A Guide to the

Joseph J. Dorsey Papers, ca. 1912-1953

SC 0005

Compiled by: Kaitlin Scott, September 2015 and Tiffany Cole, September 2016

 

Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Joseph J. Dorsey Papers, ca. 1912-1953

Collection No.: SC 0005
Creator: Joseph J. Dorsey

Extent: 1 legal folder; .08 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Joseph J. Dorsey Papers, ca. 1912-1953, consisting of one folder, contain two photographs of Joseph J. Dorsey and his 1953 obituary as published in the Daily News-Record.

 

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 #], Joseph J. Dorsey Papers, ca. 1912-1953, SC 0005, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: James Madison University Alumni Association donated these materials to Special Collections prior to 2013.
Processing Information: The newspaper clipping of Joseph J. Dorsey’s obituary was photocopied and placed with the original.

Bio/Historical Note:

Joseph J. Dorsey, born December 2, 1860 in Rawley Springs, Virginia to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Dorsey, was an accomplished stone contractor and stonemason. He entered the trade at the age of 25 and went on to become the dean of the stonemasons in the Harrisonburg area. Dorsey assisted in the erection of many structures in Harrisonburg including churches, the Daily News-Record building, the first units of Rockingham Memorial Hospital, and a number of the initial buildings that comprised the campus of what is now James Madison University. Dorsey was also employed as a stonemason for projects at the University of Virginia. Dorsey was a Harrisonburg resident for 67 years until his death on March 18, 1953. He is buried in Woodbine Cemetery.

Scope and Content:

The Joseph J. Dorsey Papers, ca. 1912-1953, consist of two photographs of Joseph J. Dorsey and his 1953 obituary as published in the Daily News-Record. One photograph depicts Joseph Dorsey with a group of workers, including one African American, outside of one of the first buildings at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. An inscription on the verso of the photograph reads: “Joseph J. Dorsey and men working for him at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. When he built bldgs. at Madison College he had 40 men working for him. Dr. Duke was president at time at Madison.” The second photograph features Dorsey sitting outside on a rock pile in front of wooden structure. Lastly, Dorsey’s obituary from the March 19, 1953 issue of the Daily News-Record is included.

Arrangement:
One folder containing two photographs and one obituary.

Bibliography:
"Jos. J. Dorsey Dies at Age of 92: Retired Stonemason Contracted For Many Buildings Here." Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, Virginia), March 19, 1953.

Contents:

Folder Title Box : Folder
Joseph J .Dorsey Papers (two photographs, obituary), ca. 1912-1953 1:1