Middle Ground Institute Collection, 1861-1889
Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Middle Ground Institute Collection, 1861-1889
Collection No.: SC 3068
Extent: ; 3 folders; 3 folders
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.
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Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [folder #], Middle Ground Institute Collection, Collection 3068, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Acquisition Information: The contents of this collection were posted in 1996 on a World Wide Web site called
HandMade History by Middle Ground Institute, PO Box 667, Luray VA 22835, and were
printed out and added to Spec. Coll. by written permission of Robert Sims, director.
Permission to quote or publish in part or whole should be requested from Middle Ground
Alternate Formats: These documents were once available on a website http://handmade-history.com/handmade.htm but the website has since been taken down.
Processing Information: THE CONTENTS OF THIS COLLECTION HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE MANUSCRIPT HOLDINGS AND ADDED TO A SUBJECT FILE HOUSED IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS. SEE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS STAFF FOR ASSISTANCE.
The Middle Ground Institute was a small non-profit education corporation located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Their primary mandate was "to promote the history & heritage of the Valley" by making space available in their On-Line Archives for documents. On their website (as of 12/4/96), the Institute made a plea to the general public to have professional preservationists protect their documentary family heirlooms from deterioration and have them scanned into a computer and transcribed so their contents could be enjoyed by "every interested party."
Scope and Content:
This collection has three folders:
1. The Gander-Hite Collection of Civil War Letters, by residents or former residents of Page County, VA, 1861-1897. Transcribed by permission of owners Mr. Jamie Gander of Page County and Mrs. Gladys M. Fahrney of Frederick, MD, by Debbie Owens of the Page County Genealogy Society, Robert Sims of Middle Ground Institute, and Harlan R. Jessup of Newtown, CT.
2. The Civil War Diary of Joseph Fant Kauffman, a resident of Page County, VA, recounting his service in Company K, 10th VA Regiment under General Stonewall Jackson from 28 March 1862 to his death at Second Manassas on 28 August of that year. Transcribed by Debbie Owens of the Page County Genealogy Society.
3. The Narrative of Bethany Veney, a slave woman in Page County, VA. Typescript by Debbie Owens and Robert Sims of a booklet published in Worcester, MA, in 1889.
Collection consists of three folders: Gander-Hite Letters; Kauffman Civil War Diary;
and Bethany Veney Narrative. Within the folder each set of printouts is in numerical
Location of Originals:
Original letters/diary/narrative retained by various owners; collection consists of website printouts of transcriptions of these letters
Box : Folder
|Gander-Hite Letters, 1861-1867||
|Kauffman Civil War Diary, 1862||
|Bethany Verney Narrative, 1889||
Compiled by: Chris Bolgiano