A Guide to the Bettie Hiter Willis Letters 1864-1942

Collection Number SC 5053

 

Compiled by: Chelsea Tholen, April 2013

 

Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Bettie Hiter Willis Letters, 1864-1942

Collection No.: SC 5053

Creator:  Mary May Angelil

Extent: 166 digital images

Language:  English

Abstract: Diaries and letters from a young woman in Virginia during the Civil War.

 

Administrative Information

 

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

User Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk at library-special@jmu.edu.

Preferred Citation: Bettie Hiter Willis Letters, 1864-1942, SC 5053, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Donated by MaryMay Angelil in September 2012 for scanning.

Provenance: MaryMay Angelil, the donor, is the great granddaughter of Bettie Hiter Willis. The letters have been in the family's possession since the Civil War.

Processing Information: The pages were flattened and then scanned on an Epson 10000 XL scanner at 600 dpi. The scans have been separated into the original journal segments and letters. The collection was kept in the original order for scanning.

Bio/Historical Note:  This collection contains correspondence and diaries of Bettie Hiter Willis, including journals from 1864-1865 and 1878-1879. She writes about her experiences with the Civil War as well as personal relations. She lived in the Culpepper, VA, and for a short period in the Shenandoah Valley, and wrote about local deaths in the War as well as her own personal take on Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. The collection begins at age 13, in 1864, and continues with her children’s correspondence until 1942.

Scope and Content: The Bettie Hiter Willis Letters, 1864-1942 consist of 166 digital files that were created by Special Collections from thirty-five letters, three journal segments, and one poem. The bulk of the letters were written to family members in Virginia. Several letters and journal entries from Bettie Hiter Willis herself as a young girl describe local events from the Civil War.

Arrangement: Items were kept in the original order that they were in when Special Collections received the collection.

 

Contents:

 

Item Dates Sheets Scans File Numbers
         

Journal

1864 May 15 to 1865 October 2

17

33

5053.0001-5053.033

Letter

1923 March 8

2

4

5053.034-5053.037

Letter

1923 June 29

1

1

5053.038

Letter

1921 December 15

4

8

5053.039-5053.046

Letter

May 30

1

2

5053.047-5053.048

Letter

 

2

4

5053.049-5053.052

Letter

 

1

2

5053.053 [gap] 5053.055

Envelope

 

1

1

5035.056

Letter & Envelope

1924 January 3

2

2

5053.057-5053.058

Letter

 

1

2

5053.059-5053.060

Letter & Envelope

1939 January 9

4

2

5053.061-5053.065

Letter

December 8

2

4

5053.66-5053.069

Letter

 

1

2

5053.070-5053.071

Letter

1934 December 9

1

2

5053.072-5053.073

Letter

 

1

2

5053.074-5053.075

Letter

 

1

2

5053.076-5053.077

Letter

 

2

4

5053.078-5053.081

Letter

June 28

1

2

5053.082-5053.083

Postcard

 

1

2

5053.084-5053.085

Letter

[goes with 5053.076]

1

2

5053.086-5053.087

Letter

 

1

2

5053.088-5053.089

Letter

1869 September 22

1

2

5053.090-5053.91

Letter

1867 September 19

1

2

5053.092-5053.093

Letter

1869 November 27

2

4

5053.094-5053.095

Letter

1876 September 24

2

4

5053.096-5053.099

Letter

1880 February 27

2

3

5053.100-5053.102

Letters & Envelope

1942 September 11

3

4

5053.103-5053.106

Letters & Envelope

1942 September 16

4

4

5053.107-5053.110

Letter & Envelope

1942 September 17

2

3

5053.111-5053.113 [gap]

Letter

1917 October 28

1

2

5053.117-5053.118

Letter

1920 August 18

2

4

5053.119-5053.122

Letter

1899 March 26

1

2

5053.123-5053.124

Letter

1917 March 1

1

2

5053.125-5053.126

Letter

1921 January 9

2

4

5053.127-5053.130

Letter

1922 January 1

2

4

5053.131-5053.134

Letter & Envelope

1921 January 11

2

3

5053.135-5053.137

Letter & Envelope

1923 December 18

3

3

5053.138-5053.140

Letter & Envelope

1923 March 1

3

5

5053.141-5053.145

Letter

1923 February 24

3

6

5053.146-5053.151

Poem

 

1

1

5053.152

Journal

1873 February 20-1878 December 28

7

14

5053.153-5053.166

Journal

 

1

2

5053.167-5053.168