A Guide to the Nancy B. Jones Collection, 1909-2000

Collection SC# 5013

Compiled by: Chris Bolgiano, March 2005
Updated by: Tracy S. Harter and Geraldine P. Suter, May 2007

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title:  Nancy B. Jones Collection, 1909-2000, bulk 1993-2000

Creator: Nancy B. Jones

Extent:  .21 linear feet; 7 folders; 1/2 Hollinger box

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 (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acqusition Information:


This collection was donated by Mrs. Nancy B. Jones in 2004, compiled primarily during research for her book on JMU history, Rooted on Blue Stone Hill (Center for American Places, 2004).

Preferred Citation:


[Identification of Item, Folder number], Nancy B. Jones Collection, 1909-2000, SC# 5013, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Processing Notes:

Plans for images to be scanned and be made available digitally are pending.


Biographical Note

Nancy Bondurant Jones began working for JMU in 1989 after retiring from teaching English at Turner Ashby High School.  She worked as social events coordinator for then-president Dr. Ronald E. Carrier and his wife, Edith, and later started writing Dr. Carrier's speeches and other documents as requested.  In the early 1990's Dr. Carrier commissioned her to write a book on JMU history that would appeal to a general audience.  Rooted on Blue Stone Hill was published by the Center for American Places in July 2004.

Scope and Content

The Nancy B. Jones Collection consists of six folders in 1/2 Holllinger box, 1909-2000.  The collection primarily contains responses to forms Mrs. Jones sent to faculty emeriti and graduates soliciting personal experiences and memories for her book on JMU history.  In addition to providing Mrs. Jones with reminiscences, respondents also sent original documents and images. Includes signed correspondence from JMU’s first president, Dr. Julian Burruss, to the first enrolled student, Beatrice Marable; notes and drafts of a speech given by Ms. Marable entitled “Senator Keezell’s Contribution to our College.”  Folder 5 consists of one draft and one fianal copy of an autobiographical speech by JMU President Ronald E. Carrier; statements from JMU vice President Douglas T. Brown, and Professors Robin McNallie and Richard Whitman, regarding the controversy between Dr. Carrier and the Faculty Senate over the curriculum in the 1990s, a short memoir by Dr. Carrier, and notes from an interview with Dr. Carrier's son, Michael, recording his reminiscences of growing up on campus at the president’s residence, Hillcrest House. The majority of form responses, letters, and interviews range from 1993-2000.

The photographs in the Nancy B. Jones Collection, the greater part of which date from the 1920s and 1930s, portray Madison College students outdoors and indoors, as well as on special occasions such as Easter, graduation and the Turkey Festival.  Photographs of the incoming class during freshmen week and of students participating in President Duke's annual trek to Massanutten Mountain are included.  A sub-collection of photographs relating to Eleanor Beatrice Marable, the first student applicant of Madison College, is also present.  Furthermore, the collection contains photographs of Samuel P. Duke, second president of Madison College, John A. Sawhill's classes, a panorama shot of participants of the Shakespeare Pageant, as well as more recent photographs from the 1990s.

Arrangement:  Documents in the collection are arranged in folders topically.  Photographs and images are arranged by subject categories, such as outdoor, indoor, special events, and postcards.


Jones, Nancy B. Rooted on Blue Stone Hill: A History of James Madison University.  Santa Fe, NM; Staunton, VA: Center for American Places, 2004.


Folder 1:  Form responses from faculty emeriti, 1996

Folder 2:  Form responses from graduates, 1993-96

Folder 3:  Letters and memoirs from graduates, 1916-1996

Folder 4:  Letters to/from and speech by Beatrice Marable, 1909-1957

Folder 5:  Interviews with and about Dr. Ronald E. Carrier, 1997-2000

Folder 6:  Photographs and images, 1909-1996

Folder 7:  Miscellaneous