A Guide to the

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

SC 0076

Compiled by: Christina Bolgiano, March 1986

Updated: February 2010, January 2017

 

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

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

Collection No.: SC 0076

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

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

Abstract: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Massanutton Chapter Records, 1897-2005, consist 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:
Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.
Use Restrictions:The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. Copyright, where applicable, is maintained by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Massanutton Chapter. Anyone wishing to use any part of this collection for publication must acquire written permission from the Chapter. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).
Preferred Citation: [Identification of Item], [box #, folder #], National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Massanutton Chapter Records, 1885-2005, SC 0076, 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 Information: 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. In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 2001.

Administrative History:

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 National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Massanutton Chapter Records, 1897-2005, consist 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
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