Audie Scott Tilghman – Harrisonburg in the mid 20s

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.

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“Four weeks from today & we will be over exams. We have to make white felt hats for graduation exercise. I can see now how I will look with a hat that I made on.”

For the full letter, see below.  Audie writes about her adventures in downtown with a chaperone, seeing shows and dancing with her friends, and not wanting to study for exams.  The script is hard to read, so help us transcribe!  What do you think Audie writes?  Email us at or tweet us @JMUSpeColl and tell us what you think!


Congratulations to all the graduating seniors!


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