A Guide to the Dale F. Harter Collection of Undocumented Deeds:
An Exhibit on the History of Harrisonburg's African-American Community, 1930-1985.

Collection Number SC 0105

 

Edited by Kayla Payne, June 2012

 

Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: A Guide to the Dale F. Harter Collection of Undocumented Deeds: An Exhibit on the History of Harrisonburg's African-American Community, 1930-1985

Collection No.: SC 0105

Creator:  Dale F. Harter

Extent: 4 folders; .16 cubic feet

Language:  English

Abstract: These four folders contain items and information used in the exhibit "Undocumented Deeds: an exhibit on the history of Harrisonburg's African-American Community." The exhibit was compiled by Dale F. Harter and held in the Warren-Sipe Museum of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in the autumn of 1991.

 

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 #], Dale F. Harter Collection of Undocumented Deeds: An Exhibit on the History of Harrisonburg's African-American Community, 1930-1985, SC 0105, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Copies of texts and photographs mounted in the display were purchased from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in 1992.

Processing Information: 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 2085.

Bio/Historical Note:  Some (but not all) of the people or groups mentioned in the collection:

Scope and Content:  This collection consists of photocopies of news clippings, school reunion programs, portions of church histories, scrapbooks, newsletters, photographs, and other items displayed in the exhibit "Undocumented Deeds: an exhibit on the history of Harrisonburg's African-American community" compiled by Dale F. Harter and held in the Warren-Sipe Museum of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society in the autumn of 1991. Information pertains largely to the time period 1930-1985. Most items were loaned for the display, and the collection includes copies of the loan contracts. Also included is a 3-page chronology of African-American history in Harrisonburg by Dale Harter.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged topically in folders. Folder one contains items relating to the exhibit and the Harrisonburg Rockingham Historical Society, such as fliers, newspaper clippings, and donor gift/loan contracts between Dale Harter and H-RHS.  Folder two contains an account of Bethel A.M.E. Church History and other church newsletters. Folder three contains information for the 4th reunion of the Lucy Simms - Effinger Street School in 1991 and other documents related to the school. Folder four contains miscellaneous information about local area interests.

Contents:

Folder Title Folder
Undocumented Deeds Paperwork 1
Harrisonburg Churches and Choirs 2
Lucy Simms and Effinger Street School 3
Local Human Interest and Miscellaneous 4