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National Fathers' Day Association, Inc. – Overseers of the Poor

National Fathers’ Day Association, Inc., Records, 1917–1933. 33 items. Mss4N213b.
The National Fathers' Day Association, Inc., was founded by Kate Richardson (Swineford) Burgess of Drewry's Bluff on 21 April 1921 for the purpose of obtaining the designation of the second Sunday in June of each year as National Fathers' Day. Burgess later found out that the second Sunday in June also was known as Children's Day and agreed to switch Father's Day to the third Sunday. In 1933, the association was dissolved after Burgess obtained trademark registration of Fathers' Day from the U.S. Patent Office. Records in this collection include certificates of incorporation and dissolution, registration fee receipts, a U.S. Patent Office application, a letter of 31 August 1920 of Governor Westmoreland Davis of Virginia expressing interest in the Fathers' Day proposal, and a proclamation from Governor Elbert Lee Trinkle.

National Travelers Aid Association Papers, 1946–1947. 3 items. Mss4N2138b.
Collection consists of three letters from the personnel directors and the general director of the United Services Organization in New York to Margaret D. Miller confirming her position as a supervisor of the USO lounge for soldiers in Petersburg at the end of World War II and later as executive secretary of the Petersburg Traveler's Aid Society.

Nelson, Emily Page McGuire, Album, 1855–1862. 1 volume. Mss5:5N3325:1.
Emily Page (McGuire) Nelson (b. 1841) received "A Christmas offering to Miss Emilie from her little friend Mark Alexander" in 1855, and she and her friends occasionally copied poems into it.

Nelson, Elizabeth M. P., Commonplace Book, 1829–1833. 1 volume. Mss5:5N3324:1. Microfilm reel C303.
Elizabeth M. P. Nelson copied prose and poetry into this "Extract Book," begun while she was a student at Harmony Hall Seminary in Richmond.

Neubauer, Thelma B. Stern, Memoir, 1942–1946. 2 pp. Photocopy of typescript. Mss5:1N3913:1.
Thelma B. (Stern) Neubauer's memoir, written in 1991, describes the kinds of work performed by women at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth during World War II, including her own work as a draftsman. It was among several collected by Nancy Chappelear Baird in the early 1990s.

New Baltimore Academy, Records, 1827–1892. 14 items. Mss4N4201b.
The New Baltimore Academy, established in Fauquier County in 1827, contained separate departments for boys and girls with different instructors and distinctive curricula. Boys received instruction in math and the classics, while girls studied English grammar, geography, painting, and drawing. One volume of trustees minutes, 1827–1848, contains information on the operation of the school, including hiring and salaries, tuition, expulsions of students, and repairs. Also included are a few lists of students, 1868–1870, some loose accounts, 1889–1892, and report cards, 1861, for William Augustus and Elizabeth Klepstein.

Nicholas, Anne Cary, Letter, 1784. 1 item. Mss2N5142a1.
This letter written by Anne (Cary) Nicholas (1735–1786) of Williamsburg to her son Wilson Cary Nicholas (1761–1820) in 1784 discusses his election to the Virginia House of Delegates and his responsibilities as a legislator. The document has been published in E. Lee Shepard, comp., Reluctant Ratifiers: Virginia Considers the Federal Constitution (Richmond, 1988), 42–43.

Nicholas, Elizabeth Byrd, Papers, 1855–1869. 147 items. Mss1N5156a. Microfilm reel C68.
The collection contains letters and autographs of Confederate Army officers collected by women members of the Hollywood Memorial Association of Richmond and mounted in a single volume owned by Elizabeth Byrd Nicholas (1830–1901).

Nicolson, Judith Wormeley Digges, Account Book, 1810–1833. 1 volume. Mss5:3N5484:1.
Judith Wormeley (Digges) Nicolson (1777–1849) kept this account book while serving as executor of the estate of her husband, Andrew Nicolson (1763–1810) of Manchester in Chesterfield County. It includes copies of his will, an estate inventory, and accounts of an estate sale, as well as other documents pertaining to the estate settlement, 1810–1824, copied by the Chesterfield County Court clerk. Judith Nicolson provided full accounts, from 1824–1833, and this volume offers a valuable picture of a nineteenth-century Richmond widow's financial affairs. A final entry, 1834, is signed by her son, George A. Nicolson.

Norfleet, Virginia S. Camp, Memoir, ca. 1861–1894. 15 pp. Photocopy of typescript. Mss5:1N7625:1.
In "To My Grandchildren," Virginia S. (Camp) Norfleet (1852–1923) of Franklin narrates her own family's history from the time of her ancestors' settlement in Virginia four generations earlier through her childhood memories of the Civil War and Reconstruction. She recalls wartime deprivation and the domestic manufacture of cloth, candles, and shoes, as well as the disruption of her education. Norfleet offers her brief assessment of the post-war experience of some of the slaves owned by her family, and concludes with a short history of the town of Franklin. The memoir was written ca. 1900.

Norton, Nannie, Commonplace Book, ca. 1890. 1 volume. Mss5:5N8255:1.
This volume contains genealogical notes and copies of correspondence and court records, 1771–1852, compiled by Nannie Norton concerning the Norton and allied families. Correspondents include Jane and Beatrice Orde and Constance Cary Harrison. Letters include information on the marriage of Warner Lewis (1747–1791) and Courtenay Norton (d. 1780) and the financial affairs of John Norton (1719–1777). An index is available in the repository.

Norwood, Winifred Blount Hill, Commonplace Book, 1830–1840. 1 volume. Mss5:5N8395:1.
This volume contains lines of verse transcribed by Winifred Blount (Hill) Norwood (1815–1851) of the Hermitage in Halifax County and her friends. Her name is embossed on the cover.

Norwood Family Papers, 1849–1910. 156 items. Mss1N8397a. Microfilm reel C303.
This collection consists primarily of courtship letters, 1849–1853, exchanged between Thomas Manson Norwood (1830–1913) as a student at Emory College (now Emory University) in Oxford, Ga., and in Culloden and Savannah, Ga., and Anna Maria (Hendree) Norwood of Richmond, who later became his wife (sections 1 and 2). The collection also contains a small amount of correspondence of each of them with other persons (sections 3 and 4). After the Civil War Thomas Norwood became a United States senator from Georgia; Anna Norwood's correspondence includes a letter, 1874, from a Union soldier's widow seeking a pension that asks her to bring the situation to her husband's attention (section 4).

Nottoway County, Court, Writ, 1808. 1 item. Mss4N8493a3.
A writ, 1808 November 17, issued by the clerk of the court [i.e., Francis Fitzgerald] to the sheriff of Nottoway County to seize property of Jordan Jackson to satisfy a judgment in favor of Pleasant Akin. The document bears an affidavit of William Perry regarding the sale of Rachell, a slave, to satisfy the judgment.

Nourse, Margaret Tillotson Kemble, Diary, 1862. 1 volume. Mss5:1N8556:1. Microfilm reel C473.
In 1849 Margaret Tillotson Kemble (1830–1880) of Cold Spring, N.Y., married Charles Joseph Nourse (1825–1905) of Washington, D.C. In 1851, the Nourses and their infant son moved from New York to the District of Columbia. In April 1862, they moved to Weston, a farm near Warrenton, Va. Margaret Nourse's diary reflects her attempts to adjust to rural life in the South during the Civil War. She discusses the activities of friends, neighbors, slaves, and Union and Confederate soldiers, as well as farm life and childrearing. The diary ends abruptly shortly before the Nourses returned to the District of Columbia in November 1862. It has been published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 91 (1983): 440–508. The VHS also owns the memoir, 1905, of Charles Joseph Nourse (Mss5:1N8554:1).

Old, Martha Judith Hardaway Harvie, Papers, 1807–1815. 25 items. Mss2OL15b. Microfilm reel B53.
This collection contains letters to Martha Judith (Hardaway) Harvie Old (1789–1859) of Amelia County from her husband, Edwin James Harvie (d.1811), and her mother-in-law, Martha Morton (Jones) Harvie (b. 1751) of Belvidere in Richmond. Most discuss family news.

Overby, Ethel Thompson, Autobiographical notes, n.d. 141 pp. Photocopy of typescript. Mss5:1Ov25:1.
Concerns the life and career of Ethel Thompson Overby (1892–1977), first female African American principal in the Richmond public school system. An edited version of the notes was published in 1975 as "It's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness:" The Autobiographical Notes of Ethel Thompson Overby, ed. by Emma Thompson Richardson (E185.97 .O94 o.s.).

Overseers of the Poor, Spotsylvania County, Records, 1791. 1 item. Mss4Sp688a1.
This list, 1791, contains the names of individuals designated to receive poor relief by the Spotsylvania County Overseers of the Poor. It contains the names of both men and women, along with the amounts that individuals were to receive.

January 13, 2010