November 15, 2010 – January 15, 2011
Armitage, Kevin C. The Nature Study Movement: The Forgotten Popularizer of America's Conservation Ethic. Lawrence, Kans., 2009. A comprehensive history of the nature study movement demonstrating its significance to American environmental thought and politics. Purchased through the Battle Abbey Council Fund.
Bowman, Shearer Davis. At the Precipice: Americans North and South during the Secession Crisis. Chapel Hill, 2010. Bowman explores the different ways Americans understood their interests and rights during the secession period. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Crofts, Daniel. A Secession Crisis Enigma: William Henry Hurlbert and 'The Diary of a Public Man.' Baton Rouge, 2010. Hurlbert was an American journalist whose memoir of pre–Civil War events was published anonymously in the North American Review in 1879. Crofts identifies Hurlbert as the author, based on striking parallels between the diary and Hurlbert's distinctive writing style. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Drew, Mary E. C. Divine Will, Restless Heart: The Life and Works of Dr. John Jefferson Smallwood, 1863–1912. n.p., 2010. Born enslaved, Smallwood established the Temperance, Industrial and Collegiate Insitute in Surry County to offer educational opportunities to disadvantaged rural black children. Purchased through the Battle Abbey Council Fund.
Equal Suffrage: Address from the Colored Citizens of Norfolk, Va., to the People of the United States, also an Account of the Agitation Among the Colored People of Virginia for Equal Rights. New Bedford, Mass., 1865. Dr. Thomas Bayne and seven other African Americans signed this address "on behalf of the colored citizens of Norfolk and vicinity." Purchased through the Ellis Olsson Memorial Fund.
Frederick, Francis. Slave Life in Virginia and Kentucky: A Narrative by Francis Fedric, Escaped Slave. Baton Rouge, 2010. Edited by Chaterine Innes, this memoir of a slave born in Virginia gives a detailed account of his life and of plantation culture in the South. Purchased through the Ellis Olsson Memorial Fund.
Haile, Edward Wright. John Smith in the Chesapeake. Champlain, Va., 2008. Haile's work has been instrumental in locating and creating the Capt. John Smith National Historic Trail. Purchased through the First Settlers Fund.
Height, Dorothy I. Living with Purpose: An Activist's Guide to Listening, Learning and Leading. Washington, D.C., 2010. Released after her death, this guide written by Dorothy Height gives insight into the life of this celebrated civil rights advocate born in Richmond. Purchased through the Ellis Olsson Memorial Fund.
Jackson, Ethel Cooper. This is My Husband: Fighter for His People, Political Refugee. New York, . An appeal on behalf of James Jackson, an African American Communist Party leader, born and raised in Virginia. Purchased through the Battle Abbey Council Fund.
Johnson, Jesse J. Black Armed Forces Officers, 1736–1971. Hampton, 1971. A pictorial history of African American officers, including seven from Virginia. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Lofaro, Michael A., ed. Southern Manuscript Sermons Before 1800: A Bibliography. Knoxville, 2010. Includes 213 sermons by forty Virginia ministers. Gift of Newfound Press.
Morsman, Amy Feely. The Big House After Slavery: Virginia Plantation Families and Their Postbellum Domestic Experiment. Charlottesville, 2010. Addresses the problems of the planter class as they adapted to life without slavery. Purchased through the Battle Abbey Council Fund.
The Ninth U.S. Infantry in the World War. Germany, 1919. Owned by Archibald Gerald Robertson of Richmond, a member of the 9th U.S. Infantry. Gift of Mrs. Joseph R. Newell, Jr.
Norfolk and Western Railway Company. Norfolk and Western Railway Equipment Trust, Series E: Agreement Between Virginia Company and Commercial Trust Company and Norfolk and Western Railway Company. Norfolk, 1905. For the purchase of passenger locomotives, box cars, hopper cars, and steel coke cars. Purchased through the Betty Sams Christian Fund.
Pargas, Damian Alan. The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South. Gainesville, 2010. A comparison of the practice of slavery among the major agricultural cultures in the nineteenth-century South. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Rable, George C. God's Almost Chosen Peoples: A Religious History of the American Civil War. Chapel Hill, 2010. Americans of all religious persuasions used their faith to understand the meaning of the conflict and the outcome of the war. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Rakove, Jack N. Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America. Boston, 2010. The author portrays the founders at the beginning of the American Revolution as men who transformed themselves into political leaders. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Ray, Joseph. Primary Lessons and Tables in Arithmetic for Young Learners. Cincinatti, 1857. Bears the name of Nannie S. Boyd of Winchester. Gift of Carol Robert Armstrong and Dr. Frank C. Robert in memory of Joseph Clarke Robert, president of the Virginia Historical Society, 1975–78.
Scharff, Virginia. The Women Jefferson Loved. New York, Harper, 2010. Includes all the women in Jefferson's life—his mother, wife, Sally Hemmings, daughters, and grandaughters. Gift of HarperCollins Publishing.
Schecter, Barnet. George Washington's America: A Biography Through His Maps. New York, 2010. This beautiful heavily illustrated volume tells the story of Washington through his map collections. Gift of Walker Publishing.
Schmidt, Ferdinand. Georg Washington. Leipzig, 1890?. A juvenile biography of Washington written in German. It was later translated into English. Gift of W. Hamilton Bryson.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. The Edmundson Family and the Capture of the Schooner Pearl. Cincinatti, 1856? A fictional account of the failed escape on the Potomac River of fugitive slaves in 1848. Purchased through the Ellis Olsson Memorial Fund.
Swanson, James L. Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse. New York, 2010. The hunt for Jefferson Davis transformed him into a martyr for the South's Lost Cause. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
United States. President (1809–17: Madison). Message from the President of the United States, to both Houses of Congress, at the Commencement of the First Session of the Twelfth Congress. Washington, D.C., 1811. Madison discusses the grave problems posed by British warships off the Atlantic coast and stresses the need to raise troops. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Fund.
Watterson, George. Letters from Washington, on the Constitution and Laws: With Sketches of Some of the Prominent Public Characters of the United States. Washington, D.C., 1818. Includes sketches of James Monroe, Henry Clay, George Washington, James Barbour, Philip P. Barbour and Bushrod Washington written by the first Librarian of Congress. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Thompson, Randall. The Testament of Freedom: A Setting of Four Passages from the Writings of Thomas Jefferson, for Men's Voices with Piano or Orchestral Accompaniment. Boston, 1944. Composed in honor of the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth and first performed by the University of Virginia Glee Club. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.
Papers, 1708–1919, compiled by Judge Leon Maurice Bazile concerning Hanover County people and places. 151 items. Gift of Mrs. John Edward Miller through the courtesy of Mrs. Renee H. Holmes.
Papers, 1776–1906, of the Moody family (of Hanover County) including business and financial records of cooper and farmer Samuel Moody, his sons Samuel Mills Moody, John Mills Moody, and Thomas P. Moody, and grandson John Wesley Moody. 156 items. Gift of Mrs. John Edward Miller through the courtesy of Mrs. Renee H. Holmes.
Papers, 1826–1902 of the Butler family (of Hanover County) including business and farming records of Isaac Butler, Leland Wesley Butler, and Frederick A. Butler, and including information on the Hanover Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Virginia. 91 items. Gift of Mrs. John Edward Miller through the courtesy of Mrs. Renee H. Holmes.
Papers, 1835–1953, of the Sheppard family (of Hanover, Henrico and Rockingham counties and Richmond) including papers of the related Empie, Potts, and Lurty families. Major figures in the collection include Dr. James Sheppard (concerning his management of plantations in Arkansas and Mississippi), his daughter Isabelle (Sheppard) Potts, her sister Annie Empie (Sheppard) Lurty, Annie's husband, Capt. Warren Seymour Lurty (concerning his service during the Civil War and his postwar management of farms in Rockingham County), and Isabelle's son James Sheppard Potts. 278 folders. Gift of Crawley F. Joyner III.
Papers, 1905–87, of Virginia governor Elbert Lee Trinkle (of Wytheville) primarily concerning Virginia during Trinkle's term and his post-government career in the insurance business in Roanoke. Include correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, news clippings and related materials. 518 folders. Gift of Will Trinkle.
Records, 1910–17, of the Richmond, Washington & Chesapeake Railway Company concerning the company's incorporation in 1912 and railroad construction in Virginia. 31 folders. Gift of Mrs. Channing Ward.
Papers, 1920–98, of Richmond architect Edward F. Sinnott, Jr., consisting largely of project files and drawings, plans, and specifications for residential and commercial commissions undertaken by the firm operated by Mr. Sinnott and his father. c. 125 linear feet. Gift of Edward F. Sinnott, Jr.
Papers, 1921–2005, of Saul Viener (Charles Town, W. Va., native and Richmond manufacturer) concerning his career in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II, his postwar education, and his involvement with various state and national Jewish organizations and historical societies. 170 folders. Gift of Saul Viener.
Mezzotint engraving of George Washington by Alexander Hay Ritchie after Peter Frederick Rothermel, published by William Pate, New York, c. 1852. Gift of the Pendleton family in memory of Parke Douglas Pendleton.
Desk believed to have been used in the Gallego Flour Mills, Richmond, 19th century. Gift of Joseph J. Basilone, Jr., in memory of Warwick Chevallie Thomas.
Banner of Shenandoah Valley Military Academy, Winchester, c. 1918. Gift of the family of Joseph M. Pope.
Program from the Bal du Bois held at the Country Club of Virginia, 14 June 1965, various invitations to debutante parties, and color photographs by J. Etheridge Ward of a dinner held during the 1965 season. Gift of Susan B. Strange.