A Guide to the

Alice Virginia Kellam Scrapbook,


SC# 5004

Compiled by: Julia Merkel


Geraldine Poppke, 2007

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Alice Virginia Kellam Scrapbook, 1923-1925

Creator: Alice Virginia Kellam

Collection No.: SC# 5004

Extent: 2.63 linear inches, dimensions: 8 3/4" x 15" x 2 1/2"; 1/2 Hollinger box



This collection consists of one scrapbook compiled during Miss Kellam's enrollment in professional courses at the State Normal School for Women in Harrisonburg, Virginia, between the years 1923 and 1925.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:


Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:


The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Preferred Citation: 


[Identification of Item], The Alice Virginia Kellam Scrapbook, 1923-1925, SC# 5004, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Processing Notes:


The scrapbook was cleaned and remains intact for potential exhibit purposes during the JMU Centennial. Preservation recommends that dismantling and contents migration be considered for long-term storage due to inherent instability of the materials. The scrapbook exhibits some losses from light and insect activity- most likely moth damage to the wool felts.

Historical Note

Alice Virginia “Ginnie” Kellam from Cheriton, Virginia in Northampton County is listed as a sophomore in the 1925 SchoolMa’am and in the junior class roll in the 1924 SchoolMa’am.  The June 1925 Commencement program lists her as graduating from the “Professional Courses.” Miss Kellam was a member of the Alpha Literary Society, the Choral Club, the Racquet Tennis Club, the Athletic Association, and the YWCA.  Her inscription in the yearbook reads, “Of softest manner, unaffected mind, Lover of peace, and friend of humankind.”  Miss Kellam was the daughter of a Mr. Clyde Kellam also of Cheriton, Virginia.

Scope and Content

The Alice Virginia Kellam Papers consist of one 8-3/4 x 15 x 2-1/2” scrapbook requiring 2.63 linear inches of storage space, 1923-1925.  The scrapbook itself is purple felt with orange script lettering “Memories” and an “HTC” (Harrisonburg Teacher’s College) insignia stitched in orange felt and bound together with purple cotton cord.  Contents of  the scrapbook are mounted on black paper pages and consist of cards and letters from friends and family, newspaper clippings, class schedules, a tourist brochure for the Beautiful Caverns of Luray No. 20, class schedules, Constitution and By-Laws of the Student Association, the Student Handbook from 1923-1924.


Of particular interest to education students might be Miss Kellam’s Training School Criticism Book with numerous entries from her professors critiquing her student teaching abilities.  Also unique to the collection is a small address book which served multiple purposes as address book and daily log with such entries as “Fun at large.” It can also be surmised from her mediocre grades, that Miss Kellam was not the most diligent of students.  The small booklet also features a code deciphering section presumably for passing notes during class of which there are examples in the scrapbook.  Ephemera within the scrapbook are flora, party favors and ribbons, candy wrappers and cigarettes, locks of hair presumably from the “bob” craze, as well as tickets and programs to campus and local events.  A substantial program entitled “Trail Riders of the Rockies” by Colonel Philip A. Moore is perhaps worth mentioning.  Also of local historical interest are several postcards of downtown Harrisonburg including the Kavanaugh Hotel, the B&O Railroad Station, and general views of the city.


Original order was retained.


School Ma'am 1924 and 1925

Related Material/Collections

Elizabeth Arrena Carroll Scrapbook, 1921-1925, SC# 5011

JMU Archival Collections: Memorabilia and General; SU 2004-0904 and SU 2004-1216

Mary Spitzer Etter Papers, 1924-1976, SC# 5012

Marian Colton Smith Harris Papers,1932-1938, SC# 5008

Virginia Elizabeth Tisdale Fenlon Collection, 1925-1934, SC# 4058

Separated Material

Consider removal or cross-listing material that may fill gaps in JMU Historical files content i.e. student handbooks, constitution and by-laws of the student association, etc.