A Guide to the Bridgewater Women’s Voter Roll, 1920-1951

Collection Number SC 0082

Compiled by: Julia Merkel, October 2005

Revised by: Alicia Henneberry, September 2013

Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Bridgewater Women’s Voter Roll, 1920-1951

Collection Number: SC 0082

Creator: Rockingham County, VA

Extent: 1 folder

Language: English

Abstract: Consists of one bound and handwritten ledger listing white women voters registered at Bridgewater Precinct in the Ashby Magisterial District, Rockingham County, Virginia.


Administrative Information


Access Restrictions: Collection is 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 been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], [box #, folder #], Bridgewater Women’s Voter Roll, 1920-1951, SC 0082, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Scott Suter (via eBay) in October 2005.
Processing Information: 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 3016.

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 Voter Roll, 1902-1948, SC 0081, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.



 Folder Title

Box: Folder

Bridgewater Women’s Voter Roll