A Guide to the Carrie Bishop Scrapbook, 1914-1918, 1939
Collection Number SC 0033

Compiled by: Sarah Roth-Mullet, January 2018


Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Carrie Bishop Scrapbook, 1914-1918, 1939

Collection No.: SC 0033
Creator: Carrie Bishop

Extent: 1 oversized flat box; .3 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: Scrapbook documents Bishop’s activities as a student at the State Normal School for Women, including membership in various clubs, societies, and attendance of social outings and cultural events.


Administrative Information


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

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Carrie Bishop Scrapbook, 1914-1918, 1939, SC 0033, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: Unknown. The scrapbook was likely transferred to Special Collections by the Alumni Office.

Bio/Historical Note:
Carrie Bishop, from Proffitt, Virginia, in Albermarle County, was a student at the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg (now James Madison University), from 1914-1918. The 1918 edition of the year book, Schoolma’am, describes Carrie Bishop as “well worth listening to, whether it be on Burns, woman’s suffrage, or law and order as not preserved in Burress Hall. No Discipline Troubles for Carrie B.” Following graduation, she taught in Churchland, Virginia.

Scope and Content:
The scrapbook, arranged by year, documents Bishop’s membership in various clubs and societies, participation in social outings, and attendance at cultural events during her time as a student at the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg. She was a member of the YWCA, Lee Literary Stratford Society, Glee Club, Racket Tennis Club, and was a forward on the freshman and sophomore basketball teams. The scrapbook contains personal notes, commencement address, playbills and programs from theater and musical productions, ribbons, pressed flowers, paper napkins, and other ephemera.

Bishop attended many music and theater events. The scrapbook includes programs from student recitals and theater productions at the Normal School for Women, as well as programs from visiting performers, including the Weber Male Quartet, violinist Jules Falk, the Chicago Orchestral Choir, the Elsie Herndon Kearns Theater Company, and Redpath Bureau shows by Montraville M. Wood and the Adelphia Concert Artists.

Bishop also attended many productions at the local New Virginia Theatre, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Of particular note are playbills from D. W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” (1916) and “Intolerance” (1917), and the “Elks’ Minstrels” put on the by Staunton Lodge No. 351 (1916). She attended the “Lee-Jackson Day Celebration,” put on by the Turner Ashby Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (1917), “A Woman and her Worth: a Great Message to Women and Girls Only,” by Charles W. Brewbaker, and the music and dance group, “Bells Famous Hawaiians” (1918). A note on a napkin documents a car ride and picnic lunch on the “side of Massanutten Mountain,” with faculty member, Dr. Wayland and his children.

The scrapbook also includes a photograph, dated 1939, with a handwritten note to Stella from Sonya, and an accompanying Alumnae Home-coming program from 1939. These items appear to be unrelated to the scrapbook, but because there is no acquisition documentation and they were boxed together at the time of processing, they are included with the scrapbook.

The scrapbook remains bound. It is housed with a letter folder in a flat oversized box.

The Schoolma'am, 1918. Harrisonburg (Va.): State Normal School for Women.


Folder Title
Box : Folder
Carrie Bishop Scrapbook, 1914-1918, 1939 OV 1
Ephemera, 1939 OV 1:1