A Guide to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Turner Ashby Chapter Records, 1896-1990s

Collection Number SC 3010

Compiled by: Chris Bolgiano, March 1990

Revised by: Alicia Henneberry, September 2013


Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: United Daughters of the Confederacy, Turner Ashby Chapter Records

Collection number:  SC 3010

Creator: Various members/applicants of the Turner Ashby chapter

Extent: 1 Hollinger box, 2 flat box

Language: English

Abstract: This collection deals with the records from the Turner Ashby Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. These records are mostly comprised of membership applications from 1896 up into the 1990s, along with memorabilia such as confederate banners, scrapbooks, yearbooks, cassette tapes, and the original charters for the chapter.


Administrative Information


Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have not 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: United Daughters of the Confederacy, Turner Ashby Chapter Records, 1896-1990, SC 3010, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Placed on deposit through contract dated November 7, 1989

Provenance:  Additions added March, 1991 and February 1993

Bio/Historical Note: The United Daughters of the Confederacy were formed by the outgrowth of local and memorial groups related the United Confederate Veterans, formed after the Civil War. It was first founded in Nashville, Tennessee on September 10, 1894 under the name the National Association of the Daughters of the Confederacy. At its second meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1895, the name of the organization was changed to the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Membership into a chapter of the UDC requires that women applying must be at least 16 years of age who are lineal or collateral blood descendants of men and women who served in the Army, Navy, or Civil Service for the Confederate States during the Civil War. On October 21, 1895, four chapters charted by the UDC met in Alexandria, Va. and organized the first statewide organization with the UDC: the Virginia Division. The Turner Ashby Chapter was chartered by about two dozen Harrisonburg women in the late 1890’s. Today, the chapter has taken on a variety of education and historic preservation efforts, especially the Turner Ashby monument.


Scope and Content: The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Turner Ashby Chapter Records, 1896-1990s, consists of 1 Hollinger box and 2 flat boxes containing the records of the chapter up until the present day. These records are mainly comprised of membership application forms, along with some incomplete forms and several Confederate banners. In the accompanying flat boxes, there are the original charters, programs, yearbooks, and scrapbooks. There are also 9 cassette tapes of interviews with local persons on Valley historical matters (particularly the Civil War), most of them done by local historian Wip Robinson ca. 1960. Mr. Robinson's wife Jane was a very active chapter president. An index to the tapes is available from the Special Collections office. The collection is arranged in two series, Membership Applications and Memorabilia.



The Collection is arranged in two series:



United Daughters of the Confederacy, National Website: http://hqudc.org/

Virginia Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy: http://vaudc.org/

Related Material:

See also, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Southern Cross of Honor Documents. SC 2060




Box: Folder

Series I, Membership Applications           


      Oldest Records (1896-1904)
















      Active file(as of March 1991)


      Members, Associates, and Incomplete forms


Series II, Memorabilia


      Confederate Banners


      Two Charters (1896, 1897)

Flat Box 1: 1

      Ten Programs (1912-1989)

Flat Box 1:2

      Two Scrapbooks (1960/61, 1962)

Flat Box 1

      Yearbooks (1940/41-1951/52, 1953/54-1956,

      1958/59, 1959/60, 1961, 1962/63, 1973/74-      1975/76,1978/79, 1981/82-1982/83, 1986/87.)                   

Flat Box 1

      Nine Cassette Tapes

Flat Box 1

Scrapbook, 1988/89

Flat Box 2