While the summer is generally less hectic on campus due to fewer students, less traffic, etc., here in Special Collections we have been busy, busy, busy growing our collections in materials related to local history. A new acquisition we are really excited about relates to the Richard Stephens (1831-1890) family of Melrose, just north of Harrisonburg on Rt. 11. The collection itself is comprised of hundreds of miscellaneous documents, correspondence, receipts, deeds, and indentures and spans several generations of the Stephens/Dovel/Yount families of Rockingham County. Of particular interest, are several documents pertaining to Richard Stephens’ medical exemption from serving in the Civil War. We are spotlighting one such document today. But be warned – detailed descriptions of disease and oozy discharge await the reader.
JMU Special Collections continues it’s Speakers Series with three lectures for Fall 2016. And if that wasn’t enough, we’re hosting the inaugural Pulp Studies Symposium: Sensational Scholarship on October 7-8. Here’s the schedule of events:
By Lindsey Wood, Graduate Student Now Available in Special Collections! The Audie Scott Tilghman Papers, 1925-1930. Audie Tilghman was a student here in 1926-1927, and her collection consists primarily of letters she wrote home to her family in Norfolk about her time at what was then called the State Teachers College in Harrisonburg. In light of graduation, Special Collections is publishing one of her letters, that describes how she and her friends were creating white caps for the graduation ceremony.