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Selected accessions (2014)


  1. Papers, 1773–2007, of the Herring family (of Richmond) primarily including correspondence and memorabilia of Dr. Alvah Livingston Herring (1886–1952) and his son, Dr. Alvah Livingston Herring (1916–1988), both surgeons. Also, include materials relating to the history of Grace Hospital, a doctor-owned and operated institution in the City of Richmond. 566 items. Gift of Elizabeth Herring Baylor.

  2. Extracts, 1813–16, from letters of Mrs. Judith Randolph [to her son Theodorick “Tudor” Randolph while he was attending school in England] and an autobiography of John Randolph of Roanoke, 13 December 1813, written in the form of a letter to Tudor Randolph. 20 p.: handwritten; 6½ x 8¼ in. Gift of the Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

  3. Letter, 1818 May [?], “Montpelier,” [Orange County], of James Madison to P[eter] Minor, Secretary of the Agricultural Society of A[lbemarle County]. 46 l: holograph signed; 8 x 10 in. Covers a handwritten copy of Madison’s address to the Agricultural Society calling for enhancements to agricultural procedures to sustain the fertility of Virginia soils. Gift of the Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

  4. Papers, 1845–90, relating to Richard Henry Bell (of Millboro, Bath County) including scattered correspondence, materials focused on land acquisitions in Bath Count, and miscellany. 12 items. Gift of Forbes Maner in honor of William L. Maner, Jr., grandson of Richard Henry Bell.

  5. Papers, 1856–1947 (bulk 1856–71), of members of the Hannah family of “Gravel Hill,” Charlotte County, and the related Atkinson and Burwell families of North Carolina. 28 items. Gift of Sherry A. Smith Miller-Saucerman in honor of her cousin Lucretia Phillips Whitehouse.

  6. Papers, 1862–77, of Charles E. Yeatman (of Gloucester County and Richmond) chiefly concerning his service in the Confederate States Army. 14 items. Gift of Charles Gregory.

  7. Diary, 1864 December 25–1865 June 29, of David Lawson Cole. 1 v. [78 p.]: holograph; 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. Kept while serving in Company F of the 61st Alabama Infantry of the Confederate States Army of Northern Virginia. Brief entries chiefly concern weather and Cole’s picket duty outside of Petersburg and make references to deserters and Cole’s capture after the fall of the city. Gift of Mary Jane Fox Ould.

  8. Papers, 1866–1905, of the McRae family (of “Locust Level Farm,” Cumberland County) including correspondence, scattered accounts and miscellany. 65 items. Gift of Elizabeth G. Lanning.

  9. Will, 1883 October 26, of Nannie W. (Venable) Garden, written in [Prince Edward County]. 1 p.: handwritten; 7 5/8 x 9 3/4 in. Gift of Patricia S. Peck.

  10. Appointment, 1892 August 11, issued by the Office of the Fourth Assistant Postmaster General, U.S. Post Office Department, to P. Rodman as postmaster at Rodman, Norfolk County. 1 sheet: printed form with handwritten completions; 8 1/4 x 10 in. Gift of Brian C. Phillips.

  11. Travel account, 1909 October 4–13, kept by Mary L. Craighill on the ship Jessamine while cruising the James and Potomac rivers in Virginia. 12 p. on 4 l.: holograph; 6 7/8 x 10 1/2 in. Anonymous gift.

  12. Records, 1919–2010, of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, including organizational materials (by-laws, articles of incorporation, etc.), minutes of the Board of Directors, administrative files concerning business aspects of the organization and service projects, general correspondence, account books and other financial records, reports, publications, and special files specifically regarding Camp Kiwanis and loans to students at area colleges and universities. 515 folders. Gift of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond.

  13. Papers, 1926–45, of Randolph W. Joynes (of Newport News) chiefly concerning his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Include photographs and a scrapbook, as well as materials concerning his athletic career during his attendance at high school. 36 items. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar L. Woodle.

  14. Title insurance policy, 1937 April 1, issued by Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation to R[oy] W[ilfred] Kersey and his sister Mabel Elmer (Kersey) Collins on property in the Westover Hills section of Chesterfield County [now City of Richmond]. 4 sheets: printed form, signed; 8 1/2 x 14 in. Gift of Anna N. Damerel.

  15. Scrapbook, 1939 Mary14–19, kept by Nora Agatha (Noel) Kersey on a cruise from Norfolk to Bermuda. 1 vol. (52 p.); mounted clippings, etc.; 11 x 14 in. Disbound. Consists of programs, menus, passenger list, and photographs documenting a cruise on the S. S. Queen of Bermuda while accompanying her husband, Roy Wilfred Kersey, as a participant in the 46th Annual Convention of the Virginia Bankers Association. Gift of Anna N. Damerel.

  16. Legal records, 1953–73, concerning Nolde Bros., Inc., Richmond bakery. Includes documents relating to recapitalization of Nolde Bros., Inc., and to the sale of stock in the company in 1963. 9 items. Gift of Aubrey Russell Bowles.

  17. Scrapbooks, 1966–70 and 1972–75, compiled by Frances Snyder Rubin, concerning the operations of and performances at Swift Creek Mill Playhouse, Chesterfield. 5 volumes. Gift of Claudia R Niegler and Linda D. Rubin in memory of their parents, Frances Snyder Rubin and Louis Rubin.


  1. Rocque, John. Kaart van Londen enz. En van het naby gelegen land ruim een uur gaans rondom dezelve staf. Amsterdam: Isaak Tirion, 1754. Sheet; engraved, colored; 28 x 42 cm. Gift of Betty Crowe Leviner.

  2. [Map of] Vacationland, Blue Ridge Parkway, N[orth] Carolina-Virginia. [s.l.]: Vacationland Industries, 1973. Sheet: color; 53 x 85 cm. Gift of Alice M Henneberry.


  1. Cavalier, Yorktown, 1863 February 24 and March 31. Published by the Union army during the occupation of Williamsburg and Yorktown. 2 items. Gift of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands, Newburgh, N.Y.

Published Materials

  1. Bacon, Nathaniel. An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England, From the First Times to the End of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. London, 1739. This constitutional history of Great Britain bears the bookplate of Charles Arnold Thomas and was presented to the library of the Liverpool Literary, Scientific, and Commercial Institution in 1837. Gift of Edith S. Patterson.

  2. Bailyn, Bernard. The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America, the Conflict of Civilizations, 1600–1675. New York, 2012. Examines the diverse populations of Europe and Africa who came to the eastern seaboard in the seventeenth century and experienced a life of brutal survival and conflict with indigenous peoples. Purchased through the First Settlers Fund.

  3. Barbee, Matthew Mace. Race and Masculinity in Southern Memory: History of Richmond Virginia’s Monument Avenue, 1948–1996. Lanham, Md., 2014. Memorials to the Lost Cause on this grand avenue are challenged by the 1996 memorial to Arthur Ashe. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.

  4. Beliles, Mark A. The Selected Religious Letters and Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Charlottesville, 2013. Includes seventy previously unpublished letters from religious leaders that give insight into Jefferson’s beliefs. Gift of Dr. Mark A. Beliles.

  5. The Book of Psalms: Translated Out of the Original Hebrew and With the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. New York, 1917. The American Bible Society published this book for the use of soldiers in World War I, and it bears the stamp of the Union Mission in Norfolk. Gift of Brenda Hayes.

  6. Bradley, Mark Andrew. A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior. New York, 2014. Duncan Lee was a descendant of Robert E. Lee and became an invaluable member of the U.S. intelligence service during the Cold War era. Gift of the Perseus Books Group.

  7. Buckley, Thomas E. Establishing Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Statute in Virginia. Charlottesville, 2013. Comprehensive analysis of Jefferson’s statute, which guaranteed religious freedom by creating a strict separation of church and state. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.

  8. Byrd, Richard Evelyn. Skyward. New York, 1928. This author’s autograph edition contains a bit of the cloth from one of the wings of the airplane Byrd flew over the North Pole on May 9, 1926. The copy belonged to Robert W. Daniel, a Virginian who survived the Titanic sinking and was a close friend of Byrd. Purchased through the Ellis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.

  9. Carter, Alice E. Virginia and Its People. Boston, 1949. A geography textbook written by an associate professor of education at Longwood College; bears the stamp of Robert E. Lee School, Richmond, on the verso of the front cover. Gift of Nancy Plunkett.

  10. Clifford, Mary Louise. New Point Comfort Lighthouse: Its History and Preservation. Mathews, Va., 2013. First operated in 1806, this lighthouse has weathered many storms and occupation by enemy troops in two wars. Ongoing preservation efforts since 1976 have stabilized its original tower. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.

  11. Davis, David Brion. The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation. New York, 2014. Final volume of the trilogy produced by an eminent historian who analyzes the process of emancipation of slaves in Haiti, the British West Indies, and the United States. Gift of Alfred A. Knopf Publishing.

  12. Eddington, Nannie Pegram. Christmas in Prison. Richmond, 1922. Bears the signature of the author, a Sunday school teacher of prisoners in the Virginia State Penitentiary for 39 years. Gift of Rebecca W. Trice.

  13. Egerton, Douglas R. The Wars of Reconstruction: The Brief, Violent History of America’s Most Progressive Era. New York, 2014. Traces the struggles of 1,500 northern and southern African American officeholders in post–Civil War America, who experienced both physical violence and intimidation. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.

  14. Eley, Donia S. and Willard Gayheart. New Art of Willard Gayheart. Jefferson, N.C., 2014. Gayheart is an Appalachian pencil-sketch artist who lives in Woodlawn. This book contains eighty-seven of his drawings, along with his commentary about art and music in his home region. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.

  15. Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Tennessee. Report of the Transactions of the Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod, During their Twelfth Session, Held in Buehler’s Church, Sullivan County, Tenn., from Monday 12th, to Friday the 16th, September, 1831. New Market, 1832. Published by the Henkel Press, which was the major outlet for nineteenth-century Lutheran publications in the United States. The pamphlet lists several Henkel family members as participants; is signed by Solomon Henkel as Secretary of the Synod; and contains a eulogy for David Henkel. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.

  16. Everett. David. An Essay on the Rights and Duties of Nations, Relative to Fugitives from Justice, Considered with Reference to the Affair of the Chesapeake. Boston, 1807. In 1807 the H.M.S. Leopard attacked the U.S.S. Chesapeake off the coast of Virginia. President Jefferson’s response was the 1807 Embargo Act, which led to the War of 1812. Everett analyzes the incident as a case of international piracy. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.

  17. Fields, Wilmer. My Life in the Negro Leagues: An Autobiography. Westport, Conn., 1992. Born in Manassas in 1922, Fields played in the Negro Leagues during the 1940s for the Homestead Grays, the premier black team in America. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.

  18. Fordyce, George. Elements of Agriculture and Vegetation. London, 1771. Fordyce was a Scottish physician, scientist and agriculturalist who set forth the principles of eighteenth-century chemistry as they applied to agriculture. Thomas Jefferson owned a copy of this book, which became a part of the collections of the Library of Congress. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.

  19. Haas, Shirley, and Dale Paige Talley, eds. A Refugee at Hanover Tavern: The Civil War Diary of Margaret Wight. Charleston, S.C., 2013. Margaret Wight kept a diary to document the hardships she and her family experienced while seeking shelter at the tavern from 1862 to 1865. Gift of the Hanover Tavern Foundation.

  20. Harris, Samuel Dick. Dick’s Book: Reflections of a Farmer. Manakin-Sabot, 2013. Personal recollections of the changes in agrarian life in central Virginia in the 1930s and 1940s because the availability of electricity and improvements in agricultural machinery. Gift of the author.

  21. Harrison, Kimberly. The Rhetoric of Rebel Women: Civil War Diaries and Confederate Persuasion. Carbondale, Ill., 2013. Diaries of more than 100 privileged southern women, including eight from Virginia, were examined to document the culture of the Confederate home front. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.

  22. Horning, Audrey J. Ireland in the Virginian Sea: Colonialism in the British Atlantic. Chapel Hill, 2013. Comparisons of the British colonization of Ulster and Jamestown yield new information about the political and material affects on the native populations. Purchased through the First Settlers Fund.

  23. Hunt, Gaillard. William Thornton and Negro Colonization. Worcester, Mass.,1921. William Thornton was an architect and abolitionist who led a group of freed slaves to Sierra Leone in the 1790s. This book bears the presentation inscription from the author to Armistead Churchill Gordon. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.

  24. Kanefield, Teri. The Girl from the Tar Paper School. New York, 2014. Temporary schools in tar paper shacks became the norm in Prince Edward County, so Barbara Johns and her high school classmates organized a boycott to draw attention to the conditions. This children’s book contains previously unpublished photographs that document this event. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.

  25. Krebs, Daniel. A Generous and Merciful Enemy: Life for German Prisoners of War During the American Revolution. Norman, Okla., 2013. Hessian soldiers made up a third of the British Army in North America and one thousand were imprisoned. A large contingent in Burgoyne’s Army surrendered at Saratoga and was held in Charlottesville and later Winchester. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.

  26. Kvach, John F. De Bow’s Review: The Antebellum Vision of a New South. Lexington, Ky., 2013. A devout secessionist and journalist, J. D. B. De Bow was also a proponent of economic diversification and modernization. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.

  27. Laughlin-Schultz, Bonnie. The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown’s Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism. Ithaca, N.Y., 2013. The wife and daughters of John Brown were active participants in the abolitionist cause and after his execution became public symbols of his martyrdom. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.

  28. Lee, Heath Hardage. Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause.” Lincoln, Neb., 2014. The first complete biography of Varina Anne Davis, who was born in 1864 and christened the Daughter of the Confederacy in 1886 upon her return to the United States from a German boarding school. She became a Confederate icon as she appeared before many Confederate veteran groups with her father. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.

  29. Long, Margaret Geneva. Doctoring Freedom: The Politics of African American Medical Care in Slavery and Emancipation. Chapel Hill, N.C., 2012. After emancipation the fight for medical care and access to medical education led to the establishment of mutual aid societies and the founding of black medical schools, hospitals, and professional organizations. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.

  30. McCleskey, Turk. The Road to Black Ned’s Forge: A Story of Race, Sex, and Trade on the Colonial American Frontier. Charlottesville, 2013. After purchasing his freedom in 1752 in Pennsylvania, Ned took the name Edward Tarr and settled in Virginia, becoming the first free black landowner west of the Blue Ridge. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.

  31. Mazzagetti, Dominick A. Charles Lee: Self Before Country. New Brunswick, N.J., 2013. Captured by the British in December 1776, Lee had at one time been considered to be a candidate for the position of commander in chief of the Continental Army. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.

  32. Mitchell, Rose Marie. Richmond’s The Old Stone House: Its History and How It Became the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. Richmond, 2013. The largest repository of Poe related items is located in Richmond’s oldest original building blocks away from Poe’s office while he worked at the Southern Literary Messenger. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.

  33. Northrup, Theodore H. Virginia Cake-Walk and Two-Step. New York, 1899. Minstrel sheet music with bright navy and yellow illustrations of African Americans and cotton bolls. Gift of William Cole.

  34. O'Shaughnessy, Andrew Jackson. The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire. New Haven, Conn., 2013. Ten British leaders experienced a stunning defeat at the hands of rebellious Americans. Gift of the Virginia Society Dames of the Court of Honor.

  35. Peck, Jim. Sit Ins: The Students Report. New York, 1960. The section on Portsmouth is written by a high school student from Norocom High School, Edward Willis Rodman, who worked diligently with the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE) to hold peaceful, nonviolent protests. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.

  36. Peeples, Edward Harden. Scalawag: A White Southerner’s Journey Through Segregation to Human Rights Activism. Charlottesville, 2014. Raised in Richmond, Peeples participated for over fifty years in the long civil rights movement in Virginia. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.

  37. Pettigrew, William. Freedom’s Debt: The Royal African Company and the Politics of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Chapel Hill, 2013. Independent slave traders’ protests against the Royal African Company led to its deregulation in 1712 and demise in 1752. Opening the slave trade to these traders led to an escalation of trade and the entrenchment of slavery in the American colonies. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.

  38. Phillips, Richard Hayes. Without Indentures: Index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records. Baltimore, 2013. 5,000 children were kidnapped from Great Britain and New England and sold as slaves in Maryland and Virginia. Their names are extracted from colonial court order books and indexes are also provided to ship’s captains and owners. Purchased through the Charles S. Fazel Fund.

  39. Prince, K. Stephen. Stories of the South: Race and Reconstruction of Southern Identity, 1865–1915. Chapel Hill, N.C., 2014. While the North envisioned Reconstruction as a way to recreate a Southern society modeled on its principles, the South recast its postwar identity in the romance of the Lost Cause. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.

  40. Rebok, Sandra. Humboldt and Jefferson: A Transatlantic Friendship of the Enlightenment. Charlottesville, 2014. Alexander von Humboldt met with Jefferson many times during his visits to America and embarked on a lifelong friendship with a man who shared his passion for science, politics, geography, and natural science. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.

  41. Steele, Ian Kenneth. Setting All the Captives Free: Capture, Adjustment, and Recollection in Allegheny County.” Montreal, 2013. Complete study of the captives taken on the Allegheny frontier during the French Indian War, including Indian captivities in Augusta and Frederick counties. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.

  42. Striner, Richard. Woodrow Wilson and World War I: A Burden Too Great to Bear. Lanham, 2014. As America entered World War I, Wilson’s leadership flaws were exposed. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.

  43. Taylor, Wellford Dunaway. Julius J. Lankes: Survey of an American Artist. Richmond, 2013. Catalog of an exhibition of the works of the eminent wood engraver held at the University of Richmond. Gift of W. Hamilton Bryson.

  44. Thompson, Jennifer L., Marta P. Alfonso-Durruty, and John J. Crandall. Tracing Childhood: Bioarchaeological Investigations of Early Lives in Antiquity. Gainesville, Ala., 2014. Contains an article on childhood labor of enslaved and free children in Virginia from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.

  45. Tucker, Beverley D. God Gave the Increase: The Story of the Growth of a Mission Church in Japan. [Tokyo?], 1958. Tucker was a missionary to the Japanese Anglican Church from 1953 to 1992 and this book bears his presentation inscription: “November 11, 1958, Tokyo.” Gift of Deanna Baker.

  46. United States. The Original Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States and Miniature Sketches of the Signers. New York, 1863. Facsimile edition of the founding documents of the United States issued as a reminder to its citizens in the midst of the Civil War. Gift of Frank J. Hudak, Jr.

  47. United States. National Park Service. Captured! A Prisoner of War Story: Junior Ranger Activity Book. Andersonville, Ga., 2014. Illustrated with the drawings of Robert Knox Sneden, a prisoner of war at Andersonville in 1864. Gift of the National Park Service.

  48. Wade, Stephen. The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience. Urbana, 2012. Stories of thirteen field recordings captured between 1934 and 1942 include information on Estil Cortez Ball, Texas Gladden, Alan Lomax and the White Top Folk Festival held in Grayson County. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.

  49. Warwick River Mennonite Church. Generations: Recipes I Learned on My Mother’s Knee, Includes Cherished Family Recipes Presented by Local Mennonite Churches. Newport News, 1995. Historical recipes featuring traditional Mennonite cooking from the Hampton Roads area. Gift of Jay Taylor in memory of his mother, Bertha Taylor Baldwin.

  50. Weaver, Jace. The Red Atlantic: American Indigenes and the Making of the Modern World, 1000–1927. Native American culture shaped world culture as the native societies became agents for international change even as they were challenged by colonialism. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.

  51. Wilder, Craig Steven. Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. New York, 2013. Many American universities including the College of William and Mary, Hampden-Sydney College, University of Virginia, and Washington College were dependent on slave labor before the Civil War. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.

  52. Witt, Cornelis Henri de. Histoire de Washington et de la Fondation de le Republique des Etats-Unis. Paris, 1869. French history of the American Revolution and biography of George and Martha Washington. Gift of W. Hamilton Bryson.

  53. Woodward Colin Edward. Marching Masters: Slavery, Race, and the Confederate Army During the Civil War. Charlottesville, 2014. Even though most Confederate soldiers did not own slaves, Woodward argues that the defense of slavery was a primary motivation for their willingness to fight against the Union armies. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.

Museum Objects

  1. Federal period tall-case clock with eight-day, weight-driven movement by Thomas Walker (d. 1786) of Fredericksburg, c. 1765–85; case maker unknown, Shenandoah Valley, c. 1810–25. Given in memory of Dr. L. Anthony Austin by his family.

  2. Two oil on canvas portraits by G. W. Fitzwilson, 1840: Francis Washington Epes (1811–1877) and Frances Susan Doswell Epes (1806–1856) of “Cedar Grove,” Nottoway County. Gift of Byrd Epes Crowder Breast, Moncure Gravatt Crowder, and William Herbert Crowder III.

  3. Pin for the Women’s Political Union featuring the Clarion Herald and Votes for Women with 5 Stars, manufactured by The C.H. Koster Company, New York, c. 1910–15. Gift of Dr. Allen A. Frey.

  4. One pair of Lucchese boots embossed with the seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia presented to L. Douglas Wilder when he gave a commencement address at New Mexico State University during his term in office as governor of Virginia. Gift of the Hon. L. Douglas Wilder.

  5. All-Star American League Baseball jersey worn and signed by Justin Verlander (of Goochland County) in 2009; commemorative plaque issued to Justin Verlander for throwing a no-hitter in 2011. Gift of Richard and Kathy Verlander.