A Guide to the

Sarah McAllister Thrash Papers, 1951-1995

SC 0037

Compiled by: Ellen Blackmon, November 2015

 

Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Sarah McAllister Thrash Papers, 1951-1995

Collection No.: SC 0037
Creator: Sarah McAllister Thrash

Extent: 3 letter folders, .12 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Sarah McAllister Thrash Papers, 1951-1995, contain memorabilia from Sarah McAllister Thrash’s time at Madison College in the early 1950s. The collection is comprised primarily of photographs taken at Madison College alumni events dating from the early 1970s to 1995.

 

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

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Sarah McAllister Thrash Papers, 1951-1995, SC 0037, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: This collection was donated to the James Madison University Alumni Association and was subsequently transferred to the Special Collections Library.
Processing Information: The newspaper clipping announcing the engagement of Phyllis Ann Keith to Douglas Lee Creger was photocopied. The original was retained. Photographs and miscellaneous ephemera that were originally affixed to four loose sheets of construction paper were removed in preparation for possible adhesive failure. The sheets were photocopied prior to the removal of the photographs to preserve context.

Bio/Historical Note:

Sarah Billopp McAllister Thrash of Covington, Virginia graduated from Madison College in 1955 with a degree in English. Her extracurricular activities included working for The Breeze, and the college handbook as well as the honor council. She was a junior marshal and a member of  El Club Espanol, Le Cercle Francais, Canterbury Club (Episcopal student organization), Ex Libris Club (library science), YWCA, and the Cotillion Club.

By the early 1970s, Thrash moved to Salisbury, Maryland and was active in her community chapter of the Madison College/James Madison University Alumni Association.

Scope and Content:
The Sarah McAllister Thrash Papers, 1951-1995, consist of three folders and contain Thrash’s 1951-1952 student handbook. “Sally McAllister” a well as “(Sexie) Sally McAllister” are written on the front. The back cover contains handwritten annotations. A newspaper clipping announcing the engagement of Phyllis Ann Keith, a classmate of Thrash’s, to Douglas Lee Creger is included.

The collection is comprised primarily of photographs taken at Madison College alumni events dating from the early 1970s to 1995. The photographs feature Eastern Shore alumni events in 1971, 1972, and 1973and include guest speakers Raymond Dingledine, Francis Turner, and Ray Sonner. Photos from the 1973 Madison College Homecoming Parade are also included.

The collection also contains a loose assortment of photographs taken in 1995 at the 40th reunion of the Madison College Class of 1955. Thrash and many of her classmates are photographed; some individual names are provided on the back of the photographs. The photographs were taken around the university campus and include images of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. One photograph dating to 1980 features what is presumed to be the 35th reunion of the Madison College Class of 1955.

Arrangement:
The collection is arranged topically in two folders. Items are further arranged chronologically when possible.

Bibliography:
The Schoolma'am, 1955. Harrisonburg (Va.): Madison College.

Contents:

Folder Title Box : Folder
Student Materials, 1950s 1:1
Photographs, Eastern Shore Madison College Alumni events, 1971-1973 1:2
Photographs, Madison College reunions, 1980, 1995 1:3