May 15, 2012 – July 15, 2012
Breig, James. Searching for Sgt. Bailey: Saluting an Ordinary Soldier of World War II. Baltimore, 2011. A Prince George County, Virginia, native describes his service during World War II from training camp to Pacific battlefields to his final demobilization. Gift of the author.
Bussell, W. Wayne. Matthew Bussell and the American Revolution: Sailor and Soldier. Lexington, Ky., 2012. Matthew Bussell was born in the Northern Neck and served in both the Virginia State Navy and 1st Continental Artillery. Gift of the author.
Deutsch, Tracey. Building a Housewife's Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century. Chapel Hill, 2010. Concerns the increasing influence of women in the arena of consumer culture. Purchased through the Betty Sams Christian Fund.
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.
Dobak, William A. Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862–1867. Washington, D.C., 2011. Comprehensive history of every aspect of the United States Colored Troops' service during the Civil War in spite of poor leadership and the deep prejudice they had to overcome. Gift of James C. Kelly.
First Baptist Church, Newport News. First Finest Foods. Newport News, 1987. Example of a twentieth-century church cookbook that is filled with church supper and heirloom recipes of church members. Gift of Bertha Stone Dickinson Taylor.
Gellman, Erik S. Death Blow to Jim Crow: The National Negro Congress and the Rise of Militant Civil Rights. Chapel Hill, 2012. The National Negro Congress was composed of a broad coalition of civil rights leaders committed to the demise of Jim Crow legislation and practices in the United States. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Fund.
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.
Greene, Wesley. Vegetable Gardening the Colonial Williamsburg Way: 18th Century Methods for Today's Organic Farmers. New York, 2012. Well-researched work on eighteenth-century gardening practices that can be used in twenty-first-century local gardens. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Heath, Barbara and Jack Gary. Jefferson's Poplar Forest: Unearthing a Virginia Plantation. Gainesville, Fla., 2012. Archaeological excavations at Poplar Forest reveal its role as a plantation, landscape, and home for Jefferson and his slaves. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Heller, J. Roderick. Democracy's Lawyer: Felix Grundy of the Old Southwest. Baton Rouge, 2012. Born in Berkeley County, Grundy was a real estate lawyer and criminal attorney who became a U.S. Senator from Tennessee and attorney general under Martin Van Buren. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
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.
Johnson, David E. John Randolph of Roanoke. Baton Rouge, 2012. The first biography of Virginia's most eccentric politician and architect of Southern conservatism in one hundred years. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
Kastor, Peter J. William Clark's World: Describing America in an Age of Unknowns. New Haven, 2011. Kastor analyzes the official journals, reports and maps of William Clark and his contemporaries and their influence on public perceptions of United States expansionism. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Fund.
Kierner, Cynthia A. Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times. Chapel Hill, 2012. Biography of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter as she faced choices and constraints that shaped the lives of many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century plantation mistresses. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Fund.
Major, James Russell. The Memoirs of an Artillery Forward Observer, 1944–1945. Manhattan, Kan., 1999. A Riverton native recounts his World War II experiences as an observer in George S. Patton's Third Army. Gift of the estate of Robert Barry Lurate.
McNeely, Patricia G., Debra Reddin van Tuyll, and Henry H. Schulte. Knights of the Quill: Confederate Correspondents and Their Civil War Reporting. West Lafayette, Ind., 2010. Southern war correspondents were not journalists by trade but members of other professions who wrote about battles and political developments. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Newman, Richard. Go Down Moses: A Celebration of the African American Spiritual. New York, 1998. Collection of 200 annotated spirituals of faith, freedom, and hope. Gift of Judith Bernicchi.
Newsome, Hampton, John Horn, and John G. Selby. Civil War Talks: Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard and His Fellow Veterans. Charlottesville, 2012. As a former soldier from Petersburg, Bernard's narrative gives insight into the battles fought at Norfolk, Petersburg, Richmond and Appomattox. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutler Fund.
Richardson, Selden. The Tri-State Gang in Richmond: Murder and Robbery in the Great Depression. Charleston, S.C., 2012. Operating during Prohibition and the Great Depression, the Tri-State Gang began in Philadelphia and “crashed and ultimately burned in Richmond.” Gift of the author.
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.
Scruby, Frances Shirley. Neve: Virginia's Thousandfold Man. Charlottesville, 2010. The Reverend Frederick Neve established schools, missions, medical stations and churches in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Gift of the author.
Stagg, John Charles Anderson. The War of 1812: Conflict for a Continent. Cambridge, 2012. The leading authority on James Madison writes a definitive short history of the second war for American independence. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Fund.
Wilson, Jeff. Dixie Dharma: Inside a Buddhist Temple in the American South. Chapel Hill, 2012. Wilson writes about American Buddhism and its adaptations to conservative evangelical Christianity in a temple located in Richmond. Gift of the University of North Carolina Press.
Wolf, Eva Sheppard. Almost Free: A Story About Family and Race in Antebellum Virginia. Athens, Ga., 2012. Samuel Johnson, who was freed in 1812, stays in Virginia to purchase his family. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Life Studies of the Great Army by Edwin Forbes. Folio consisting of forty copper-plate etchings published by Forbes and Samuel Walker & Co., Boston, Mass., c. 1876. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
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.