Garber-Logan Family Collection, 1846-1949

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Garber-Logan Family Collection, 1846-1949

Collection No.: P 0007

Creator: Jean F. Knight

Extent: Two Hollinger Boxes; Box 1 is 1.5 linear feet and Box 2 is 1.3 linear feet

Language:  English

Abstract: The GarberLogan Collection, 1846-1949, consists of 2.8 linear feet of material. Included in the collection are personal receipts of Joseph Garber, genealogy of the Garber Family, and old photographs most likely taken by John and Emma Logan.


Administrative Information


Access Restrictions: None

Use Restrictions: None

Preferred Citation: Garber-Logan Family Collection, 1846-1949P 0007, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Jean F. Knight donated the collection to Special Collections in February 2008.

Other Formats Available: None

Accruals: After the collection was donated, more items to the collection were sent to Special Collections three months later.

Bio/Historical Note:  John Leonard Logan (1891-1973) was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He married Emma (Polly) Catherine Garber (1890-1990) in St. Stephen’s Reformed Church in Harrisonburg in 1915. Emma was a telephone operator for several years in the Harrisonburg exchange, while John was in the insurance business in Staunton. They had one son, James (Jack) Hunter Logan (1916-2005). After James was born, they moved to Charlottesville, VA where John worked for People’s Life Insurance CO.  He and Polly moved to Silver Springs, MD in 1933. John worked for Peoples Life in Washington D.C. for 45 years.

Scope and Content:  Included in the collection are personal receipts of Joseph Garber, genealogy of the Garber Family, and old photographs most likely taken by John and Emma. The collection consists of three series.

Series I is a collection of personal papers from the Garber Logan Family. They include receipts from local businesses, certificates from World War II, and genealogy on the Garber Ancestors of James H. Logan.

Series II includes a set of 3 logbooks of John Logan. It has something written for each day of the week from July 1896 to July 1926. The entries are brief, usually only a couple of words.

Series III is photographs. Most of the photos have some kind of description on the back. There is also a collection of 3 photo albums



The collection is arranged in three series:

  • Personal Papers
  • Diary Logbook
  • Photographs

Related Material: See also the Garber Collection, SC 3066




Series I: Personal PapersBox:Folder
       Harrisonburg/Rockingham Business Records1:1
       World War II Certificates1:2
Series II: Diaries, 1896-1926 
        Book 1: July 1896-January 19111:4
        Book 2: February 1911- June 19191:5
        Book 3: July 1919- July 19261:6
Series III: Photographs 
        Family Photos1:7
        Emma and Family1:8
        Miscellaneous Photos 11:9
        Miscellaneous Photos 21:10
        Photo Album 12:1
        Photo Album 22:2
        Photo Album 32:3