Audrey Hatcher Vaughan

A Guide to the

Audrey Hatcher Vaughan Papers, 1942-1944

SC# 5021

Compiled by: Tiffany W. Cole, February 2010


Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Audrey Hatcher Vaughan Papers, 1942-1944

Collection No.: SC# 5021

Creator: Audrey Vaughan

Extent: 3 folders; 66 items

Language: English


The Audrey Hatcher Vaughan Papers, 1942-1944, consists of three folders of school related materials, correspondence from WWII soldiers and fellow schoolmates, and miscellaneous materials pertaining to the donor's time at Madison College.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation: 

Vaughan, Audrey Hatcher, Papers, 1942-1944, SC# 5021, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Audrey Hatcher Vaughan in June 2009.


The materials within this collection were at one point part of the donor's Madison College scrapbook.

Processing Information:

Due to the acidity of the paper and deteriorating quality, some materials have been photocopied on acid-free paper.

Biographical Note

Audrey Hatcher Vaughan of Roanoke, Virginia completed the two year pre-nursing curriculum at Madison College in 1944 and subsequently transferred to the Duke University School of Nursing where she graduated in 1947.  She later became an instructor then the director at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.  While at Madison, Vaughan was active in the Sigma Alpha Sigma sorority and Clara Barton Club, and served as a cabinet member of the YWCA.


Scope and Content

The Audrey Hatcher Vaughan Papers, 1942-1944, is arranged in three series, Student Life, Correspondence, and Miscellany, and consists three folders of exams, registration information, programs, and letters and postcards from WWII soldiers and schoolmates.  The collection also contains newspaper clippings and other ephemera pertaining to the donor and events relevant to her years at Madison College that were saved from a personal scrapbook.

Series I, Student Life, 1942-1944, consists of exams, registration materials, and documents regarding the donor's sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha.  Also of interest is a list of books and their corresponding prices that the donor purchased for her classes.  Bulletins from the Baptist Student Union and programs from the 1943 May Day celebration and other music programs are also included.

Series II, Correspondence, 1942-1944, includes response letters from WWII servicemen to the donor as part of a college initiative to boost the morale of the men serving in the war.  Many of the men were either acquaintances met through USO events or in-service boyfriends of the donor's fellow students.  In addition, postcards received from schoolmates who lived on her hall, as well as blank postcards, are included.  The postcards document local sites such as the Lincoln Homestead, Harrisonburg High School, the post office and federal court house in Harrisonburg, a view of Main Street and Court Square, Washington and Lee University in Lexington, and Marshall College in Huntington, West Virginia while others are satirical in content.

Series III, Miscellany, 1942-1943, is composed of assorted ephemera including a souvenir silk scarf given to the donor by a boyfriend serving in the Air Force, papers and newspaper clippings related to student involvement in the war effort, and materials from a trip to Luray Caverns.


The collection is arranged in three series:

I. Student Life, 1942-1944

II. Correspondence, 1942-1944

III. Miscellany, 1942-1943


Schoolma'am, 1944.

AN 93-0916 Commencement programs, 1910-present; June 2, 1944 program.

Related Material/Collections

For similar collections pertaining to JMU alumni, see the JMU Historical Collection.


Series I:  Student Life, 1942-1944
Series II:  Correspondence, 1942-1944
Series III:  Miscellany, 1942-1943