Processing Update – Davis, Kline, and Hutton Family Papers

We’re happy to announce that one of our most recent (and significant) acquisitions is currently undergoing processing. In early April 2017, we acquired several boxes of manuscript material including photographs, correspondence, ledgers, and scrapbooks from the estate of Mary Hutton of Elkton . Mary Hutton was a graduate of Madison College and descendant of Charles L. Davis (1874-1960) of Singers Glen. This collection, when fully arranged and described, will contribute greatly to the study of three generations of local families – Davis, Kline, and Hutton -, Rockingham County history, and the history of James Madison University.

Processing Finds – The Failed Coup: Visiting Austria, 1934

One of the best parts of processing manuscript collections is the interesting and unique materials found in the process. This week, while processing the Blackley Family Papers, History Graduate Assistant Joel Webster found a 1934 letter written by Charles Blackley Sr. while traveling in Vienna. Read more for an interesting insight into the early years of the Third Reich.

“The entire nation weeps at the tragic death of the great and good Garfield.”

September 19, 2016 marks the 135th anniversary of James A. Garfield’s death. The 20th president of the United States died September 19, 1881 due to complications from an assassination attempt two months prior. Charles Guiteau, a lawyer and writer who was disgruntled that President Garfield had rejected his numerous job applications (including ambassadorships), shot Garfield on July 2, 1881 at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station in Washington DC. President Garfield died two months later; Guiteau was convicted of his murder and hanged on June 30, 1882.