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Ingle, Mary Friend Mayo, Diary, 1885. 1 volume. Mss5:1In45:1.
This diary, kept by Mary Friend (Mayo) Ingle (1870–1962) of Richmond, comments on the various historical and cultural shrines that she visited while travelling in Europe with kin.
Irish, Mary Walker Lupton, Autograph Album, 1855. 1 volume. Mss5:6L9743:1. Microfilm reel C469.
This volume, kept by Mary Walker (Lupton) Irish (d. 1890) as a student at Springdale Boarding School in Loudoun County, contains the signatures of men and women friends.
Irvine, Lucy Rodes, Memories of the Days Spent in Farmville. 3 pp. Photocopy of typescript. Mss7:2F2295:1.
Lucy Rodes Irvine's (b. 1870) memoir, written in 1959, concerns her experiences as a student and a teacher from 1886 to 1903 at Farmville State Normal School (now Longwood University).
Jackson Family Papers, 1798–1894. 91 items. Mss1J1397a.
This collection contains correspondence and records generated by several generations of the Jackson family of Clarksburg, Va. (now W. Va.); it chronicles their long-term financial strategies, especially investments in land. The letters, 1860–1876, of Meigs Jackson (1842?–1876) of Nevada, Mo., to his mother, Caroline Virginia (Moore) Jackson of Clarksburg, provide legal and personal advice regarding her financial affairs (section 2). An 1861 letter from Mary Sophia (Meigs) Jackson expresses firm pro-Southern sentiments in reaction to western Virginia Union party activities (section 6). Letters, 1827–1837, written to Sophia Wright Meigs discuss business conducted on her behalf (section 5). Other items in the collection include receipts and contracts made by men and women for the lease or sale of land (sections 8–11).
Jamerson Family Papers, 1889–1975. ca. 11,000 items. Mss1J2308aFA2.
The papers of George Hairston Jamerson (1869–1960) of Richmond, document his education at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., and his career as an officer in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War, the Mexican Border Campaign, and World War I (boxes 1–2; series 1, sections A–C). The papers of Jamerson's wife, Elsie Tower (Barbour) Jamerson (1873–1951), consist of correspondence with family, materials relating to her wedding, and a commonplace book containing addresses, poetry, and expenses during a European trip (box 2; series 1, section D).
Their son Osmond Tower Jamerson (1906–1975) of Norfolk and Richmond, attended the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, served in the U.S. military intelligence service in World War II, and became a banker and businessman after the war. His papers, which account for the largest portion of the collection, primarily relate to his financial concerns, his attendance at VMI and later involvement as an alumnus, his military service, and personal files regarding clubs and other organizations to which he belonged, and family trips (boxes 3–8; series 2). Within Osmand's personal papers are those relating to his wife, Mary Patteson (Ellerson) Jamerson (1914–1993). These include financial records (boxes 3–5; series 2, section A); materials concerning her wedding; and records of clubs and other organizations to which she and her husband belonged (box 8; series 2, section D). Also in the collection are materials of Osmond and Mary Jamerson's children, George Tower Jamerson (1947– ) and Patricia Roy (Jamerson) Williamson (1943– ). These primarily concern their education and trusts set up for the two children (box 9; series 3).
James, Virginia Eppes Toone Stuart, Memoir, 1922. 1 vol. Mss5:1J2375:1.
This memoir, entitled "Ashes of the Sixties," describes Virginia Eppes (Toone) Stuart James's (1833–1922) antebellum childhood at Monte Pava and Fruit Hill on the Roanoke/Staunton River in Mecklenburg County. The first section describes trips to Buffalo Springs and the nearest town, Clarksville, both in Mecklenburg County; plantation life with farming of tobacco, corn, and hogs; the life of her family slaves; her education with a governess and through Randolph-Macon College, then located in Clarksville; and her engagement and marriage to John William Stuart (1833–1873), a professor at Randolph-Macon. The second section describes her life after moving to Louisiana in the fall of 1859 when her husband became professor of mathematics and classical languages at Mansfield Female College and during the Civil War when her husband served as a Confederate cavalryman and she became a teacher and managed to purchase a home. Virginia's insights focus on how the home folks survived the war.
This collection also includes a loosely-bound and printed genealogy entitled "Genealogy of Mrs. Virginia Eppes James: A Record of the Banister, Bolling, Eppes, Walker, Feild, Nelson, Boyd, Wilson and Stuart Families with Notices of their Descendants," written by Virginia Eppes (Toone) Stuart James; a typescript copy of Virginia's memoir (described above) with photocopies or transcriptions of original manuscripts not included in this collection; and "Quest for Virginia Eppes Toone Stuart's Roots: 10/19/97–10/27/97," by Mary (Stuart) VanMeter, describing VanMeter's travels while visiting ancestral homes such as the Eppes family plantation Appomattox Manor in Hopewell, and searching for the plantations of Monte Pava and Fruit Hill in Mecklenburg County.
Jefferson, Mary Augusta, Scrapbook, ca. 1920–1976. 1 volume. Mss5:7J3582:1.
Mary Augusta Jefferson (1902–1983) of Winterham, Amelia County, kept a scrapbook that reflects her interest in many subjects, including the Virginia Military Institute and the battle of New Market in 1864 (particularly as that relates to her ancestor Thomas Garland Jefferson and the roles of Eliza (Clinedinst) Crim, who cared for the wounded, and Jewish sculptor and VMI graduate Moses Ezekiel, who fought in the battle); family genealogy and history (relating to her Jefferson and Mason ancestors and specific persons including Marianna Elizabeth (Tabb) Barksdale, John Young Mason, and Catholic priest Father John B. Tabb); historic homes; local history and news; her career as music supervisor for the Lynchburg City school system; and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. The scrapbook also includes some correspondence with her family, garden show awards, newspaper clippings, photographs and other miscellany.
Jeffress, Elizabeth Talbott Gwathmey, Papers, 1963–1977. 91 items. Mss1J3694a.
This collection documents the philanthropic activities of Elizabeth Talbott (Gwathmey) Jeffress (1900–1981) of Richmond; it includes correspondence, 1963–1977, with various officials at the University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute, and Hampden-Sydney College (section 1).
Jenkins, Philena H. Redic, Papers, 1961–1995. 7 items. Mss2J4183b.
Routine employee papers concerning Philena H. (Redic) Jenkins's ([b. 1932] of Richmond, Va.) career with A. H. Robins Co. in Richmond, Va. Jenkins graduated from the Johnston-Willis Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. She was hired by A. H. Robins Co. as an occupational health nurse in 1961, and worked there until at least 1990, when she served the company as the supervisor of Nursing Services.
Jerrell Family Papers, 1848–1955. 213 items. Mss1J4865a.
Chiefly papers of two generations of the Jerrell family of Spotsylvania County. Those of Robert Henry Jerrell (1843–1907) and his wife, Sarah Ann (Johnson) Jerrell (1844–1907), consist of letters, 1893–1907, written to Robert (section 1); a record of his service in the 9th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, CSA (section 2); and Sarah's correspondence, 1891–1901, with family and friends (section 3). Also, include report cards, 1900–1901, issued by unidentified Spotsylvania County schools to Nettie Hamner (Jerrell) Mansfield (1883–1960) and Maggie May (Jerrell) Wigglesworth (1875–1935), daughters of Robert Henry Jerrell and Sarah Ann (Johnson) Jerrell (section 9); and letters written by and addressed to members of the Jerrell and related Mansfield families (section 10).
Jewish Woman's Club (Richmond, Va.), Records, 1935–2003. ca. 1,510 items. Mss3J5568a.
The Jewish Woman's Club was established in 1933 and consisted of eleven charter members. It was originally known as The Tuesday Group. Throughout the club's history there have been weekly meetings with well-planned programs covering topics of national and international interest, especially current events and the study of religion. The club also visited various museums, took garden tours, and attended lectures and concerts. Special celebrations honoring the success and camaderie of this group have been held through most of its history.
Papers of the organization include revisions, 1947–1988, of the original constitution of 1933 (section 1; box 1); minutes, 1971–1984 and 1995–2003, of the executive board and club meetings (section 2; box 1); pages from a policy book kept from 1985–1988 (section 3; box 1); undated program summaries and musical program notes, 1938–1976 (section 4; box 1); annual folders for the club years of 1935–1936 to 1999–2000 including constitution and bylaws, proposed amendments to these, meeting minutes, membership lists, lists of the programs for each year and program summaries, financial reports, officers' notes, printed programs for special events, and club correspondence (section 5; boxes 1–3); photographs of major club events, 1955–2001, especially anniversary celebrations for the club, with printed event programs and program scripts, including two videotapes of the 60th and 65th anniversary parties (section 6; box 3); photograph albums, 1947–1951, 1965–1993, 1978, 1998, and 2002 containing photographs of club anniversary celebrations and one photograph given to the club and autographed by Senator John Warner (b. 1927) (section 7; box 4); and a scrapbook, 1963–1984, of news articles about prominent club members, especially regarding their participation in activities involving the Jewish community of Richmond (section 8; box 4).
Johnson, Martha Waller, Papers, 1864–1926. 294 items. Mss1J6365a. Microfilm reel C503.
This collection consists primarily of social letters, 1887–1924, written to Martha (Waller) Johnson of Washington, D.C., by presidential spouses Frances (Folsom) Cleveland (1864–1947) and Edith Kermit (Carow) Roosevelt (1861–1948). There are also a few notes from Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841–1935) and presidents Grover Cleveland (1837–1908) and Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919).
Jones, Helen Bowman, Papers, 1946–1948. 7 items. Mss2J7174b.
This small collection consists of letters, 1946–1948, from H. W. and Bep Daniels of Rotterdam, Holland, to Helen Bowman Jones of Richmond, who provided humanitarian aid and relief to the family in the immediate postwar years. The letters document the Daniels's experiences during the Japanese takeover of Java, and in the Netherlands after the war. Also, includes a photograph of the Daniels's children, Elsje and Fritzje, and ephemera.
Jones Family Papers, 1812–1930. 195 items. Mss1J735d.
This collection contains personal and business correspondence, 1855–1867, and financial and legal records of Frances Jane (Raincock) Jones (1815–1891), a widow living in Washington, D.C., (sections 1 and 2) and the correspondence, 1861–1864, of Robert Brooke Jones (1829–1864) with his wife, Elizabeth Hill (Goodloe) Jones (1838?–1873), of King William County during his Confederate service in the Civil War (section 4). Also included are Elizabeth Jones's personal correspondence, 1846–1873, (section 6) and the correspondence, 1844–1910, of Laura (Jones) White (1837–1916) (section 7).
Jones, Anna Laura, papers, 1906–1931. 727 items. Mss1J7105a.
Anna Laura Jones (1865–1920), a native of Page County, began her career in the office of a Lynchburg attorney and about 1906 formed the Lynchburg General Insurance Agency, which she operated until her death. She also designed what became known as the "Wonderland Screen Wash Stand," a piece of bedroom furniture crafted to provide privacy and convenience, and was involved in its manufacture in Danville, its marketing, and its sale. Late in life, she compiled Virginia School Laws: An Abridgment of the Virginia Laws Concerning Education (Lynchburg, 1916). The papers in this collection consist of a portion of her files maintained between 1908 and 1918 at the Lynchburg General Insurance Agency for male, female, and corporate clients (including correspondence, applications for fire, automobile, disability, and accident insurance, and claim records) (section 1); materials, 1907–1910, concerning the design, patenting, manufacture, and marketing of the "Wonderland Screen Wash Stand" (section 3); and materials, 1915–1917, concerning the publication of Virginia School Laws (section 4). Also, the collection includes a few items, 1931, relating to her brother-in-law, John Hurt Whitehead of Chatham (section 5).
Jones Family Papers, 1857–1977. 232 items. Mss1J735a.
This collection contains papers of Katherine Gifford (Skelton) Jones (b. 1850) of Powhatan County, Va., and Wilson, N.C., and her son, Thomas Norman Jones (1882–1978) of Norfolk and Richmond. Katherine Jones's papers consist of a cookbook, ca. 1880–1900, (section 4) and four scrapbooks, 1857–1904, containing clippings of poetry, prose, and pictures primarily addressing themes of motherhood, family life, and moral behavior (sections 1–3 and 5). Her mother, Marianne Old (Meade) Skelton (1823–1869), compiled most of volume one, 1857–1868, for Katherine; she compiled volume four, 1899–1904, for her son. It documents his young adulthood, including travels between Baltimore and Tampa, Fla., on behalf of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad. Norman Jones's correspondence, 1889–1977, illuminates his career in the Virginia Electric and Power Company (later Virginia Power Company) and as a civic leader in Norfolk and Richmond (section 6).
Jones Family Papers, 1819–1964. 101 items. Mss1J735c.
Letters, 1845–1908, written to Lydia Catherine (Russell) Jones (1829–1916) make up more than half of this collection (section 3); most of the remainder consists of papers concerning the estate of her father-in-law, Philip De Catesby Jones (1792–1873) of Berkeley County (now in W. Va.), or her husband, Lewen Turberville Jones (1826–1889) of Loudoun County. Many of the letters to Lydia Jones were written before her marriage by female friends and discuss their social lives. Papers of Philip Jones contain a list of slaves, including their ages and in some cases occupations, removed from Virginia by the U.S. Army between 1861 and 1863 (section 1). There is also an account, 1819, of William Mills of Alexandria with the slave Thideas, a teamster (section 1). Correspondence, 1854–1889, of Lewen Jones is chiefly with female family members (section 2). A few papers pertain to other members of the Jones family.
Jones Family Papers, 1808–1942. 69 items. Mss1J735b.
This collection consists primarily of papers of members of the Byrd, Page, Jones, and Meade families, but it centers on John Dandridge Claiborne (1804–1853) of Richmond and Williamsburg and his widow, Mary H. (Byrd) Claiborne (b. 1810?). Correspondence, 1851–1855, of Mary H. B. Claiborne chiefly is with friends and family members regarding family news, including the death of her husband (section 5). The small amount of his correspondence, 1845–1846, in this collection is with his wife and sister (section 4). A scrapbook, 1837–1877, kept by Courtney Bowdoin (Byrd) Jones (1835–1901) contains obituaries (section 9). There are several deeds, 1808–1817, for land in Williamsburg and York County (section 1) and scattered papers of other family members.
Jordan and Stabler Family Papers, 1807–1916. 886 items. Mss1J7676a. Microfilm reels C504–507.
The collection consists primarily of the papers of Sally (Stabler) Jordan (1816–1904) and her husband, Augustus Jordan. Sally, a member of the Society of Friends in Montgomery County, Md., married her cousin Augustus, an engineer from Norfolk, around 1841. The couple first lived in Norfolk, but by 1863 had moved to Washington, D.C. Augustus Jordan's correspondence, 1838–1863, with his wife includes both courtship letters and scattered letters written after their marriage; some are partly in shorthand (section 4). His other correspondence, 1829–1884, is with family members in Virginia and Pennsylvania (section 5). Sally Stabler Jordan's correspondence, 1829–1901, accounts for about half of the collection and is with her parents and extended family members in Maryland and Pennsylvania (section 8). The collection contains a few papers of other family members, including the business correspondence, 1811–1818, of Marcus Tellius Cicero Jordan, a bookseller and stationer in Norfolk (section 1).
Junior Leagues of Virginia State Public Affairs Committee, Records, 1980–1996. 279 items. Mss3J9597a.
Established in the 1930s, the Junior Leagues of Virginia State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) consists of members from junior league organizations across Virginia (includes Charlottesville, Hampton Roads, Lynchburg, Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Northern Virginia, Richmond, and the Roanoke Valley), the Junior League of Bristol TN-VA, and the Junior League of Washington, D.C. SPAC is composed of two delegates from each league in the state of Virginia and from leagues in surrounding states, and a vice chair. The purpose of SPAC is to increase the influence of the Junior Leagues of Virginia on public issues at the state and federal levels and to provide for the sharing of resources and exchange of information. In 1921, approximately thirty Junior Leagues created the Association of Junior Leagues of America (AJLA) to provide professional support to the Leagues. Records in this collection include by-laws, minutes, annual reports, and correspondence of the Junior Leagues of Virginia State Public Affairs Committee (sections 1 and 2). They also include materials of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) on such subjects as violence prevention, volunteerism, school readiness, and related topics (section 3), as well as information on various Virginia legislators and groups with whom the SPAC choose to advocate on special issues from year to year.
Keane, Susan Payne, Diary, 1810. 1 volume. Mss5:1K1993:1.
This travel diary, kept in London, Eng., in a Peacock's Complete Pocket Journal by Susan (Payne) Keane (b. 1769), contains notes on sites toured, children's activities, meal times and bedtimes, and correspondence, as well as weekly expense accounts. Published sections provided the traveller with information on England's history and customs. Keane's children sat for a portrait during the period covered in the diary. The VHS owns the portrait of Susan, Hugh Payne, Lionel Richard, and Marianna Keane, painted by Samuel Drummond.
Keezle, Amanda Fitzallen Peale, Papers, 1859–1890. 167 items. Mss1K2588a.
This is a large collection of correspondence of Amanda Fitzallen (Peale) Keezle (of Keezletown, Va.), who was married to George Keezle, a veteran of the war of 1812. She had one son, named George Bernard Keezle, who was elected justice of the peace and later as a member of the Virginia Senate representing Rockingham County. Amanda's papers mainly reflect her efforts to sustain herself and her son after her husband died in 1862. She supported herself by selling butter and other farm produce to consignment agents and grocers in the greater D.C. area. The transportation of farm goods and refrigeration play a major role in her industry. She also participated in the Richmond Exchange for Women's Work. Amanda Keezle was able to send her son to the family run private school in Baltimore, Steuart Hall. She also adopted a distant orphaned relative, Izetta Hoy, in exchange for help around her farm, although it proved an unsuccessful arrangement.
Kehoe, Lelia May, Memoir, 1941–1945. 10 pp. Typescript. Mss5:1K2606:1.
Lelia May Kehoe (b. 1919), a graduate of the Garfield Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C., enlisted in the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor. This memoir recalls her experiences during World War II as a nurse in Morocco, Italy, France, Great Britain, Switzerland, and Virginia; it includes descriptions of living conditions and of her duties as a supervisor of mobile operating rooms, psychiatric units, and rest and recuperation facilities.
Keith Family papers, 1830–1979. ca. 1,025 items. Mss1K2694cFA2. Microfilm reels C432–433 and C599–601.
This collection contains papers of five generations of members of the Keith, Scott, and Carter families of Warrenton and Fauquier County, but the papers of Robert Taylor Scott (1834–1897), a Warrenton attorney and attorney general of Virginia from 1889 to 1897, and his wife, Fanny Scott (Carter) Scott (1838–1923), account for about half of it. Among the papers of earlier generations of men and women are the correspondence, 1858–1864, and estate materials of Margaret Gordon (Scott) Lee (1817–1866) of Oakwood (boxes 1–2), and correspondence, 1857–1905, a scrapbook, and miscellany of Sarah Agnes (Blackwell) Keith (1837–1912) of Woodbourne. Most of Robert Scott's correspondence, 1843–1897, is with his wife (boxes 3–8); pre-war letters illuminate their courtship and his early legal career. His letters written to Fanny Scott while serving as an officer in the Confederate States Army discuss military service, while her responses describe the Union occupation of Fauquier County, the activities of Mosby's Rangers, and visiting a Philadelphia hospital to care for her brother Edward after the battle at Gettysburg. Fanny Scott's papers include correspondence, 1857–1922, primarily concerning her husband's estate (box 9); personal financial accounts kept after his death; records of land that she acquired in Warrenton; and information on her presidency of the Black Horse Chapter of United Daughters of the Confederacy in Warrenton (box 10). The collection also contains papers, 1885–1914, of Fanny and Robert Scott's son, Richard Carter Scott (1859–1928), who succeeded his father as attorney general of Virginia (box 11). Papers of his sister, Mary Welby (Scott) Keith (1870–1958), include correspondence, 1895–1949, primarily with her husband, John Augustine Chilton Keith (1870–1915) of Woodbourne; certificates from the Virginia Female Institute in Staunton; and a scrapbook (boxes 11–12). There are also scrapbooks kept in Warrenton by Alice Dixon (Payne) Carr (1870–1966) (box 12) and correspondence, 1894–1933, a scrapbook, and genealogical materials of Katherine Isham Keith (1865–1944) of Woodbourne (box 13). A finding aid is available in the repository.
Kennon Family Papers, 1813–1842. 39 items. Mss2K3985b. Microfilm reel C301.
The collection consists primarily of correspondence documenting the friendship between members of the Mordecai family, merchants and educators in Virginia and North Carolina, and the Kennon family of Norfolk. Letters, 1815–1818, from Elizabeth Beverley (Munford) Kennon (1762–1830) to Samuel Mordecai (1786–1865), a merchant based in Richmond, discuss her son's naval career, courtship and marriage (in both abstract and personal terms), events in Norfolk, and mutual friends and acquaintances (section 1). Kennon's stylized letters reveal the breadth of her reading and knowledge of the world beyond Virginia. The letters, 1829–1842, of her son, Beverley Kennon (1793–1844), to Samuel's sister, Ellen Mordecai (1790–1884) of Richmond and Petersburg, discuss Christianity and Judaism, his two marriages, his naval tours in Argentina and Brazil, and mutual acquaintances (section 2). The collection also includes a few letters of other Mordecai and Kennon family members.
Kent, Nannie E., Scrapbook, ca. 1861–1913. 1 volume. Mss5:7K4173:1. Microfilm reel C469.
Compiled by Nannie E. Kent (b.1818), this volume contains printed clippings of poetry and contemporary events, as well as a copy of C.S.A. orders issued 15 May 1861 by Daniel Allen Langhorne.
Kersey Family Papers, 1917–1959. 68 items. Mss1K4738a.
The collection centers on Ruth May Kersey (1889–1958), a missionary nurse for the Southern Baptist Convention who served in Nigeria, and her brother, Roy Wilfred Kersey (1899–1988), an insurance agent in Richmond. Ruth Kersey's papers, 1935–1958, include letters granting her permission to serve as a nurse at the Baptist Mission Hospital in Ogbomosho, Nigeria; a scrapbook, 1938–1939, containing photographs documenting the First Baptist Church of Lisbon, Portugal; photographs of her with Nigerians; and an account and receipts documenting her last illness (section 1). Roy Kersey's papers, 1950–1959, include a letter from the Southern Baptist Convention Foreign Mission Board and several letters from Nigerians commending the life and work of his sister, as well as a few items concerning his career (section 2). The collection also contains a few papers of other siblings.
King, Clinton M., Papers, 1861–1862. 2 items. Mss2K5810b.
Contain materials concerning the service of Clinton M. King (1834–1862) of Waynesboro in the 32nd Regiment of Virginia Militia and in the 52nd Virginia Infantry Regiment, CSA. Items include King's commission, 1 August1861, as a second lieutenant in the militia; and a letter, ca. March 1862, written by King to his wife regarding his recovery from illness, his opinion of Abraham Lincoln, news of Union troops in western Virginia [now W. Va.], and his concern over his wife's ability to maintain their farm (including King's suggestion that she hire a slave).
Updated January 13, 2010
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