Willis, Bettie Hiter Letters, 1864-1942

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Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Bettie Hiter Willis Letters, 1864-1942

Collection No.: SC 5053
Creator: Unknown

Extent: ; 166 items

Language: English

Abstract: Diaries and letters from a young woman in Virginia during the Civil War.


Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for 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 Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk. (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], Bettie Hiter Willis Letters, 1864-1942, SC 5053, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Donated by MaryMay Angelil in September 2012 for scanning. Provenance: MaryMay Angelil, the donor, is the great granddaughter of Bettie Hiter Willis. The letters have been in the family's possession since the Civil War.
Processing Information: The pages were flattened and then scanned on an Epson 10000 XL scanner at 600 dpi. The scans have been separated into the original journal segments and letters. The collection was kept in the original order for scanning

Bio/Historical Note:

This collection contains correspondence and diaries of Bettie Hiter Willis, including journals from 1864-1865 and 1878-1879. She writes about her experiences with the Civil War as well as personal relations. She lived in the Culpepper, VA, and for a short period in the Shenandoah Valley, and wrote about local deaths in the War as well as her own personal take on Abraham Lincoln's assassination. The collection begins at age 13, in 1864, and continues with her children's correspondence until 1942.

Scope and Content:

The Bettie Hiter Willis Letters, 1864-1942 consist of 166 digital files that were created by Special Collections from thirty-five letters, three journal segments, and one poem. The bulk of the letters were written to family members in Virginia. Several letters and journal entries from Bettie Hiter Willis herself as a young girl describe local events from the Civil War.


Items were kept in the original, apparently random, order that they were in when Special Collections received the collection.


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Compiled by: Chelsea Tholen