November 15, 2011 – January 15, 2012
Bathon, Mary Wingrove. Stage Managers Book, Pocahontas Comic Operetta. New York, 1916. An illustrated stage guide for the operatta written by Fred Edmonds and Edward Johnston. Gift of William Cole.
Bellwood Drive-In Theatre: Petersburg Pike, Phone Richmond 82-6448. Richmond, 1950? Pamphlet advertising movies at Richmond's largest drive-in theater, which operated from 1948 to 1986. A fully segregated establishment, it had separate seating areas at its concession stands. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
Bernhard, Virginia. A Tale of Two Colonies: What Really Happened in Virginia and Bermuda? Columbia, Mo., 2011. Traces the development of England's colonial outposts in Bermuda and Jamestown. Purchased through the First Settlers Fund.
Cooley, Thomas McIntyre. A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations Which Rest Upon the Legislative Power of the States of the American Union. Boston, 1871. Bears signature of William Wirt Henry dated March 1873 and Irving E. Campbell dated December 1894. Gift of Paxton Campbell.
Daughan, George C. 1812: The Navy's War. New York, 2011. In the War of 1812 twenty ships in the U.S. Navy stood against the 1000-ship British Navy. Purchased through the John A. C. Keith Fund.
Dickinson, Anna E. A Tour of Reconstruction: Travel Letters of 1875. Lexington, Ky., 2011. J. Matthew Gallman edited the correspondence of Dickinson, who toured the South in 1875 and commented on race relations, economic conditions, historic sites and encounters with members of Southern society. Gift of the University Press of Kentucky.
Dickson, Keith D. Sustaining Southern Identity: Douglas Southall Freeman and Memory in the Modern South. Baton Rouge, 2011. Freeman's influence on the New South and white southern identity is presented in this study of collective memory. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Fund.
Fledman, Glenn. Painting Dixie Red: When, Where, Why and How the South Became Republican. Gainesville, 2011. Includes information on Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, the Moral Majority, and the Christian Coalition. Gift of the University Press of Florida.
Gilmore, Roxane Gatling. Restoring the Virginia Governor's House: Preserving a Historic Home for a New Century. Petersburg, 2012. The complete restoration of the Virginia Executive Mansion written by the former first lady of Virginia, who resided at the mansion during the renovation period. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Hahn, Barbara. Making Tobacco Bright: Creating an American Commodity, 1617–1937. Baltimore, 2011. Bright flue-cured tobacco was first grown along the Virginia-North Carolina border and remains the leading product of the tobacco industry. Purchased through the Betty Sams Christian Fund.
Hicks, Robert D. Voyage to Jamestown: Practical Navigation in the Age of Discovery. Annapolis, 2011. Reconstruction of the voyage of Tristram Hame, who travelled to Jamestown from Bristol, England, in 1611. Gift of the Naval Institute Press.
Katz-Hyman, Martha B. and Kym S. Rice. World of a Slave: Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States. Santa Barbara, 2011. Comprehensive resource on the material culture of slaves from the seventeenth century to the Civil War. Purchased in honor of F. Blair Wimbush for his years of support and service as a member of the board of trustees of the Virginia Historical Society.
Konig, David Thomas, Paul Finkelman, and Christopher Alan Bracey. The Dred Scott Case: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Race and Law. Athens, Ohio, 2010. This case, which declared that African Americans "had no rights," was arguably the most controversial decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
Light, Rebecca Campbell. Between Two Armies at Fredericksburg: The Captain Benjamin Franklin Wells Family Papers. Fredericksburg, 2010. Wells moved his family to Fredericksburg from Washington, D.C., one month before the Civil War and during the Union occupation in the summer of 1862 unknowingly took in a Northern spy. Gift of the American History Company.
Long, Jean Morris. Finding Kate. Nashville, 2011. Biography of Kate Lewis Morris from Miller's Tavern, Essex County, who became a teacher in Arkansas. Gift of Jean Morris Long.
McInnis, Maurie Dee. Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade. Chicago, 2011. Eyre Crowe, a young British artist, portrayed a slave auction in Richmond in 1853, which became an iconic representation of slavery in the South. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
Phillimore, Robert. The Law of Domicil. Philadelphia, 1847. Bears the signature of Angus R. Blakey, who was a delegate to the 1861 Virginia Secession Convention. Purchased in honor of W. Taylor Reveley for his years of support and service as chairman of the board of trustees of the Virginia Historical Society.
Sharfstein, Daniel J. The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White. New York, 2011. Three families, one from Buchanan County, change their racial identity in order to make a new life. Gift of Penguin Books.
Sharpless, Rebecca. Cooking in Other Women's Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South, 1865–1960. Leaving slavery, many African American women found positions as cooks in white households where they were subject to discrimination, long hours, and low wages. Purchased with funds given in honor of Nancy Carter Crump.
Sugden, Edward Burtenshaw. A Practical Treatise of the Law of Vendors and Purchasers of Estates. Philadelphia, 1807. Bears the signature and manuscript notes of Francis W. Gilmer. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.
Tatham, William. Auxiliary Remarks on an Essay on the Comparative Advantages of Oxen for Tillage in Competition with Horses. London, 1801. Tatham emigrated to Virginia in 1769 and wrote this pamphlet concerning the use of oxen and horses for agricultural and military purposes, particularly in Virginia. Purchased in honor of Lloyd U. Noland for his years of support and service as a member of the board of trustees of the Virginia Historical Society.
Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling. A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons. New York, 2012. Paul Jennings was born a slave in Virginia in 1769 and served at the White House as James Madison's valet. Gift of Palgrave Macmillan Publishing.
Tice, Frederick. Practice of Medicine. Hagerstown, Md., 1925–29. This ten-volume set for medical reference was owned by Nelson Frederick McNorton, an African American physician who practiced in Yorktown. Gift of the Nelson McNorton family.
Titus, Jill Ogline. Brown's Battleground: Students, Segregationists, and the Struggle for Justice in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Chapel Hill, 2011. Drawing on new archival sources, the author describes the effect of the Supreme Court decision in 1954 in Prince Edward County, where the public school system was closed for five years. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Fund.
Virginia All-Arabian Horse Show. Programs from 1972 through 1974. From the collections of Constance A. Collier (1946–2011), a Henrico County horsewomen who was secretary for the Virginia Horse Council, helped found the Virginia Horse Show Association, and was active in the Virginia 4-H horse program. Purchased through the William A. Hagey Fund.
Willson, Russell. Watch Officer's Guide: United States Navy. Annapolis, 1941. Bears the signature of Ensign Addison I. Campbell. Gift of Paxton Campbell.
Zehmner, John G. The Church Hill Old and Historic Districts. Richmond, 2011. Comprehensive listing of historic buildings organized by streets and districts. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Land grant, 1749 June 20, issued to John Payne for 320 acres in Albemarle County. Sheet: handwritten; 14 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. Signed by Sir William Gooch as lieutenant governor of Virginia. The land straddled both sides of Bremo Creek. Gift of Randolph W. and Lorna Wyckoff.
Letter, 1791 [i.e. 1792] January 7, of Edmund Randolph to an unidentified addressee. 1 leaf: holograph signed; 4 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. Concerns a promissory note. Gift of A. Lovell Elliott.
Papers, 1817–1963, of the Granbery family primarily concerning the genealogical research of Julian Hastings Granbery and including materials concerning the estate and family of John Granbery (of Norfolk). 43 items. Gift of Stanley Hastings.
Papers, 1858–1984, of or concerning George Washington Miley (of Shenandoah County) including genealogical materials, Confederate military service records, and miscellany. 19 items. Gift of William C. Blackwell.
Papers, 1860–1937, of Episcopal minister and Confederate staff officer Giles Buckner Cooke, including diaries dating between 1928 and 1934. 27 items. Gift of Anne R. Cooke through the courtesy of Giles B. Cooke.
Letter, 1906 [i.e., 1907] January 8, of Robert Edward Lee ([1869–1922] of "Ravensworth," Fairfax County) to C[harles] W[illiam] Burwell, Salem, Va.  leaves: typescript signed; 11 x 8 1/2 in. Discusses the 1863 offer of George Washington Custis Lee to take the place of his brother William Henry Fitzhugh "Rooney" Lee as a prisoner of war so that Rooney could be with his sick wife. Gift of Calder Loth.
Letter, 1866 November 19, of Julian T. Edwards (of "Lanesville," King William County) to Anna Corbin (Pickett) Bibb.  p.: holograph; 8 x 10 in. Courtship letter to the widow of Thomas Bibb. Gift of Bibb Chilton Edwards and Sue E. Terminella.
Programs and publications, 1947–79, relating to Miller & Rhoads Department Store, Richmond. Include scattered issues of The Mirror, employee newsletter, and programs from the annual Miller & Rhoads Twenty-Year Club dinners, acknowledging the service of employees of twenty years or more. 33 items. Gift of Elaine M. Ogburn.
Certificate of recognition, 2011 March 24, regarding the establishment of Dorothy Irene Height day in Virginia. Sheet: printed; 8 1/2 x 14 in. Signed by Robert F. McDonnell as governor. Commemorates the life of this Civil Rights leader born in Richmond. Gift of Corey Wayne Boone.
Nineteenth-century table made in King and Queen County, part of the estate of Melba Coleman Pemberton. Gift of Betty Crowe Leviner in memory of her grandparents, Edward L. and Bertha Coleman Crowe.
Nineteenth-century desk used by Carter McKim Louthan, commonwealth's attorney for Clarke County following the Civil War, and a pie safe/chest built for and used by the Louthan family, c. 1865. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Louthan.