St. James Church, Records, 1814–1959. 452 items. Mss3Sa235a.
The records of St. James (Protestant Episcopal) Church in Richmond include parish registers, 1837–1855, 1853–1890, 1889–1917 (sections 5 and 6); vestry books, 1870–1939 (section 7); correspondence, 1837–1926, of rectors, vestrymen, and secretaries (section 4); account books, 1877–1887, 1888–1900, 1891–1900, and 1900–1913 (section 8); and other information on the history of the church (sections 1–2). Materials documenting women's activities include records, 1889–1949, of the Peterkin Guild, a woman's organization formed to maintain the interior of the church (section 11); records, 1922–1939, of the Business Woman's Club, a group of business women in the parish who supported various charities (section 14); and records, 1927–1939, of the Woman's Auxiliary, which supported missionaries and social services (section 15). Other materials pertaining to women include a history of the Mrs. John B. Lightfoot Circle of the King's Daughters, 1883–1935, by Lucy Powell Moltz (1887?–1952) (section 17), and a scrapbook, 1907–1935, of newspaper clippings concerning the church kept by Constance Lee Peterkin (1872?–1948) (section 18).
St. Joseph's Academy Alumnae Association Papers, 1916–1936. 9 items. Mss4Sa238b.
Women graduates founded the St. Joseph's Academy Alumnae Association in 1916. Two volumes of minutes, 1916–1936, document the group's support for this Richmond Catholic school, including fundraising for scholarships, building construction, and equipment, and sponsoring graduation festivities and other social events, as well as their contributions to local civic and charitable activities. The collection also contains the diploma, 1928, of Catherine Lee (Asher) Anderson and a document commemorating her brother's service in World War I.
St. Luke's Hospital, Richmond, Records, 1913–1963. 57 items. Mss4Sa2442b.
Papers pertaining to the financial success of St. Luke's Hospital during the first half of the twentieth century include records of the various contributions made by Joanna Bethune Arents, owner of the Lewis Ginter Land and Improvement Company of Richmond, and Ruth I. Robertson McGuire, wife of Dr. Stuart McGuire.
Sampson, Emma Speed, Great Day, c. 1940. 198 pp. Mss5:9Sa485:1.
Author and newspaper columnist, Emma (Speed) Sampson (1868–1947) begins her autobiography, which she never published, with a detailed, humorous description of her childhood in Kentucky. In 1889 she studied art in Paris for two years at the Julian Academy and at Lazar's; then she studied at the Art Students League in New York before returning Kentucky to marry Henry Aylett Sampson. They eventually moved to Richmond where, at the age of forty-five, she began her career as an author of humorous novels and juvenile fiction. Sampson wrote several girls' series, and is best remembered for the eleven books in the Miss Minerva and William Green Hill series. Her autobiography also discusses her appointment by the governor to the Virginia State Board of Motion Picture Censors in 1922 and her duties as a columnist for the Richmond Times Dispatch.
Sangster, Virginia L., Commonplace Book, 1846–1851. 1 volume. Mss5:5Sa586:1.
Published sentimental engravings characterize this volume, which contains handwritten verses signed by male and female friends of Virginia L. Sangster of Fairfax Court House. An acrostic of "Virginia" from "a Friend" is also included.
Saturday Afternoon Club, Records, 1894–1907. 9 items. Mss3Sa845a.
The Saturday Afternoon Club, a Richmond literary society, was established by Mary Cooke (Branch) Munford (1865–1938) in 1894 for educated single and married women. Records include two volumes containing minutes of meetings and lists of members and printed yearbooks announcing projected programs. Occasionally club secretaries recorded opinions of members about specific programs. The women presented book reviews and papers on various topics, including education, architecture, religion, world history, political science, child labor and legislation, vocational training for African Americans, and the roles of men and women within the home. While they encouraged civic and charitable activities among the membership, the club never officially sponsored them. Members included Virginia Randolph Ellett (1857–1939), founder of St. Catherine's School for girls in Richmond; Emily Earl Chenault Runyon (1857–1956), the first female physician to practice independently in Virginia; Lila Hardaway (Meade) Valentine (1865–1921), reformer in the fields of health and education; and a "Miss Glasgow," possibly the novelist Ellen Glasgow.
Saunders Family Papers, 1798–1903. 3,571 items. Mss1Sa878a. Microfilm reels C476–486.
This collection primarily consists of papers of members of the Saunders and Dabney families. It includes personal, business, and political correspondence, 1804–1857, of Fleming Saunders (1778–1858), an attorney and judge of Flat Creek in Campbell County, along with his personal accounts and other financial and legal records (sections 8–13). Correspondence, 1841–1867, of his wife, Alice (Watts) Saunders (1797?–1867), is chiefly with family members (section 14). Papers of their nephew, Peter Saunders (1823–1904) of Bleak Hill in Franklin County, contain correspondence, 1840–1902, while he was a student at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) in Lexington and served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates (section 34); the letters discuss plantation and mercantile operations and his political career. There are also personal accounts (section 35); records from his service as justice of the peace for Franklin County (section 36); and additional political and business papers (sections 37–39). The extensive correspondence, 1846–1903, of his wife, Elizabeth Lewis (Dabney) Saunders (1830–1904), contains many letters from her siblings, cousins, close friends, and her own children; they frequently discuss education (section 40).
This collection also contains papers of Elizabeth (Dabney) Saunders's parents. Correspondence, 1826–1868, of her father, John Blair Dabney (1795–1868), an Episcopal clergyman of Vaucluse in Campbell County (section 21), and correspondence, 1832–1883, of her mother, Elizabeth Lewis (Towles) Dabney (1801–1883) (section 24), is largely with children, especially Chiswell Dabney (1844–1923), who served as an aide to Confederate general J.E.B. Stuart, or other family members. A number of the female correspondents taught school at various locations throughout Virginia.
Also included are a few scattered papers pertaining to other members of the Carrington, Dabney, Towles, and Watts families.
Schilling, Franz Wilhelm von, Papers, 1860–1929. 66 items. Mss1Sch335d.
Concerns the von Schilling family of Sherwood, Elizabeth City County, and Germany. Included are social letters, 1886–1901, written to Ilma Waldeck von Schilling (1870–1929) by friends and family members in Germany and Virginia (section 2); an essay (typescript copy), 1899, written by Ilma von Schilling describing Hohenwettersbach, Baden, Germany; and resolutions, 1929, of the Virginia Council of Administrative Women in Education, Richmond, regarding Ilma von Schilling (section 3). Also in the collection are a commonplace book, ca. 1861–1864, kept by her father, Franz Wilhelm von Schilling (1832–1895), containing addresses, genealogical notes on the von Schilling family, and a list of places he visited in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; and letters, 1886–1896, to and from various individuals, including Anne (Massenburg) Booker (1816–1897), Sophie Durr, and Mattie (Booker) Jones (b. 1847?) (section 1).
Scollay, Harriet L., Autograph Album, 1857–1863. 1 volume. Mss5:6Sco452:1. Microfilm reel C303.
This volume, kept by Harriet L. Scollay, includes notes and verses signed by students and professors at the Southern Female Institute in Richmond and later by friends at Middleway, Jefferson County (now W. Va.). A few entries, 1863, mention the Civil War.
Scott Family Papers, 1829–1937. 793 items. Mss1Sco866a.
Papers of Frances Branch "Boxie" Scott (1861–1937) of Richmond, who served as president of the Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital, account for nearly two-thirds of this collection; the remainder consists of papers of three generations of men and women of the Scott family.
Correspondence, 1877–1937, of Frances Scott, who never married, includes letters from family members, friends, and suitors, and reflects her participation in various aspects of Richmond's social, economic, and cultural life (section 12). In addition to her work at Sheltering Arms, Scott served as a local Red Cross volunteer during World War I, was active in the Episcopal Church, and maintained a vigorous social calendar (sections 16, 18 and 19).
Papers of Frances Scott's mother, Sarah Frances (Branch) Scott (1834–1907) of Richmond, include correspondence, 1873–1905, with family members and friends (section 7). Correspondence, 1873–1898, of her husband, Frederic Robert Scott (1830–1898), contains letters to his wife and children (section 6). Correspondence, 1896–1922, of his brother, George W. Scott of New York City, consists primarily of letters exchanged with relatives discussing family news (section 8). There are also correspondence, 1850–1896, and estate papers pertaining to their brother, James Scott (1823–1896) of New York (sections 3 and 4). Correspondence, 1873–1882, of Frederic and Sarah Scott's son John Walker Scott (1858–1901) primarily concerns his education in Switzerland and at the University of Virginia (section 10).
Correspondence, 1829–1878, of Frances Scott's grandmother, Isabella (Doherty) Scott of Ballyshannon, Ireland, and New York City, chiefly contains letters exchanged with her grandchildren (section 2). The collection also includes a letter, 1837, from Isaac Colhoun of Derry, Ireland, to Mrs. [?] Doherty of Carndouagh, Ireland (section 1). There are a few papers pertaining to other family members.
Scott, Elisabeth Mayo Strother, Papers, 1874–1938. 298 items. Mss1Sco844a.
This collection contains the papers of Elisabeth "Elise" Mayo (Strother) Scott (1868–1930) and her husband Frederic William Scott (1862–1939) of Richmond, Va. The collection begins with scattered correspondence, chiefly between Fred Scott and family members and friends, but increases dramatically between 1890 and 1893, during the courtship of Fred and Elise. Elise's letters concern her busy social life in Richmond and at her family's summer home, The Highlands, in Nelson County, and while visiting family in Baltimore, Md., and elsewhere. They also give her views on marriage and her concern over Fred’s inability to settle into a profession (section 1). The couple married in 1893. The correspondence begins again in 1897 and continues until 1938, consisting mainly of letters written by Elise from Richmond and from the couple's country home, Royal Orchard, near Afton, Va., to Fred in New York City, and elsewhere, as he became increasingly involved in business outside of Virginia. These letters reflect Elise's expanding family and social responsibilities, as well as her depression over Fred's frequent and extensive absences from home. Also included is correspondence of Fred's sister Frances "Boxie" Branch Scott and of Fred and Elise's children, Isabel (Scott) Anderson and Fred Jr. (b. 1903) (section 2). Miscellaneous financial materials concern Fred’s father Frederick Robert Scott (1830–1898), and include several copies of The Mountain School Herald, published by the Cowee Mountain School, Franklin, N.C. (section 3).
Scott, Mary Wingfield, Papers, 1977–1982. 7 items. Mss2Sco851b.
The papers of Mary Wingfield Scott (1895–1983), a notable architectural historian and author who spearheaded the historic preservation movement in Richmond, include her autobiography, "Making of an Architectural Historian," and an essay, "Eighty-Six Years at St. Paul's," that relates the history of the Scott family's involvement with this Episcopal church in Richmond. There is also correspondence, ca. 1981, between Scott and Sally L. D. Todd. An unpublished manuscript by Virginia Reese Withers, lifelong friend and housemate of Scott, entitled "A Son of the Black Belt," ca. 1950, offers an imaginary account of the lives of Reese and Withers family members in Virginia and Alabama before, during, and after the Civil War; the work also discusses slaves and former slaves. Scott deposited another copy of this manuscript at the VHS in 1969; apparently, it was never published.
Scott, Pattie Jane Watkins, Diary, 1881–1885. 14 volumes. Mss5:1Sco853:1.
Pattie Jane (Watkins) Scott kept this diary at Bartees in Charlotte County. She discusses the illnesses of her child and husband, William Thomas Scott (d. 1882), and responsibilities on the farm. Sections written after his death describe her work in the vegetable garden and with poultry, as well as selling the tobacco crop and raising cattle and hogs.
Scott Family Papers, 1875–1970. 83 items. Mss1Sco866b.
This collection consists primarily of ceremonial papers and memorabilia of members of the Scott family of Virginia. It includes educational certificates, 1875–1876, from the University School in Petersburg for John Waverley Scott (1858–1901) and a report card, 1886, from the Edge Hill School in Albemarle County for Dora Stuart (McGill) Scott (1870–1960) (sections 1 and 4); an army commission, 1918, and a driving permit, 1943, of Thomas Branch Scott (1894–1983); and a World War II ration book issued to Dora (McGill) Scott (sections 5 and 6). There are also newspaper clippings concerning various family members (section 8) and a few personal accounts, 1900–1901, and other papers of Frances Branch Scott (1861–1937) (section 3).
Scott, Maria De Hart Mayo, Scrapbook, 1834–1855. 1 volume. Mss5:7Sco852:1.
Maria De Hart (Mayo) Scott's (1789–1862) scrapbook bears the inscription "Presented to Mrs. Gen. Scott by her friend Dr. L[andon] R[ose] Cabell of Va. as a testimony of remembrance and gratitude, N. York 8th June 1834." It includes watercolors and sketches of scenes in Europe, manuscript sheet music, and poems, some in French and Persian. Some materials pertain to Scott's husband, Winfield Scott.
Selden Family, Papers, 1841–1879. 10 items. Mss2Se4885b.
This small collection contains papers of the Selden and related Randolph family. Of particular note are an account book, 1844–1851, of Nancy (Randolph) Kennon Selden (1812–1884) with the Bank of Virginia recording payments to various individuals (b3); an account, 1871, of Hill Carter (1795–1875) with Nancy (Randolph) Kennon Selden regarding her investment in Virginia state bonds (b4); accounts, 1841–1844, of Ann (Hare) Heth (d. 1846) with Charles Selden and Miles Cary Selden (1805–1880), including amounts for the purchase and hiring out of slaves (b5–7); and accounts, 1853, of Nannie (Selden) Rodman (d. 1868), in part, concerning the purchase of books and her tuition at the Patapsco Institute, Ellicott's Mills, Md. (b8–10).
Selecman, Henrietta Cattell Curts, Diary, 1874–1898. 1 vol. Mss5:1Se487:1.
Kept sporadically in Occoquan, Henrietta Selecman's diary, 1897 December 22–1898 May 26, records births, deaths, and marriages among the area's residents; the building and dedication of Methodist, Baptist, and African American Baptist churches, their protracted meetings and additions to membership; the building of the iron bridge across Occoquan Creek in 1878; the establishment of prohibition in Occoquan in 1892; and the first telephone service between Occoquan and Woodbridge, installed in 1894. Events of a more personal nature recorded by Henrietta Selecman include additions to household goods, such as a sewing machine; Christmas gifts from her husband; and the building of a new house and barn, Roadside View.
Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital Papers, 1889–1974. 231 items. Mss3Sh445a.
Rebekah Dulaney Peterkin founded the Sheltering Arms Hospital (later the Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital) in 1889 to provide free care for patients throughout the state. An all-female executive board and board of managers administered the day-to-day operations of the hospital, and an all-male board of directors handled financial matters. Women who were active in the administration of the hospital include Frances Branch Scott (1861–1937), Natalie J. Curtis (1889–1968), and Blanche T. King (1865–1938). Records include thirty-eight volumes of minutes of the various governing boards (section 1); annual reports (section 3); accounts (section 4); correspondence (section 5); and materials pertaining to the School of Practical Nursing at Sheltering Arms Hospital, 1922–1952, including reports of students and materials concerning the loss of the school's accreditation (section 6). The papers also document women's volunteer and philanthropic activities, including fund raising by the Junior League.
Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital, Papers, 1891–1979. 10 items. Mss3Sh445c.
This collection consists primarily of six volumes of scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings documenting women's efforts as volunteers and fundraisers at Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital. There are also articles concerning various bequests and news stories about the hospital.
Shelton, Virginia Campbell, Excerpts from diary, 1835–1837. 5 pp. Typescript. Mss5:1Sh445:1.
This typescript contains excerpts from a diary, 1835–1837, kept in Abingdon by Virginia (Campbell) Shelton, niece of Governor David Campbell (1779–1859). Shelton, a young, single woman living with her aunt and uncle, offers her observations on her uncle's election as governor of Virginia in 1837 and on President Andrew Jackson's visit to Abingdon. She also discusses her own social and religious activities and her education.
[Sherwood, Grace], Princess Anne County (Va.) Court Records, 1706. 2 items. Mss4P9354a1.
Minutes in this certified copy, 1832, of Princess Anne County Court Records, 1706, concern accusations of witchcraft levelled at Grace Sherwood (d. 1740) and subsequent procedures followed by the court to determine her guilt or innocence. The extract was sent to Jonathan Peter Cushing (1793–1835), president of Hampden-Sydney College, who presented it to the VHS in 1833.
Short, Jean Renner Lewis Sherbondy, Papers, 1963–1996. ca. 400 items. Mss1Sh815aFA2.
Born in Hardy County, W. Va., Jean (Renner) Lewis Sherbondy Short (1927– ) lived and worked in Washington, D.C., before settling in Richmond. She married Shelton Hardaway Short III (1926–2005) of Clarkesville in 1989 and managed with him their extensive timber holdings. These materials document Mrs. Short's involvement with the Virginia First Thanksgiving Festival held annually at Berkeley Plantation (box 1), and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and Educational Trust (boxes 2 and 3), agencies that oversee the running of Jamestown Settlement, Jamestown, and the Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown. Included are correspondence, notes and minutes of meetings, newsletters, and newspaper clippings.
Short Family Papers, 1783–1977. ca. 32,500 items. Mss1Sh8185a.
This collection contains papers of members of the Blick, Goode, Jeffreys, and Short families. Papers of the Blick family of Brunswick County account for the earliest materials in the collection. They include the will, 1792, of Sarah Baugh (section 1) and a volume of farm accounts, 1857–1881, (section 5) and a religious diary, 1848, (section 4) kept by William Osborne Goode (1798–1859) of Wheatland, Mecklenburg County. The diary, 1857–1859, of his daughter, Eliza Anna Goode (1833–1880), concerns family activities (section 6).
Papers of Robert Lee Jeffreys (1875–1932) of Chase City, whose daughter married into the Short family, include correspondence, 1891–1936, concerning the lumber and automobile business and his service in the Virginia House of Delegates (sections 10 and 11); personal and business accounts, 1910–1932 (sections 13–15); and an account book, 1909–1915, documenting the operations of a livery stable (section 12). The papers of his wife, Bessie Morton (Goode) Jeffreys (1878–1930), include personal correspondence, 1885–1930, especially with her daughter Bessie Short (section 18); a cookbook, ca. 1900–1930 (section 19); and a minute book, 1917–1920, and loose records that she kept as secretary of the Mecklenburg County Chapter of the American Red Cross (sections 20 and 21).
The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, 1917–1974, of Shelton Hardaway Short (1898–1974), a wealthy Chase City businessman, especially with his wife, regarding his education at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, his service in the U.S. Army during World War I and in the Virginia Protective Force during World War II, his lumber and automobile businesses, farming in Mecklenburg County, and his service in the Virginia House of Delegates and on the Virginia Conservation and Development Commission (sections 25–26) . Travel diaries, 1952, 1953–1967, and 1972, document visits to Europe and local fishing trips (sections 32–34); personal account books, 1923–1970 (sections 35–37), loose accounts (section 38), and a commonplace book, 1922–1974, concern his extensive investments (section 39). Papers of his wife, Bessie Morton Goode (Jeffreys) Short (1899–1977), include correspondence, 1908–1977, concerning her education at Hollins College, her married life and the rearing of their son in Chase City (sections 41–42); travel diaries, 1952–1964, documenting European trips and world cruises (sections 43–46); scrapbooks, 1912–1949, celebrating family activities and accomplishments, as well as illuminating politics, gardening, and social events (sections 47–57); account books, 1933–1943 and 1951–1974, regarding the estate of her father and wages paid to domestic servants, respectively (sections 59 and 60); loose accounts (sections 61); and materials concerning her activities in various garden clubs (section 62).
Papers of the son of Shelton and Bessie Short, Shelton Hardaway Short (b. 1926), include correspondence, 1927–1977, concerning his education at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, at Hampden-Sydney College, and at the University of Virginia, and his travels in the U.S. and abroad (section 64); loose accounts (section 71); scrapbooks, and other materials (sections 72–77).
Short, Shelton Hardaway, Papers, 1899–1991. 2,465 items. Mss1Sh818c.
Chiefly papers of Shelton Hardaway Short (1926–2005) of Chase City, Clarksville and Richmond, documenting his service as chair of United Nations Day in Virginia and as a member of various boards and committees, his involvement with forest conservation, and attendance at several international universities. Also represented in the collection are Shelton Short’s paternal grandmother, Susan Elizabeth (Raney) Short (1873–1967), maternal grandmother, Bessie Morton (Goode) Jeffreys (1878–1930), and mother, Bessie Morton Goode (Jeffreys) Short (1899–1977). Papers of Susan Elizabeth Short concern her estate (section 1). Those of Bessie Morton Jeffreys consist of letters, 1917–1927, written to her by friends and family members (section 3). Bessie Short’s papers include correspondence, 1950–1976 (section 21); accounts, 1957–1977 (section 22); materials, 1908–1921, relating to her education at schools in Chase City and at Hollins College (sections 23 and 24); and a scrapbook, ca. 1862–1982, compiled by Bessie and her husband, Shelton Hardaway Short (1898–1974), containing materials chronicling their travels through Europe and the United States (section 25). Papers of Shelton Short, Jr.’s wife, Jean Snyder (Renner) Lewis Sherbondy Short (1927– ), include her correspondence, 1977–1982 (section 59), and records, 1976–1983, of the Thanksgiving Fesitval, Inc., on whose board she served (section 60).
Sievers, Lillian Gladys, Papers, 1911–1987. 10 items. Mss2Si196b.
This small collection concerns the work of artist Frederick William Sievers of Richmond, the compiler's father, particularly in regard to his depiction of Civil War figures and scenes. Includes correspondence of Lillian Sievers (1916?–2002) of Falls Church, in particular regarding the rededication of the refurbished Virginia Monument, designed by Sievers, at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, with mentions of Governor Mills E. Godwin, D. Tennant Bryan, and Mary Tyler (Freeman) Cheek McClenahan; and her notes concerning the works of Sievers in various media. Also, includes a letter of Hollins N. Randolph to Sievers concerning the Stone Mountain Confederate Monumental Association of Atlanta, Ga.
Slaughter, Ann Virginia Page Eanes, Diary, 1851–1853. 8 pp. Photocopy of typescript. Mss5:1SL156:1.
This travel diary contains Ann Virginia Page (Eanes) Slaughter's (1833–1925) account of her migration from Amelia County, Va., to La Grange, Texas, with a group of related families and their slaves in 1851 and 1852. Slaughter outlines the route taken by the group and mentions her marriage to A. B. Slaughter shortly after her arrival in Texas. She also notes where various families settled in Texas.
Smith, Frances, Papers, 1949. 3 items. Mss2Sm563b.
Consist of letters, 1949, written by Frances Smith to her cousin Estelle (Davis) Carrier concerning the Davis family, and particularly the death of Frances’s uncle, Robert Davis (d. 1949).
Smith, Maria McGregor Campbell, Memoir, 1864. 15 pp. Typed transcript. Mss5:1Sm624:1.
Maria McGregor (Campbell) Smith's memoir, "Narrative of my Blockade Running," written ca. 1875, recalls her unauthorized trip from Richmond to Cooperstown, N.Y., where her father lived, in 1864. Smith's husband, Charles H. Smith (d. 1879), served as assistant surgeon general for the Confederacy and she remained at her parents' house in New York until the end of the war.
Smith, Martha Elizabeth Jefferson, The Earth and the Firmament. 9 pp. MssQB631Sm622:1.
Consists of a writing excercise, 3 June 1858, required for Martha Elizabeth Jefferson's (1840–1873) graduation from Warrenton Female College, Warrenton, N.C. In 1867 she married Joshua Branch Smith (1833–1909).
Smith Family Papers, 1815–1928. 313 items. Mss1Sm686b.
This collection consists of the papers of three generations of members of the Smith family of Norfolk. Correspondence, 1858, of John Marsden Smith (1803?–1889) with his wife, Anne Walke (Williamson) Smith (1816–1859), and brother, Francis Henney Smith (1812–1890), contain family and social news from Norfolk, and descriptions of his brother's travels in Europe (section 1). Correspondence, 1846–1865, of John Smith's son, Francis Williamson Smith (1838–1865) constitutes roughly two-thirds of the collection. Letters, 1862–1865, to and from his wife, Anna Maria Dandridge (Deans) Smith (1839–1926?) express affection and discuss family news, social life in Norfolk, and the Civil War (section 2). Wartime letters from Francis Smith to his father-in-law, Josiah Lilly Deans (b. 1811), discuss the war in Virginia and encourage investment in slaves. Letters written to Smith's parents in the late 1850s describe his life as a student in France and his travels throughout Europe. Correspondence, 1861–1887, of Anna Maria Dandridge (Deans) Smith with family members and friends contains family news and describes the effect of the war on her family (section 5). The papers of her daughter, Anna Maria Dandridge (Smith) Yeatman (1864–1953), reflect her wide interests in literature and American history. Among her papers are a commonplace book, 1915, containing notes on the voyage of the "Glenmore," a vessel bound for California during the Gold Rush of 1849, and some lines of verse (section 13); essays, 1915–1920, on American and Irish literature, the Gold Rush, and Gloucester County history (section 14); and speeches, 1915–1928, delivered to various women's organizations discussing family history, African American life in the nineteenth century, a Social Darwinist view of colonial American society, and Irish literature (section 15). Also included are miscellaneous papers of other Smith family members and genealogical notes (section 16).
Smith Family Papers, 1917–1938. 147 items. Mss1Sm686c.
This collection contains the papers of Ellen Harvie Smith (1891–1961) of Richmond, a reformer whose voluntary activities promoted children's and family health in Virginia during the 1920s and 1930s. Her correspondence, 1925–1937, and other papers chiefly concern her work with the Virginia State Department of Health and Bureau of Child Welfare (now the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Family Health Services) in promoting physical fitness and preventive health care (sections 2 and 3). Mary Evelyn Brydon (1878–1930), director of the Virginia Bureau of Child Welfare, and John Garland Pollard (1871–1937) and George C. Peery (1873–1952), governors of Virginia, figured prominently among her supporters. Smith was also active in the Red Cross, the Tuberculosis Association, and the restoration of the Old Stone House in Richmond. The collection includes three letters, 1929–1933, to her father, Richard Hewlett Smith (1859–1945), president of Planters National Bank (section 1), and four manuscript cookbooks, 1904–1936, owned by Janie Holmes Robertson (d. 1918), Helen Lyle (Robertson) Smith (1883–1944), and Ellen Harvie Smith (section 6).
Southall, Philip Turner, Account Books, 1815–1824 and 1817–1846. 2 volumes. Mss5:3So875:1–2. Microfilm reel C427.
The account books of Philip Turner Southall (1791–1857), an Amelia County physician who also practiced in Buckingham, Cumberland, Nottoway, and Prince Edward counties, document Southall's medical practice. Entries appear under the name of the individual responsible for the patient's bill. Information on individual patients sometimes includes their names, but always distinguishes them by race and sex, and provides a cryptic reference to diagnosis and treatment, as well as charges.
Spotswood Family Papers, 1741–1934. 31 items. Mss1Sp687a. Microfilm reel C369.
This collection documents the history of the Spotswood family of Virginia after the death of Governor Alexander Spotswood (1676–1740). It includes transcripts, ca. 1869, of courtship letters, 1741–1743, exchanged between Spotswood's widow, Anne Butler (Brayne) Spotswood Thompson of Germanna in Spotsylvania County, and John Thompson (d. 1772), whom she later married (section 1); a letter from her son, Robert Spotswood (d. 1757), regarding the death of his wife (section 3); and wills, 1740 and 1756, of Alexander Spotswood and his son John Spotswood (1725–1758) (sections 4 and 5). Letters, 1874–1893 and 1910–1934, to William Francisco Spotswood (1828–1895) and Dandridge Spotswood (1872–1939) concern the history of the family (sections 7 and 10).
Spotswood Family Papers, 1760–1953. 144 items. Mss1Sp687b. Microfilm reel C369.
This collection contains papers of several generations of descendants of Virginia colonial governor Alexander Spotswood (1676–1740). Papers of Mary (Dandridge) Spotswood Campbell (1725–1795), widow of the governor's son John Spotswood (1725–1758), include correspondence, 1767–1794, documenting her attempts to regain control of her dower after being abandoned by her second husband, John Campbell, who ran away to Jamaica (section 2). There is also a room-by-room inventory of her house, ca. 1795, that lists furnishings and slaves (section 3). Papers of her son, John Spotswood (1746–1800) of Orange County, include correspondence, 1760–1800 (section 4); accounts, 1799 (section 5); an account book, 1790–1792, kept by Philip Slaughter (1758–1849), who rented land in Culpeper County owned by John Spotswood (section 6); and a few legal records (section 7). Papers of his grandson, John Rowzie Spotswood (1799–1888?) of Orange County and Petersburg, contain correspondence, 1825–1867, and financial papers (sections 12 and 13). A few papers pertain to other family members.
Spragins Family Papers, 1753–1881. 4,971 items. Mss1Sp716a.
This collection consists primarily of the records of three generations of Spragins family members from Halifax County. It includes the correspondence, 1786–1810, accounts, and estate materials of Melchizedek Spragins (1763–1810), Halifax County planter (sections 23–25), and the papers of his son, Thomas Lanier Spragins (1789?–1863), including correspondence, 1806–1857, concerning agricultural operations and family matters, in particular the education of his sons and daughter (section 67), personal account books, 1816–1841 (sections 68–69), account books maintained by his agents concerning a ferry and a tobacco warehouse (sections 70–75), personal and business accounts and other financial records, and miscellany (section 76–77).
Papers of his son Dr. Fayette Baker Spragins (1817–1851) of Halifax County and as a student at the University of North Carolina include correspondence, 1834–1851, concerning his education and medical practice, and miscellany (section 91); while records generated by Charlotte County overseer and farmer Brooks Baker (d. 1826) include correspondence, 1793–1826, with Spragins family employers and other local farmers (section 52), as well as account books (sections 53–55), loose accounts and financial papers (56–65), and estate materials (section 66).
The papers of Thomas L. Spragins's daughter, Eliza Ann (Spragins) Clark (1821–1897), include correspondence, 1836–1839, while a student at the Salem Female Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C. (section 97), loose personal accounts (section 98), cookbooks kept as a married woman (section 99–100), and a commonplace book, ca. 1838, kept at school (section 101). The collection also contains scattered materials of members of the King, Lanier, and Spragins families.
Spragins Family Papers, 1809–1967. 2,601 items. Mss1Sp716b.
This collection opens with the personal and business correspondence of Thomas Lanier Spragins (1789?–1863), planter of Halifax County, especially concerning the education of his sons and daughter and his dealings with numerous merchants (section 1), a personal account book, 1820–1822 (section 2), accounts and other financial records (sections 3–8). Correspondence, 1840–1848, and accounts of his son, Dr. Fayette Baker Spragins (1817–1851), illuminate his medical career and life in Halifax County (sections 9 and 10), while the correspondence, 1840–1845, of another son, Thomas Melchizedek Spragins (b. 1819), centers on the latter's legal training in Staunton and at Harvard University (section 12). Papers of Spragins's daughter, Eliza Ann (Spragins) Clark (1821–1897) of Halifax, include correspondence, 1842–1881, with female family members and friends and accounts, in part maintained while she was a student in Philadelphia (sections 15 and 16). The papers of her brother, Dr. Leonidas Dawsey Spragins (b. 1823) of Halifax County, include correspondence, 1841–1872, accounts, and miscellany including a record of his divorce from Rebecca Ann (Milner) Spragins (sections 20–22).
The papers of Eliza Clark's son, Thomas Baker Clark (1851–1919) of Halifax County, include correspondence, 1870–1918, while attending the Virginia Military Institute, and an account book, 1879–1881, kept in Baltimore, Md. (sections 23 and 24). His wife, Grace Willis (Thomson) Clark, maintained correspondence, 1886–1940, with family members and friends (section 29), kept accounts of the operations of the farm at Clarkton in Halifax County during her widowhood (section 30), and compiled records of land she and her sisters owned in Orleans and St. Tammany parishes in Louisiana (section 31). Diaries, 1864–1865, kept by her sister, Eliza (Thomson) Shields (d. 1898), document her tour through Europe (sections 33–34), while her commonplace book, ca. 1880–1891, apparently kept in New Orleans, contains information on cooking, gardening, and animal husbandry (section 35). Two of Grace Clark's daughters lived at Clarkton and in Richmond: Elise Thomson Clark's (1881–1950) personal and family correspondence, 1885–1940, survives in this collection (section 36), as does the personal and business correspondence, 1894–1967, of Anita Grace (Clark) White (b. 1885) (section 38). The collection also contains scattered materials of other members of the Clark and Spragins families.
Stiles, Mary Evelyn, Scrapbook, ca. 1890–1905. 1 volume. Mss5:7St533:1.
Kept by Mary Evelyn Stiles (1886–1967) of Richmond, this volume includes obituaries of her father, Robert Augustus Stiles (1836–1905) and clippings of his newspaper articles on dogs, squirrels, and a trip to Switzerland. Also included are a handwritten prayer and a poem about healing.
Stiles, Mary Evelyn, Diary, 1911 and 1912. 2 volumes. Mss5:1St533:1–2.
The first of these two travel diaries, 1911 and 1912, kept by Mary Evelyn Stiles (1886–1967) documents her travels in Western Europe as chaperon for a group of girls. The second describes an Atlantic crossing from Philadelphia, Pa., to Liverpool, Eng., on board the S.S. Dominion.
Stone, Elizabeth, Autograph Album, 1848–1870. 1 volume. Mss5:6St715:1.
This volume contains verses addressed to Elizabeth or Martha T. Stone of Mountain Cove, Fayette County, and Guyandotte, Cabell County (now W. Va.), and signed by men and women friends. Also included are autographs and poems by members of the University Volunteers serving in the Confederate States Army of the Kanawha.
Stonewall Jackson School, Richmond, Mother's Club, Records, 1925. 3 items. Mss4St727b.
Include letter of Mrs. Norman V. Randolph (Janet Henderson (Weaver) Randolph) as president of the Richmond Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, to Mrs. P. M. Edwards concerning the gift of a Confederate flag to the school, along with minutes of the Mothers Club meeting at which the flag and portraits of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee were presented (also bears a newspaper notice of a meeting of the Stonewall Jackson Parent-Teacher Association to discuss curriculum).
Stuart Family Papers, 1785–1888. 478 items. Mss1St9102c. Microfilm reels C487–489.
This collection contains a few letters, 1787–1793, and some accounts, 1785–1813, of Archibald Stuart (1757–1832) of Staunton (sections 1 and 2), but it consists primarily of correspondence, 1836–1870, of Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart (1807–1891), a Staunton attorney, member of the Virginia General Assembly and U.S. House of Representatives, and Secretary of the Interior during the administration of Millard Fillmore (sections 3–4). Alexander Stuart exchanged letters with family members, clients, fellow attorneys, political colleagues, and constituents. Correspondence with his wife, Frances Cornelia (Baldwin) Stuart (1815–1885), discusses his political career, their family life, and local events in and around Staunton. Additional materials include letters, 1828–1876, written to Frances Stuart by her father, Briscoe Gerard Baldwin (1789–1852), her brothers, and female relatives largely about her married life and social activities (section 8), and scattered correspondence of other members of the Stuart family.
Stuart Family Papers, 1811–1877. 318 items. Mss1St9102b. Microfilm reels C486–487.
The collection primarily contains papers of or relating to Chapman Johnson Stuart (1819–1846?), a physician in Charles Town, Va. (now W. Va.), concerning the acquisition and management of land in Richmond, Va., and St. Louis, Mo. Papers include correspondence, 1842–1846 (section 2); land records (section 3); an account book, 1835–1844 (section 5); and loose accounts with his agent in Missouri, Edward Hall (section 6); as well as estate materials compiled by Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart (1807–1891) of Staunton (section 8). The collection also contains personal and family correspondence, 1860–1873, of Alexander Stuart's wife, Frances Cornelia (Baldwin) Stuart (1815–1885) (section 16), and correspondence, 1855–1873, of their daughter Frances Peyton (Stuart) Atkinson (1841–1875), that documents the education of female relatives (section 17). Scattered materials of other members of the Stuart family also appear in the papers.
Stuart Family Papers, 1811–1877. 318 items. Mss1St9102b. Microfilm reels C486–487.
This collection centers around Dr. Chapman Johnson Stuart (1819–1846?) of Charles Town, Va. (now W.Va.). Most of his papers relate to ownership of land in Richmond and St. Louis, Mo., and the administration of his estate by his cousin and agent in Missouri, Edward Hall, and his brother-in-law Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart (1807–1891). Almost a third of the collection consists of family correspondence of Alexander H. H. Stuart’s wife, Frances Cornelia (Baldwin) Stuart (1815–1885) (section 16), and their daughters, Frances Peyton (Stuart) Atkinson (1841–1875) (section 17), Eleanor Augusta Stuart (1838–1878) (section 18), and Mary (Stuart) MaGuire (1844–1833) (section 19). Frances Peyton (Stuart) Atkinson’s letters discuss not only family news and social activities but also various female friends’ lives as students.
Summerfield Family Papers, 1885–1917. 28 items. Mss2Su644b.
This collection primarily concerns the education of Anne L. and Rose M. Summerfield, daughters of German Jewish immigrant Aaron Summerfield and his wife, Rebecca of Danville, Va., and Baltimore, Md. For Anne (or Annie) Summerfield, it includes monthly reports of progress in various subjects issued by the Danville Graded and High School; annual examination certificates issued by the Danville public schools and a promotion certificate issued by the Loyal Street Public School (1893); reports of music classes taken at Roanoke Female College [later Averett College], Danville; and a concert program at the college featuring Annie Summerfield (1892).
Also, includes a certificate for guest privileges at the Ghent Club, Norfolk, issued to Anne Summerfield (1905); and reports of music instruction of Rose Summerfield at Roanoke Female College (1891–1892) and a graduation program, 1897, of the Danville College for Young Ladies, Danville, featuring an elocution recital by Rose Summerfield.
Surry County (Va.). Clerk, Records, 1775–1868. 349 items. Mss3Su788a.
Chiefly deeds of manumission (some originals, some copies), 1782–1795, issued by male and female slaveholders for enslaved men, women, and children living in Surry County as well as Goochland, Prince George, Southampton, and Sussex counties. Also, include letters and certificates addressed to the clerk of Surry County attesting to the free-born status or emancipation of certain African Americans, or verifying the completion of apprenticeships by free-born or emancipated minors. Also, include certificates of freedom (freedom papers) issued by the clerk, including a certificate, 1832 August 13, concerning Jane Tabb of Claremont, emancipated by the will of Colonel William Allen (1768–1831); a deed, 1791, of James Simpson to Ann Simpson for a house and 50 acres in Surry County (a346); and an application, 1822, by Sarah Bell to innoculate persons against the smallpox at her home in Surry County (a347). The documents in this collection maybe used in conjunction with those published in Surry County, Virginia Register of Free Negroes (Richmond, Va., 1995), compiled and edited by Dennis Hudgins.
Surry County (Va.). Clerk, Records, 1782–1856. 38 items. Mss3Su788b.
This collection consists of about a dozen deeds of manumission, 1782–1792, for enslaved men, women, and children living in Surry County. Also, includes letters and certificates addressed to the clerk of Surry County attesting to the free-born status or emancipation of certain African Americans, or verifying the completion of apprenticeships by free-born or emancipated minors. Also, include certificates of freedom (freedom papers) issued by the clerk. Some records also concern African Americans living in Isle of Wight and Southampton counties. The documents in this collection maybe used in conjunction with those published in Surry County, Virginia Register of Free Negroes (Richmond, Va., 1995), compiled and edited by Dennis Hudgins.
Sutherland, Prudence M., Commonplace Book, ca. 1860–1900. 1 volume. Mss5:5Su845:1.
Prudence M. Sutherland kept this "cookbook" in Petersburg; she saved printed clippings and copied recipes for food (including Jeff Davis pudding) and medical remedies into the volume. The volume also contains an alphabetical list of names and debts.
Updated January 13, 2010
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