A Guide to the Bridgewater Women’s Voter Roll, 1920-1951
Collection Number SC 3016
Compiled by: Julia Merkel, October 2005
Revised by: Alicia Henneberry, September 2013
Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Bridgewater Women’s Voter Roll, 1920-1951, bulk 1922-1948
Collection Number: SC 3016
Creator: Rockingham County, VA
Extent: 1 folder
Abstract: Consists of one bound and handwritten ledger listing white women voters registered at Bridgewater Precinct in the Ashby Magisterial District, Rockingham County, Virginia.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Preferred Citation: Bridgewater Women’s Voter Roll, 1920-1951, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Acquisition Information: Purchased from Scott Suter (via eBay) in October 2005.
Bio/Historical Note: On June 4th, 1919 Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. This ledger was utilized mostly in 1922, with a few entries back-dated to 1920. This means that the ledger was created very shortly after the success of the women’s suffrage movement.
Scope and Content: This Bridgewater Women Voters Roll, 1920-1951, consists of one bound and handwritten ledger, 15-1/2”x10-1/2”. This ledger dates from 1922-1948 with a few entries back-dated to 1920, and one other listing 1951 as a date of transfer. The pre-printed label with handwritten blanks (indicated by italics) on the front of the ledger reads:
“Roll of* Women (White) Voters
Registered at Bridgewater Corp[?] Precinct
Ashby Magisterial District
Rockingham County, Virginia
*White or Colored.”
The headings for the roll include: date of registration; number; name; date of birth; age in years; occupation; residence; length of residence in state, county and precinct; “Is he exempt from payment of poll tax as a prerequisite to voting?”; If naturalized, date of papers and by what court issued; if transferred, when and to what precinct. The earliest registrants listed are Frances Arey and Jessie Beydler in January 1922. The earliest birth date listed is Martha Diehl, who was born 1861. Occupations are varied from predominantly house-wives and house-keepers, to teachers, book keepers, secretaries, stenographers, nurses, students, clerks and seamstresses. The more unusual occupations listed are: Dean of Women, Assistant Post Master, dietician, and dental assistant. Almost all of the registrants are local, or were transferred from a neighboring precinct. All entries are handwritten in blue ink.
Arrangement: This collection is kept in one folder.
Related material: Bridgewater Voters Roll, 1910-1948 SC 3013
Bridgewater Women’s Voter Roll