A Guide to the

John L. Heatwole Personal Papers, 1973-1995

SC 0101

Compiled by: Christina Bolgiano, March 1988; Updated, July 2008
Revised By: Tara Mastrangelo, September 2010

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: John L. Heatwole Personal Papers, 1973-1995

Collection No.: SC 0101

Creator: John L. Heatwole

Extent: 2 boxes; .84 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: John L. Heatwole Personal Papers, 1973-1995, consists of one Hollinger box and one flat box of items such as correspondence, exhibit notices, consignment contracts, magazine articles, photos, and sketches relevant to Heatwole's work as an artist and lecturer.

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 Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).
Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], John L. Heatwole Personal Papers, 1973-1995, SC 0101, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Acquisition Information: Materials were donated by John L. Heatwole in December 1987 and September 1995.
Processing Information: In 2010, a few series titles and folders were renamed and one folder was reorganized into additional folders to improve understanding of the collections's contents. The order imposed by the creator has been generally maintained in most cases. In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 2075.

Biographical/Historical Note

John L. Heatwole (1948-2006), born in Washington D.C., served in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked at the Library of Congress until 1974, when he and his wife, Miriam, relocated to the Shenandoah Valley. Heatwole originally took a job as a woodcarver with the Virginia Craftsmen Furniture Company in Harrisonburg, Va., and three years later he opened his own woodcarving shop in Bridgewater, Va. Heatwole drew on folklore and family sotries as inspiration for his wood carvings. Using only hand tools and a secret color staining process, Heatwole became widely recognized as a local artist of note. In addition to artist and woodcarver, he was also locally known as a tour guide, historian and folklorist in the Shenandoah Valley. Throughout his lifetime he sat on various committees and boards related to both art and history, and received many awards for his work. He chaired the Rockingham County Bicentennial Committee and in 1991 he was the first Virginian to display art in the National Capital Rotunda. Heatwole also authored several books relating to superstitions, folkways, and the Civil War.

Scope and Content

John L. Heatwole Personal Papers, 1973-1995, consists of one hollinger box and one flat box of items such as correspondence, exhibit notices, consignment contracts, magazine articles, photos, and sketches relevant to Heatwole's work as an artist and lecturer. The collection is arranged into five series: Diaries, Letters, Media, Miscellaneous, and Oversize Materials.

Series 1, Diaries, 1979-1995, consists of four bound diaries arranged into two folders. The content of these diaries is mainly relevant to his business and art.

Series 2, Letters, 1976-1987, includes incoming letters from students, fellow artists, clients, the Dow Agency, and Neiman-Marcus. Many letters are pertinent to exhibits, events, and lectures Heatwole participated in.

Series 3, Media, 1973-1989, includes magazines and newsletters containing articles about Heatwole, photocopies of newspaper clippings about the artist, and a 1989 WVPT video of an interview with the artist.

Series 4, Miscellaneous, 1976-1987, contains a variety of items relevant to Heatwole's art, as well as events and activities in which he participated. The series includes two issues of Fine Woodworking Magazine which contain articles and reviews written by Heatwole. A few items of crrespondence from the publisher relevant to the articles are housed with the magazines. The series also holds drafts of articles by Heatwole; business documents such as sale receipts, consignment contracts, and deeds of gift; photographs of the artist and his woodcarvings; and event memborabilia such as public notices of exhibits, programs from events, and photocopies of a visitor register form from an exhibit of Heatwole's work.

Series 5, Oversize Materials, 1976-1987, is an oversize flat box containing posters advertising Heatwole's work on display at Neiman-Marcus and a variety of Heatwole's sketches.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by topic into five series: Diaries, Letters, Media, Miscellaneous, and Oversize Materials.

Bibliography

Heatwole, John L. John L. Heatwole: The Word Gatherer, Oral History Inteview. By Carol Maureen DeHart.  Staunton, Va.: Lot's Wife Publishing, 2007.

Related Material/Collections

John L. Heatwole Collection of Shenandoah Valley History, 1802-1901, SC 0092, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Contents

 

Series 1: Diaries, 1979-1995
Box:Folder

1979-1981

1:1

1981-83

1983-1991

1:2

1991-1995

Series 2: Letters, 1976-1987

Artists and Students, 1981-1986, and undated

1:3

Cheek, Leslie, 1984-1987

1:4

Clients, 1978-1987, and undated

1:5

Dow Agency, 1984-1987

1:6

Lectures, 1976-1987, and undated

1:7

Neiman-Marcus, 1979-1986, and undated

1:8

Miscellaneous Letters, 1982-1986

1:9
Series 3: Media, 1973-1989

Articles about Artist, 1978-1984

1:10

Clippings, 1973-1987, and undated

1:11

WVPT Intervew, 1989

Media Cabinet
Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1976-1987

Published Articles by Heatwole, 1986-1987

1:12

Article drafts by Heatwole, 1987 and undated

1:13

Business Documents, 1977-1987, and undated

1:14

Event Memorabilia, 1976-1987, and undated

1:15

Photos, 1979-1985, and undated

1:16
Series 5: Oversize Materials, 1976-1987

Neiman-Marcus Poster, 1981

OV 1:1

Neiman-Marcus Posters, 1981-1982

OV 1:2

Neiman-Marcus Posters, 1983-1984

OV 1:3

Sketches, 1976-1983

OV 1:4

Sketches, 1984-1987

OV 1:5

Sketches, undated

OV 1:6