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Selected accessions (2019)

Manuscripts

  1. Bible records, 1779–1973, of the Howard family. 12 p.: handwritten; 8 1/2 in. x 11 in. Gift of F. Murphy Sprinkel, Glen Allen, and Mary Jane Stout, State College, Pa.

  2. Genealogical notes, 1779–1973, on the Howard family. 78 items. Gift of F. Murphy Sprinkel, Glen Allen, and Mary Jane Stout, State College, Pa.

  3. Papers, 1830, of Giles Ward, Lynchburg. 2 items. Gift of the Matyas Family Trust, Portage, MI, through the courtesy of Stephen M. Matyas, Jr., Trustee.

  4. Military band music, c. 1865, compiled by James M. Wescott, 20th New York State Militia, Richmond. 3 v. (52, 40, and 40 pages): handwritten; 8 1/2 inches x 11 1/2 inches. Gift of an anonymous donor.

  5. Letter, 1884 March 7, of John M. G. Fitzpatrick, Chester, to [?] Pulliam. 1 item; handwritten, signed: 4 3/4 inches x 8 inches. Gift of Nancy Markhoff, Boones Mill.

  6. Scrapbook, 1941–c. 2009, kept by members of the Heinline family, Radford. [98] pages:  mounted clippings; 12 x 14 inches. Gift of Vickie Collawn, Gum Spring.

  7. Letters, 1942–46 and 1973–75, of Beverley Patton Browne of Richmond. 32 items. Gift of Josephine Jackson Miller, Richmond.

  8. Scrapbook, 1944–45, of Spotswood Braxton Hall, Jr. [100] pages: mounted clippings, photographs; 9 3/4 in. x 13 in. Given in honor of Spotswood Braxton Hall, Jr., by Jane Hall Armfield, Richmond, Elizabeth Landon Hall, West Lebanon, N.H., and Catherine Hall Jensen, Park City, Ut.

  9. Research notes, 1950s–70s, of D. Reid Ross on the Bennett and Matthews families, colonial merchant trading companies, the English Civil War and its aftermath, Puritans in England and America, and the Surrender of Virginia to Parliamentary rule. 45 items. Gift of D. Reid Ross, Durango, Co.

  10. Notes and article, 1972, by Donald Edward Dale concerning Phyllis Galanti for The Richmond Mercury. 3 items.

  11. Videodisc, 2011, Civil War Fredericksburg, Then and Now / A Cooperative Production of the Fredericksburg Civil War Round Table and the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. 1 videodisc; 4 3/4 in. Gift of Heritage Media, Inc.

  12. Essay, 2017, “How ‘Brown’ became ‘Browne’ (again?)” by Robert L. Browne. 4 leaves: typescript; 8 1/2 in. x 11 in. Gift of Robert L. Browne, Nellysford.

  13. An ordinance, 201 (no. 2018-228), to rename the Boulevard from its northerly terminus at its intersection with Brookland Parkway and Westwood Avenue to its southerly terminus at Byrd Park as “Arthur Ashe Boulevard.” 1 item (2 leaves): printed; 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Gift of the Richmond City Council.

Confederate Memorial Literary Society Manuscripts

  1. Papers, 1853–95 (bulk 1862–65), of William H. Routt, Orange County. 25 items. Gift of William Wallace Scott of Orange County to the Museum of the Confederacy in 1895. Formerly formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Soldier Letters Collection Series.

  2. Collection, 1854–1932, of Matthew Fontaine Maury materials concerning his military career and life. 92 items. Received by the Confederate Memorial Literary Society from various donors at different times. Previously formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Navy Collection.

  3. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1855–2001, relating to the Confederate States Navy. 352 items.  Received by the Confederate Memorial Literary Society from various donors at different times. Previously formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Navy Collection.

  4. Papers, 1856–98, of John Thomson Mason of Fairfax, Va., and Baltimore, Md., 85 items. Gift of Kate Mason Rowland’s estate, to the Museum of the Confederacy, February 13, 1916. Previously formed party of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Navy Collection.

  5. Papers, 1860–81, of the Pritchett family of Pittsylvania County. 7 items. Gift of Rebecca D. Hare of Richmond to the Museum of the Confederacy, August 1, 1996. Formerly formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Soldier Letters Collection Series.

  6. Papers, 1860–65, of William Ferguson Slemons of Monticello, Ark. 62 items. Gift of Sterling Tucker of Little Rock, Ark., made to the Museum of the Confederacy, December 31, 1994. Formerly formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Soldier Letters Collection Series.

  7. Collection, 1861–1985, of materials relating to the military career of Michael Phillip Usina. 17 items. Given in two parts, first by Camilla N. (Usina) Holt of Savannah, Ga., to the Museum of the Confederacy, February 1, 1902, and the second by Anthony Michael “Mike” Fairbanks and Charles Fairbanks to the Museum of the Confederacy, 1985. Previously formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Navy Collection.

  8. Papers, 1861–65, of Theodore Hoyt Woodard of Tensas Parish, La. 6 items. Gift of Annie (Woodard) Fox of Washington, D.C., to the Museum of the Confederacy, April 1929. Formerly formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Soldier Letters Collection Series.

  9. Papers, 1861–64, of Tucker St. Joseph Randolph, Richmond. 39 items. Gift of Janet Henderson (Weaver) Randolph of Richmond to the Museum of the Confederacy on an unknown date. Formerly formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Soldier Letters Collection Series.

  10. Papers, 1861–64, of William Samuel Woods. 47 items. Gift of David S. Woods, of Newbern, Ala., made to the Museum of the Confederacy, February 27, 1989. Formerly formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Soldier Letters Collection Series.

  11. Papers, 1861–63, of Sidney S. Stringer of Amelia, County. 4 items. Gift of Amelia Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, to the Museum of the Confederacy, October 5, 1917. Formerly formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Soldier Letters Collection Series.

  12. Papers, 1862–64, of the Smith Family of Russell County. 5 items. Gift of Samuel A. Duff to the Museum of the Confederacy on an unknown date. Formerly formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Soldier Letters Collection Series.

  13. Papers, 1862–63, of Alexander Stone of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C. 3 items. Formerly formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Soldier Letters Collection Series.

  14. Letter, 1862 March 15, of Peter Howard Smith to Daniel Adkinson Smith, Aquia Creek. 1 leaf : handwritten ; 5 3/16 x 8 1/4 in. Gift of Mildred Minnie (Smith) Sheetz of New York, N.Y., to the Museum of the Confederacy, June 6, 1944. Formerly formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Soldier Letters Collection Series.

  15. Manuscript, 1864–65, of Brig. Gen. Gabriel James Rains concerning the Confederate States Torpedo Bureau. [144] p.: handwritten; 8 1/4 x 10 5/16 in. Gift of Gabriel Rains’s daughter, Katherine (Rains) Paddock of San Antonio, Texas, made to the Museum of the Confederacy, January 22, 1926. Previously formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Navy Collection.

  16. Journal, 1864 October 21–1865 November 3, of William Conway Whittle, Jr., of Norfolk. [314] p. : handwritten ; 8 5/16 x 12 13/16 in. Previously formed party of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Navy Collection.

  17. Letter, 1864 October 2–3, of Linden Kent, Richmond, to Sally Garland Hunter Kent. 1 leaf: handwritten; 7 3/8 in x 9 1/2 in. Formerly formed part of the Museum of the Confederacy’s Soldier Letters Collection Series.

Published Materials

  1. Anderson, Alicia K. and Lynn A. Price. George Washington’s Barbados Diary, 1751–52. Charlottesville, 2018. Washington’s only voyage away from North America is extensively documented in his diary in which he recorded his observations on everything from the natural environment to plantation slavery. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.

  2. B. F. Johnson Publishing Co. Great Inducements!!! Richmond, 1888–90. An appeal to become a traveling salesman made by the Richmond publisher B. F. Johnson. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  3. Brill, Kristen. The Diary of a Civil War Bride: Lucy Wood Butler of Virginia. Baton Rouge, 2017. Lucy met her husband while he was a student at the University of Virginia. Her diary begins in the spring of 1861 and ends with the death of her husband at the battle of Chancellorsville. Gift of Louisiana State University Press.

  4. Broth, Mickael and Edward Trask. Murals of Richmond. Richmond, 2018. This book contains more than 200 illustrations of Richmond’s murals, which complements our acclaimed Fresh Paint exhibition. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.

  5. Bushman, Richard L. The American Farmer in the Eighteenth Century: A Social and Cultural History. New Haven, 2018. Includes articles on the Founding Farmers and farming life in Virginia in the post-Revolutionary period. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.

  6. Cecere, Michael. The Invasion of Virginia 1781. Yardley, 2017. Virginia saw little military action during the Revolutionary War until the fall of 1780 continuing through the defeat of the British at Yorktown in July 1781. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.

  7. Fede, Andrew. Homicide Justified: The Legality of Killing Slaves in the United States and the Atlantic World. Athens, Ga., 2017. “From colonial Pennsylvania to Civil War era Texas . . . slave owners were hardly every legally punished for their role in the violent death of their slaves.” Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  8. Guyatt, Nicholas. Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation. New York, 2016. Segregation has its roots in the Founding Father’s beliefs in equality coupled with their inability to create an equalitarian society. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.

  9. Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute. The Hampton Institute Trade School: Blacksmithing and Wheelwrighting. Hampton, 1913–16. One of a series of pamphlets produced by the school on the variety of occupational training courses available to African Americans. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.

  10. Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute. Notes on Agriculture. Hampton, 1904. A series of agricultural leaflets primarily written by C. L. Goodrich, head of Hampton’s Agricultural Department until his resignation in 1904. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.

  11. Hantman, Jeffrey L. Monacan Millennium: A Collaborative Archaeology and History of a Virginia Indian People. Charlottesville, 2018. Tells the story of the Monocan Indian people of Virginia stretching from A.D. 1000 through the moment of colonial contact in 1607 and into the present.” Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  12. Harker, Jaime. The Lesbian South: Southern Feminists, the Women in Print Movement, and the Queer Literary Canon. Chapel Hill, 2018. From the 1970s through the 1990s a network of southern women writers, civil rights activists, feminists, and lesbians enabled the creation of a new type of southern literature. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  13. Hartman, Fred J. Graphic Arts Education in Wartime. Lexington, Va., 1942. The Journalism Laboratory Press at Washington & Lee University published this report of the national Graphics Arts Education’s diminished resources and activities during wartime. They canceled their annual conference because of the gas rationing and limited transportation during World War II. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  14. Hogarth, Rana A. Medicalizing Blackness: Making Racial Difference in the Atlantic World, 1780–1840. Chapel Hill, 2017. Southern physicians studied African Americans resistance to diseases like yellow fever and ironically created a culture of white superiority. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  15. Horn, James. 1619: Jamestown and the Forging of American Democracy. New York, 2018. The creation of the General Assembly and the arrival of African Americans in 1619 were the most important political developments of the seventeenth century and influence our society today. Purchased through the Kirbye First Settlers Fund.

  16. Jayne, Thomas and Anne Walker. The Finest Rooms in America: Fifty Influential Interiors from the Eighteenth Century to the Present. New York, 2010. The tea room at Monticello, the large dining room at Mount Vernon, the morning room at Bassett Hall, and the parlor at Oakley Farm are noted by the author as being the best interior design examples for the last 200 years. Gift of the Estate of William Joseph Ryan and Raymond Lowell Thomas.

  17. Johnson, E. Patrick. Black. Queer. Southern. Women: An Oral History. Chapel Hill, 2018. More than seventy narratives were collected from “queer” African women in the South and reveal the ways these marginalized women have built a thriving community. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  18. Kass, Ray and Howard Risatti. The Mountain Lake Symposium and Workshop: Art in Locale. Farmville, 2018. Art workshops have been conducted here for almost forty years with prominent artists who work with the local community to connect art and the larger culture. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.

  19. Lear, Ashley Andrews. The Remarkable Kinship of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow. Gainesville, Fla., 2018. Correspondence between Rawlings and Glasgo illustrates the deep connections built by these women based on their love of nature and social activism. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  20. Lee, Shau Yan. China Has a Ten Thousand Mile Spiritual Wall. Norfolk, 1947. Lee was the minister at the Chinese Baptist Church of Norfolk, Virginia. He sent a copy of this work to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who thanked Lee in a letter for his work. The Lee family still retains a copy of this letter. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  21. Lindsay, Lisa A. Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from America to Africa. Chapel Hill, 2017. Narrative of the James Churchwill Vaughan whose enslaved father was born in Richmond and who set out for Liberia in 1853 to honor his father’s dying wish. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  22. Matrana, Marc R., Robin S. Lattimore, and Michael W. Kitchens. Southern Splendor: Saving Architectural Treasures of the Old South. Jackson, Miss., 2018. Documents fifty houses built before the Civil War that have been authentically conserved, including Monticello, Arlington House, Berry Hill Plantation, the Abijah Thomas House, and the White House of the Confederacy. Gift of University Press of Mississippi.

  23. Merritt, Keri Leigh. Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South. Cambridge, Eng., 2017. The harsh life of poor whites working in an economic system based on slave labor. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  24. Onuf, Peter S. Jefferson and the Virginians: Democracy, Constitutions, and Empire. Baton Rouge, 2018. Onuf analyzes Jefferson in partnership with Washington, Patrick Henry, and James Madison to create a new identity for Virginians and Americans based on the principles of democracy, constitutional law, and empire. Gift of Louisiana State University Press.

  25. Osgood, Ernest Staples. The Field Notes of Captain William Clark, 1803–1805. New Haven, 1964. Clark’s notes were discovered in an attic in 1953 have been reproduced in facsimile and transcript with maps and illustrations and an were edited and annotated extensively by Osgood. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Fund.

  26. Our President Woodrow Wilson Has Set Aside Friday, April 26th, as a Holiday, on Which All Americans Shall Gather to Show their Patriotism. Virginia, 1918. Liberty Bonds were sold during World War I in order to finance the war debt. This postwar bond drive was called a Liberty Loan Drive, and at the end of all of the campaigns, $17 billion dollars had been raised. Gift of James E. Holland, Jr.

  27. Philbrick, Nathaniel. In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown. New York, 2018. With French assistance at the battle of Chesapeake, Gen. George Washington was able to achieve victory at Yorktown. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.

  28. Powell Anthony V. The Bloody First: A History of the 1st Regiment of Virginia Volunteers in the American Civil War. Bloomington, Ind., 2018. Includes an image on the cover from the collections of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture of the members of the First Virginia at the hanging of John Brown in Charlestown in December 1859. Gift of LifeRich Publishing.

  29. Shaffer, Michael. In Memory of Self and Comrades: Thomas Wallace Colley’s Recollections of Civil War Service in the 1st Virginia Cavalry. Knoxville, 2018. Schaffer edited the diaries and correspondence of Thomas Colley who left his farm to fight and became one of the 20,000 soldiers who left military service with an amputated limb. Gift of University of Tennessee Press.

  30. Shockley, Megan Taylor. Creating a Progressive Commonwealth: Women Activists, Feminism, and the Politics of Social Change in Virginia, 1970s–2000s. Baton Rouge, 2018. Extensive research and oral history interviews have resulted in an amazing work of the individual women in Virginia who sought to achieve the passage of the Equal Rights amendment and other legal and social rights for women. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.

  31. Sketch of the Life of George Washington. Also, a Journey to Niagara Falls. Auburn, N.Y., 1842. A rare and charming nineteenth-century children’s story of George Washington that includes an additional tale about a trip to Niagara Falls. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.

  32. Snow, Kitty. From Richmond to France: Images and Stories of Richmond and Her World War I Soldiers. Richmond, 2017. Picture postcards, letters, and interviews are used to tell the compelling stories of soldiers from Richmond during the Great War. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  33. Sommerville, Diane Miller. Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War-Era South. Chapel Hill, 2018. The full human cost of the Civil War is seen in the personal suffering in both black and white communities which resulted in suicidal thoughts and acts of suicide. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.

  34. Thomas, Jeff, Jr. Virginia Politics and Government in a New Century: The Price of Power. Charleston, S.C., 2016. Contrary to the idea of honorable principles, political maneuvering in Virginia politics is described by the author as the “Virginia way.” Gift of Todd Culbertson.

  35. United Klans of America. It’s Time to Save our Schools: Forced Integration, Illegal Bussing, Narcotics, Homicides, Assaults, Violence, Suicides, Rapes, Burglaries, Drunkeness, Sex Education, Interracial Dating. Richmond, between 1970–74. Virginia Klan pamphlet advocating its principles of segregation. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.

  36. Virginia-Carolina Chemical Co. Crop Book Department. Cotton. Richmond, 1915. Includes an insert entitled “The Great War and Potash” noting that because of World War I supplies for potash to make fertilizer are limited. Purchased through the Elis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.

  37. Williams, Emily. Stories in Stone: Memorialization, the Creation of History and the Role of Preservation. Leicester, Eng., 2018. Alexander Dunlop, a free black living in Williamsburg, purchased tombstones for his father-in law and mother-in law in 1851 and 1856. These stones were discovered in 2004 and have been conserved and compared with other regional memory projects. Gift of Emily Williams.

  38. Wilson, Gaye. S. Jefferson on Display: Attire, Etiquette, and the Art of Presentation. Charlottesville, 2018. Jefferson changed his image to exploit and promote his personal and political agenda. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Fund.

Museum Objects

  1. Items related to the academic career of Ginai Seabron at Virginia Tech (2014–18) including her mortar board decorated to reflect her achievement as the first African American woman to earn a B.S. in nanoscience. Gift of Ginai Seabron.

  2. Silver teapot made by George Angell, London, c. 1856, and presented to Mary Amanda Williamson Stewart (1822–1910) of “Brook Hill” from Daniel Kerr Stewart (1809–1889), her brother-in-law. Gift of Shelah Kane Scott.

  3. Blackwell family tree. Researched by Thelma Doswell, the family tree was illustrated on canvas by Thomas E. Brumfield and includes more than 5,000 family members from fifteen states, Africa, Canada, Germany, and Haiti. 1991. Gift of the Blackwell/Ashe Family.

  4. Landscape painting of “Bremo” in Fluvanna County by Edward Troye (1808–1874); Portrait of Col. William Browne (1759–1799); Portrait of Mrs. William (Elizabeth) Browne (1771–1799); Portrait of Sarah (Sally) Edwards Browne as a child (later Mrs. John Tucker Bowdoin); Portrait of Sally Elizabeth Courtney Bowdoin (Mrs. Philip St. George Cocke) (1815–1872) by William James Hubard (d. 1862); Portrait of John Tucker Bowdoin (1787–1821) attributed to William Edward West (1788–1857). Bequest of John Page and Lois Dunfee Elliott.

For information on the June 22 Arthur Ashe Boulevard Dedication Ceremony, click here. The museum galleries and library will open at 12:30 pm on June 22, following the ceremony.

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