September 15, 2009 – November 15, 2009
Papers, 1825–1902, of the Mason family (of Southampton County) consisting primarily of letters received by John Young Mason (1799–1859) while serving as United States Secretary of the Navy under presidents John Tyler and James K. Polk, as United States Attorney General, 1845–1846, as president of the James River and Kanawha Canal Company, 1849–1853, and as United States minister to France, 1854–1859. Also, includes records of plantations in Isle of Wight County (“Day’s Neck”) and Southampton (“Fortsville”) counties and Coahoma County, Miss.; and papers of his wife, Mary Ann (Fort) Mason, and children (including Lewis Edmunds Mason, John Young Mason, Jr., Elizabeth Harris (Mason) Heath, Mary Ann (Mason) Anderson, St. George Tucker Mason, and others). 4,972 items. Gift of Nancy Read Schaefer.
Student exercise book, 1886–87, of Camilla Webb [later Davis] while a student at Augusta Female Seminary [later Mary Baldwin College], Staunton. 124 pp.: holograph; 10 x 7 1/2 in. Bound volume. Contains exercises in German language studies. Gift of Dr. W. Hamilton Bryson.
Record books, 1905–81, kept by dispatchers of the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad in Richmond. 25 vols. Gift of the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society through the courtesy of William F. Todd, Jr.
Commonplace book, 1913–21, of Katherine Christine (Parrish) Snyder (of McLean) including accounts, planting records, weather reporting, and records pertaining to livestock on the family farm in Fairfax County.  leaves: holograph; 3 3/4 x 6 in. Bound volume. Gift of Sophy Burnham.
Diary, 1864–67, of Caroline Burnley (Ellett) Littlepage (of "Woodbury," King William County).  pp.: holograph; 14 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. Bound volume. Typed transcription accompanies the original. Gift of Louise E. Schroeder in memory of Ruth Littlepage Barnette Eichhorn.
Papers, 1887–1906, of Charles Euker (German immigrant to Richmond) largely concerning his life as a Confederate veteran, as well as his service in the cavalry of the Virginia militia in the 1880s and 1890s. 25 items. Gift of Ben W. Price.
Papers, 1931–93, of Floyd Woodrow Cardwell (of Richmond) primarily concerning his service in the 92d Construction Battalion of the United States Navy during World War II. Include service records, published log book of the battalion, newsletters, photographs, and separation papers. 66 items. Gift of Mrs. Sarah Louise Rose Hayes Cardwell.
[Unidentified compiler. Map of the Kanawha River Valley (n.p., n.d.)]. Hand drawn. Gift of Donald J. Ellwood.
Map of the City of Richmond, Va.: A Souvenir of the Yorktown Centennial, October 18, 1881 (Richmond?, 1881). Gift of Nancy Read Schaefer.
United States Forest Service, Eastern Region. [Map of] George Washington National Forest, Virginia and West Virginia (Washington, D.C., U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1933). Gift of William B. Baylor.
Smith, Robert Persall. Smith’s Map of Henrico County, Virginia . . . (Richmond, Henrico County Public Information Office, 1994). Gift of Johnnie S. Taggart.
Virginia Department of Transportation. Scenic Roads in Virginia . . . (Richmond, Office of Public Affairs, 2007). Gift of Paulette Schwarting.
Alsop, George. A Character of the Province of Maryland: Described in Four Distinct Parts; Also a Small Treatise on the Wild and Naked Indians (or Susquehanokes) of Maryland . . . Together with a Collection of Historical Letters. A new ed. With an Introduction and Copious Historical Notes. New York, 1869. Reprint of London edition, 1666. Bequest of Paul Mellon.
Annual Jollification Program Souvenir: Norfolk Police and Relief Association. Norfolk, 1922. Purchased through the Donald Haynes Fund.
Blackford, Susan Leigh. Memoirs of Life In and Out of the Army in Virginia during the War Between the States: Compiled by Susan Leigh Blackford from Original and Contemporaneous Correspondence and Diaries; Annotated and Edited Exclusively for the Private Use of Their Family and Her Husband, Charles Minor Blackford. Lynchburg, 1894–96. Gift of John L. McElroy, Jr.
Boston Harrison Club. The Constitution and By-Laws of the Harrison Club of Boston; With a List of Its Members; Instituted April 3, 1840. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
Britania Triumphalis: A Brief History of the Warres and Other State-Affairs of Great Britain: From the Death of the Late King, to the Dissolution of the Last Parliament. 1st ed. London, 1654. Includes information concerning Virginia. Purchased through the First Settlers Fund.
Confederate States of America. War Dept. Regulations for the Medical Department of the Confederate States Army. Richmond, 1861. Bears signature: Dr. Paul Clay, Camp Mill Springs, Ky., Dec. 1, 1861, Surgeon 28th Regmt. Tenn.Vol. Gift of Robert Young Clay.
Crooks, Elizabeth Willets. Life of Rev. A. Crooks, A. M., Written and Compiled by His Wife. Syracuse, N. Y., 1875. Includes material on Grayson County and other Virginia locales. Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Free Demonstration. Cleopatra Facial given by Beauty Culture . . . at Mrs. Gattie Doughtry’s Spanish Beauty Salon, 514 Effingham Street, Portsmouth, Virginia . . . September 3, 1934 . . . . [n.p.], 1934. Purchased through the Betty Sams Christian Fund.
Governor's Message Delivered Dec. 4, 1872. Richmond, 1872. Virginia governor Gilbert C. Walker’s mid-Reconstruction report on the state, with information on Hampton Institute, Virginia A&M, University of Virginia, Virginia Military Institute; financial matters, efforts to promote immigration; progress of railroads and highways. Purchased through the Douglas H. Gordon Fund.
Kennard, George S. “Preach the Word:” A Doctrinal Sermon, II Timothy, 4:2, by Rev. G. S. Kennard, Williamsburg, Va. Petersburg, 1904. Transferred from the Louthan Family Papers.
Murphy, Edgar Gardner. Problems of the Present South: A Discussion of Certain of the Educational, Industrial and Political Issues in the Southern States. NewYork, 1904. Gift of Virginia P. Tharrington.
Proctor, Edna Dean. Poems. . . . New York, 1866. Includes “The Shenandoah” and “Virginia Scaffold.” Purchased through the Charles S. Hutzler Fund.
Tourists Guide and Descriptive Book of the Shenandoah Valley R. R., 1882 . . . Hagerstown, Md. Philadelphia, 1882. Purchased through the Betty Sams Christian Fund.