January 15, 2012 – March 15, 2012
Bailey, Candace. Music and the Southern Belle: From Accomplished Lady to Confederate Composer. Carbondale, Ill., 2010. Musical lives of women in the nineteenth-century South. Gift of Marta Jean Hofacre.
Beyer, Edward. Edward Beyer's Travels Thorough America: An Artists View, Including Edward Beyer's Cyclorama. Roanoke, 2011. Translated by Holle Schneider and published in conjunction with the exhibition "Edward Beyer's Virginia." Contains images of Wytheville, Lynchburg, Christiansburg, Salem, and the Peaks of Otter from the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. Gift of the Historical Society of Western Virginia.
Billings, Warren M. Magistrates and Pioneers: Essays in the History of American Law. Clark, N.J., 2011. History of the foundations of American law and political institutions with a primary focus on Virginia and Louisiana. Gift of Lawbook Exchange.
Birle, Ann Lucas and Lisa A. Francavilla. Thomas Jefferson's Grandaughter in Queen Victoria's England: The Travel Diary of Ellen Wayles Coolidge, 1838–1839. Charlottesville, 2011. Coolidge describes her visit to England at the beginning of the reign of Queen Victoria. Contains an image of Sarah Coles Stevenson from the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. Gift of the University of Virginia Press.
Boyd-Bragg, Dorothy A. Free Negroes Registered in the Clerk's Office, Botetourt County, Virginia, 1802–1836. Athens, Ga., 1993. In 1793 the Virginia General Assembly required the registration of free blacks and some Virginia clerks of court began maintaining a register of "Free Negroes." Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Deutsch, Stephanie. You Need a Schoolhouse: Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald, and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South. Evanston, Ill., 2011. The friendship between Washington and Rosenwald, a successful Jewish businessman, resulted in the building of almost 5,000 schools in the South for the education of black students. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Fund.
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.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Middleburg). In Celebration: Memorial Needlepoint Kneelers: 1975–2001. Middleburg, 2011. Emmanuel Episcopal Church began designing 127 kneelers with Virginia themes in association with the nation's bicentennial. Dedicated to Emily Talbot Sharp (1918–2011) who designed most of the kneelers depicted in this beautifully colored volume. Gift of Eileen Mackey Hackman.
Fischer, David Hackett. Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies. Oxford, 2012. Fischer's comparison of colonial America and New Zealand has been called "the finest work of synthesis in early American history in more than fifty years" by Michael Kammen and contains images of Sir Edmund Andros and a silver Indian passport from the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. Gift of Oxford University Press.
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.
Gathering of Remembrance: 200th Anniversary of the Burning of the Richmond Theatre on the Site of Monumental Church, December 26, 2011. Richmond, 2011. Contains a list of those persons who perished in the Richmond Theatre fire. Gift of Francis Claiborne Johnston.
Greene, Jack P. The Constitutional Origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge, 2011. Greene's analysis of British law paves the way to a new understanding of the causes of the American Revolution. Gift of Susan and David Riggs in memory of Waverly K. Winfree.
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.
Peck, Rodney M. Who's Who in Virginia Archaeology: Ben C. McCary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Kannapolis, N.C., 2008. Documents the largest collection of Native American relics assembled by the late archaeologist Dr. Ben C. McCary. Purchased through the Battle Abbey Council Fund.
Pulice, Michael J. Nineteenth-Century Brick Architecture in the Roanoke Valley and Beyond: Discovering the True Legacies of the Deyerle Builders. Roanoke, Va., 2011. Benjamin Deyerle and his family left a lasting legacy of brickmaking, building construction, and architectural design in the Roanoke Valley. Gift of the Historical Society of Western Virginia.
Quigley, Paul. Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South, 1848–1865. New York, 2012. Examines the rise of Confederate nationalism. Gift of the author.
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.
Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc. The Contents of Carter Hall: the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Christopher. . . . New York, 1976. Auction of the collections of Carter Hall, a plantation located in Millwood, Clarke County. Gift of Jack Spain.
Stanton, Lucia C. Those Who Labor for My Happiness: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Charlottesville, 2012. Monticello viewed as a working plantation made profitable by the labor of slaves and their dynamic community. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Fund.
Strader, Eloise C. The Civil War Journal of Mary Greenhow Lee: (Mrs. Hugh Holmes Lee) of Winchester, Virginia. Winchester, 2011. Daily diary entries by an elite widow in Winchester, Virginia, chronicle the occupation of Union forces in Winchester. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Talley, Dale Paige. The Doswell Dynasty: Virginia Gentlemen and Fine Horses. Mechanicsville, 2011. The history of the Doswell family who bred and trained racehorses in Hanover County at their plantation, Bullfield, from the early 1830s until the sale of the estate in 1901. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Thompson, Mary V. and others. Dining With the Washingtons: Historic Recipes, Entertainment, and Hospitality from Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon, Va., 2011. Lavishly illustrated book packed with culinary history and dining customs of the Washington family. Purchased through the Nancy Carter Crump Fund.
Treanor, William Paul. The Thoroughgood House: A Series of Essays. Gloucester, 2011. The residence of Adam Thoroughgood is regarded as an "exquisite example of early American Colonial architecture." Gift of the author.
Twombly, Cy. Souvenirs d'Arros and Gaeta. Zurich, 1992. Virginia artist Cy Twombley, born in Lexington in 1928, was renowned for his mixed media paintings. This artist's book is a limited edition and is signed by Twombly. Gift of Frances Lewis.
Walker, Shirley Carson. The Possibility. Virginia Beach, 2010. The inspiring story of Max and Garth Larcen and the creation of employment possibilities for people with disabilities at Max's Positive Vibe Café in Richmond. Gift of Linda P. Taylor.
Wells, Jonathan Daniel and Jennifer R. Green. The Southern Middle Class in the Long Nineteenth Century. Baton Rouge, 2011. This history of the South's vibrant middle class from the American Revolution to World War I gives a new understanding to class structure in Southern communities such as Norfolk. Purchased through the Ellis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
Williams, Ann Laurens. In Search of a Home: An Historical Analysis of the Major Factors Concerning the Location of Virginia Commonwealth University. Richmond, 1985. Contains important information about the Elko Tract, a decoy airfield located in Henrico County during World War II. Gift of the author.
Wren, L. Peter. Battle Born: The Unsinkable USS Nevada BB-36. Philadelphia, 2008. Wren completed boot camp in Norfolk in December 1941 and writes a first-hand account of his experiences on the Nevada, which was involved in all the major battles of World War II—including Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa—and the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Purchased through the John A. C. Keith Fund.
Yeck, Joanne L. At a Place Called Buckingham: Historic Sketches of Buckingham County, Virginia. Dayton, Ohio, 2011. Series of essays covering 250 years of history in Buckingham County. Contains images of Peter Franscisco from the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. Gift of Slate River Press.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
One covered vegetable dish manufactured by Hopewell China, Hopewell, c. 1930s. Gift of Dr. Henry J. and Kimmie L. Siegelson.
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.