carolina Infantry Regiment; William Faucett (1837-1904) Company I, 23rd North Carolina Infantry Regiment; Granville Grissom (1814-90), Company C, 3rd Battalion North Carolina Senior Reserves; James C. Currin (1836-1915) Company G, 30th North Carolina Regiment and Company K, 55th North Carolina Infantry Regiment; Jeremiah Hamilton Currin (1832-68), Augustus Dennis Frazier (1833-1903), and James Simeon Hobgood (1836-1911), all of Company K, 55th North Carolina Infantry Regiment; and George Daniel Nethery (1834-99), Company G, 14th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Five of these men fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. Ms96-002.
NELSON FAMILY. PAPERS, 1783-1872, n.d. 0.6 cu. ft. Clarke County, Virginia, family. Papers consist of correspondence among the family members, particularly between Adelaide Nelson and her daughter Nannie, (approx. fifteen letters), and the Civil War letters of prisoner of war G. Washington ("Wash") Nelson to Mollie Scollay of Shepardstown, Virginia (approx. fifty letters). Wash was captured in 1863 and held at Johnson's Island, Ohio, Point Lookout, Maryland, and Fort Delaware, Delaware. Civil War papers also include muster rolls, one of them signed by J.E.B. Stuart, of Captain Hugh Nelson's company, the Clarke County, Company D., Sixth Cavalry Volunteers. Finding aid available online. Ms1989-021.
NEW ALEXANDRIA LAND AND RIVER IMPROVEMENT COMPANY. LEDGERS, 1892-1906. 0.5 cu. ft. Collection includes two ledgers for the New Alexandria Land and River Improvement Company dated from 1892-1906; ledgers contain documentation of transactions, land sales, commissions, and loans with detailed accounts of revenues and interest. Finding aid available online. Ms2013-083.
[NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS, DAYBOOK, 1837-45.] Obsolete title. See SWIFT, HALLETT ACCOUNT BOOK. Ms1988-106.
NEW FARMERS OF AMERICA, MARYLAND ASSOCIATION. RECORDS, 1928-60. 0.2 cu. ft., ca. 110 items. A national organization for black students studying vocational agriculture. Founded in 1927 as the New Farmers of Virginia to be an organization similar in aims to the all-white Future Farmers of America. Collection is largely photographic, and depicts NFA activities in Maryland. Finding aid available online. Ms80-002.
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 online. Ms1991-032.
NEW JERSEY ZINC CORPORATION (AUSTINVILLE, VIRGINIA). RECORDS II (1925-1969). 3.3 cu. ft. Contains maps, surveys, memoranda, and reports related to the New Jersey Zinc Company. Finding aid available online. 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 online. 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 online. 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 online. 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 online. Ms1998-024.
NEWCOMB COLLEGE. DRAWINGS, 1899, 1915, 1923. 0.2 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Newcomb College, a coordinate college of Tulane University 1886-2006, offered an industrial art program featuring pottery, interior design, furniture making, and many other arts and crafts in an effort to educate women in the "practical side of life" and also to provide employment for women at a time when few opportunities existed. The collection includes 3 original pencil drawings - 2 by Wanda Simmons and 1 unattributed. See also Fannie Magee drawings(Acc2010-033). Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054
NEWLEE FAMILY. PAPERS, 1916, 1980, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Blacksburg, Virginia, family. Collection includes a paper of the history written in 1980 of Smithfield Plantation, the Preston family, and Virginia Newlee (Robert's daughter) written by George Shackleford; obituary of Colonel Newlee; two muster rolls (Mexican War and Civil War). Finding aid available online. Ms1982-021.
NEWMAN, CAROL M. (1879-1941). PAPERS, 1897-1956. 0.6 cu. ft. Professor of English at Virginia Tech, 1903-1941; secretary of the university's Athletic Council, 1914-1939. Correspondence, awards and honors, Athletic Council files, speeches and essays, examination questions, and subject files on Virginia Tech, language and literature. Finding aid available online. Ms1978-003.
NEWMAN, CAROL M. JR. (1910-1997). PAPERS, 1930-1987. 0.4 cu. ft. Graduate of Virginia Tech (BS in biology, 1931), writer and editor for The New Yorker (1949-1972), and Virginia Tech Department of English faculty member (1934-1949, 1972-1975). Correspondence relating to The New Yorker, including letters and notes from Charles Addams, Louis Auchincloss, S.J. Perelman, Harold Ross, J. D. Salinger, William Shawn, and others; subject file relating to The New Yorker, including a manuscript poem by John Updike, drawings by Frank Modell, and newspaper clippings relating to various staff members; a selection of Newman's writings; correspondence relating to Virginia Tech; and materials relating to Virginia Tech's 1931 commencement. Finding aid available online. Ms1978-004.
NEWMAN, J. PRESTON (d. 1982). PAPERS, 1910-1975, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. Professor of English (1935-1952) at Virginia Tech. Collection includes four poems (1935-1938, n.d.); papers relating to Ralph Minthorne Brown, a librarian at Virginia Tech, including four publications by Brown autographed to Newman; a letter (1975) to Newman from P.H. McGauley (Virginia Tech faculty, 1927-1928, 1950-51) giving a profile of Brown; three radio talks by Brown on "The Joy of Walking," "Prairies," and "Sunrises," and a booklet of verses by Brown. Finding aid available online. Ms1982-016.
NEWMAN, WALTER S. (1895-1978). COLLECTION, 1930-1968, n.d. 0.2 cu. ft. Virginia resident; Assistant Professor of Agricultural education at VPI, 1922-1936; Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction for the state of Virginia, 1936-1945; Vice-President of VPI, 1946-1947; President of VPI from 1947-1962. Collection of an undated photograph album, program from his Inauguration as President of Virginia Tech, The Techgram, May 1, 1949 and an official photogram taken by The Foster Studio in Richmond, Virginia. There are several postcards and letters sent to Ella Boyer, possibly a housekeeper in the Newman family. Finding aid available online. Ms2015-006.
NEWMAN, WALTER S. (1895-1978). RECORDS, 1947-1962. 24.0 cu. ft. Walter Stephenson Newman (1895-1978) was president of Virginia Tech from 1947 to 1962. As president, Newman conferred more degrees than all his predecessors combined and oversaw more than $20,000,000 in campus construction. The Records of the Office of the President, Walter S. Newman (1895 to 1978) span the years 1947 to 1962, with the bulk of the material dating from 1947 to 1961. The collection consists primarily of Newman's General Correspondence. Also included, and interfiled with general correspondence, are budget requests and statements, financial reports, enrollment statistics, architects' contracts, audits, commencement and inaugural ephemera, statements to the Federal Power Commission, a few photographs, and reports on Virginia's public school system submitted to the Moses Commission. Finding aid available online.
NEWPORT AND CLOVER HOLLOW, GILES COUNTY. COLLECTION, 1904, 1973-2006. 4.9 cu. ft. Collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, notes, newspaper clippings, historic district survey forms, a video tape, and a geological survey map related to the creation of the Greater Newport Rural Historic District. Finding aid available online. Ms2013-086.
[NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA, CIVIL WAR LETTER, 1864]. 0.1 cu. ft. Letter from a Union corporal from Massachusetts in the Civil War. Writes to his brother at home, telling him that he will try for a commission when he soon returns on furlough. Has heard that "there are a number of chances for commissions in colored regiments" that the Governor of Massachusetts was raising, and he hopes to become an officer in one. Ms89-075.
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, 1790-1985. 1.4 cu. ft. Former Blacksburg, Virginia, resident and historian. 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, slides, 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 Moutainside 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 County. Finding aid available online. Ms87-027.
NIEMAYER, H.C. PAPERS, 1876-1877. 0.1 cu. ft. Student at VAMC, 1876-1877. Papers include lists of college expenses, from February 24, 1876 to December 21, 1876 and from February 24, 1877 to December 21, 1877. Ms87-062.
NINOVA, TSVETANA (1923- ). ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS, 1971-1994. 0.5 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Born in Popitsa, Bulgaria. Worked in France designing apartment buildings and in Bulgaria with the Regional Design Organization and as a private architect. Drawings consist of a résumé and ink drawings on lucid paper of a railroad station in Ikhtiman, rest shop facilities in Kolotino and an apartment building in Bulgaria. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054
NOBLE, RICHARD G. CORRESPONDENCE, 1863. 0.1 cu. ft. Two letters addressed to Confederate soldier Richard G. Noble, from Autauga County, Alabama, and dated June 1863. One is from his sister, Emily Noble, and the other is from a Miss A. Thacker. Finding aid available online. Ms2010-007.
NORFOLK & WESTERN. FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS, 1882-1954. 2.0 cu. ft. Reorganized in 1896 from the Norfolk and Western Railroad; merged with Southern Railway in 1982 to form Norfolk Southern Corporation. Collection contains finanicial documents including checks, bills, and invoices from Norfolk & Western Railroad, Norfolk & Western Railway, and subsidiaries and contracted companies. Finding aid available online. Ms2003-004.
NORFOLK AND WESTERN PASSENGER STATION. PHOTOGRAPH, n.d. 0.1 cu. ft. The Marion, Virginia, station operated as a passenger station from 1882-1971. The collection contains a single black and white aerial image of the station. Finding aid available online. Ms2009-029.
NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILROAD. ACCOUNTING LEDGERS, 1892-1895. 5.3 cu. ft. Reorganized from the bankrupt Atlantic, Mississippi & Ohio Railroad in 1881; reorganized as Norfolk & Western Railway in 1896. Ledgers providing detailed monthly account entries for each of the company's divisions and monthly summaries of company expenses. Finding aid available online. Ms2010-075.
NORFOLK & WESTERN RAILROAD COMPANY. RECORDS, 1880-1890. 0.3 cu. ft. Collection consists mostly of invoices and purchase lists for the Norfolk and Western Railroad Company and related companies from the 1880s; also includes some ephemera. Finding aid available online. Ms2012-077.
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 online. 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 online. Norfolk & Western Railway Archives. Ms92-058.
NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY. CONSTRUCTION SITE PHOTOGRAPHS, 1967-1981, n.d. 0.6 cu. ft. Collection of approximately 360 photographs of railroad construction in Southwest Virginia. Finding aid available online. Ms1997-027.
NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILWAY. MENUS, c. 1940s-1960s. 0.1 cu. ft. Reorganized in 1896 from the Norfolk and Western Railroad; merged with Southern Railway in 1982 to form Norfolk Southern Corporation. Collection contains breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and beverage menus from the Norfolk & Western Railway, as well as two unused carbon copy checks for dining car service. Finding aid available online. Ms2013-080.
NORFOLK AND WESTERN RAILWAY COMPANY. MORTGAGE BOND BOOK, 1897-1947. 1.0 cu. ft. Railroad reorganized from the Norfolk & Western Railroad in 1896; merged with Southern Railway in 1982 to form Norfolk Southern Corporation. Ledger containing register of mortgage bond sales and transfers, including names of purchasers with dates and bond numbers purchased. Finding aid available online. Ms2010-077.
NORFOLK AND 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 online. Ms2009-019.
NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAILROAD. TIMETABLE, 1938. 0.1 cu. ft. Railway serving southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina; founded under reorganization of Norfolk and Southern Railway in 1910; reorganized in 1942 as Norfolk Southern Railway. Timetable for route between Norfolk, Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina, listing all intermediate points and times of arrival and departure. Also included is promotional material for Virginia Beach and The Cavalier resort hotel. Finding aid available online. Ms2010-072.
NORMAN, M. T. LETTER, 1864. 0.1 cu. ft. Confederate soldier in the Civil War in the 37th Battalion Cavalry, Johnson Brigade. Letter written from Camp Mount Jackson, Virginia, to his wife Nancy. Includes an account of the burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Transcript available. Finding aid available online. Ms1987-015.
NORRIS, E. B. (1882-1966). PAPERS, 1928-1955, n.d. 1.5 cu. ft. Engineering professor and Dean of Engineering at VPI, 1928-1955. Papers include correspondence to and from Norris, Engineering Extension materials, clippings, publications, and teaching materials; also contains a collection of advertisements for office supplies sent to Norris in his capacity as dean. Finding aid available online. Ms1981-103.
NORTON, H. E. LETTER, 1865. 0.1 cu. ft. Soldier in Michigan brigade during and after the Civil War. Letter to friends describing journey west, complaining of the regiment's not having been mustered out at the close of the war, and discussing rumors of an upcoming assignment to guard a government train bound for Nebraska Territory. Finding aid available online. Ms2009-074.
NOVAKOVA, ZDENKA MARIE. ARCHITECTURAL PAPERS. 0.2 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Architect and artist of the Czech Republic. Graduated from Prague Technical University in 1963 with a degree in architecture and has designed several architectural projects in the Czech Republic, most notably the interior of a Gothic church in the town of Most. Papers consist of architectural drawings, photographs, a booklet about her work, an exhibit booklet, and a CD with plans. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054.
NOWICKI, STANISLAWA. ARCHITECTURAL PAPERS, 1950-53. 0.1 cu. ft. International Archive of Women in Architecture. Born in Poland in 1912, She attended Warsaw Polytechnic and worked in Paris and through a scholarship offered by the French Government. She worked on the Polish Pavilion at the 1937 International Exhibition and had the opportunity to work with Le Corbousier at Expo '37. In 1938 after graduating from Warsaw Polytechnic she married and moved to the United States. In the fall of 1951 she began teaching the first year studio at the University of Pennsylvania. Her papers consist of a biographical sketch as well as recollections written by student of the School of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. There are photographs taken of her house in Villanova, PA, and a photograph of a curtain that Nowicki designed for the Coliseum in Raleigh. Part of IAWA Small Collections. Ms2009-054
NOWLIN, GREENWOOD H., JR. COLLECTION, 1896-1898. 0.1 cu. ft. Collection includes photographs from dances; stereoviews from Europe and Mexico; and ephemera from Nowlin's tenure at Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Finding aid available online. Ms1962-008.
NUCLEAR PIONEERS: CONFERENCE ON NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENTS. VIDEOTAPES AND PAPERS, 1991. 0.5 cu. ft. Collection consists of seven videotapes recorded at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (or Virginia Tech) in August 1991 of interviews with six nuclear pioneers: Sigvard Eklund, Bertrand Goldschmidt, Robert E. Marshak, Glenn T. Seaborg, Gerald F. Tape, and Herbert F. York. Five of the tapes cover four main topics in nuclear history during the period from about 1945 through 1965: weapons and the arms race, civilian vs. military control in post-World War II United States, peaceful uses of the atom and basic research, and international perspectives: research, development, and cooperation. Two additional tapes cover a two-hour public round table where the pioneers were interviewed by Jerry Bishop of the Wall Street Journal, Gloria Lubkin of Physics Today, Albert Moyer of Virginia Tech, and Paul Torgersen of Virginia Tech. Also includes supporting documentation for the sessions. Ms93-004.

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