Andrew Bailey Chronicles, c. 1700–1864, written by a Charlotte County native and merchant concerning the Bailey family and his career and travels. 1 v. (, 5–66 p.): handwritten; 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. Gift of James A. McDowell.
Order, 1731 November 26, of the Court of Westmoreland County concerning the division of land belonging to the estate of William Carr (d. 1703). 2 p. on 1 leaf: handwritten; 8 x 10 1/2 in. Gift of Milton F. Sanford.
Papers, 1754–1918, of several generations of the Watkins family (farmers of Buckingham, Prince Edward, and Charlotte counties) primarily focused on the family of Joel Watkins (1861–1958) and his wife, Sarah Marshall Watkins (1865–1953). Include financial and land records, correspondence, especially with family members who went west, and items concerning the related Marshall family. 132 items. Gift of Adele W. Livingston and Sally W. Gant.
Journal, 1786–98, of the Rev. Rene S. Chastain (of Buckingham County) kept as a Baptist minister, including records of marriages and baptisms of white and free and enslaved African Americans, other church records, and some information regarding farming and personal purchases. 1 v. (30 p.); holograph. Bound volume. Gift of the Kentucky Department of Parks, Frankfort.
Papers, 1801–16, of Peter Carr (of Albemarle County) consisting of bills of sale covering the purchase of enslaved persons by Carr and his wife, Hetty (Hester [Smith] Stevenson Carr). 5 items. Gift of Linda Carr-Kraft.
Papers, 1805–36, of the Ladd family (of Charles City County and Richmond) primarily consisting of records of two brothers, Amos and Thomas Ladd, who worked together in mercantile operations and were also members of the Society of Friends. 7 items. Gift of Jeane Miller Frane.
Papers, 1815–1900, of the Massie family (of “Three Springs,” Nelson County) including correspondence, accounts, and miscellany of Dr. Thomas Massie, his son Patrick Cabell Massie, and Patrick’s wife, Susan Catherine (Withers) Massie. Primarily concern education, family life, farm management, management of Ohio lands owned by the family, and the close relationship among extended family members. 596 items. Gift of Dr. William McKinnon Massie and Annie Robertson Massie.
Arithmetic book, 1816, kept by John Dunn Kirby (of Brunswick County).  p.: holograph, with signature; 4 x 6 1/2 in. Bound volume. Includes rules for multiplication and division, conversion of Virginia currency to other currencies, equivalences for dry and liquid measures, and measurements of area. Gift of Nancy Kirby Cuddy.
Letter, 1838 June 5, of Melancthon C. Read (of “Ivy Hill,” Charlotte County) to Elizabeth T. Guy (of Granville County, N.C.). 3 p. on 1 leaf: handwritten, signed; 10 x 15 1/2 in. Concerns Read’s visit to the Burwell family plantation in Mecklenburg County. Gift of Ricky D. Smith.
Papers, 1846–1966, of the McMinn family (of Henrico and Hanover counties) including account books and related records of brothers William and David McMinn, originally from Pennsylvania, who worked as carpenters on the construction of the Ballard House hotel in pre–Civil War Richmond; also include records of farming activities in the second half of the nineteenth century. 21 items. Purchased.
Letter, 1847 December 18, of Mary Johnston Pickett (of Richmond, mother of General George Edward Pickett) to Harriett [Catherine Bailey] Easley (of Halifax County) concerning the death of Mrs. Easley’s son, 2d Lieutenant Thomas H. Easley, U.S. Army, at the battle of Churubusco, Mexico. 2 p. on 1 leaf; handwritten, signed; 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. Gift of Dwight R. Wood, Jr., and Patricia H. Wood.
Papers, 1849–1962, of James Madison Kyle (of Carroll County) including correspondence, financial accounts, and legal records, primarily concerning his activities as an absentee owner of lands in Prince Edward County during the second half of the nineteenth century. 195 items. Gift of Mrs. Penelope W. Kyle in memory of Lanny Astor Kyle.
Diary, 1862–65, kept by Danville B. Stevens (while serving in Company F of the 17th Maine Infantry, U.S. Army, stationed in Virginia). 1 vol. (c. 200 p.): holograph; 3 5/8 x 5 3/4 in. Stevens served as an orderly sergeant in the Union army. Many of his entries concern the distribution of clothing and equipment; they also concern weather, camp life, drilling, pastimes (including baseball), and his extended stay at the Division Hospital. After his medical discharge, the diary concerns Stevens’s personal life in Lewiston, Maine. Gift of the estate of Jeannine Opal Rising.
Papers, 1862–2011, concerning the Civil War service of George W. Neff (of Cincinnati, Ohio, while serving as an officer in the 2d Kentucky Volunteer Infantry of the U.S. Army) including a letter written by Neff from Libby Prison, Richmond; a letter of Richard A. Wise (of Williamsburg) concerning a sword confiscated from Neff at the time of his capture; and a newspaper article concerning Neff and his sword. 3 items. Gift of Irene Neff Stinson.
Papers, 1863–1911, of Robert Powel Page (of Berryville and Petersburg) chiefly consisting of Civil War–era letters from Dr. Page to his future wife, Martha Turner “Pattie” Hardee, while she visited relatives in North Carolina and later in Albemarle County. Dr. Page, who was administrator of the Poplar Lawn Hospital in Petersburg, describes the siege of the city and after the war discusses his attempts to establish a medical practice there. 47 items. Gift of J. William Ferrell III, and Leavenworth McGill Ferrell.
Diary, 1864 January 1–1865 March 1, kept by David Longenecker (while serving in Company G of the 110th Ohio Volunteers, U.S. Army). 1 vol.: printed and holograph; 2 3/4 x 7 3/8 in. Entries are brief and concern weather, news of home, and the monotony of camp life. After his capture at the battle of Monocacy, entries concern Longenecker’s imprisonment in Danville and Richmond (Libby Prison). Gift of Thomas Ray Crowel.
Letter, 1865 September 4, of West, Beardsley & Co., Richmond, to Capt. W. W. Beckwith, provost marshal. 3 p. on 1 l.: handwritten; 8 x 9 1/2 in. Concerns J. L. Hardwick, who swindled West, Beardsley & Co. and others in a scheme to buy scrap metal. Bears endorsements of Beckwith, Gen. J. W. Turner, and Lt. Col. Charles Warren. Gift of Ursula Overturf.
Recipe book, c. 1865, kept by Mrs. M. J. Casner in an arithmetic book, c. 1818, author unknown.  p.: handwritten and mounted clippings; 3 3/8 x 5 7/8 in. Bound volume. Contains recipes for food, medicine (human and veterinary), and household uses. Gift of Anne R. Worrell.
Receipt, 1879 March 28, issued to the schooner John S. Detwiler by the Virginia Towing Company. 1 p.: printed form with handwritten completions; 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. Towing costs from Three Mile Reach to Richmond by the tugboat Smith Petitt. Gift of Maria Wornom Rippe.
Papers, 1881–1999, of the Roden family (of Richmond) including the correspondence and scrapbooks of Littleton Hewitt Roden (1901–1947), concerning his education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and his personal and professional life as an assistant engineer with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company, and records of his son Littleton Hewitt Roden, Jr. (1927–1997), primarily concerning his work as division chief of the first wastewater treatment plant in Richmond. 839 items. Gift of Littleton Hewitt Roden III.
Papers, 1881–2000, of Lucy Waller (Gilliam) Crockin concerning her research on the Massie and Jefferson/Hundley families and on Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, of which her mother, Juliette Jefferson (Hundley) Gilliam, was a founding member. Include genealogical materials, research notes, writings, and photographs. 73 items. Gift of Lucy W. G. Crockin. (Before her death, Mrs. Crockin established a significant endowment at the VHS to support broadly the acquisition and maintenance of research tools and resources.)
Record book, 1894–99, kept by John Peyton McGuire, Jr., as a teacher at McGuire’s University School, Richmond. Includes teaching notes, examination questions, grade lists, and quotations. 1. vol. (c. 200 p.): handwritten; 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. Gift of John Peyton McGuire Boyd.
Letter, 1903 January 1, of Robert A. Preston, Abingdon, to Benjamin Fenner, superintendant of schools of Prince George County, concerning raising funds for the Stonewall Jackson Female Institute in Abingdon. 1 p.: handwritten signed; 8 1/2 x 10 in. Purchased.
Papers, 1903, of Jesse Benson ([b. 1839] of Royalton and Shelby, N.Y.) as a surviving member of Company A of the 151st New York Volunteers, which was stationed and fought in Virginia. Include drafts of speeches and resolutions at a reunion of the company, as well as an unsigned poem, “The Gray Back,” referring to lice. 13 items. Gift of Gerald M. Eggert.
Letters, 1911, written by Edward McCarthy, Jr. ([1893–1946] at Washington, D.C.) to his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Edward McCarthy (of Richmond) concerning his summer work with J. E. Hanger, Inc., sellers of surgical supplies and manufacturers of prosthetic limbs. 15 items. Gift of Edward McCarthy, Jr.
Receipt, 1914 December 1, issued to Norman V. Coleman (of Richmond) for payment of a special federal tax on commission brokers; and stock certificates, 1915–18, issued to Coleman by the Hudson Railway Signal Company, Inc., and the Hudson Signal Sales Company, Inc., of Richmond. 9 items. Gift of J. Alfred Broaddus, Jr.
Account book, 1915–40, of funds to support missionary work raised by the Sandy Creek Baptist Church, Amelia County. 1 v. (112 p.): handwritten; 7 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Letter, 1918 June 28, of Rembrandt Peale, New York, N.Y., to Van H. Manning. 1 l.: holograph signed; 8 1/2 x 11 in. Concerns a contribution to the drive for War Savings Stamps. Purchased.
Materials, 1918–19, relating to the World War I military service of Samuel Julian Trimmer (of Roanoke), including diaries (typescript copies), sheet music, publications, and a photograph. Trimmer trained at Fort Monroe and served in the U.S. Army Military Police Company 280 in France. 6 items. Gift of Joseph T. Knox.
Papers, 1930–33, of Joseph F. Drummond (of Norfolk) concerning his invention of a vending machine for the purchase of accident insurance. 6 items. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Records, 1931–33, and related materials concerning the Pan-American School, Richmond. 67 folders. Primarily consist of correspondence of Assistant Director Frances P. Stokes, along with advertisements, inventories of equipment and furniture, and announcements relating to this secretarial school for young women. Gift of Brenda S. Bryan.
Diploma, 1933 April 29, issued to James Cutler Dawson as a graduate of Monroe High School, Stanardsville. 1 sheet; printed form with handwritten completions; 17 x 14 in. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Papers, 1942–47, concerning the World War II military service of Fred Haseltine (of Richmond). Include telegram, newspaper clipping, Officer Circular of Information for the Army Service Forces Medical Field Service School, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., War Dept. pamphlet No, 29-2: Preparation for Oversea Movement of Individual Replacements, letters, and a commission. 7 items. Gift of Mrs. Nell Haseltine. (After the war, Haseltine became a well-known Richmond actor and radio personality.)
Certificate, 1944 October 7, issued to Martha Louise Foster (later Walsh) by the Riverside Hospital School of Nursing, Newport News, concerning the completion of her training. 1 item: printed form with handwritten completions; 6 x 8 in. Gift of Judy Stout.
Papers, 1949–89, concerning the history of Worrell Newspapers, Bristol [originally Independent Publishing Corp.], primarily concerning the activities of Thomas Eugene “Gene” Worrell as publisher. 78 items. Gift of Anne R. Worrell.
Letter, 1956 May 10, of J. Lindsay Almond, Richmond, to [Pamela (Henry)] Manning, Slate Mills. 1 l.: typewritten, signed; 8 1/2 x 11 in. Written while Almond served as Virginia attorney general and mentions concerns about federal power and state’s rights. Purchased.
Records, 1965–2011, of the William Byrd Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Richmond. 1 lin. foot. Include minutes of meetings, reports, and meeting rosters. Deposited by the William Byrd Chapter, NSDAR, through the courtesy of Diane Forsythe.
Letter, 1975 February 7, of Norma Franklin Biggs Robertson (of Port Jefferson, N.Y.) to her niece, Mrs. Gail Parnelle (of Atlanta, Ga.), concerning Mrs. Robertson’s grandfather Joseph Franklin Biggs (1868–1932), founder of Biggs Furniture, Richmond. 4 p. on 2 leaves: holograph; 6 1/4 x 7 in. Gift of Gail Parnelle.
Papers, 1977–85, concerning Richmond City Treasurer Franklin J. Gayles. Include administrative materials, newspaper articles, and photographs. Dr. Gayles, an African American city official, was elected treasurer in 1977 and served until his retirement in 1992. 42 items. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Letter, 1981 April 28, of Roscoe Bolar Stephenson (of Covington) to Dr. and Mrs. Porter B. Echols concerning Stephenson’s election to the Supreme Court of Virginia. 1 p.: typewritten signed; 8 1/2 x 11 in. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Porter B. Echols.
Joint Resolution No. 507, 2011 January 20, of the Virginia General Assembly, honoring Lora McGlasson Robins. 1 p.: printed; 11 x 17 in. Bears seal of Virginia, a brief biography of Mrs. Robins, and a select list of her philanthropic activities. Gift of E. Claiborne Robins, Jr.
“Airwaves of Yesteryear: Early Television in Central Virginia” [videorecording], 2011. 1 videodisc (30 min.). Features an interview with Dr. Paul A. Levengood, president and CEO of the Virginia Historical Society. Gift of the Henrico County Department of Public Relations and Media Services.
Arnold, Oren. The Widening Path: An Interpretive Record of Kiwanis. Chicago, 1949. Focuses of the work of Kiwanis International with youth. Gift of the Richmond Kiwanis Club.
Arrowood, Charles Flinn. Thomas Jefferson and Education in a Republic. New York, 1930. Discusses the contributions of Jefferson in the field of public education and the establishment of the University of Virginia. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.
Central Virginia Mining and Manufacturing Company. Central Virginia Mining and Manug’g Company: Incorporated June 1878, Mining Property, Four Gold Mines Located in the Counties of Orange and Louisa , Va. . . . New York, 1878. Includes a folded map of the Great Vaucluse Gold Mine in Orange County. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
College of William and Mary, St. Helena Extension. The Saint, 1948. College yearbook of the extension branch of William and Mary that was established after World War II for Virginia veterans but only operated for two years. Gift of William A. Hallett, Jr.
Cox, D. Sam. Blackie Bear. Richmond, 1931. Childhood story of bears, which is regarded as an example of racism in early twentieth-century literature. Bears the signature of Junia Bratter. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Fund.
Dabool, Nathan. Dabool’s Schoolmaster’s Assistant: Improved and Enlarged, Being a Plain and Practical System of Arithmetick Adapted to the United States. Ithaca, 1843. Contains the manuscript notes and signature of David C. Beaton, Isle of Wight, dated June 1846. Gift of Luther Ray Ashworth.
Ellsworth, William Webster. George Washington, as Seen by His Latest Biographers: Address Delivered by William Webster Ellsworth Before the Litchfield Historical Society. Litchfield, Conn., 1932. A unique twentieth-century reflection on the influence of George Washington on American culture. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. San Francisco, 1984. One of fifty special copies illustrated by Michael Graves and contained in a box with a bas-relief site plan for Gatsby’s estate. Gift of Frances Lewis.
Goldsmith, Oliver. An Abridgement of the History of England, From the Invasion of Julius Caesar, to the Death of George the Second. Philadelphia, 1795. Bears signatures of Fitzhugh Hooe and Abram B. Hooe, Rappahannock Academy, Caroline County. Gift of Mary F. Hitselberger.
Gray, Thomas. The Poetical Works of Thomas Gray. London, 1800. Example of a liberated book that was removed from the home of Edmund Ruffin during the Civil War and was returned to Virginia by way of Australia. Gift of Rob Wills.
Holmes, George Frederick. Holmes’ First Reader. New York, 1870. A primary reader written by a faculty member of the University of Virginia. Bears the signature of Marie W. Wallace and a bookbinder’s ticket of Oscar M. Lemoine, Emmerton. Gift of Mortimer E. Payne.
Irving, Washington. Lebensgeschichte Georg Washington’s. Leipzig, 1856–59. A German translation of Washington Irving’s five-volume biography of George Washington. Gift of W. Hamilton Bryon.
Kennedy, John Pendelton. Memoirs of the Life of William Wirt, Attorney-General of the United States. Philadelphia, 1860. Contains the signature and manuscript notes of Herbert A. Claiborne (1819–1902), one of Richmond’s leading nineteenth-century attorneys. Gift of Dr. Herbert A. Claiborne.
Lester, Posey Green. The Tariff: Speech of Hon. Posey G. Lester, of Virginia, in the House of Representatives, Tuesday, May 13, 1890. A two-term congressman from Floyd County, Posey was a minister and editor of Zion’s Landmark and served on the committees on railroads and canals, alcohol and liquor traffic, and expenditures in the Department of Justice. Gift of Deanna Baker.
McGuffey, William Holmes. The New McGuffey Third Reader. New York, 1901. McGuffey readers were one of the most popular books in American culture next to the Bible. McGuffey’s final teaching position was at the University of Virginia, where he continued to produce these graded readers for primary school students. Purchased through the Battle Abbey Council Fund.
Negro Protective Association of Virginia. Proceedings of the Negro Protective Association of Virginia held Tuesday, May 18th, 1897 in the True Reformers Hall, Richmond, Va. Richmond, 1897. Attended by 120 representatives outside of Richmond, the association adopted a resolution denouncing lynching. Gift of Josiah P. Rowe III.
Ramsay, David. La Vida de Jorge Washington. Philadelphia, 1826. A popular biography of George Washington written in Spanish by a Charleston, S.C., physician. Gift of W. Hamilton Bryson.
Richardson, George A. Down in Ole Virginny: Being Pages from the Notebook of a Joyful Tramp. Philadelphia, 1920. An early amateur photographer, Richardson presents a “plain, unvarnished narrative of a most enjoyable and delightful tramping trip” for his own personal amusement. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Rough Draft. Norfolk, 1969. A Tidewater servicemen’s underground press publication which allowed Vietnam veterans to “expose those in authority who have betrayed the trust of the American people.” Purchased through the Donald Haynes Fund.
Sharp, Joshua. The Pennsylvania, New-Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Almanac for the Year of Our Lord, 1801. Philadelphia, 1799. Contains manuscript notes throughout and the signature of Esther Bartolet on the backcover. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Society. Premium list of the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Society for its 26th Annual Exhibition to be Held at Winchester, Va. Richmond, 1895. Gift of Harry F. Byrd III.
Tabb, Jennie Masters. Father Tabb, His Life and Work. Boston, 1922. Bears the signature of the author dated 1933 to Estelle Jones whose family lived at the next plantation over from the Tabb family plantation in Amelia County and were lifelong friends of Father John Banister Tabb. Gift of Estelle Jones Morris.
Terhune, Albert Payson. True Dog Stories. Akron, Ohio, 1936. Illustrations complement this collection of stories by a beloved Virginia author. Gift of the estate of Robert Barry Lurate.
Sash worn by Andrew Stevenson (1784–1857) of Virginia, U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s, 1836–41. Gift of E. Brooks Robbins and Margaret H. Robbins in memory of Virginia Campbell Coles Robbins, granddaughter of Edward Coles, second governor of Illinois.
Wooden dollhouse possibly built by a plantation overseer and associated with the Crawley family of Prospect, c. 1858. Gift of Margaret Hackley.
Paintings and portraits by Edward Caledon Bruce ([1825–1900] including “Lee’s Headquarters, October 1864” and portraits of Sidney Smith Bruce and railroad pioneer John Bruce of Winchester, parents of the artist), as well as additional items related to the Bruce family. Gift of William J. Burnett and Nancy S. Burnett. Total gift: 19 pieces. A number of these items had previously been on deposit with the VHS and have now been returned as gifts to the permanent collection.
Uniform of Charles S. Hopkins, Private, Company B, 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, “Duryee Zouaves,” 1861–62. Hopkins served with his unit in Washington, D.C., and died in a hospital in Hampton, during the Peninsula Campaign. Gift of M. Cricket Bauer.
Civil War–era doll that belonged to Edith Ridgway Slaughter Duke (1863–1921), daughter of Mary Harker Slaughter and John Flavel Slaughter. Gift of Margaret Duke Lundvall and Lucy Duke Tonacci.
Life Studies of the Great Army by Edwin Forbes. Folio consisting of forty copperplate etchings published by Forbes and Samuel Walker & Co., Boston, Mass., c. 1876. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
Oil on canvas portraits of Dr. Howson White Cole I, and his wife, Eliza Lavalette Dupuy Cole, of Prince Edward County and Danville, by William Garl Brown, c. 1882. Gift of Howson W. Cole III and Elizabeth H. Cole.
Ten silver gilt teaspoons, a wedding gift to Isabella Pleasants Gilham from Amélie Rives, Princess Troubetzkoy, c. 1888. Donated in loving memory by the children of Roberta Kyle West, the grandniece of Isabella Pleasants Gilham.
Three albumen photographic prints showing Sawyer Hall, Bagley Hall, and Taylor Powerhouse on the grounds of the Temperance, Industrial, and Collegiate institute (later Smallwood-Corey Institute) in Claremont, c. 1896. Gift of Susan Mitchell.
One quilt, made by either Nancy Finch Hughes Faulkner or Sarah Stevens Callahan in the Southside region of Virginia, c. 1900. Gift of Arthur B. Christian, Jr.
Oil on canvas portrait of Isaac Davenport, Sr., by William Ludwell Sheppard after an 1832 likeness; dated 1907. Gift of N. Wayne Tyree.
Miniature silk flag, U.S., Forty-six stars, used by Richard Hobert Hunter Beane as a child around 1910. Gift of Mary Virginia Beane.
Revolver, .38 Smith & Wesson Special, used by Edwin Chancellor Payne in the capture of Allen family fugitives from the Hillsville courthouse incident in Carroll County in 1912. Gift of Mortimer E. Payne.
Two photographic prints showing Wray Lee Curtis (of Yorktown) participating in a horseback jousting tournament, 1920s–30s; silver cup, trophy from the Annual Tournament held by the Wilkins Edwards Post 176, V.F.W., 1926–38; silver cup, trophy from the Championship Annual Tournament, Warwick Court House, 1925–33; seal of the Wray family (handheld for use with wax seals); jousting lance/javelin. Gift of Carrie Wray Curtis.
One covered vegetable dish manufactured by Hopewell China, Hopewell, c. 1930s. Gift of Dr. Henry J. and Kimmie L. Siegelson.
Staunton Military Academy uniform worn by Richard Sylvester Payne while he was a student during the 1933–34 school year. Gift of the Richard S. Payne, Sr., family.
Panoramic photographic print, Civilian Conservation Corps, African American Unit, Co. 1372, Kenbridge, April 1934. Gift of Michael T. Elliot.
Oil on canvas portrait of Dr. Clifton M. Miller, one of the founders of Stuart Circle Hospital in Richmond, by John Daniel Slavin, c. 1935. Gift of Clifton M. Miller III.
Hand-held travel chess set carried by Dr. Fraser Neiman (of Williamsburg) while serving in the U.S. Army through out World War II. Gift of Fraser Duff Neiman.