elizabeth carrol


A Guide to the Elizabeth Arrena Carroll Scrapbook, 1921-1925

SC# 5011

Compiled by: Julia Merkel
Erika Morrison, 2007
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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title:  Elizabeth Arrena Carroll Scrapbook, 1921-1925

Creator: Elizabeth Arrena Carroll

Collection No.: SC# 5011

Extent:  .21 linear feet; dimensions: 7” x 11½ ” x 1½”; 1/2 Hollinger box



This collection consists of one scrapbook compiled during Miss Carroll’s enrollment in professional courses at the State Normal School for Women in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  It includes correspondence from 1921 though the bulk of the material appears to be from 1923-1925.

Administrative Information

Access restrictions:


Collection is open for research.

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:


The Elizabeth Arrena Carroll Scrapbook, 1921-1925, SC# 5011, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information:


Gift of Edith H. Good, Class of 1956, via JMU Alumnia Association April, 2006.

Processing Notes:


The scrapbook was cleaned and remains intact.  Preservation recommends that dismantling and contents migration be considered for long-term storage due to the inherent instability of the supports.  The scrapbook exhibits some losses from light and insect activity most likely moth damage to the wool felts comprising the cover.

Biographical Note


Elizabeth Arrena Carroll and her twin sister, Catherine Cornelia Carroll, both of Front Royal, Virginia in Warren County graduated from the professional courses at the State Teachers College, Harrisonburg in June of 1925.  Elizabeth was a member of the Pinquet Tennis Club, the Choral Club, the Athletic Association, and the YWCA.  Her inscription from the 1925 School Ma’am reads, "For though on pleasure she was bent, She had a frugal mind."  Cornelia’s reads, "As brimful of mischief and wit and glee, As ever a human frame can be."  Elizabeth played the mandolin, and it can be deduced from photographs and a permission slip from their mother to Dean Varner that the fashionable sisters enjoyed upperclass privileges of visiting friends on weekends and receiving gentleman callers to campus.

Scope and Content


The Elizabeth Arrena Carroll Scrapbook, 1921-1925, consists of one 7" x 11½" x 1½" scrapbook requiring 2.63 linear inches of storage space, 1921-1925.  The scrapbook is purple felt with orange script lettering "Memories" and an "HTC" (Harrisonburg Teacher’s College) insignia stitched in orange felt and bound together with purple cotton cord.  Contents of the scrapbook are mounted on black paper pages and consist of cards and letters from friends and family; multiple black and white photographs of the sisters and their friends both on and off campus; ephemera including tickets and programs from cultural and athletic events such as a Japanese operetta presented by the sophomore class, a May Day Festival Program, and a list of 2nd year class privileges.  There is also an amusing though undated entreaty by Dorothy Garber to return for commencement (presumably in a year subsequent to 1925).  A field day program lists six events: hurdles, triple jump, basketball distance, 75 yard dash, high jump, and relay followed by baseball at three in the afternoon.  Several letters from a James in Washington, DC mention automobile trips and train schedules.



School Ma’am 1925.

Related Collections:


Alice Virginia Kellam Scrapbook, 1923-1925, SC# 5004

JMU Archival Collections: Memorabilia and General; SU 2004-0904 and SU 2004-1216

Mary Spitzer Etter Papers, 1924-1976, SC# 5012

Marian Colton Smith Harris Papers, 1932-1938, SC# 5008

Virginia Elizabeth Tisdale Fenlon Collection, 1925-1934, SC# 4058

Separated Material:

Consider removal or cross-listing material that may fill gaps in JMU Historical files content i.e. student handbooks, constitution and by-laws of the student association, etc.