JMU Historical Collection

The JMU Historical Collection consists of material pertaining to JMU-affiliated organizations and individuals in the categories below. However, before you use these collections, make sure you have done some background research on your topic first. Here are two background resources:

Primary Sources

  • Founding Documents in Special Collections – A selection of digitized documents and images representing JMU’s first decade; records include early commencement programs, Normal Bulletins, Board of Trustees minutes, faculty minutes, yearbooks, student handbooks, student posters, selected correspondence and documents of President Burruss, and an interactive, annotated historical timeline, 1908-1910.
  • Vertical Files – This is a great source of ephemeral materials that document various events, programs, or activities. [make page for this and add the content there]
  • JMU Memories Exhibit
  • JMU Yearbook Collection Online – This collection of yearbooks ranges from 1910 to 2011. The first yearbook, The Schoolma’am, was consecutively published until 1961 when the official name was changed to Bluestone. Also available from JMU Scholarly Commons.

Secondary Sources