A Guide to the

Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers, ca. 1930-2013

SC 0003

Compiled by: Kate Morris & Lindsey Wood, April 2017

 

Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers, ca.1930-2013, bulk 1960-1999

Collection No.: SC 0003
Creator: Robert James Sullivan Jr.

Extent:12 boxes, 4 flat files; 8.53 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers consist of professional and personal records and reports, and document Sullivan's time as City Planner of Harrisonburg from 1965-1991, his career in the Political Science Department at James Madison University, and work as the “unofficial historian” of Harrisonburg. Materials include city planning reports, newspaper articles, photographs, scrapbooks, and maps.

 

Administrative Information

 

Access Restrictions: Collection 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 Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], [box #, folder #], Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers, ca.1930-2013, SC 0003, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: The collection was donated by Kathleen Sullivan, wife of Robert James Sullivan Jr., in two separate donations in April 2014 and August 2015.
Other Formats Available: Materials within the Photographs and Slides series have been digitized and are available via JMU Scholarly Commons. See link below in the series listing.
Processing Information: When this collection was received from the donor, some materials had been wet and suffered from mold damage. Materials with excessive water damage or mold were photocopied and the originals discarded.

Bio/Historical Note:
Robert “Bobby” James Sullivan Jr. was born on November 18, 1937 in Harrisonburg, Virginia and was the eldest son of the late Robert J. Sullivan Sr. and Goldie Liskey Sullivan. He passed away on February 4, 2013. Sullivan graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1956 and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount St. Mary’s College in 1960 and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962. He married Kathleen Marie Donovan on June 27, 1964.

Sullivan was the City Planner for the city of Harrisonburg from 1965-1991 during the years that saw Urban Redevelopment for parts of the city as well as growth through annexation. He also taught as an adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science for James Madison University from 1970-2006. See folder titled “Background Information, Robert J. Sullivan, Jr., August 1998” from the Personal Papers series for details of his life and career.

Known locally as the “unofficial historian” of Harrisonburg, Sullivan often spoke to groups about the history of Harrisonburg. He was responsible for creating walking tours of downtown Harrisonburg first with his JMU Political Science classes, and later with the larger community.

Sullivan was a life-long member of Blessed Sacrament parish and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Rockingham Public Library Board and the Salvation Army Advisory Board for over thirty years. He was especially fond of the Harrisonburg High School athletic teams and was recognized as the Harrisonburg Blue Streaks biggest fan when he was inducted into the Harrisonburg High School Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class of 2008.

Scope and Content:
The Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers consists of materials that Sullivan created and collected relating mostly to the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he served as the City Planner from 1965-1991. The collection contains documents related to city planning, the history and expansion of Harrisonburg, and urban renewal. Other materials document his time in the Political Science Department at James Madison University as well as the walking tours he led of downtown Harrisonburg. His personal papers include newspaper clippings, correspondence, and other documents relating to his life and career. Also contained in the collection are a large number of photographs and slides that Sullivan took that capture the growth and changes in Harrisonburg over time. Images of note include a panoramic view of Harrisonburg ca. 1930, photos and slides that document urban renewal projects, and images of downtown Harrisonburg, VA from the 1960s-2000s.

Arrangement: This collection is arranged in the following seven series and subseries. All series and subseries arranged chronologically.

Series 1: Reports, 1946-1992, undated
Subseries 1.1: City Planning Commission Annual Reports, 1966-1981
Subseries 1.2: Urban Planning Grants, 1965-1966
Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous City Planning Reports, 1946-1992, undated
Series 2: City of Harrisonburg, 1958-2012, undated
Subseries 2.1: City Planning, 1960-2012, undated
Subseries 2.2: Harrisonburg History, 1958-2008, undated
Series 3: Personal Papers, 1952-2013, undated
Series 4: Newspaper, 1945-2012, undated
Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1955-1966
Series 6: Maps, 1958-2003, undated
Series 7: Photographs and Slides, ca. 1930-2012, undated
Subseries 7.1: Photographs, ca. 1930-2012, undated
Subseries 7.2: Slides, ca. 1965-1988, undated

Related Material: SdArch no.2-3 : Oral history interview [sound recording] / Bob Sullivan ; interviewed by Amy Accles, forms part of Court Square, Harrisonburg, Virginia, an oral history project. Transcript also available in Special Collections and the general collection: F234.H31 A29 1990

The Harrisonburg, VA branch of the Massanutten Regional Library holds 36 scrapbooks created by Sullivan from the years 1965-2001. These scrapbooks are cataloged under the title “Harrisonburg Civic Scrapbook.”

Contents:

Series 1: Reports, 1946-1992, undated
Arranged into three subseries: City Planning Commission Annual Reports, 1966-1981, Urban Planning Grants, 1965-1966, and Miscellaneous Reports, 1946-1999. Arranged chronologically within each series.

Subseries 1.1: City Planning Commission Annual Reports, 1966-1981, contains a continuous run of annual reports for the City Planning Commission from 1965 through 1981. These annual reports include planning commission highlights and monthly summaries of activities. The 1965-1966 report notes that Robert J. Sullivan, Jr. took over the duties of Planning Director on October 1, 1965.

Subseries 1.2: Urban Planning Grants, 1965-1966, contains reports prepared under the contract for the Local Planning Section: Department of Conservation and Economic Development, State of Virginia. The preparation of these reports was funded in part through an urban planning grant from the Housing and Home Finance Agency. The reports contain analysis of various aspects of the city of Harrisonburg, including population statistics and information pertaining to residential neighborhoods and the downtown area. These Urban Planning Grants also include a 1966 comprehensive plan for development over the following twenty years as well as a summary report of that plan. These reports were office copies that belonged to Robert James Sullivan, Jr. and have his name written on the cover. Because of excessive mold on these reports, all items from this subseries have been photocopied and originals discarded.

Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous City Planning Reports, 1946-1992, undated, contains various other reports that relate to city planning in Harrisonburg or city planning in general. Two reports relate to city planning in Norfolk, VA from the 1940s and 1950s and document urban renewal or “slum clearance” efforts there. Box 1 folder 27 contains an outline of the history of City Planning in Harrisonburg, beginning with the establishment of the Planning Commission in March, 1938. The report titled Harrisonburg: “The City with the Planned Future,” contains a detailed history of the founding and growth of Harrisonburg, including population statistics and documentation of land annexation as well a listing of the members of City Council from 1849-2006.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Subseries 1.1: City Planning Commission Annual Reports, 1966-1981
Annual Report 1965-1966 Harrisonburg City Planning Commission, 1966
1:1
Harrisonburg City Planning Commission Annual Report 1966-1967, 1967
1:2
Harrisonburg City Planning Commission Annual Report 1967-‘68, 1968
1:3
Harrisonburg City Planning Commission 1968-’69 Annual Report, 1969
1:4
Harrisonburg City Planning Commission 1969-1970 Annual Report, 1970
1:5
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1970-71 and 1971-72 Summary Report, 1972
1:6
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia 1972-1973 Planning Commission Summary Report, 1973
1:7
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1973-1974 Summary Report, 1974
1:8
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1974-1975 Summary Report, 1975
1:9
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1975-1976 Summary Report, 1976
1:10
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1976-1977 Summary Report, 1977
1:11
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1977-1978 Summary Report, 1978
1:12
City of Harrisonburg Planning Commission Summary Report 1978-1979, 1979
1:13
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission Summary Report 1979-1980, 1980
1:14
Harrisonburg Planning Commission Summary Report for 1980-81 1980 City’s Bicentennial, 1981
1:15
Subseries 1.2: Urban Planning Grants, 1965-1966
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Central Business District, Parking, Major Arterial Streets, Transportation and Transit Plans, November 1965
1:16
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Economic Base, Population, and Land Use Analysis, May 1963, August 1965, November 1965, November 1965
1:17
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Neighborhood Analysis, Harrisonburg, VA, November 1965
1:18
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Preliminary Community Facilities and Land Use Plans, November 1965
1:19
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Public Improvements Program, April 1966
1:20
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Comprehensive Plan Harrisonburg, VA, June 1966
1:21
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Comprehensive Plan Harrisonburg, VA, November 1966
1:22
Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous Reports, 1946-1992, undated
This Is It Booklet, Norfolk, VA, 1946
1:23
Downtown Construction, Remodeling, and Demolition Records 1955-- [REMOVED TO BOX 2], 1955-1989
2:1
Rebirth of a City, Norfolk, VA Official Publication of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, September 1959
1:24
Master Plan for the Central Shenandoah Valley Region Sociology Pro-Seminar Term Paper 1960 Spring Semester Robert J Sullivan Jr., 1960
1:25
Focus on Harrisonburg's Central Business District, July 1967
1:26
The Development of City Planning in Harrisonburg by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., April 1981
1:27
Commercial, Professional, Religious and Governmental Establishments in Harrisonburg, VA, November 1990
1:28
City of Harrisonburg 1991 Comprehensive Plan [REMOVED TO BOX 2], 1992
2:2
Harrisonburg: “The City with the Planned Future,” undated
1:29
Planning Sector Analysis, [REMOVED TO BOX 2], undated
2:3


Series 2: City of Harrisonburg, 1958-2012, undated
Arranged into two subseries: City Planning, 1960-2012, and Harrisonburg History, 1958-2008. Arranged chronologically within each series.

Subseries 2.1: City Planning, 1960-2012, undated, contains materials that Sullivan created in his role as City Planner, or that relate to city planning functions. Types of materials include photos and other documents related to the Northeast Urban Redevelopment Project, newspaper articles about city planning and the growth and development of Harrisonburg, and documents relating to zoning and historic district status. The folders titled “What do you think of Federal Aid? Photos and description,” contain a document written in 2012 by Sullivan explaining the history of urban redevelopment in Harrisonburg, and his role in the “slum clearance” projects of the 1950s and 1960s.

Subseries 2.2: Harrisonburg History, 1958-2008, undated, contains materials collected by Sullivan that relate to the history of Harrisonburg, as well as materials he created related to the history and development of the city. Sullivan was known as the “unofficial historian of Harrisonburg” and materials in this subseries document the history and development of Harrisonburg. Items of note include original drawings of downtown Harrisonburg from the 1950s and 1960s as well as posters and brochures that contain Sullivan’s sketches for the 1980 Bicentennial celebration. Other materials include the text of various talks Sullivan gave on the history of Harrisonburg to various groups in town.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Subseries 2.1: City Planning, 1960-2012, undated  
Photograph: Aerial View of Harrisonburg: Spotswood under Construction, 1960
Map Case 3:8 Folder 4
What do you think of Federal Aid? Photos and description, ca. 1960, 2012, (1 of 2 folders)
1:30
What do you think of Federal Aid? Photos and description, ca. 1960, 2012, (2 of 2 folders)
1:31
Newspaper Articles – City Planning, 1967, 1972, 1976, 1993
1:32
Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Harrisonburg VA 1st Revision, January 24, 1968
OV1:1a
“Talmadge R. Cooley, Harrisonburg Civic Leader,” by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., ca. 1971 1:33
Aerial View of Harrisonburg, 1972, undated
OV1:1b
Harrisonburg Area Transportation Study (HATS)-Includes Year 2015 Plan, 1979-1999
1:34, Map Case 3:8 Folder 4
VCPA Conference May 18-20 1986, 1986, undated
3:1
Harrisonburg Growth Articles August – September, 1987
3:2
Harrisonburg Comprehensive Plan Update 1997 (Historic Background Section) – includes info on Historic District Status, 1991-2002
3:3, OV1:1c
Old Town Harrisonburg Rezoning Committee, 2000-2001
3:4, OV1:1d
Subseries 2: Harrisonburg History, 1958-2008, undated  
Original Drawings of Downtown Harrisonburg by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1958
OV1:2
My Recollections of Rocktown Now Known as Harrisonburg by Maria G. Carr, 1959
3:5
Chronology of Harrisonburg, ca. 1962
3:6
Original Drawing: Old Spring House on the Court Square – To be reconstructed in time for Harrisonburg’s 200th Anniversary, 1966 Map Case 3:8 Folder 4
Historic Harrisonburg Virginia – A Walking Tour, 1969
3:7
Walking Tour of Downtown/Journey into the Past Brochures and Fliers, 1976, undated
3:8
“Harrisonburg”— Article from Shenandoah Valley Magazine, August 1979
3:9
“Harrisonburg Bicentennial Ecumenical Celebration of Faith” program, July 3, 1980
3:10
Bicentennial Envelope, 1980
3:11
Journey into the Past: Historic Harrisonburg Bicentennial Poster, 1980
Map Case 3:8 Folder 4
Journey into the Past: Historic Harrisonburg Sketches/Bicentennial Harrisonburg Sketches, 1980, undated 3:12
“Harrisonburg Celebrates its Bicentennial,” ca. 1980
3:13
Harrisonburg: The Transformation of a City – A Photographic exhibit arranged by Martha Caldwell, Caroline Marshall and Mike Zirkle, ca. 1980
3:14
Valley National Bank Brochure with Harrisonburg photos, ca. 1980
3:15
Ephemera Harrisonburg History, 1980, 1993, undated
3:16
Downtown Brochures, 1984, undated
3:17
Journey into the Past: A Walking Tour of Harrisonburg, VA, 1985
3:18
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Newsletter – A Brief History of Harrisonburg by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1987
3:19
Upstream Magazine: “Fred Cooper: Harrisonburg’s Sketch Pad Preservationist,” 1990
3:20
“A Few Facts about Harrisonburg” Talk to Rotary Club, July 26, 1993
3:21
Check-It-Out-Rockingham Public Library Newsletter, Austin Loewner article, 1993
3:22
Maps of Harrisonburg for Phone Directory, 1993-1994, 2003, undated
3:23
Common Ground Vol. VII No. 8 Article Written by Robert J. Sullivan, Jr., 1994
3:24
Harrisonburg “Blue Streaks” Football History Booklet by Robert J. Sullivan, Jr., 1994
3:25
Articles and Maps about Downtown Harrisonburg, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2008, undated
3:26
“Spring House,” 1995, undated
3:27, OV1:1e
Harrisonburg – copies of photos with descriptions 1960s-1990s, ca. 1995
3:28
DNR –“A Walk Through History,” April 1996 3:29
AARP Talk about Harrisonburg, 1998
3:30
Newspaper: “Your hometown…Bridgewater” clippings, February 14, 2001
3:31
DNR – Harrisonburg Growth Articles July 2 – July 7, 2001
3:32
2002 Downtown Walk for Library Friends, 2002
3:33
Historic District Status DNR, 2004
3:34
Spotswood Elementary School Drawings, 2004
3:35
City Produce Exchange/Wetsel Seed Co. by Robert E. Wetsel, August 2006
3:36
Old Town Historic District 2006, 2008
3:37
Massanutten Regional Library – The Deyerle Programs: An Artist’s Visual Snapshot of Harrisonburg, ca. 2006
3:38
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Newsletter – Emma Lyon Bryan painting, 2007
3:39
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance membership ephemera, undated
3:40
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance: Walking Tour Brochure, undated
3:41
Harrisonburg, 1959 photo album [no photos, description only], undated
3:42
Historic Postcards, undated
3:43
National Hotel – image from 1958-59 Photo Album, undated
3:44
Notes on Harrisonburg – streets, buildings, etc, undated
3:45
Rockingham County Courthouse, image pre 1896, undated
3:46
Valley National Bank Presents Harrisonburg Illustrations by Austin Loewner, text by John Green, undated 3:47


Series 3: Personal Papers, 1952-2013, undated
Arranged Chronologically.

Materials in the Personal Papers series document Sullivan's professional activities as well as his time as an instructor in the Political Science Department at James Madison University. Please note that the folder titled “JMU Classes - Evaluations,” do not contain student grades or performance evaluations, but rather contain evaluations completed by students about Sullivan’s performance as an instructor. For details of Sullivan’s life and career highlights please see the folder titled “Background Information Robert J. Sullivan, Jr., August 1998.”

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Articles about Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1952-2003 4:1
Personal Property Plans, 1961, 1967
OV1:3
DNR Article – Sullivan Named as Director of City Planning Commission, 1965
4:2
JMU General Catalogs with Sullivan listed as instructor, 1970-1977
4:3
Letters to the Editor by RJS, 1974-2003
4:4
DNR Article – Sullivan Knows Every Inch of Harrisonburg, February 15, 1982
4:5
Personal Letters, 1989, 1993, undated
4:6
Personal Letters, Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1995-2005 (1 of 2 folders)
4:7
Personal Letters, Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1995-2005 (2 of 2 folders)
4:8
Background Information Robert J. Sullivan, Jr., August 1998
4:9
“Harrisonburg, Louisiana,” Term Paper for Posc. 302, For Professor Sullivan’s State and Local Government Class, and DNR Article, 2002, 2006
4:10
JMU Classes - Evaluations, 2003-2006, undated
4:11
JMU All Together One Recognition, 2004
4:12
Spring Semester POSC 302 Class Information , 2004-2006, undated (1 of 2 folders)
4:13
Spring Semester POSC 302 Class Information , 2004-2006, undated (2 of 2 folders)
4:14
Health Articles, 2007
4:15
Distinguished Public Service Award, 2009
4:16
May 6, 2009 Article on Bob Sullivan’s Scrapbooks, 2009
4:17
RJS Obituary and Joint Resolution Celebrating the life of Robert James Sullivan Jr., 2013 4:18


Series 4: Scrapbooks and Newspaper, 1945-2012, undated
Arranged Chronologically.

The Scrapbooks and Newspaper series consists of newspaper clippings, either loose in folders, or pasted into scrapbooks, that document city planning and growth primarily in Harrisonburg, VA. Most newspaper clipping come from the Daily News-Record, the local newspaper for Harrisonburg, VA. In addition to clippings that document city planning efforts, Sullivan also collected and clippings that relate to historical aspects of Harrisonburg, particularly those that feature images of Harrisonburg from the past. The folder titled "News and Photos from DNR - "Old Times," contains a copy of the front page of the Daily News-Record from 1945 that reports on the ending of World War II. Please note that the scrapbooks in box 5, folders 4-7 are photocopies of the original scrapbooks. The original scrapbooks suffered from mold damage and were not retained.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
News and Photos from DNR – “Old Times,” 1945-1995, undated
OV1:4
Newspaper Clippings, 1959-1989
5:1
Clippings – Harrisonburg Development, 1960-2000, undated
5:2
DNR Images of Old Time Harrisonburg, 1960-2004, undated
5:3
Scrapbook - City of Harrisonburg, Virginia September 1955 thru Fall of 1957, 1955-1957
5:4
Scrapbook - City Planning Commission: Redevelopment and Housing Authority Newspaper Clippings, 1957-1961
5:5
Scrapbook - Harrisonburg Planning Commission News Clippings, 1961-1964
5:6
Scrapbook - Richmond, Virginia City Planning Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1966
5:7
Harrisonburg Maps from Newspapers, 1975-2002, undated
OV1:5
DNR and The Breeze Special Issues, 1979-1999, undated
OV1:6
Newspaper Clippings, 1990-1999
5:8
Newspaper Clippings, 2000-2010
5:9
Scrapbooked DNR Newspaper Clippings, July 2001 – October 2001
5:10
Scrapbooked DNR Newspaper Clippings, October 2001 – March 2002
5:11
Scrapbooked DNR Newspaper Clippings, March 2002 – May 2002
5:12
Scrapbooked DNR Newspaper Clippings, May 2002 – August 2002
5:13
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, August 2002
6:1
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, September 2002
6:2
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, October 2002
6:3
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, November 2002
6:4
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, December 2002
6:5
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, January 2003
6:6
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, February 2003
6:7
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, March 2003
6:8
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, April 2003
6:9
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, May 2003
6:10
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, June 2003
6:11
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, July 2003
6:12
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, August 2003
6:13
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, September 2003 6:14
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, October 2003
6:15
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, November 2003
7:1
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, December 2003
7:2
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, January 2004
7:3
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, February 2004
7:4
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, March 2004
7:5
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, April 2004
7:6
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, May 2004
7:7
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, June 2004
7:8
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, July 2004
7:9
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, August 2004
7:10
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, September 2004
7:11
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, October 2004
7:12
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, November 2004
7:13
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, December 2004
7:14
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, January 2005 7:15
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, February 2005
7:16
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, March 2005
7:17
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, April 2005
7:18
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, May 2005
7:19
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, June 2005
8:1
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, July 2005
8:2
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, August 2005
8:3
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, September 2005, undated
8:4
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, October 2005
8:5
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, November 2005
8:6
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News Record, December 2005
8:7
Newspaper Clippings – Harrisonburg Growth, 2006-2012
8:8
Survey of Selected Newspaper Headlines from the Harrisonburg Planning Scrapbooks, 1950s-1990s, undated
8:9
Survey of Selected Newspaper Headlines from the Harrisonburg Planning Commission Scrapbooks, 1965-1983, undated
8:10
Survey of Selected Newspaper Headlines from the Harrisonburg Planning Commission Scrapbooks, 1984-2000, undated 8:11


Series 5: Maps, 1958-1993, undated

The maps series contains maps that document areas of Harrisonburg slated for urban renewal, hand-drawn maps created by Sullivan that show the growth of Harrisonburg over time, and miscellaneous maps of Harrrisonburg and Rockingham County from various sources. Text within brackets [ ] indicates additional descriptive information added by the archivist. Each map has been numbered on the back in the bottom right corner.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Urban Renewal Project Maps - VA R-4 and Project VA R-16, 1958-1967, undated
Map Case 3:8 Folder 1
Present Zoning (1958) Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, 1958
Map 1
Northeast Harrisonburg Land Use (1958), 1958
Map 2
[Broad Street, Mason Street, N. Main Street] Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, August 24, 1960
Map 3
Street Adjustment Plan Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, November 17, 1960
Map 4
Project Area Map Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Wolfe Street Area, April 20, 1960
Map 5
Disposition Plan Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Wolfe Street Urban Renewal Area, January 1961
Map 6
Site Improvement Plan, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg Virginia, Wolfe Street Urban
Renewal Area, January 1961
Map 7
Boundary Map, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg Virginia, Wolfe Street Urban Renewal
Area, January 12, 1961
Map 8
Land Acquisition Plan, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, January 12, 1961
Map 9
Land Use Map, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Wolfe Street Area, January 12, 1961
Map 10
[Urban Renewal Map] This description made in July 1967, City Planning Office, R.J. Sullivan Jr., Director, 1967
Map 11
[Broad Street, E. Gay St.] Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
Map 12
[N. Mason St, Rock St.] Proposed Zoning, Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
Map 13
[Effinger Street, Broad St] Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Property Map Northeast Harrisonburg, undated
Map 14
Harrisonburg Planning Commission Proposed Street Intersection Channelization and Traffic Signal Installation, North Main & North Mason, Harrisonburg, VA, undated
Map 15
Map No. R-203 Site Clearance Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Project No.VA-R-4, Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated Map 16
[N. Mason, E. Rock St.] Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority, undated
Map 17
[Broad St., Rock St.] Northeast Harrisonburg Land Values, Urban Renewal Area, Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
Map 18
[Broad St., Rock St.] Property Map Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, undated
Map 19
Proposed Street Intersection Channelization and Traffic Signal Installation, N. Main – N. Mason – E. Johnson, Harrisonburg, VA, undated
Map 20
Streets, Curb & Gutter and Sidewalk, Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, undated
Map 21
[Broad St., E. Rock St.] Street Adjustment Plan, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, VA, undated
Map 22
Urban Renewal Poster, undated Map 23
Hand-drawn Maps, 1958-1980, undated Map Case 3:8 Folder 2
“Future Harrisonburg” by Bob Sullivan, August 1958
Map 24
Existing Land Use in Harrisonburg, Va., 1966
Map 25
A Map of Thomas Harrison’s Town of Harrisonburg Virginia 1780, January 1980
Map 26
Harrisonburg, 100 Years Ago, January 1980
Map 27
Harrisonburg with By-pass, new street traffic-plan & annexation, undated Map 28
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Maps, 1981-1993, undated Map Case 3:8 Folder 3
Map of Harrisonburg, Virginia and Environs / Rockingham County, Virginia, compiled at James Madison University Cartography Lab, 1981
Map 29
Map of Harrisonburg Virginia and Environs, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, May 1985
Map 30
Harrisonburg, Virginia and Vicinity—Zoning Map, compiled at the James Madison University Geography Lab, 1988
Map 31-33
Map of Harrisonburg Virginia and Environs, 1983-1993
Map 34
Map of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia, issued by Old Dominion Realty, Inc., undated
Map 35
Harrisonburg Virginia, undated
Map 36
Map of Harrisonburg Virginia 1916, revised to 1936, undated
Map 37
Rockingham County Virginia, undated Map 38


Series 7: Photographs and Slides, ca. 1930-2006, undated

Arranged into two subseries: Photographs, ca. 1930-2006, undated, and Slides, ca. 1965-1988, undated. Arranged chronologically within the photographs subseries, and alphabetically by slide grouping title in the slides subseries.

Subseries 7.1: Photographs, ca. 1930-2006, undated, contains images of Harrisonburg from ca. 1930-2006. Images document the areas of Harrisonburg targeted for urban renewal in the 1960s, buildings and other features of downtown Harrisonburg from the 1960s-early 2000s, historic buildings in Harrisonburg, and some images of Harrisonburg High School football. Also included are images of students in classes taught by Sullivan from 1990-2006, as well as images from the walking tours that he conducted with his students. Items identified as photo albums in the inventory below were removed from their original albums and foldered individually with corresponding captions as folder titles.

Subseries 7.2: Slides, ca. 1965-1988, undated

All images within the Slides subseries have been digitized and are available to view within JMU Scholarly Commons. Clicking on Subseries 7.2: Slides, ca. 1965-1988, undated, will navigate to the central slide page with each grouping linked. Each individual grouping is also listed and linked in the inventory below. The slides are arranged topically based on the original arrangement created by Sullivan and are listed alphabetically in the inventory below. Sullivan wrote additional information that describes the images onto most slides in the collection. That descriptive information is listed as the title when viewing the images within JMU Scholarly Commons. Most images in the slides subseries document Harrisonburg and the surrounding area from the 1960s-1980s. Other content includes images of Reston, VA, and Durham, NC that feature housing complexes and downtown areas. Please note that images of Harrisonburg are found within the grouping labeled as "Durham, NC," as well as in the grouping titled "non-H'burg."

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Subseries 7.1: Photographs, ca.1930-2012, undated  
Panoramic view of Harrisonburg-Looking east from top of Annie Burke Good hill on south side of West Market Street., ca. 1930
Map Case 3:8 Folder 4
Daily News Record Oct. 1, 1959 Flooding photos and article, 1959
9:1
Northwest and Southeast "Slums," ca. 1960
9:2
Miscellaneous Photos, ca. 1960-2000
9:3
Some of Harrisonburg's historic structures June 1976, 1963, 1967, 1976
9:4
Old Photographs: Harrisonburg [includes view of Court Square from 1890s], ca. 1965, undated
9:5
Old Photographs: Harrisonburg Schools, ca. 1965, undated
9:6
Downtown, 1966-1967
9:7
Photographs: Harrisonburg Public Housing, 1966-1968
9:8
High Street widening 1968-1969 Before and After, 1966-1969 (1 of 2 folders)
9:9
High Street widening 1968-1969 Before and After, 1966-1969 (2 of 2 folders)
9:10
1969 High Street Widening Project, 1966-1969, 2012
9:11
Photographs Harrisonburg, June 1969
9:12
Photograph: Planning Commission, December 1972
9:13
Downtown Harrisonburg sidewalk beautification project [photos], 1978-1979
9:14
Downtown Harrisonburg sidewalk beautification project [negatives], 1978-1979 9:15
Photographs and Negatives "Planning Director Sullivan," ca. 1980
9:16
Photos and Negatives: Construction, 1982
9:17
Aerial views of Downtown Harrisonburg July 1984 and Flood in Downtown- early 2000s?, 1984, ca. 2000
9:18
VCPA Conference Photographs May 18-20, 1986, 1986, undated 9:19
Southeast, 1988, 1999-2001 9:20
JMU Classes - Walking Tours, 1990, 2001-2006, undated 9:21
Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated  
Blessed Sacrament Church, undated
9:22
City-County Jail & the Old County Jail, 1999, 2004, undated
9:23
County Office Building (The National Bank), undated
10:1
Hardesty Higgins House, 2001, 2006, undated
10:2
Harrisonburg Electric Commission West Bruce Street, undated
10:3
Harrisonburg High School, 2003, 2005, undated
10:4
Harrisonburg Police Station South Liberty Street, 1999, 2004, undated
10:5
Harrisonburg Public Safety Building, North Main Street, 1999, undated
10:6
Harrisonburg School Board Office, undated
10:7
Hose Co. # 4 East Rock Street, undated
10:8
Judicial Center West Court Square, 2004, undated
10:9
Massanutten Regional Library, 2004, undated
10:10
Miscellaneous, 1999-2003, undated
10:11
Municipal Building, 2004, undated
10:12
Old Harrisonburg Post Office, 2004, undated
10:13
Polly Lineweaver Apartments North Main Street, 2004, undated
10:14
Rockingham County Administration Center, 2004, undated
10:15
Rockingham County Court House, 1995-2006, undated
10:16
Rockingham Memorial Hospital, undated
10:17
Social Services & Health Department Building, 2004, undated
10:18
Warren-Sipe House Quilt Museum, 2001, 2004, undated
10:19
World War One Monument South Main - South Liberty, 2004, 2006, undated 10:20
West Market Street Widening, 1999-2000
10:21
Northwest, 1999-2001, 2005
10:22
Downtown, 1999-2005
10:23
Northeast, 1999-2006 10:24
Photo Album - Harrisonburg Buildings, ca. 2000  
Harrisonburg "City Hall" Bryan Mabry
Harrisonburg School Board Office
VA Quilt Museum
Massanutten Regional Library
Rockingham County Office Building
Rockingham County Court House
Rockingham-Harrisonburg Judicial Center
Rockingham-Harrisonburg Dept. of Health and Social Services
J. R. Lineweaver Apartments
Harrisonburg Fire Station #4
VA Dept. of Taxation Office
ABC Store
Rockingham Co. Government Administration Center
Rockingham Harrisonburg Judicial Center
Harrisonburg Electric Commission
Court House Clock Tower
10:25
Harrisonburg photos (various places) from flight over Harrisonburg with Jeff Harris - also Piper Cubs, etc., June 2001, undated
10:26
Harrisonburg High School 2001 State Football Champions at Court Square, December 2001
10:27
Photographs: HHS Football, HHS Baseball ca 1920, and cemeteries, 2002-2006
10:28
Harrisonburg High School and Dukes Plaza, 1999-2005, undated 10:29
Aerial Photographs of Harrisonburg, undated
10:30
Courthouse, Morrison photograph, late 1800s, undated
10:31
1890s Harrisonburg, undated
10:32
Harrisonburg Post Office/Federal Building Mural, undated
10:33
Kavanaugh Hotel, undated
10:34
Polsci and Geography photo, undated
10:35
Slum Photographs Harrisonburg VA, undated 10:36
Subseries 7.2: Slides, ca. 1965-1988, undated (All slides digitized)  
1978, 1979, and Spring 1980 (showing part of the Bicentennial Parade- H’burg’s 200th birthday), 1978-1980 OV2
Court Square (after landscaping), 1976-1977
OV2
Downtown Photos, Various Items 1960s, 70s, 80s, 1966-1985, undated
OV2
Durham, NC Street Plantings and Downtown Beautification, 1976
OV2
Fall ’79, Dry River Dam, ’83, Mixed views etc. -88, 1966-1988, undated
OV2
Historical structures and churches, schools and parks, JMU and EMC, 1967-1988, undated
OV2
Housing— various types and situations, 1966-1988, undated
OV2
Industries, Railroad Pollution Scenes…City Facilities- parking lots, fire stations, police station, HEC; “Miscellaneous,” 1966-1986, undated
OV2
Late 1960s, ca. 1965-ca. 1975
OV2
May-July, 1980
OV2
Non-H’burg 1968-88, 1968-1988, undated
OV2
Old Town, 1988, undated
OV2
Pee Wee Football and Handley HS, 1978-1984
OV2
Pre Plan City, 1983, undated OV2
Reston, VA, Columbia, MD, Green Run, VA Beach, 1970-1972
OV2
Slum slides, 1967-1974
OV2
Steam plant pictures, Winter 1981-1982, Spring & Summer 1982, 1981-1982, undated
OV2
Street construction projects, 1966-1981 OV2