March 15, 2012 – May 15, 2012
Baker, Meredith Henne. The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America's First Great Disaster. Baton Rouge, 2012. Includes images from VHS collections, including a pocket watch of Maria Nelson who died in the fire and an 1811 broadside entitled “Theatre on Fire.” Purchased through the Ellis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
Bonastia, Christopher. Southern Stalemate: Five Years without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Chicago, 2012. The struggle between the white segregationists and the black community that resulted in the closure rather than the integration of public schools. Purchased through the Ellis Olsson Memorial Foundation Fund.
Brasher, Glenn David. The Peninsula Campaign and the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans and the Fight for Freedom. Chapel Hill, 2012. Chronicle of the campaign in which the Civil War became envisioned as a fight for African American freedom. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Broadwater, Jeff. James Madison: A Son of Virginia and Founder of the Nation. Chapel Hill, 2012. A biography of Madison that emphasizes his pragmatic philosophy in his role as a Founding Father. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.
Budiansky, Stephen. Perilous Fight: America's Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas, 1812–1815. New York, 2012. Account of sea battles and naval legends of the War of 1812. Purchased through the John A. C. Keith Fund.
Crothers, A. Glenn. Quakers Living in the Lion's Mouth: The Society of Friends in Northern Virginia, 1730–1865. Gainesville, Fla., 2012. Chronicles the story of Quakers living in Northern Virginia who faced increasing hostility for their pacifist and antislavery views. Gift of the University Press of Florida.
Dabool, Nathan. Dabool's Schoolmaster's Assistant: Improved and Enlarged, Being a Plain and Practical System of Arithmetick Adapted to the United States. Ithaca, 1843. Contains the manuscript notes and signature of David C. Beaton, Isle of Wight, dated June 1846. Gift of Luther Ray Ashworth.
Danisi, Thomas. Uncovering the Truth about Meriwether Lewis. Amherst, N.Y., 2012. New sources of information about Lewis' health reveal that malaria may have been the cause of his erratic behavior and death. Purchased through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund.
Downs, Jim. Sick from Freedom: African American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction. Oxford, 2012. Freed persons' health declined and often resulted in death as they were denied medical care following emancipation. Gift of Oxford University Press.
Ernest, John. A Nation Within a Nation: Organizing African American Communities Before the Civil War. Chicago, 2011. The struggle of African Americans to use religious, social, cultural and educational institutions to create a sense of community. Gift of Elizabeth Brown Pryor.
Gilpin, R. Blakeslee. John Brown Still Lives! America's Long Reckoning with Violence, Equality and Change. Chapel Hill, 2011. The man and the myth as portrayed in the collective memory of black and white Americans. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Hatch, Peter J. A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. New Haven, 2012. Thomas Jefferson's horticultural legacy is described by an American authority on vegetable gardens. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Hilde, Libra Rose. Worth a Dozen Men: Women and Nursing in the Civil War South. Charlottesville, 2012. Confederate nurses served on the homefront and battlefield, making a major contribution to the war effort. Purchased through the St. Gertrude Fund for Students of American History.
Hunter, Rebecca L. Mail-order Homes: Sears Homes and Other Kit Houses. Oxford, 2012. Describes houses located in Colonial Heights and Hopewell. Gift of Shire Publications.
Jackson, Lawrence Patrick. My Father's Name: A Black Virginia Family after the Civil War. Chicago, 2012. The author locates his family home in Pittsylvania County and is able to trace his ancestry back to his great grandfathers and learn of their experiences both as slaves and freedmen. Gift of Lawrence Patrick Jackson.
McWhirter, Christian. Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music in the Civil War. Chapel Hill, 2012. Music as an instrument for the communication of ideas about the Civil War. Gift of the University of North Carolina Press.
Mehrlander, Andrea. The Germans of Charleston, Richmond, and New Orleans during the Civil War Period, 1850–1870. Berlin, 2011. Includes images of German Americans and flags of the Richmond Gesangsverein from the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. Gift of De Gruyter Publishing.
Negro Protective Association of Virginia. Proceedings of the Negro Protective Association of Virginia held Tuesday, May 18th, 1897 in the True Reformers Hall, Richmond, Va. Richmond, 1897. Attended by 120 representatives outside of Richmond, the association adopted a resolution denouncing lynching. Gift of Josiah P. Rowe III.
Parks, A. Franklin. William Parks: Colonial Printer in the Transatlantic World of the Eighteenth Century. University Park, Pa., 2012. From Worcestershire to Williamsburg, this comprehensive biography covers the life of Virginia's first printer. Gift of A. Franklin Parks.
Peek, Hope. Antique Desserts: Some Eighteenth Century Delights. Greenwich, Conn., 1977. Recipes adapted from "English Housewifry" by Elizabeth Moxon, published in England in 1764. Gift of Betty Crowe Leviner.
Perry, Thomas David. Never Forget: Martinsville, Patrick and Henry Counties in Vietnam. Ararat, Va., 2011. Extensive biographical information about the men from these Virginia counties who lost their lives in Vietnam. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Memorial Fund.
Quarstien, John V. The CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender. Charleston, 2012. The converted Merrimack was an ironclad underdog designed to fight a modern war using the limited resources available to the Confederacy. Purchased through the John A. C. Keith Fund.
Robertson, James I., Jr., The Untold Civil War: Exploring the Human Side of the War. Washington, D.C., 2011. A noted Civil War historian describes little known aspects of the Civil War, such as weather, access to fresh water, food supplies and standardized clothing sizes. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Shaffer, Michael. Washington County, Virginia, in the Civil War. Charleston, S.C., 2012. Bears the author's presentation inscription to the Virginia Historical Society and contains an image of a map of Southwest Virginia from the VHS collections. Gift of Michael Shaffer.
Stanley, Talmage A. The Poco Field: An American Story of Place. Urbana, 2012. Middle class culture in the coal mining towns of Keystone, West Virginia, and Newbern, Virginia. Gift of the University of Illinois Press.
White, Jane Baber. Lessons Learned from a Poet's Garden: The Restoration of the Historic Garden of Harlem Renaissance Poet Anne Spencer, Lynchburg, Virginia. Lynchburg, Blackwell Press, 2011. Born on a farm in Henry County in 1882, Anne Spencer became an internationally known poet and helped found the Lynchburg Chapter of the NAACP. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Wills, Brian Steel. George Henry Thomas: As True as Steel. Lawrence, Kans., 2012. Biography of the Virginian who is regarded by some as one of the four greatest Union generals in the Civil War. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Andrew Bailey Chronicles, c. 1700–1864, written by a Charlotte County native and merchant concerning the Bailey family and his career and travels. 1 v. (, 5–66 p.): handwritten; 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. Gift of James A. McDowell.
Order, 1731 November 26, of the Court of Westmoreland County concerning the division of land belonging to the estate of William Carr (d. 1703). 2 p. on 1 leaf: handwritten; 8 x 10 1/2 in. Gift of Milton F. Sanford.
Journal, 1786–98, of the Rev. Rene S. Chastain (of Buckingham County) kept as a Baptist minister, including records of marriages and baptisms of white and free and enslaved African Americans, other church records, and some information regarding farming and personal purchases. 1 v. (30 p.); holograph. Bound volume. Gift of the Kentucky Department of Parks, Frankfort.
Letter, 1838 June 5, of Melancthon C. Read (of "Ivy Hill," Charlotte County) to Elizabeth T. Guy (of Granville County, N.C.). 3 p. on 1 leaf: handwritten, signed; 10 x 15 1/2 in. Concerns Read's visit to the Burwell family plantation in Mecklenburg County. Gift of Ricky D. Smith.
Letters, 1911, written by Edward McCarthy, Jr. ([1893–1946] at Washington, D.C.) to his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Edward McCarthy (of Richmond) concerning his summer work with J. E. Hanger, Inc., sellers of surgical supplies and manufacturers of prosthetic limbs. 15 items. Gift of Edward McCarthy, Jr.
Account book, 1915–40, of funds to support missionary work raised by the Sandy Creek Baptist Church, Amelia County. 1 v. (112 p.): handwritten; 7 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Diploma, 1933 April 29, issued to James Cutler Dawson as a graduate of Monroe High School, Stanardsville. 1 sheet; printed form with handwritten completions; 17 x 14 in. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Certificate, 1944 October 7, issued to Martha Louise Foster (later Walsh) by the Riverside Hospital School of Nursing, Newport News, concerning the completion of her training. 1 item: printed form with handwritten completions; 6 x 8 in. Gift of Judy Stout.
Hand-held travel chess set carried by Dr. Fraser Neiman (of Williamsburg) while serving in the U.S. Army throughout World War II. Gift of Fraser Duff Neiman.
Revolver, .38 Smith & Wesson Special, used by Edwin Chancellor Payne in the capture of Allen family fugitives from the Hillsville courthouse incident in Carroll County in 1912. Gift of Mortimer E. Payne.
Panoramic photographic print, Civilian Conservation Corps, African American Unit, Co. 1372, Kenbridge, April 1934. Gift of Michael T. Elliot.
Miniature silk flag, U.S., Forty-six stars, used by Richard Hobert Hunter Beane as a child around 1910. Gift of Mary Virginia Beane.
Oil on canvas portrait of Isaac Davenport, Sr., by William Ludwell Sheppard after an 1832 likeness; dated 1907. Gift of N. Wayne Tyree.