Papers, 1728–1968, of the Holladay family (of Spotsylvania County and Richmond). Primarily concern Philip Clayton Holladay and his brother Percy, and their parents, William Henderson Holladay and Aphelia (Yerby) Holladay. Include correspondence, a diary kept by Clayton during World War I and maps showing wartime engagements of his military unit, accounts, educational materials, photograph albums and loose photographs, an autograph album and commonplace book, and genealogical materials. 440 items. Gift of Frances Holladay and Philip Clayton Holladay, Jr.
Records, 1800–2004, of Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation, Richmond. Include plats of Virginia properties, the bulk dating from the second half of the twentieth century. 18 linear feet. Gift of Fidelity National Title Group, Inc., through the courtesy of Lisa K. Tully, Vice President, and Jim Cooke, Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation, and processed through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Papers, 1833–2007, of the Bryan family of Virginia including correspondence of the Elizabeth Tucker (Coalter) Bryan, John Coalter Grinnan, Janet Kimbrough, Edwin Randolph, and Susan Beverley (Randolph) Taylor. 5 items. Gift of Dr. Elizabeth R. Carmichael through the courtesy of Roberta Bryan Bocock.
Account book, 1850–76, of G. & C. Morgan, Bedford County.  l.: handwritten; 6 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. Bound volume. Includes business accounts for Garland and Christopher Morgan, tobacconists. Gift of D. Andrew Gladwell.
Papers, 1855–68, of the family of William Joel and Elizabeth Lightfoot (Coles) Watkins (of Charlotte County) primarily concerning life during the Civil War and the service of their son Tucker Carrington Watkins in the Confederate States Army. 23 items. Gift of Julia Weed Baldwin through the courtesy of Gregory May.
Account book, 1858–66, of William D. Tucker (of Amherst County) concerning agricultural activities and financial affairs, along with records of marriages and deaths of neighbors and lists of enslaved persons.  p.: holograph; 12 x 7 1/2 in. Bound volume. Gift of Deborah Lumpkin Ferrell in the name of the Lumpkin family.
Papers, 1859–99, of James A. Patterson (of Henrico County) including correspondence (some related to the Overseers of the Poor in Tuckahoe District) and financial records, primarily concerning the purchase of lumber and building supplies. 35 items. Gift of Judith M. Pfeiffer.
Letters, 1860–62, of or concerning Charles Sanford Hopkins (of Company B, 5th New York Infantry, U.S. Army), who died in hospital in Virginia during the Peninsular Campaign. Primarily directed to his parents, Charles and Elizabeth Sanford (Jennings) Hopkins and his brother William Gilbert Hopkins, all of South Norwalk, Conn. 15 items. Gift of Ms. M. Cricket Bauer.
Certificate (no. 1359), 1862 August 22, issued to Luke Sheerin of Richmond by the Consulate of Great Britain, affirming he is a native of Ireland and a British citizen. 1 leaf: printed form with handwritten completions; 9 x 11 1/2 in. Gift of Keane Hollomon Britton in memory of William Ralph Britton, Jr.
Letter, 1862 December 25, of William T. Puckett (d. 1863) and fourteen other soldiers, at camp near Fredericksburg, to James Cox asking to be detailed to work in the local coal mines. 1 p.: handwritten; 7 3/4 x 10 in. Gift of the Puckett family in honor of William T. Puckett.
Letter, 1869 January 21, of James J. Hutchinson (of Bland County) to his cousin William H. Eagleson (of St. Louis, Mo.) concerning the activities of family and friends in Craig County. 4 p.: holograph signed; 7 1/2 x 12 in. Gift of Gerold R. Remme and LaVerne N. Remme Jaudes.
Records, 1871–1920, of the Life Insurance Company of Virginia, Richmond. The bulk of the records date from 1871–1912 and include policy registers for the Ordinary Insurance Division, policy registers for the Intermediate Division, and miscellaneous record books. 13 volumes. Gift of Genworth Financial Corporation of North America, Richmond, and processed through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Letter, 1882 February 7, of Richard Baynham Garrett (of Carlisle, Ky.) to John B. Bentley. 9 p. on 3 l.: holograph signed; 7 1/8 x 9 3/4 in. Gives an account of the last days of John Wilkes Booth and his capture by Union soldiers at “Locust Hill,” Caroline County. Gift of Charles M. Bentley.
Letter, 1894 October 24, of Silas White (of S. R. White & Bro., Norfolk) to H. H. Myers & Son, Lexington. 2 leaves: handwritten; 9 1/2 x 6 in. Concerns a wood beam plow and a corn sheller. Purchased through the Betty Sams Christian Business History Fund.
Papers, 1895–1985, of or relating to John Banister Tabb (of Amelia County), poet and Roman Catholic priest, including reviews of his published poetry, a letter of condolence written by Father Tabb, and a newspaper article concerning the dedication of a monument to Tabb. 3 items. Gift of Della Ercelle Jones Morris.
Bond, , issued in return for a donation toward the construction of the Piedmont Sanatorium, Burkeville. 1 p.: printed form with handwritten completions; 8 1/2 x 11 in. Issued for the purpose of “cooperating with the Negro Organization Society to erect and equip one Building to be used for patients.” Also includes an engraving of the hospital building. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Certificate of distinction, 1941 June 13, issued to Thomas Jefferson Hammond, Jr., by McGuire’s University School, Richmond. 1 p.: printed form with handwritten completions; 11 1/2 x 14 3/4 in. Bears seal. Signed by John P. McGuire, W. R. Smith, J. M. Snelling, E. W. Bosworth, and Thomas W. Leigh. Gift of Sandra Jean Nonhof.
Memorabilia, 1941–57, compiled by Ellen Ahern, concerning Miller & Rhoads Department Store, Richmond, including clippings, newsletters, event programs, a booklet and menu. 9 items. Gift of Amonette Osborne.
Letter, 1957 September 13, of Mary Tyler (Freeman) Cheek McClenahan (of Richmond) to Maggie Chase [i.e., Margaret Dickinson (Chase) Hager]. 1 p.: holograph signed; 6 1/4 x 7 in. Concerns a photograph possibly taken at the International Naval Review in Hampton Roads, in June 1957, a recent social gathering, and a trip to Exeter, Va. Gift of the Chesterfield County Public Library through the courtesy of Jay Taylor.
Scrapbook, 1961–63, kept by Hilda May Woolwine while attending Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg. 34 p.: mounted clippings; 8 1/2 x 11 in. Bound volume. Largely concerns athletics in the eighth and ninth grades. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
“Blandford School, 1962–1963,” issued by the Blandford Elementary School, Petersburg, Va. p.: typescript; 8 1/2 x 11 in. Bound volume. Gives a history of the school, an overview of educational policy, goals for each of the seven grades, and suggested classroom activities. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Materials, 1979–82, compiled by Brian E. Gordineer (of Williamsburg), concerning the agricultural history of Charles City County. Include two academic papers, architectural drawings, and a folder of field drawings. 13 items. Gift of Brian E. Gordineer.
Alko, Selina and Sean Qualls. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage. New York, 2015. A children’s version of the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, who took their case for the right to marry to the United States Supreme Court. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
American Colonization Society. Memorial of the President and Board of Managers of the American Colonization Society, February 3, 1820: Referred to the Committee on So Much of the President’s Message as it Relates to the Slave Trade. Washington, D.C., 1820. This document requests that the American Colonization Society be incorporated, by act of Congress, to enable it to manage “the benevolent contributions entrusted to their care” and is signed by John Mason, W[alter] Jones, E. B. Caldwell, and Francis Scott Key. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
Bennett, Ivan Loveridge. The Hymnal, Army and Navy. Washington, D.C., 1942. Produced during World War II for the use of chaplains, this volume bears the ownership notation of the VMI Glee Club. Gift of Carl Hayslett.
Binnington, Ian. Confederate Visions: Nationalism, Symbolism, and the Imagined South in the Civil War. Charlottesville, 2013. The author illustrates that Robert E. Lee was only one of the central figures in the creation of a Confederate culture. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Blair, William Alan. With Malice Toward Some: Treason and Loyalty in the Civil War Era. Chapel Hill, 2014. Attitudes and practices of northern citizens contrasted with the judicial leniency of the Lincoln administration. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Bland, James Allen. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny: Virginny. Brno [Czech Republic], between 1945 and 1948. Written in both Czech and English this item was published after World War II in honor of the American soldiers who liberated Czechoslovakia. Gift of William Cole.
Bly, Antonio T. and Tamia Haygood. Escaping Servitude: A Documentary History of Runaway Servants in Eighteenth-Century Virginia. Lanham, Md., 2014. Documents the lives of more than 1,000 indentured servants who ran away from their masters in colonial Virginia. Gift of Lexington Books.
Bordley, John Beale. Essays and Notes on Husbandry and Rural Affairs. Philadelphia, 1801. This early agricultural work bears the bookplate of John Wickham, Richmond attorney, and is from the library of the Wickham family of “Hickory Hill,” Hanover County. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Bradley, David. The Historic Murder Trial of George Crawford: Charles Houston, The NAACP and the Case That Put All-White Southern Juries on Trial. Jefferson, N.C., 2014. Houston’s arguments on jury selection in the 1932 trial of George Crawford in Loudoun County were some of the first attempts to achieve equal legal rights for African American citizens. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Bryan, Charles F. Imperfect Past: History in a New Light. Manakin-Sabot, 2015. Dr. Bryan, former president and CEO of the VHS, addresses the problem of “historical amnesia” in his collection of essays that first appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch. Bears the author’s signature on the title page. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Bryson, William Hamilton, ed. Sir John Randolph’s Reports of Cases in the General Court of Virginia (1729–1735). Richmond, 2015. Sir John Randolph of Henrico County was the Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses and the King’s Attorney in Virginia. This new addition of his colonial reports includes extensive notes. Gift of the editor.
Burstein, Andrew. Democracy’s Muse: How Thomas Jefferson Became an FDR Liberal, a Reagan Republican, and a Tea Party Fanatic, All the While Being Dead. Charlottesville, 2015. Treatise describes how Jefferson’s ideals and philosophy can be used to support the ideas of many political organizations. Gift of the University of Virginia Press.
Camp, Charles L. James Clyman, American Frontiersman, 1782–1881: The Adventures of a Trapper and Covered Wagon Emigrant as Told in His Own Reminiscences and Diaries. San Franciso, 1928. Clyman was born on a farm in Fauquier County once owned by George Washington and emigrated from Virginia when he was fifteen. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Chase, Richard. Old Songs and Singing Games. Chapel Hill, 1938. Collection of melodies that includes shape note tunes, carols, ballads, folk songs, party game and country dance music. Bears the signature of Dan Grinnan, White Top (Grayson County) on the front cover. Gift of Kay and Dan Grinnan.
Clagett, Martin Richard. Excelsior: The Story of Kappa Alpha Order. Lexington, 2015. The Kappa Alpha Order was founded after the close of the Civil War in December 1865 at Washington College in Lexington. Gift of Martin Richard Clagett.
Coleman, Arica L. That the Blood Stay Pure: African Americans, Native Americans, and the Predicament of Race and Identity in Virginia. Bloomington, Ind., 2013. This volume explores the “legacy of Virginia’s racial purity campaign and its effects on black-Indian relations, familial ties, and state recognition policy.” Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Dementi, Frank Armstead and Brian A. Dementi. Churchill and Eisenhower Together Again: A Virginia Visit. Manakin-Sabot, 2015. On March 8, 1946, Winston Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower visited both Richmond and Williamsburg. This memorable event was photographed by Frank Dementi. Gift of Dr. Brian A. Dementi.
Derieux, Suzanne P. Essex County, Virginia Free Negro Records, 1792–1865: Transcripts of Emancipation Deeds, Free Negro Registrations, Births, Death, Marriages, Chancery Causes and Loose Papers. Tappahannock, 2015. Gift of Greg Van Tassell.
Devine, Shauna. Learning From the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science. Chapel Hill, 2014. Civil War fatalities from wounds and disease were massive in number and caused physicians to develop new methods of treatment that transformed the practice of medicine. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Doherty, James L. Finish Up Strong. Richmond, 2014. Compelling stories of aging from “Vintage Virginians.” Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Downs, Gregory P. After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War. Cambridge, Mass., 2015. Argues that the Civil War did not end with at Appomattox and did not fully end slavery. The end of war came after a five-year military occupation of the southern states. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Drake, Brian Allen. The Blue, The Gray, and the Green: Toward an Environmental History of the Civil War. Athens, Ga., 2015. The roles of climate, disease, nature, landscape change, and even soils are examined to enrich the understanding of the experiences of the soldiers, civilians and enslaved persons who participated in the Civil War. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Dreisbach, Daniel L. and Mark David Hall. Faith and the Founders of the American Republic. New York, 2014. The Founding Fathers embraced a wide variety of religious traditions. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Eanes, Greg. Virginia’s Black Confederates: Essays and Roster of Civil War Virginia’s Black Confederates. Crewe, Va., 2014. Contains over 1,600 names of black Virginians who “worked” for the Confederacy. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Eisenfeld, Sue. Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal. Lincoln, Neb., 2014. After hiking in Shenandoah National Park for fifteen years, the author researched the story of the people who were forced from their homes by the federal government to create this national park. Gift of the University of Nebraska Press.
Erby, Adam, J. Dean Norton, Esther C. White, Susan P. Schoelwer, and Andrea Wulf. The General in the Garden: George Washington’s Landscape at Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon, 2014. This collection of essays reveals George Washington’s talent for landscape design in his transformation of Mount Vernon’s gardens and grounds. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Firstbrook, Peter, L. A Man Most Driven: Captain John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Founding of America. London, 2014. BBC filmmaker and author Firstbrook produces a riveting account of the brave adventurer, which is the first major biography of Smith in decades. Purchased through the First Settlers Fund.
Free, Free, Country Music Show: In Person, Jim Nesbit (Heck of a Fix in ’66 and Husbands-in-Law Fame), Col. Sharecropper (Move ’em North and De New Sheriff Fame), Mike Hight, Fred Sherwood and All the T.V. Gang. Richmond, 1966. Broadside advertising a music show in Darby Town, Richmond, on May 6 and 7, 1966, which was limited to the “White Public Only.” Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Gisborne, Thomas. An Enquiry Into the Duties of the Female Sex. London, 1810. Includes a wide range of subjects for the nineteenth-century English woman, from character, education, dress, amusements, matrimonial life, and parental duties to aging. Gift of William C. Wooldridge.
Glenn, Justin. The Washingtons: A Family History. El Dorado Hills, Calif., 2014. Includes information on seven generations of the presidential branch of the Washington family. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Glover, Jeffrey. Paper Sovereigns: Anglo-Native Treaties and the Law of Nations, 1604–1664. Philadelphia, 2014. Glover examines all the material culture of treaties made with Native Americans (including wampum beads) and concludes that these treaties were “international events, scrutinized by faraway European audiences.” Purchased through the First Settlers Fund.
Goldstene, Claire. The Struggle for America’s Promise: Equal Opportunity at the Dawn of Corporate Capital. Jackson, Miss., 2014. Booker T. Washington is portrayed as an early leader in the field of education who prioritized individual land ownership for African Americans as a means for attaining economic equality. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Good, Cassandra A. Founding Friendships: Friendships Between Men and Women in the Early American Republic. New York, 2015. Friendships between men and women were common and illustrate the deeply political nature of personal relationships that existed during the eighteenth century. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Greenbrier Farms. 1943 Catalog. Norfolk, Va., 1943. Greenbrier Farms was established in 1916, became the largest wholesale landscape nursery in the world, and was renowned for its development of new varieties of plants. Purchased through the Betty Sams Christian Fund.
Grew, Nehemiah. Musaeum Reglais Societatis, or a Catalogue & Description of the Natural and Artificial Rarities Belonging to the Royal Society and Preserved at Gresham College. London, 1681. Grew, a prominent seventeenth-century scientist, cataloged the natural history collections of the Royal Society, which included many specimens from Virginia. Purchased through the First Settlers Fund.
Griffin, Patrick, Robert G. Ingram, Peter S. Onuf and Brian Schoen. Between Sovereignty and Anarchy: The Politics of Violence in the American Revolutionary Era. Charlottesville, 2015. Violence and power are considered by the editors of this work to be neglected components of studies of the American Revolution. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.
Haberlein, Ed. F. The Amateur Trainer: Force System Without the Whip. McPherson, Kan., 1933. Training manual for bird dogs with charming illustrations and a presentation inscription to R. Bolling Lambeth from Robert O. Edwards, dated 1948. Gift of Betty Lambeth Gereau.
Harlan, Louis R. Separate But Unequal: Public School Campaigns and Racism in the Southern Seaboard States, 1901–1915. Chapel Hill, N.C., 1958. Virginia’s slow expansion of a statewide public school system in the early twentieth century lead to a widening inequality of educational opportunity between white and black children. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Holbrook, Alfred. The Normal, of, Methods of Teaching the Common Branches, Orthoepy, Orthography, Grammar, Geography, Arithmetic and Elocution. New York, 1859. This teacher’s handbook bears the signature of Miss B. L. Moseley and the notation that it was presented by Superintendent Hall of Fairfax at the Teacher’s Institute held at Chase City in 1887. Gift of Margaret Phillips Moore McClanahan.
Holmes, Francis Simmons. The Southern Farmer and Market Gardener. Charleston, S.C., 1852. Bears the signature of William Fanning Wickham, dated April 16, 1858, and is from the library of the Wickham Family of “Hickory Hill,” Hanover County. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Horn, Jonathan. The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History. New York, 2015. The legacy of George Washington influenced Lee’s decision to become commander of Confederate forces. Gift of the author.
Houff, Tom, Aynsley Miller Fisher, and Ben King. On Richmond’s Wheel: A Celebration of Cycling. Manakin-Sabot, 2015. Published in conjunction with the UCI World Cycling Championships held in Richmond. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Jackson, Andrew and Winfield Scott. Correspondence between Major General Jackson and Brevet Major General Scott, on the Subject of an Order, Bearing the Date the 22d April, 1817; Published by the Former, To the Troops of His Division, and Printed About the Same Time, in Most of the Public Papers. Richmond, 1819. A collection of candid correspondence between Andrew Jackson and Winfield Scott regarding an order from command to a subordinate officer. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Jackson, James E. The View From Here. New York, 1963. Jackson was born in Richmond in 1914, educated in segregated public schools and then at Virginia Union and Howard universities. He was a leading participant in the organization of trade unions and the African American civil rights movement in the southern states. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.
Jones, Catherine A. Intimate Reconstructions: Children in Postemancipation Virginia. Charlottesville, 2015. Postwar Virginia presented a host of difficulties for families of both black and white children as they negotiated a new social order. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Kierner, Cynthia A. and Sandra Gioia Treadway. Virginia Women: Their Lives and Times, Volume 1. Athens, Ga., 2014. The first volume of this series includes familiar Virginia women, such as Pocahontas, as well as the unfamiliar story of Harriet Hemings of Monticello. Gift of the University of Georgia Press.
Kiesel, Diane. She Can Bring Us Home: Dr. Dorothy Boulding Ferebee, Civil Rights Pioneer. Lincoln, Neb., 2015. The public and private life of one of America’s pioneers in the field of equality for African Americans and women. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.
Lattimore, Florence. A Palace of Delight: (The Locust Street Social Settlement for Negroes at Hampton, Virginia). Hampton, 1915. Locust Street Settlement opened in Hampton in 1890 and was founded by Janie Porter Barrett, whose mother was a former slave. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Lee, Anne Carter. Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside and Southwest. Charlottesville, 2015. Comprehensive guidebook to the domestic, commercial and church architecture of Virginia’s Valley, Piedmont, Southside and Southwest regions. Purchased through the Charles and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Levine, Robert S., John Stauffer, and John R. McKivigan, editors. The Heroic Slave: A Cultural and Critical Edition. New Haven, 2015. Written by Frederick Douglass and inspired by the true story of Madison Washington, who commandeered a slave ship from Richmond and sailed it to freedom in the Bahamas. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company. Employees Group Life Insurance Plan: Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company, Effective May 1, 1947. New York, 1947. Group life insurance began in 1912 and this plan offered coverage to tobacco workers in the post–World War II years. Gift of Tyler Turpin.
Lindsay, Philip. The Haunted Man: A Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe. New York, 1954. The tragic story of one of America’s greatest writers. Gift of W. Hamilton Bryson.
London, Jane. The Ladies Companion to the Flower Garden. London, 1841. Bears the signature of Lucy Wickham, as well as a sewn-in manuscript passage regarding her observations on “cross words, peevish answers and angry recriminations.” From the library of the Wickham family of “Hickory Hill,” Hanover County. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
McPherson, James. The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters. New York, 2015. On the eve of the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War, McPherson proposed that there is a deep connection between the Civil War and the civil rights movement. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Madison Society, You are Respectfully Invited to Attend the Valedictory Celebration of the Madison Society, To Be Held in the Disciples’ Church, Gordonsville, on the 2nd of July Next . . . Gordonsville, 1856. This broadside may be a publication of the event held by the Bishop James Madison Society, a secret society established at the College of William and Mary in 1812. The reader at the event was Mason Gordon and the valedictorian was F. B. Davis, both of Albemarle County. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Maris-Wolf, Ted. Family Bonds: Free Blacks and Re-enslavement Law in Antebellum Virginia. Chapel Hill, 2015. The author describes the African American response to Virginia legislation that required persons to leave the state after attaining free status. Contains numerous images, from the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. Gift of the University of North Carolina Press.
Martin, Robert W. T. Government by Dissent: Protest, Resistance, and Radical Democratic Thought in the Early American Republic. New York, 2013. Includes information on James Madison and his experiences with religious minorities in Virginia. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Mayo, Charles Edward. Joseph Mayo, 2nd Lt. Fluvanna, Va. Patriot: A Genealogy and Family History 1620 to 2001. Prichard, W.Va., 2001. Joseph Mayo was born around 1750 and lived in Goochland County. Gift of Charles Edward Mayo, 2nd.
Miller, Brian Craig. Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South. Athens, Ga., 2015. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Mittlefehldt, Sarah. Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics. Seattle, Wash., 2013. The author views the creation of the trail as an “inspiring story of environmental protection.” Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Moody-Turner, Shirley. Black Folklore and the Politics of Racial Representation. Jackson, Miss., 2013. African American folklore was initially collected by the Hampton Institute before becoming a study area of larger educational institutions. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Nelson, E. Charles. The Curious Mr. Catesby: A ‘Truly Ingenious’ Naturalist Explores New Worlds. Athens, Ga., 2015. Lavishly illustrated work contains articles on Catesby’s botanical forerunners in Virginia and Mark Catesby’s Virginia world. Purchased through the First Settlers Fund.
Newport News & Hampton Railway, Gas & Electric Co. Newport News & Hampton Ry., Gas, Electric Co.: Between Newport News, Hampton, Old Point, Phoebus and Buckroe Beach. Buffalo, N.Y., 1914. The brightly colored cover accurately proclaims that this item describes “ten miles of history and interest for tourist and sightseer.” Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Nickell, James Madison. J. M. Nickell’s Botanical Ready Reference Especially Designed for Druggists and Physicans: Containing All of the Botanical Drugs Known Up to the Present Time, Giving Their Medical Properties . . . Chicago, 1911. From the collections of M. F. Neal & Company, Richmond. Gift of T. David Neal and Julia Neal Rose.
Ooten, Melissa. Race, Gender and Film Censorship in Virginia, 1922–1965. Lahman, Md., 2015. Discusses how film censorship was used to support the prevailing social and racial boundaries of early and mid-twentieth-century Virginia. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Papas, Phillip. Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of Charles Lee. New York, 2014. Second in command to George Washington, Charles Lee had differing opinions on military strategy during the Revolutionary War, which caused him to develop an intense hatred of Washington. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Phillips, Jason. Storytelling, History, and the Postmodern South. Baton Rouge, 2013. Examines the role of storytelling in the creation of the historical narrative in the post–Civil War South. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
Re-Elect City Council, Chuck Richardson, May 1, 1984: Leadership, Strength, Accountability. Richmond, 1984. Broadside with image of Chuck Richardson in his successful reelection campaign to Richmond City Council. Purchased through the Douglas Huntley Gordon Fund.
Richardson, Ed. J. May 16th, 1904, Editors Clarke Courier: In Your Issue of the 4th Inst., in Reference to the Departure of One of the Best Citizens Berryville Ever Had . . .” Richmond, 1904. Broadside that argues that easy access to liquor is available throughout the state. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Rives, Barclay. The 100 Year History of the Keswick Hunt Club. Keswick, Va., 1996. Beautifully illustrated by Lee Gildea, this volume bears the presentation inscription of the author to the Virginia Historical Society in honor of William Cabell Rives, president of the Virginia Historical Society from 1847 to1868. Gift of the author.
Roth, Sarah N. Gender and Race in Antebellum Popular Culture. New York, 2014. Images of African American men created in novels primarily read by white women changed from the savage slave in 1830s to the black martyr in the 1850s. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Sampson, Emma Speed. Miss Minerva’s Neighbors. Chicago, 1929. Emma Speed Sampson began her literary career when she moved to Richmond at the age of forty-five and produced this series of children’s tales, which featured African American characters. This volume includes a book jacket, which rarely survives on a work of children’s literature. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Porter Burks Echols, Jr.
Scarborough, Sheree. African American Railroad Workers of Roanoke: Oral Histories of the Norfolk & Western. Charleston, S.C., 2014. The Norfolk & Western Railway, centered in Roanoke, employed African Americans first as janitors and trackman and after the civil rights era as engineers, conductors, and executives. Purchased through the Betty Sams Christian Fund.
Serwer, Andy. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America. Washington, D.C., 2015. Includes an image from the manuscript collections of the Virginia Historical Society of an 1850 receipt for the sale of an enslaved individual issued to J. C. Sproull in Richmond. Gift of Smithsonian Books.
Shaffner, Randolph P. The Father of the Virginia Military Institute: A Biography of Colonel J. T. L. Preston, CSA. Jefferson, N.C., 2014. As a member of the Franklin Society in Lexington, Preston proposed a school for militia officers, which was approved by the Virginia legislature in 1836. He hired its first superintendent and was also one of VMI’s first teachers. Gift of McFarland and Company, Inc.
Shannon, David T., Julia Frazier White, and Deborah Van Broekhoven. George Liele’s Life and Legacy: An Unsung Hero. Macon, Ga., 2012. Liele was born enslaved in Virginia in 1752. After being sold to a Georgia plantation owner, Liele became a preacher, and after his manumission, he became the founding pastor of First African Baptist Church in Savannah and the first Baptist missionary to Jamaica. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Sheally, John H., II. The Mill: The Franklin Mill from Camp to International Paper. Virginia Beach, 2010. Collection of stories from employees of the Franklin Mill and members of the Camp Family, who started the paper mill in 1887. Gift of Phyllis Speidell.
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in the ‘Apple Capital’ of America, Winchester, Virginia: Two Days of Exciting, Colorful Events, May 3 and 4, 1951. Winchester, 1951. Colorful brochure that contains a tentative program for the 24th annual celebration of this springtime event. Gift of Sommer Wickham.
Stanonis, Anthony J. Faith in Bikinis: Politics and Leisure in the Coastal South Since the Civil War. Athens, Ga., 2014. Tourism played a vital role in redevelopment of the post–Civil War economy in Virginia and other Southern states. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Steel, Samuel Augustus. The South Was Right. Columbia, S.C., 1914. Bears the author’s inscription to Collins Denny, Richmond, dated March 27, 1920, and the signature of C. Denny White, dated 1950. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Tarter, Brent. Daydreams and Nightmares: A Virginia Family Faces Secession and War. Charlottesville, 2015. The Berlin family, living in present-day Upshur County, W.Va., was torn by the secession crisis and separated for extended periods of time during the early years of the Civil War. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Thompson, Katrina Dyonne. Ring, Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery. Urbana, Ill., 2014. Coerced music and dance performances of slaves evolved into the minstrel performances in the nineteenth century. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Thompson, William E. First in War: The Hampden Sydney Boys (20th Virginia Infantry Rgt., Co. G). Farmville, 2013. After a quarter century of research, the author describes the students from Hampden Sydney College who served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War. Gift of W. Hamilton Bryson.
Tolppanen, Bradley P. Churchill in North America, 1929: A Three Month Tour of Canada and the United States. Jefferson, N.C., 2014. A comprehensive description of Churchill’s tour, including his visit to the Virginia Historical Society. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Venet, Wendy Hamand. A Strong-Minded Woman: The Life of Mary Livermore. Amherst, Mass., 2005. Born in Boston, Livermore became a teacher to a Mecklenburg County plantation owner’s children. After marriage to a minister she began a new role as a woman’s rights activist. Purchased through the St. Gertrude’s Fund for Students of American History.
Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corporation. VC News: Published By and For the Employees of Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corporation. Richmond, issues for 1948–52. The Virginia-Carolina Chemical Company was formed on September 12, 1895, in Richmond. Its employee newsletter was published from 1948 until 1963, when the company was bought out by Sacony-Mobil. Gift of Paul M. Dickinson.
Virginia. Supreme Court of Appeals. Court of Appeals: Lersner vs. Bolling, The Following Argument is Submitted on Behalf of the Appellee by Jno. S. Mosby. Richmond, 1872. Signed by John Singleton Mosby to William Green, 1872; formerly part of the collections of Robert Alonzo Brock (1839–1914). Gift of Clay Pytlik.
Virginia. Supreme Court of Appeals. In the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia at Richmond: Francis DeSales Grayson v. Commonweath of Virginia From the Circuit Court of the City of Martinsville. Richmond, 1949. A petitioner’s brief and record of Francis DeSales Grayson, one of seven African American men accused of raping a white woman. Signed on the back cover by Martin A. Martin, a leading African American lawyer from Danville, who unsuccessfully appealed the Martinsville Seven case before the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund.
Von Geldern, Otto. A Practical Method of Adjusting a Modern Gun. Fort Monroe, 1905. Bears the author’s signature on the title page and may have been issued to recruits in World War I. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.
Wilson, Gregory P. Jonathan Roberts: The Civil War’s Quaker Scout and Sheriff. North Charleston, S.C., 2014. Roberts justified his pacifist beliefs by taking a position as a scout for the Union Army and later the elected position of sheriff of Fairfax County. This work contains many images from the Robert Knox Sneden collections at the Virginia Historical Society. Gift of the author.
Winfield, Rhonda. When Johnny Doesn’t Come Marching Home: A Mother’s Story of the Price for Freedom. North Topsail Beach, N.C., 2006. A Virginia mother’s memorial to her son, Jason Redifer who grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and died in Iraq at the age of nineteen. Gift of Jay Taylor.
Winner, Septimus. Down Upon the Rappahannock: A Ballad Respectfully Dedicated to J. La Mont. Philadelphia, 1863. The Rappahannock served as a defensive barrier during the Civil War and control of its water switched many times during the conflict, as illustrated by this particular song. Gift of William Cole.
Wolff, Brian R. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in the 21st Century. London, 1997. A native of Norfolk, Brian R. Wolff has documented all aspects of the U.S. military as the Photographer in Residence for the United States Naval Institute. This volume bears his signature and contains many images from Virginia. Purchased through the John A. C. Keith Memorial Fund.
Ziegler, Edith Miriam. Harlots, Hussies & Poor Unfortunate Women: Crime, Transportation & the Servitude of Female Convicts, 1718–1783. Tuscaloosa, Ala., 2014. Female convicts were mostly illiterate and left few traces of their existence. This well-researched book allows readers to gain an understanding of their privations and existence as laborers. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Drinking cup, made from cow horn, which Saunders family tradition says was used to serve enslaved workers whiskey at harvest time on the family property in Buckingham County, c. 1780. Gift of Robert B. Miller.
Sewing/toilet box of Mary Page Tazewell (later Waller), daughter of Governor Littleton Waller Tazewell of Norfolk, c. 1830s. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
Oil on canvas portrait of the Rev. George Woodbridge, D.D. (1804–1878), rector of Monumental Church, Richmond, from 1843 to 1878. Gift of the Edmond family.
Collection of corn cob dolls made by Mildred Bryce of Richmond, c.1919. Gift of Nan Arnold Gurley in memory of Mrs. Henry Ormand Arnold, Sr.
Sign from Miller & Rhoads Tea Room, downtown Richmond store, 20th century. Gift of Carolyn Griffis in memory of Bob Griffis.
Oil on canvas portrait of C. Coleman McGehee (1924–1995), bank executive and president of the Virginia Historical Society, 1992–1994, by Irving Resnikoff (C. J. Fox), c. 1978. Gift of Caroline Y. Brandt, widow of C. Coleman McGehee.
La Sardina Lomography camera, Hermie Sadler matchbox truck, ViewMaster viewer with slides, hats, and mug promoting Virginia is for Lovers slogan. Gift of Virginia Tourism Authority d/b/a Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Autographed posters, CDs, vinyl album, photographs, ticket stubs, and other ephemera related to Richmond-based rock band Carbon Leaf’s PledgeMusic campaign for Indian Summer Revisited, released in 2014. Gift of Heather Dawn Beattie.
Brown leather desk chair with Virginia state seal used by Governor A. Linwood Holton, Jr., while he was governor of Virginia (1970–74). Gift of the Honorable A. Linwood Holton, Jr.
Four pen, ink, and watercolor sketches depicting African-American domestic workers and street vendors drawn by Richmond artist Margaret May Dashiell (1869–1958). Gift of Anne Gordon Harrison in memory of Carrie Lee Patton Dickerson.