November 15, 2009 – January 15, 2010
Ledger, 1791–93, kept by Dr. John Thompson (of "Seven Oaks," Amherst County) concerning the operation of a still. 95 l.: handwritten; 12 1/2 x 8 in. Bound volume. Includes records of purchases of wheat, rye, and corn and of the sale of whiskey, brandy, and other spirits. Also, includes list of customers. Gift of Mrs. Warren W. Watts.
Papers, 1824–2002, of Walter Spencer Robertson ([1893–1970] investment banker of Richmond) including personal and professional records primarily concerning his service with the U.S. Army Air Service in World War I and the Air Service Reserves, chief of the U.S. Lend-Lease Mission to Australia, 1943–44, American minister at the U.S. Embassy at Chungking (Chongqing), China, 1945–46, and Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs, 1953–59. Also, include travel diaries, correspondence, and scrapbooks of his wife, Mary Dade (Taylor) Robertson, and papers of her parents, Jaquelin P. Taylor and Katherine (Wall) Taylor of "Meadowfarm," Orange. 6,828 items. Gift of Mrs. Catherine Robertson Claiborne, Jacquelin T. Robertson, and Walter S. Robertson.
Papers, 1853–1997, of the Golden family (of Richmond) including correspondence, educational materials, church records, photographs, and related items of or concerning this Irish immigrant family including Genevieve Agnes (Kelly) Golden, Robert Emmet Golden (editor of the Richmond State), Francis Xavier Golden (of the U.S. Navy before and during World War II), and Helen Louise (Golden) Jenkins (public health and registered nurse during and just after World War II). 276 items. Gift of the estate of Helen Louise Golden Jenkins through the courtesy of the Honorable Daniel T. Balfour, executor.
Papers, 1865–85, of James B. Graves (African American merchant in Petersburg) including accounts for the payment of bills for rent, water, taxes, and a business license. Also, include genealogical notes and charts concerning the Graves family. 22 items. Deposited by Janice M. Graves.
Materials, c. 1865–70, compiled by Mary Smith (Ruffin) Jones (of Amelia County) pertaining to Confederate blockade runner, poet, and Catholic priest John Banister Tabb. Include two letters of Tabb to Mary Jones, a Bible she loaned to Tabb, which he used while imprisoned at Point Lookout, Md., at the end of the Civil War, and lines of verse addressed to or written about Mary. 5 items. Gift of Julien J. Mason through the courtesy of Kathi E. Mason.
Autobiographical essays, c. 1942–54, of Margaret R. Larson, an English war bride who moved to Yakima, Wash., and later Richmond, Va. 4 items. Gift of Margaret R. Larson.
Papers, 1949–60, of FitzGerald Bemiss (of Richmond) concerning his correspondence with and writings about Dr. Albert Schweitzer. 7 items. Gift of FitzGerald Bemiss.
Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence. The Passing of the Armies: An Account of the Final Campaign of the Army of the Potomac, Based on Personal Reminiscences of the Fifth Army Corps. New York and London, 1915. Bears presentation inscription to Walter S. Robertson. Gift of Catherine Robertson Claiborne.
Confederate States of America. Dept. Of the Treasury. Additional Estimates for the Support of the Government [January 1 to June 30, 1864] [Richmond, 1864] Concerns salary increases authorized by Congress. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
Eisenhower, Milton. The Wind is Bitter: The United States and Latin America. Garden City, N.Y., 1963. Bears author's presentation inscription to Walter S. Robertson. Gift of Catherine Robertson Claiborne.
Flavel, John. The Fountain of Life Opened: or, A Display of Christ, in His Essential and Mediatorial Glory: Containing Forty-two Sermons . . . . 1st American ed. Richmond, 1824. Gift of Catherine Robertson Claiborne.
Henkel, Paul. Church Hymn Book: Consisting of Hymns and Psalms, Original and Selected: Adapted to Public Worship, and Many Other Occasions. 4th ed. New Market, 1857. Bears inscription: “Eleanora C. Henkel's book, presented by her cousin, Dr. G. C. Henkel, May 1887, New Market, Va..” Purchased through the William A. Hagey Fund.
Johnston, Charles. A Narrative of the Incidents Attending the Capture, Detention, and Ransom of Charles Johnston, of Botetourt County Virginia: Who was made Prisoner by the Indians, on the River Ohio, in the Year 1790: Together with an Interesting Account of the Fate of His Companions, Five in Number, One of Whom Suffered at the Stake: To which is added, Sketches of Indian Character and Manners, with Illustrative Anecdotes. New York  Bears inscription by Frances Royall Johnston: “To be given to Charles Johnston” dated Nov, 12, 1907.” Gift of Virginia Johnston Marsden.
Robinson, Conway. No. 62, McCann, Com'ee v. Zetelle, &c. 65, Myers' Ex'or v. Zetelle, &c.: Appeals from Decree of Circuit Court of City of Richmond, by Conway Robinson, One of Counsel for Appellant Meyers. [Richmond, 1871] Concerns the validity of investments in Confederate bonds and sales of property with payment made in Confederate bonds, and their effect on the estate trustees' liability. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
Virginia. Auditor of Public Accounts. Muster Rolls of the Virginia Militia in the War of 1812: Being a Supplement to the Pay Rolls Printed and Distributed in 1851 . . . . Richmond, 1852. Gift of Marcellus Wright, Cox & Smith, Architects.
United States. Dept. of State. United States Relations with China: With Special Reference to the Period 1944–1949, Based on the Files of the Dept. of State. [Washington, D.C., 1949] Bears signature of Walter S. Robertson, later Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Gift of Catherine Robertson Claiborne.
Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates. A Report of the Select Committee to Investigate the Affairs of the James River & Kanawha Company, 1852–3. Richmond,  Concerns the prospects of extending the canal beyond Lynchburg to the Kanawha River, thus providing a route to the Ohio. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
Virginia. Supreme Court of Appeals. Robert's Adm'r v. Petty's Adm'r et als. [Richmond, 1854] A contest over Roger Abbott's estate and the disposition of enslaved workers bequeathed under his will. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.