July 15, 2012 – September 15, 2012
Allgor, Catherine. The Queen of America: Mary Cutts's Life of Dolley Madison. Charlottesville, 2012. Includes two transciptions of Mary Cutt's manuscript, as well as an image of "Uncle James Madison" from the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. Gift of the University of Virginia Press.
Arnold, Oren. The Widening Path: An Interpretive Record of Kiwanis. Chicago, 1949. Focuses of the work of Kiwanis International with youth. Gift of the Richmond Kiwanis Club.
Augusta County Genealogical Society. Set Free: Augusta County Emancipations and Manumissions. Fishersville, 2011. Release for slaves came about by purchasing their own freedom, being born to a free mother, or being emancipated or manumitted. This source provides an index to the free African American people in Augusta County during a portion of the period of slavery. Purchased through the Charles S. Fazel Fund.
Blight, David W. American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era. Cambridge, Mass., 2011. The gulf between remembrance and reality is explored by writers on the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Fund.
Booraem, Hendrick. A Child of the Revolution: William Henry Harrison and his World, 1773–1798. Kent, Ohio, 2012. Comprehensive biography of the early years of future president William Henry Harrison. Purchased through the Leo J. Wellhouse Fund.
Curtis, Christopher Michael. Jefferson's Freeholders and the Politics of Ownership in the Old Dominion. New York, 2012. Study of slave society in Virginia focusing on law and property relations. Gift of the author.
Finkelman, Paul. In the Shadow of Freedom: The Politics of Slavery in the National Capitol. Athens, Ohio, 2010. Collection of essays discussing how slavery was used to keep the federal government operating in the District of Columbia running smoothly. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutlzler Fund.
Goldsmith, Oliver. An Abridgement of the History of England, From the Invasion of Julius Caesar, to the Death of George the Second. Philadelphia, 1795. Bears signatures of Fitzhugh Hooe and Abram B. Hooe, Rappahannock Academy, Caroline County. Gift of Mary F. Hitselberger.
Goode, James M. Capital Views: Historic Photographs of Washington, D.C., Alexandria and Loudoun County, Virginia, and Frederick County, Maryland. Washington, D.C., 2012. Contains photographs of lost architectural sites, such as the railroad round house in Alexandria and the dairy farms of Loudoun County. Gift of Smithsonian Books.
Hall, Randal L. Mountains on the Market: Industry, the Environment, and the South. Lexington, 2012. Industrial development in southwestern Virginia took advantage of the region's natural resources. Purchased through the Betty Sams Christian Fund.
Harrison, Peter Joel. Brick Pavement and Fencewalls: Authentic Details for Design and Restoration. New York, 2000. Line drawings of brick patterns found in plantations and historic buildings throughout Virginia. Purchased through the John and Diana Dudley Memorial Fund.
Herbert, Joseph R. Herbert Family History (1667–2010). Fairfield, Conn., 2010. Includes biographical information on William C. Herbert, who was the mayor of Richmond in 1946. Gift of the author.
Herbert, Paul N. The Jefferson Hotel: The History of a Richmond Landmark. Charleston, S.C., 2012. This iconic hotel has graced the Richmond skyline since 1895 and has survived fire and economic downturns to remain a local landmark. Gift of The History Press.
Holmes, George Frederick. Holmes' First Reader. New York, 1870. A primary reader written by a faculty member of the University of Virginia. Bears the signature of Marie W. Wallace and a bookbinder's ticket of Oscar M. Lemoine, Emmerton. Gift of Mortimer E. Payne.
Johnston, Lewis Zirkle, Mrs. The History of Jackson-Field Episcopal Home, 1855–1980: A Home for Girls at Walnut Grove. Jarratt, 1994. An orphanage becomes a home for troubled adolescent girls. Gift of Jackson Field Homes.
Labor for Equal Rights Now (Va.). Labor's Case for the ERA. Richmond, 1979. Cover shows an image of the march on Richmond on January 22, 1978, to support ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Fund.
LaCombe, Michael A. Political Gastronomy: Food and Authority in the English Atlantic World. Philadelphia, 2012. The symbolic language of food as illustrated by the encounters of Native Americans and English settlers. Purchased through the funds donated in honor of Nancy Carter Crump.
Levin, Kevin M. Remembering the Battle of the Crater: War as Murder. Lexington, Ky., 2012. One of the Civil War's bloodiest struggles resulted in deaths of 5,000 Union soldiers and the brutal abuse of captured soldiers fighting in the United States Colored Troops units. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Littlejohn, Jeffrey L. Elusive Equality: Desegregation and Resegregation in Norfolk's Public Schools. Charlottesville, 2012. Norfolk's African American citizens played a primary role in the effort to provide equal educational opportunities for their children. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Fund.
May, Elaine. Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era. New York, 1988. Social history of a 1950's family. Gift of Gregory Stoner.
McLean, George A. Skirmish at Pearisburg. Lynchburg, 2012. This skirmish in Giles County occurred twenty miles from the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, a vital southern supply link. Gift of the author.
McPherson, James M. War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861–1865. Chapel Hill, 2012. Blockades along the Confederate coast choked off vital supplies while the Confederate Navy excelled at military innovation. Gift of the University of North Carolina Press.
Norman, Worth Earlwood. James Solomon Russell: Former Slave, Pioneering Educator, and Episcopal Evangelist. Jefferson, N.C., 2012. Founder of St. Paul's College, this prominent African American clergymen was born into slavery on a Virginia plantation. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
Ritchie, Evelyn. The Lights Came On. Richmond, 2012. A children's story, signed by the author, describes the arrival of electricity in a Virginia mountain community. Gift of the author.
Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Society. Premium list of the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Society for its 26th Annual Exhibition to be Held at Winchester, Va. Richmond, 1895. Gift of Harry F. Byrd III.
Terhune, Albert Payson. True Dog Stories. Akron, Ohio, 1936. Illustrations complement this collection of stories by a beloved Virginia author. Gift of the estate of Robert Barry Lurate.
Wixson, Neal E. From Civility to Survival: Richmond Ladies During the Civil War. Bloomington, 2012. Shortages of food, housing and manpower are told through the diaries of Richmond women. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Letter, 1847 December 18, of Mary Johnston Pickett (of Richmond, mother of General George Edward Pickett) to Harriett [Catherine Bailey] Easley (of Halifax County) concerning the death of Mrs. Easley's son, 2d Lieutenant Thomas H. Easley, U.S. Army, at the battle of Churubusco, Mexico. 2 p. on 1 leaf; handwritten, signed; 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 in. Gift of Dwight R. Wood, Jr., and Patricia H. Wood.
Papers, 1862–2011, concerning the Civil War service of George W. Neff (of Cincinnati, Ohio, while serving as an officer in the 2d Kentucky Volunteer Infantry of the U.S. Army) including a letter written by Neff from Libby Prison, Richmond; a letter of Richard A. Wise (of Williamsburg) concerning a sword confiscated from Neff at the time of his capture; and a newspaper article concerning Neff and his sword. 3 items. Gift of Irene Neff Stinson.
Papers, 1881–2000, of Lucy Waller (Gilliam) Crockin concerning her research on the Massie and Jefferson/Hundley families and on Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, of which her mother, Juliette Jefferson (Hundley) Gilliam, was a founding member. Include genealogical materials, research notes, writings, and photographs. 73 items. Gift of Lucy W. G. Crockin. (Before her death, Mrs. Crockin established a significant endowment at the VHS to support broadly the acquisition and maintenance of research tools and resources.)
Papers, 1903, of Jesse Benson ([b. 1839] of Royalton and Shelby, N.Y.) as a surviving member of Company A of the 151st New York Volunteers, which was stationed and fought in Virginia. Include drafts of speeches and resolutions at a reunion of the company, as well as an unsigned poem, "The Gray Back," referring to lice. 13 items. Gift of Gerald M. Eggert.
Papers, 1942–47, concerning the World War II military service of Fred Haseltine (of Richmond). Include telegram, newspaper clipping, Officer Circular of Information for the Army Service Forces Medical Field Service School, Carlisle Barracks, Pa., War Dept. pamphlet No, 29-2: Preparation for Oversea Movement of Individual Replacements, letters, and a commission. 7 items. Gift of Mrs. Nell Haseltine. (After the war, Haseltine became a well-known Richmond actor and radio personality.)
Papers, 1977–85, concerning Richmond City Treasurer Franklin J. Gayles. Include administrative materials, newspaper articles, and photographs. Dr. Gayles, an African American city official, was elected treasurer in 1977 and served until his retirement in 1992. 42 items. Purchased through the Douglas Huntly Gordon Fund.
Three albumen photographic prints showing Sawyer Hall, Bagley Hall, and Taylor Powerhouse on the grounds of the Temperance, Industrial, and Collegiate Institute (later Smallwood-Corey Institute) in Claremont, c. 1896. Gift of Susan Mitchell.
Wooden dollhouse possibly built by a plantation overseer and associated with the Crawley family of Prospect, c. 1858. Gift of Margaret Hackley.
Two photographic prints showing Wray Lee Curtis (of Yorktown) participating in a horseback jousting tournament, 1920s–30s; silver cup, trophy from the Annual Tournament held by the Wilkins Edwards Post 176, V.F.W., 1926–38; silver cup, trophy from the Championship Annual Tournament, Warwick Court House, 1925–33; seal of the Wray family (handheld for use with wax seals); jousting lance/javelin. Gift of Carrie Wray Curtis.