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A Guide to the

Massanutton Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution Collection, 1885-2005 [bulk 1970s-1980s]

SC# 2001

Compiled by: Christina Bolgiano, March 1986

Updated: February 2010

 

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Massanutton Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution Collection, 1885-2005 [bulk 1970s-1980s]

Collection No.: SC# 2001

Creator: Massanutton Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (Harrisonburg-Rockingham County, Va.)

Extent: 4 Hollinger boxes, and 1 oversize manuscript box; 2.59 linear feet

Abstract:

The Massanutton Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution Collection, 1897-2005, consists of 4 Hollinger boxes and 1 oversize manuscript box, as well as the framed Charter and plate on display in Special Collections. It consists of the official papers of the Chapter and has been arranged into four series: Minutes, Yearbooks, Correspondence and Subject files, and Scrapbooks.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:

None.

Use Restrictions:

Copyright, where applicable, is maintained by the Massanutton Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. Anyone wishing to use any part of this collection for publication must acquire written permission from the Chapter.

Preferred Citation: 

[Identification of Item], The Massanutton Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution Collection, 1885-2005, SC# 2001, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information:

The collection was placed on deposit by contract signed by Mrs. Mildred Onsgard, Regent, on November 6, 1985; additions through 2005.

Processing Notes:

Acid-free interleaving paper was used extensively in minute books to buffer text from newspaper clippings; archival tape was used to mount loose clippings on bond paper; and the most brittle single sheets were placed into Mylar sleeves.

Historical Note

In the summer of 1895, a group of prominent Harrisonburg and Rockingham County women met to form a local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The group was organized and chartered as the Massanutton Chapter in 1897, with Mrs. John Paul as Regent. The name "Massanutton" and its spelling have been a topic of interest on several occasions through the years.

It has been an active Chapter, participating and often initiation public celebrations of such annual patriotic remembrances as Flag Day, George Washington's Birthday, and Constitution Week. The Chapter contributed to several national war efforts over the decades, as well as to local endeavors such as equipping a room in the Hospital. It has placed several historical markers in the area, and sponsors programs and essay contests in local schools to stimulate an appreciation for American history. In the 1960s and 70s, members compiled several lists of otherwise unnoted county graveyards (A Record of Burial Places in Rockingham County, Va.; Church and Family Cemeteries, Eastern Section, Rockingham County, Va.); produced a unique list of inns titled Ordinaries of Rockingham County and Harrisonburg, Va. 1778-1855; and compiled Revolutionary Soldiers, Rockingham County, Va. These works were sent to the Virginia State Library. Also in recent years, the Chapter has held a ceremony after naturalization proceedings to welcome new citizens.

Scope and Content:

The Massanutton Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution Collection, 1897-2005, consists of 4 Hollinger boxes and 1 oversize manuscript box, approximately 2.09 linear feet, and also the framed Charter and plate on display in Special Collections. It consists of the official papers of the Chapter and has been arranged into four series: Minutes, Yearbooks, Correspondence and Subject files, and Scrapbooks.

Series I consists of Minute books and loose minutes spanning 1885-1991. Series II contains yearbooks of the Massanutton NSDAR from 1912-1991 (with gaps). Series III, Correspondence and Subject files, 1897-2005, contains a wide variety of materials, documenting the activities of the Chapter. Series IV contains four scrapbooks of clippings and notes, 1922-1981, housed in an oversized manuscript box.

 

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in 4 series:

  1. Minutes, 1885-1991
  2. Yearbooks, 1912-1991
  3. Correspondence and Subject Files,1897-2005
  4. Scrapbooks, 1922-1981

Contents:

Series I: Minutes, 1885-1991
Box:Folder

Minute Book # 1, 1885-1903

1:1

Minute Book # 2, 1904-1907

1:2

Minute Book # 3, 1907-1911

1:3

Minute Book # 4, 1915-1921

1:4

Minute Book # 5, 1922-1927

1:5

Minute Book # 6, 1927-1929

1:6

Minute Book # 7, 1930-1932

1:7

Minute Book # 8, 1933-1935

1:8

Minute Book # 9, 1935-1938

1:9

Minute Book # 10, 1938-1942

2:1

Minute Book # 11, 1942-1953

2:2

Minute Book # 12, 1953-1961

2:3

Minute Book # 13, 1961-1962

2:4

Minute Book # 14, 1962-1963

2:5

Minute Book # 15, 1963-1964

2:6

Minute Book # 16, 1965-1967

2:7

Minute Book # 17, 1967-1981

3:1

Minutes, 1979-1983

3:2

Minutes, 1983-1986, and undated

3:3

Minutes, 1986-1989

3:4

Series II: Yearbooks, 1912-1991 (incomplete)

3:5

Series III: Correspondence and Subject Files, 1897-2005

Americanism Medal

4:1

Awards - Given

4:2

Awards - Received

4:3

Bylaws

4:4

Cemetery Records & Historical Markers

4:5

Constitution Week

4:6

Correspondence, 2005 -

4:7

Diamond Jubilee, 1971

4:8

Donations, Miscellanous

4:9

Flag

4:10

History of Chapter

4:11

Membership

4:12

Name - Massanutton

4:13

Naturalization

4:14

Publications & Compilations

4:15

Reports, undated - 1919

4:16

Reports, 1920 - 1970

4:17

Reports, 1971 - 1983

4:18

ROTC - Medal

4:19

Stamp, Commemorative

4:20
Series IV: Scrapbooks, 1922 - 1981
5

 

 


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