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Selected accessions (2014)


  1. Protest, 1755 November 10, London, [Eng.], on behalf of Nathaniel Child against Robert Cary & Company, merchants, for nonpayment of a bill of exchange of William Byrd [III]. [2] p. on 1 l.:  handwritten signed; 9 x 7 1/4 in. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin McNutt in loving memory of their daughter Katherine McNutt Zakrzewski and granddaughter Calista E. Zakrzewski.

  2. Post office accounts, 1776–77, kept by W. Riddick at Suffolk, Nansemond County. 2 items. These records were removed from Nansemond County Courthouse when Union troops occupied the area in 1864 and became the property of Lt. Col. Samuel Zent of the 13th Indiana Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army. The accounts show charges for letters posted from Suffolk and for letters received, as well as letters misdirected. Gift of Don P. Zent and Rex A. Zent.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Papers, 1862–64, relating to William Henry Bennett while serving in the 143rd Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, U.S. Army of the Potomac. Include letters written by soldiers stationed in Virginia and Washington, D.C., and includes a letter of George Fitzgerald Kutz aboard the U.S.S. Pawnee in 1862 giving his opinion of the Union decision to abandon James Island to the Confederates. 3 items. Gift of Carolyn Orser Key, William Edward Orser, and George Robert Orser in memory of Eloise Morgan Shaw Orser.

  9. 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.

  10. Papers, 1863–1925, relating to Dr. Morgan B. Campbell and his family (of Highland County), including three letters written by Morgan Brown Campbell while serving in Company E, 31st Virginia Infantry Regiment, C.S. Army, in part giving an account of the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863. 7 items. Gift of Emily B. Campbell.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Scrapbook, newspaper articles and related materials, 1941–98, concerning the career of Ray Schreiner (of Richmond) in theater and radio. 33 items. Gift of Ray L. Schreiner.

  21. 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.

  22. Scrapbooks, 1953–89, kept by Richard Charles Holmquist concerning his career as executive director of the Virginia Industrialization Group and as industrial development consultant to the Governor of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Economic Development; his service as divisional vice president for Lonestar Cement Corporation in Richmond; and his work as vice chair of the Virginia Health Council and ordination as a ruling elder at River Road Presbyterian Church, Richmond. Include newspaper clippings, photographs, programs primarily concerning speaking engagements, and invitations to political and social events. 6 vols. Gift of Richard C. Holmquist, Jr.

  23. 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.

  24. Papers, 2000–2010, of Nicholas Taubman (of Roanoke) and his wife, Eugenia (Jenny) Taubman, concerning his posting to Romania as American ambassador and their lives there during his period of service. Include scrapbooks, DVDs of video footage, photographs, documents, and related materials primarily covering their attendance at and hosting events and activities encouraging economic development. c. 400 items. Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. Nicholas F. Taubman.


  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. Bedingfield, Robert E. The Norfolk and Western Strike of 1978. Roanoke, 2010. Following its best financial quarter in June 1978, the Norfolk and Western Railway faced a strike of 20,000 contract employees who walked off the job on July 10, 1978. Gift of the Norfolk-Southern Corporation.

  5. 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.

  6. Bland, Richard. An Enquiry into the Rights of the British Colonies in a Letter to the Author of the Regulations, etc. London, 1769. Originally printed in Williamsburg, this is the first printing in England of this influential political pamphlet that questioned British authority over the American Colonies. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse, Jr. Fund.

  7. 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.

  8. Bowery, Charles R. and Ethan S. Rafuse. Guide to the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign. Lawrence, Kansas, 2014. A comprehensive guide to the longest campaign in the Civil War. Gift of Graham Dozier.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Chesterfield County. Court. Manual for Surveyors of Roads. Richmond, 1835. Prepared by order of the County Court of Chesterfield, this pamphlet was issued to surveyors in for both the opening and repair of public roads. Bears the signatures of Wood Reams and Thomas A. Burfoot. Purchased through the Betty Sams Christian Fund.

  14. Chinard, Gilbert. Tommaso Jefferson. Rome, 1945. Translation of Chinard’s Thomas Jefferson: Apostle of Americanism into Italian after World War II. Gift of W. Hamilton Bryson.

  15. 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.

  16. Cogliano, Francis D. Emperor of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson’s Foreign Policy. New Haven, 2014. Argues that the ambitious leadership of President Jefferson had an enduring influence on the course of American foreign affairs. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.

  17. Colton, Joseph Hutchins. The Western Tourist, or Emigrant’s Guide through the States of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri, and the territories of Wisconsin and Iowa . . . New York, 1844. Bears the signature of Thomas E. Massie of Virginia dated June 17, 1846. Gift of Kate Roy Massie Christian.

  18. Connor, H. T. History of the Masonic Home of Virginia Between 1890 and 1975 When It Served Children and Youth as Written by Those Who Lived It. Richmond, 2013. This work was compiled from Masonic Home of Virginia records, journals, alumni newsletters and memoirs written by residents who lived at the home between 1928 and 1941. Gift of Wayne Donahoe.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. Farrell, Fred C. There’s Only One and Dat Ain’t You: A Colored Misunderstanding. Twentieth-century minstrel music, which includes an autographed image on the front cover of Arthur Rigby, who played with the Al G. Fields Minstrels. Gift of William Cole.

  26. 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.

  27. Foote, Keith. Mark the Lines of Your Weary Marches: The Travels and Travails of Battery B, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Fourteenth Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps, Forty-Third Pennsylvania Regiment Cooper’s Battery B. Charleston, S.C., [2014]. Bears author’s presentation inscription to the Virginia History Society. He includes fourteen images from the Virginia Historical Society collections of Robert Knox Sneden. Gift of the author.

  28. 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.

  29. Gay Alliance of the Roanoke Valley. The Virginia Gayzette: A Newsletter of, by, and for the Gay People of Virginia and the Surrounding Areas. Roanoke, 1972. This periodical was among the earliest publications to address the issues of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people throughout Virginia. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.

  30. 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.

  31. Halsey, Brenton S. Eight Decades: A Sailor’s Course, A Maritime Memoir. Richmond, 2014. A former Fortune 100 CEO and long-time member of the board of trustees of the Virginia Historical Society, Halsey also served as a naval officer during the Korean War. His lifelong love and support of sailing and boating enabled him to lead many maritime service projects, including the restoration of the early canals in Richmond. Gift of the author.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. The History of Bacon’s and Ingram’s Rebellion in Virginia in 1675 and 1676. Cambridge, Mass., 1867. This treatise was first published in 1814 by the Massachusetts Historical Society and reprinted with corrections in 1867. This volume has a binder’s label of S. B. Adkins, & Co., Richmond, Va., and bears the signature of Collins Dewey, dated April 3, 1933. Gift of Bob Olsen.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. Jennings, Matthew. The Flower Hunter and the People: William Bartram’s Writings on the Native American Southeast. Macon, Ga., 2014. From 1773 to 1777 American naturalist William Bartram travelled through eight Southern colonies making notes and drawings of regional flora and fauna. He encountered and was assisted by Native Americans and was able to document their culture as well. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.

  38. 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.

  39. Ketchum, Israel. A New Candidate for President, the Hon. Johannes Pindarus: An Expose of His Political Views With the Duties Devolving on the President of the United States. New York, 1843. A humorous political pamphlet designed to make fun of the perceived pompous nature of General Winfield Scott. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.

  40. Kimmel, Ross M. and Michael P. Musick. I Am Busy Drawing Pictures: The Civil War Art and Letters of Private John Jacob Omenhausser, CSA. Annapolis, Md., [2014]. Omenhausser, a soldier in the Richmond Light Infantry Blues, was imprisoned at Point Lookout from June 1864 to June 1865. His vibrant watercolors documented prison camp life at the end of the Civil War. Gift of the authors.

  41. Kovarsky, Joel. The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson’s Cartographic Vision. Charlottesville, 2014. Argues that Jefferson’s passion for geography and love of maps influenced his vision for the early American republic. Purchased through the Frank F. Byram Memorial Fund.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. L. H. Nelson Company. Souvenir of Richmond. Portland, Me., 1907. Photographic guide to the city, which after the Civil War “has arisen triumphant – a prosperous American community of the highest rank.” Gift of Terry Jones.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. Mechanics’ Savings Society. Charter and By-Laws of the Mechanics’ Savings Society of Petersburg. Petersburg, 1840. Bears the signature of St. George Tucker as well as a list of members as of April 1, 1852. Purchased through the Margaret C. Schweidler Fund.

  51. 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.

  52. Moore, Jacob Bailey. The Contrast, or, Plain Reasons Why William Henry Harrison Should Be Elected President of the United States and Why Martin Van Buren Should Not Be Re-Elected. New York, 1840. In the election of 1840, William Henry Harrison is promoted as a humble frontiersmen with a heroic military record who will cure the weak economy. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.

  53. Natural Bridge Shoemakers. Arthur Murray Famous Dancing Master Shows You How to Master Dancing on the Air Every Friday Evening Through the Courtesy of the Nation Wide Distributors of Natural Bridge Shoes. Lynchburg, 1931. Arthur Murray’s show was produced in New York and sponsored by the Craddock-Terry Shoe Corporation based in Lynchburg, whose shoes were named after Natural Bridge. The fifteen minute musical variety show ran from May 1930 to April 1931. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. Payne, Mortimer Elliott. Sora Tide. Sharps, Va., 2013. Payne’s memoir is composed of engaging stories of the Northern Neck and life on the Rappahannock River. Gift of the author.

  57. Peart, Daniel. Era of Experimentation: American Political Practices in the Early Republic. Charlottesville, 2014. Argues that political participatory practices did not result from the growth of a two-party system in early America. Gift of the author.

  58. 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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.

  61. 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.

  62. Pinneo, Timothy Stone. Pinneo’s Guide to Composition: A Series of Practical Lessons Designed to Simplify the Art of Writing Composition. Cincinnati, 1864. Bears inscriptions of Lena Gillian Howard and Volney E. Howard, Hat Creek, Campbell County, Va., dated September 24, 1872. Gift of Thomas W. Ward.

  63. Polanco, Mieka Brand. Historically Black: Imagining Community in a Black Historic District. New York, 2014. The mixed race neighborhood of Union, located in Floyd County, is classified under the category of “Ethnic Heritage – Black,” but the author refutes this monochromatic approach. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. Shaw, Madelyn. Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts and Context in the Civil War. Lowell, Mass., 2012. Published in conjunction with a 2012–15 exhibition, this volume includes the works of Virginia quilters and fabric manufacturing firms. Purchased through the Ellis Olsson Memorial Fund.

  67. 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.

  68. Story, Elliott Franklin. To the Democratic Voters of Southampton County: Again I Call To Your Attention to the Fact that Your Capitation Taxes Must Be Paid On or Before Saturday, the 7th Day of May in Order That You May Be Eligible to Vote in the Approaching November Election. Franklin, 1910. Poll taxes were used to disenfranchise black voters up until the passage of the 24th amendment in 1964. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. A Teacher’s Offering. Boston, 1863. This rare children’s book with charming illustrations contains a children’s moral tale entitled “The Name on the Rock” about Natural Bridge. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. Virginia. Executive Department. Executive Department of Virginia, Richmond, June 12th 1866. To the Clerk of County Court . . . Accompanying Circular Letter from the Chairman of the Richmond Medical Journal Commission . . . to Perfect Arrangements by Which Those of Our Citizens Who Have Suffered the Loss of Limbs During the Late War . . . Richmond, 1866. Clerks of county courts in Virginia are notified about how to obtain artificial limbs for Civil War soldiers. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.

  77. 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.

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. Williams, Chad Louis. Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era. Chapel Hill, 2010. The introduction features James Preston Spencer born in Charlotte Court House, Virginia and enrolled in the Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute in Petersburg in 1917. He was drafted, reported to Camp Lee and joined an all black regiment bound for France, which became known as the Torchbearers. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.

  82. Wilmer, William H. The Episcopal Manual Being Intended as a Summary Explanation of the Doctrine, Discipline, and Worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Baltimore, 1822. Bears signature of Mrs. S. E. Massie, University of Virginia. Gift of Kate Roy Massie Christian.

  83. 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.

  84. 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. Walking cane with sword/dagger associated with William Spiller Layne, English immigrant to Virginia in the eighteenth century. Gift of Thad Layne.

  3. 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.

  4. Miniature of William Goodridge Venable (1819–1908) of Haymarket, Prince Edward County, by J. W. Williams, 1844. Gift of the William Byrd Wilkins Family.

  5. American cut and pressed glass punch bowl, c. 1880–90, purchased by Capt. and Mrs. John D. Watson of Hampton and used at the opening of the Hampton Yacht Club. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin W. Watson.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.