Sullivan, Robert James Jr. Papers, ca. 1930-2013 *JMU Faculty Papers*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Sullivan, Robert James, Jr., 1937-2013
Title:
Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0003
Date:
ca. 1930-2013
Extent:
12 boxes, 4 flat files, 8.53 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English .
Abstract:
The Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers consist of professional and personal records and reports, and document Sullivan's time as City Planner of Harrisonburg from 1965-1991, his career in the Political Science Department at James Madison University, and work as the "unofficial historian" of Harrisonburg. Materials include city planning reports, newspaper articles, photographs, scrapbooks, and maps.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers, ca. 1930-2013, SC 0003, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Note

Robert "Bobby" James Sullivan Jr. was born on November 18, 1937 in Harrisonburg, Virginia and was the eldest son of the late Robert J. Sullivan Sr. and Goldie Liskey Sullivan. He passed away on February 4, 2013. Sullivan graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1956 and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount St. Mary's College in 1960 and a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962. He married Kathleen Marie Donovan on June 27, 1964.

Sullivan was the City Planner for the city of Harrisonburg from 1965-1991 during the years that saw Urban Redevelopment for parts of the city as well as growth through annexation. He also taught as an adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science for James Madison University from 1970-2006. See folder titled "Background Information, Robert J. Sullivan, Jr., August 1998" from the Personal Papers series for details of his life and career.

Known locally as the "unofficial historian" of Harrisonburg, Sullivan often spoke to groups about the history of Harrisonburg. He was responsible for creating walking tours of downtown Harrisonburg first with his JMU Political Science classes, and later with the larger community.

Sullivan was a life-long member of Blessed Sacrament parish and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Rockingham Public Library Board and the Salvation Army Advisory Board for over thirty years. He was especially fond of the Harrisonburg High School athletic teams and was recognized as the Harrisonburg Blue Streaks biggest fan when he was inducted into the Harrisonburg High School Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class of 2008.

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Scope and Content

The Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers consist of materials that Sullivan created and collected relating mostly to the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he served as the City Planner from 1965-1991. The collection contains documents related to city planning, the history and expansion of Harrisonburg, and urban renewal. Other materials document his time in the Political Science Department at James Madison University as well as the walking tours he led of downtown Harrisonburg. His personal papers include newspaper clippings, correspondence, and other documents relating to his life and career. Also contained in the collection are a large number of photographs and slides that Sullivan took that capture the growth and changes in Harrisonburg over time. Images of note include a panoramic view of Harrisonburg ca. 1930, photos and slides that document urban renewal projects, and images of downtown Harrisonburg, VA from the 1960s-2000s.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following six series and subseries. All series and subseries arranged chronologically.

Series 1: Reports, 1946-1992

Subseries 1.1: City Planning Commission Annual Reports, 1966-1981

Subseries 1.2: Urban Planning Grants, 1965-1966

Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous City Planning Reports, 1946-1992, undated

Series 2: City of Harrisonburg, 1958-2012

Subseries 2.1: City Planning, 1960-2012

Subseries 2.2: Harrisonburg History, 1958-2008

Series 3: Personal Papers, 1952-2013

Series 4: Scrapbooks and Newspaper, 1945-2012

Series 5: Maps, 1958-2003

Series 6: Photographs and Slides, ca. 1930-2012

Subseries 6.1: Photographs, ca. 1930-2012

Subseries 6.2: Slides, ca. 1965-1988

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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).

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Kathleen Sullivan, wife of Robert James Sullivan Jr., in two separate donations in April 2014 and August 2015.

Other Formats Available

Materials within the Photographs and Slides series have been digitized and are available via JMU Scholarly Commons (https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/rjs/).

Processing Information

When this collection was received from the donor, some materials had been wet and suffered from mold damage. Materials with excessive water damage or mold were photocopied and the originals discarded.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Related Materials

Related Material

SdArch no.2-3 : Oral history interview [sound recording] / Bob Sullivan ; interviewed by Amy Accles, forms part of Court Square, Harrisonburg, Virginia, an oral history project. Transcript also available in Special Collections and the general collection: F234.H31 A29 1990.

The Harrisonburg, VA branch of the Massanutten Regional Library holds 36 scrapbooks created by Sullivan from the years 1965-2001. These scrapbooks are cataloged under the title "Harrisonburg Civic Scrapbook."

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Color slides
  • Digital images
  • Photographs
  • Annual reports
  • Maps (documents)
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Scrapbooks
  • Pamphlets
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Brochures

Subject

  • Madison College -- Faculty
  • Madison College -- History
  • James Madison University -- Faculty
  • James Madison University -- History
  • City planning -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Community development, Urban -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- History -- 20th century
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- History -- 21st century
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- Description and travel
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- Politics and government
  • Newtown (Rockingham County, Va.) -- History
  • Virginia -- History, Local

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Reports, 1946-1992

Arranged into three subseries: City Planning Commission Annual Reports, 1966-1981, Urban Planning Grants, 1965-1966, and Miscellaneous Reports, 1946-1992. Arranged chronologically within each series.

Subseries 1.1: City Planning Commission Annual Reports, 1966-1981

Subseries 1.1: City Planning Commission Annual Reports, 1966-1981, contains a continuous run of annual reports for the City Planning Commission from 1965 through 1981. These annual reports include planning commission highlights and monthly summaries of activities. The 1965-1966 report notes that Robert J. Sullivan Jr. took over the duties of Planning Director on October 1, 1965.

Title/Description Instances
Annual Report 1965-1966 Harrisonburg City Planning Commission, 1966 box 1 folder 1
Harrisonburg City Planning Commission Annual Report 1966-1967, 1967 box 1 folder 2
Harrisonburg City Planning Commission Annual Report 1967-'68, 1968 box 1 folder 3
Harrisonburg City Planning Commission 1968-'69 Annual Report, 1969 box 1 folder 4
Harrisonburg City Planning Commission 1969-1970 Annual Report, 1970 box 1 folder 5
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1970-71 and 1971-72 Summary Report, 1972 box 1 folder 6
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia 1972-1973 Planning Commission Summary Report, 1973 box 1 folder 7
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1973-1974 Summary Report, 1974 box 1 folder 8
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1974-1975 Summary Report, 1975 box 1 folder 9
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1975-1976 Summary Report, 1976 box 1 folder 10
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1976-1977 Summary Report, 1977 box 1 folder 11
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1977-1978 Summary Report, 1978 box 1 folder 12
City of Harrisonburg Planning Commission Summary Report 1978-1979, 1979 box 1 folder 13
City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission Summary Report 1979-1980, 1980 box 1 folder 14
Harrisonburg Planning Commission Summary Report for 1980-81 1980 City's Bicentennial, 1981 box 1 folder 15

Subseries 1.2: Urban Planning Grants, 1965-1966

Subseries 1.2: Urban Planning Grants, 1965-1966, contains reports prepared under the contract for the Local Planning Section: Department of Conservation and Economic Development, State of Virginia. The preparation of these reports was funded in part through an urban planning grant from the Housing and Home Finance Agency. The reports contain analysis of various aspects of the city of Harrisonburg, including population statistics and information pertaining to residential neighborhoods and the downtown area. These Urban Planning Grants also include a 1966 comprehensive plan for development over the following twenty years as well as a summary report of that plan. These reports were office copies that belonged to Robert James Sullivan Jr. and have his name written on the cover. Because of excessive mold on these reports, all items from this subseries have been photocopied and originals discarded.

Title/Description Instances
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Central Business District, Parking, Major Arterial Streets, Transportation and Transit Plans, November 1965 box 1 folder 16
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Economic Base, Population, and Land Use Analysis, May 1963, August 1965, November 1965, November 1965 box 1 folder 17
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Neighborhood Analysis, Harrisonburg, VA, November 1965 box 1 folder 18
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Preliminary Community Facilities and Land Use Plans, November 1965 box 1 folder 19
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Public Improvements Program, April 1966 box 1 folder 20
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Comprehensive Plan Harrisonburg, VA, June 1966 box 1 folder 21
Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Comprehensive Plan Harrisonburg, VA, November 1966 box 1 folder 22

Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous City Planning Reports, 1946-1992

Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous City Planning Reports, 1946-1992, contains various other reports that relate to city planning in Harrisonburg or city planning in general. Two reports relate to city planning in Norfolk, Virginia from the 1940s and 1950s and document urban renewal or "slum clearance" efforts there. Box 1 folder 27 contains an outline of the history of City Planning in Harrisonburg, beginning with the establishment of the Planning Commission in March, 1938. The report titled Harrisonburg: "The City with the Planned Future," contains a detailed history of the founding and growth of Harrisonburg, including population statistics and documentation of land annexation as well a listing of the members of City Council from 1849-2006.

Title/Description Instances
This Is It Booklet, Norfolk, VA, 1946 box 1 folder 23
Downtown Construction, Remodeling, and Demolition Records 1955, 1955-1989 box 2 folder 1
Rebirth of a City, Norfolk, VA Official Publication of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, September 1959 box 1 folder 24
Master Plan for the Central Shenandoah Valley Region Sociology Pro-Seminar Term Paper 1960 Spring Semester Robert J Sullivan Jr., 1960 box 1 folder 25
Focus on Harrisonburg's Central Business District, July 1967 box 1 folder 26
The Development of City Planning in Harrisonburg by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., April 1981 box 1 folder 27
Commercial, Professional, Religious and Governmental Establishments in Harrisonburg, VA, November 1990 box 1 folder 28
City of Harrisonburg 1991 Comprehensive Plan, 1992 box 2 folder 2
Harrisonburg: "The City with the Planned Future", undated box 1 folder 29
Planning Sector Analysis, undated box 2 folder 3

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Series 2: City of Harrisonburg, 1958-2012

Arranged into two subseries: City Planning, 1960-2012, and Harrisonburg History, 1958-2008. Arranged chronologically within each series.

Subseries 2.1: City Planning, 1960-2012

Subseries 2.1: City Planning, 1960-2012, contains materials that Sullivan created in his role as City Planner, or that relate to city planning functions. Types of materials include photos and other documents related to the Northeast Urban Redevelopment Project, newspaper articles about city planning and the growth and development of Harrisonburg, and documents relating to zoning and historic district status. The folders titled "What do you think of Federal Aid? Photos and description," contain a document written in 2012 by Sullivan explaining the history of urban redevelopment in Harrisonburg, and his role in the "slum clearance" projects of the 1950s and 1960s.

Title/Description Instances
Photograph: Aerial View of Harrisonburg: Spotswood under Construction, 1960 Map Case 3 Drawer 8 folder 4
What do you think of Federal Aid? Photos and description (folder 1 of 2), ca. 1960, 2012 box 1 folder 30
What do you think of Federal Aid? Photos and description (folder 2 of 2), ca. 1960, 2012 box 1 folder 31
Newspaper Articles – City Planning, 1967, 1972, 1976, 1993 box 1 folder 32
Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Harrisonburg VA 1st Revision, January 24, 1968 box OV 1 folder 1a
"Talmadge R. Cooley, Harrisonburg Civic Leader," by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., ca. 1971 box 1 folder 33
Aerial View of Harrisonburg, 1972, undated box OV 1 folder 1b
Harrisonburg Area Transportation Study (HATS)-Includes Year 2015 Plan, 1979-1999 box 1 folder 34 Map Case 3 Drawer 8 folder 4
VCPA Conference May 18-20 1986, 1986, undated box 3 folder 1
Harrisonburg Growth Articles August – September, 1987 box 3 folder 2
Harrisonburg Comprehensive Plan Update 1997 (Historic Background Section) – includes info on Historic District Status, 1991-2002 box 3 folder 3 box OV 1 folder 1c
Old Town Harrisonburg Rezoning Committee, 2000-2001 box 3 folder 4 box OV 1 folder 1d

Subseries 2.2: Harrisonburg History, 1958-2008

Subseries 2.2: Harrisonburg History, 1958-2008, contains materials collected by Sullivan that relate to the history of Harrisonburg, as well as materials he created related to the history and development of the city. Sullivan was known as the "unofficial historian of Harrisonburg" and materials in this subseries document the history and development of Harrisonburg. Items of note include original drawings of downtown Harrisonburg from the 1950s and 1960s as well as posters and brochures that contain Sullivan's sketches for the 1980 Bicentennial celebration. Other materials include the text of various talks Sullivan gave on the history of Harrisonburg to various groups in town.

Title/Description Instances
Original Drawings of Downtown Harrisonburg by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1958 box OV 1 folder 2
My Recollections of Rocktown Now Known as Harrisonburg by Maria G. Carr, 1959 box 3 folder 5
Chronology of Harrisonburg, ca. 1962 box 3 folder 6
Original Drawing: Old Spring House on the Court Square – To be reconstructed in time for Harrisonburg's 200th Anniversary, 1966 Map Case 3 Drawer 8 folder 4
Historic Harrisonburg Virginia – A Walking Tour, 1969 box 3 folder 7
Walking Tour of Downtown/Journey into the Past Brochures and Fliers, 1976, undated box 3 folder 8
"Harrisonburg"— Article from Shenandoah Valley Magazine, August 1979 box 3 folder 9
"Harrisonburg Bicentennial Ecumenical Celebration of Faith" program, July 3, 1980 box 3 folder 10
Bicentennial Envelope, 1980 box 3 folder 11
Journey into the Past: Historic Harrisonburg Bicentennial Poster, 1980 Map Case 3 Drawer 8 folder 4
Journey into the Past: Historic Harrisonburg Sketches/Bicentennial Harrisonburg Sketches, 1980, undated box 3 folder 12
"Harrisonburg Celebrates its Bicentennial", ca. 1980 box 3 folder 13
Harrisonburg: The Transformation of a City – A Photographic exhibit arranged by Martha Caldwell, Caroline Marshall and Mike Zirkle, ca. 1980 box 3 folder 14
Valley National Bank Brochure with Harrisonburg photos, ca. 1980 box 3 folder 15
Ephemera Harrisonburg History, 1980, 1993, undated box 3 folder 16
Downtown Brochures, 1984, undated box 3 folder 17
Journey into the Past: A Walking Tour of Harrisonburg, VA, 1985 box 3 folder 18
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Newsletter – A Brief History of Harrisonburg by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1987 box 3 folder 19
Upstream Magazine: "Fred Cooper: Harrisonburg's Sketch Pad Preservationist", 1990 box 3 folder 20
"A Few Facts about Harrisonburg" Talk to Rotary Club, July 26, 1993 box 3 folder 21
Check-It-Out-Rockingham Public Library Newsletter, Austin Loewner article, 1993 box 3 folder 22
Maps of Harrisonburg for Phone Directory, 1993-1994, 2003, undated box 3 folder 23
Common Ground Vol. VII No. 8 Article Written by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1994 box 3 folder 24
Harrisonburg "Blue Streaks" Football History Booklet by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1994 box 3 folder 25
Articles and Maps about Downtown Harrisonburg, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2008, undated box 3 folder 26
"Spring House", 1995, undated box 3 folder 27 box OV 1 folder 1e
Harrisonburg – copies of photos with descriptions 1960s-1990s, ca. 1995 box 3 folder 28
DNR –"A Walk Through History", April 1996 box 3 folder 29
AARP Talk about Harrisonburg, 1998 box 3 folder 30
Newspaper: "Your hometown…Bridgewater" clippings, February 14, 2001 box 3 folder 31
DNR – Harrisonburg Growth Articles, July 2 – July 7, 2001 box 3 folder 32
2002 Downtown Walk for Library Friends, 2002 box 3 folder 33
Historic District Status DNR, 2004 box 3 folder 34
Spotswood Elementary School Drawings, 2004 box 3 folder 35
City Produce Exchange/Wetsel Seed Co. by Robert E. Wetsel, August 2006 box 3 folder 36
Old Town Historic District, 2006, 2008 box 3 folder 37
Massanutten Regional Library – The Deyerle Programs: An Artist's Visual Snapshot of Harrisonburg, ca. 2006 box 3 folder 38
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Newsletter – Emma Lyon Bryan painting, 2007 box 3 folder 39
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance membership ephemera, undated box 3 folder 40
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance: Walking Tour Brochure, undated box 3 folder 41
Harrisonburg, 1959 photo album [no photos, description only], undated box 3 folder 42
Historic Postcards, undated box 3 folder 43
National Hotel – image from 1958-59 Photo Album, undated box 3 folder 44
Notes on Harrisonburg – streets, buildings, etc., undated box 3 folder 45
Rockingham County Courthouse, image pre-1896, undated box 3 folder 46
Valley National Bank Presents Harrisonburg Illustrations by Austin Loewner, text by John Green, undated box 3 folder 47

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Series 3: Personal Papers, 1952-2013

Arranged Chronologically. Materials in the Personal Papers series document Sullivan's professional activities as well as his time as an instructor in the Political Science Department at James Madison University. Please note that the folder titled "JMU Classes - Evaluations," do not contain student grades or performance evaluations, but rather contain evaluations completed by students about Sullivan's performance as an instructor. For details of Sullivan's life and career highlights please see the folder titled "Background Information Robert J. Sullivan Jr., August 1998."

Title/Description Instances
Articles about Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1952-2003 box 4 folder 1
Personal Property Plans, 1961, 1967 box OV 1 folder 3
DNR Article – Sullivan Named as Director of City Planning Commission, 1965 box 4 folder 2
JMU General Catalogs with Sullivan listed as instructor, 1970-1977 box 4 folder 3
Letters to the Editor by RJS, 1974-2003 box 4 folder 4
DNR Article – Sullivan Knows Every Inch of Harrisonburg, February 15, 1982 box 4 folder 5
Personal Letters, 1989, 1993, undated box 4 folder 6
Personal Letters, Robert J. Sullivan Jr. (folder 1 of 2), 1995-2005 box 4 folder 7
Personal Letters, Robert J. Sullivan Jr. (folder 2 of 2), 1995-2005 box 4 folder 8
Background Information Robert J. Sullivan Jr., August 1998 box 4 folder 9
"Harrisonburg, Louisiana," Term Paper for Posc. 302, For Professor Sullivan's State and Local Government Class, and DNR Article, 2002, 2006 box 4 folder 10
JMU Classes - Evaluations, 2003-2006, undated box 4 folder 11
JMU All Together One Recognition, 2004 box 4 folder 12
Spring Semester POSC 302 Class Information (folder 1 of 2), 2004-2006, undated box 4 folder 13
Spring Semester POSC 302 Class Information (folder 2 of 2), 2004-2006, undated box 4 folder 14
Health Articles, 2007 box 4 folder 15
Distinguished Public Service Award, 2009 box 4 folder 16
May 6, 2009 Article on Bob Sullivan's Scrapbooks, 2009 box 4 folder 17
RJS Obituary and Joint Resolution Celebrating the life of Robert James Sullivan Jr., 2013 box 4 folder 18

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Series 4: Scrapbooks and Newspaper, 1945-2012

Arranged Chronologically. The Scrapbooks and Newspaper series consists of newspaper clippings, either loose in folders, or pasted into scrapbooks, that document city planning and growth primarily in Harrisonburg, VA. Most newspaper clipping come from the Daily News-Record, the local newspaper for Harrisonburg, Virginia. In addition to clippings that document city planning efforts, Sullivan also collected clippings that relate to historical aspects of Harrisonburg, particularly those that feature images of Harrisonburg from the past. The folder titled "News and Photos from DNR - "Old Times," contains a copy of the front page of the Daily News-Record from 1945 that reports on the ending of World War II. Please note that the scrapbooks in box 5, folders 4-7 are photocopies of the original scrapbooks. The original scrapbooks suffered from mold damage and were not retained.

Title/Description Instances
News and Photos from DNR – "Old Times", 1945-1995, undated box OV 1 folder 4
Newspaper Clippings, 1959-1989 box 5 folder 1
Clippings – Harrisonburg Development, 1960-2000, undated box 5 folder 2
DNR Images of Old Time Harrisonburg, 1960-2004, undated box 5 folder 3
Scrapbook - City of Harrisonburg, Virginia September 1955 thru Fall of 1957, 1955-1957 box 5 folder 4
Scrapbook - City Planning Commission: Redevelopment and Housing Authority Newspaper Clippings, 1957-1961 box 5 folder 5
Scrapbook - Harrisonburg Planning Commission News Clippings, 1961-1964 box 5 folder 6
Scrapbook - Richmond, Virginia City Planning Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1966 box 5 folder 7
Harrisonburg Maps from Newspapers, 1975-2002, undated box OV 1 folder 5
DNR and The Breeze Special Issues, 1979-1999, undated box OV 1 folder 6
Newspaper Clippings, 1990-1999 box 5 folder 8
Newspaper Clippings, 2000-2010 box 5 folder 9
Scrapbooked DNR Newspaper Clippings, July 2001 – October 2001 box 5 folder 10
Scrapbooked DNR Newspaper Clippings, October 2001 – March 2002 box 5 folder 11
Scrapbooked DNR Newspaper Clippings, March 2002 – May 2002 box 5 folder 12
Scrapbooked DNR Newspaper Clippings, May 2002 – August 2002 box 5 folder 13
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, August 2002 box 6 folder 1
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, September 2002 box 6 folder 2
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, October 2002 box 6 folder 3
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, November 2002 box 6 folder 4
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, December 2002 box 6 folder 5
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, January 2003 box 6 folder 6
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, February 2003 box 6 folder 7
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, March 2003 box 6 folder 8
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, April 2003 box 6 folder 9
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, May 2003 box 6 folder 10
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, June 2003 box 6 folder 11
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, July 2003 box 6 folder 12
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, August 2003 box 6 folder 13
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, September 2003 box 6 folder 14
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, October 2003 box 6 folder 15
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, November 2003 box 7 folder 1
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, December 2003 box 7 folder 2
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, January 2004 box 7 folder 3
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, February 2004 box 7 folder 4
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, March 2004 box 7 folder 5
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, April 2004 box 7 folder 6
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, May 2004 box 7 folder 7
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, June 2004 box 7 folder 8
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, July 2004 box 7 folder 9
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, August 2004 box 7 folder 10
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, September 2004 box 7 folder 11
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, October 2004 box 7 folder 12
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, November 2004 box 7 folder 13
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, December 2004 box 7 folder 14
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, January 2005 box 7 folder 15
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, February 2005 box 7 folder 16
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, March 2005 box 7 folder 17
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, April 2005 box 7 folder 18
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, May 2005 box 7 folder 19
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, June 2005 box 8 folder 1
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, July 2005 box 8 folder 2
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, August 2005 box 8 folder 3
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, September 2005, undated box 8 folder 4
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, October 2005 box 8 folder 5
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, November 2005 box 8 folder 6
Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, December 2005 box 8 folder 7
Newspaper Clippings – Harrisonburg Growth, 2006-2012 box 8 folder 8
Survey of Selected Newspaper Headlines from the Harrisonburg Planning Scrapbooks, 1950s-1990s, undated box 8 folder 9
Survey of Selected Newspaper Headlines from the Harrisonburg Planning Commission Scrapbooks, 1965-1983, undated box 8 folder 10
Survey of Selected Newspaper Headlines from the Harrisonburg Planning Commission Scrapbooks, 1984-2000, undated box 8 folder 11

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Series 5: Maps, 1958-1993

The maps series contains maps that document areas of Harrisonburg slated for urban renewal, hand-drawn maps created by Sullivan that show the growth of Harrisonburg over time, and miscellaneous maps of Harrrisonburg and Rockingham County from various sources. Text within brackets [ ] indicates additional descriptive information added by the archivist. Each map has been numbered on the back in the bottom right corner.

Title/Description Instances
Urban Renewal Project Maps - VA R-4 and Project VA R-16, 1958-1967, undated Map Case 3 Drawer 8 folder 1
Map 1: Present Zoning (1958) Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, 1958
Map 2: Northeast Harrisonburg Land Use (1958), 1958
Map 3: [Broad Street, Mason Street, N. Main Street] Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, August 24, 1960
Map 4: Street Adjustment Plan Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, November 17, 1960
Map 5: Project Area Map Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Wolfe Street Area, April 20, 1960
Map 6: Disposition Plan Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Wolfe Street Urban Renewal Area, January 1961
Map 7: Site Improvement Plan, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg Virginia, Wolfe Street Urban Renewal Area, January 1961
Map 8: Boundary Map, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg Virginia, Wolfe Street Urban Renewal Area, January 12, 1961
Map 9: Land Acquisition Plan, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, January 12, 1961
Map 10: Land Use Map, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Wolfe Street Area, January 12, 1961
Map 11: [Urban Renewal Map] This description made in July 1967, City Planning Office, R.J. Sullivan Jr., Director, 1967
Map 12: [Broad Street, E. Gay St.] Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
Map 13: [N. Mason St, Rock St.] Proposed Zoning, Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
Map 14: [Effinger Street, Broad St] Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Property Map Northeast Harrisonburg, undated
Map 15: Harrisonburg Planning Commission Proposed Street Intersection Channelization and Traffic Signal Installation, North Main & North Mason, Harrisonburg, VA, undated
Map 16: Map No. R-203 Site Clearance Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Project No.VA-R-4, Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
Map 17: [N. Mason, E. Rock St.] Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority, undated
Map 18: [Broad St., Rock St.] Northeast Harrisonburg Land Values, Urban Renewal Area, Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
Map 19: [Broad St., Rock St.] Property Map Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, undated
Map 20: Proposed Street Intersection Channelization and Traffic Signal Installation, N. Main – N. Mason – E. Johnson, Harrisonburg, VA, undated
Map 21: Streets, Curb & Gutter and Sidewalk, Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, undated
Map 22: [Broad St., E. Rock St.] Street Adjustment Plan, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, VA, undated
Map 23: Urban Renewal Poster, undated
Hand-drawn Maps, 1958-1980, undated Map Case 3 Drawer 8 folder 2
Map 24: "Future Harrisonburg" by Bob Sullivan, August 1958
Map 25: Existing Land Use in Harrisonburg, Va., 1966
Map 26: A Map of Thomas Harrison's Town of Harrisonburg Virginia 1780, January 1980
Map 27: Harrisonburg, 100 Years Ago, January 1980
Map 28: Harrisonburg with By-pass, new street traffic-plan & annexation, undated
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Maps, 1981-1993, undated Map Case 3 Drawer 8 folder 3
Map 29: Map of Harrisonburg, Virginia and Environs / Rockingham County, Virginia, compiled at James Madison University Cartography Lab, 1981
Map 30: Map of Harrisonburg Virginia and Environs, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, May 1985
Map 31-33: Harrisonburg, Virginia and Vicinity—Zoning Map, compiled at the James Madison University Geography Lab, 1988
Map 34: Map of Harrisonburg Virginia and Environs, 1983-1993
Map 35: Map of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia, issued by Old Dominion Realty, Inc., undated
Map 36: Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
Map 37: Map of Harrisonburg Virginia 1916, revised to 1936, undated
Map 38: Rockingham County, Virginia, undated

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Series 6: Photographs and Slides, ca. 1930-2006

Arranged into two subseries: Photographs, ca. 1930-2006, undated, and Slides, ca. 1965-1988. Arranged chronologically within the photographs subseries, and alphabetically by slide grouping title in the slides subseries.

Subseries 6.1: Photographs, ca. 1930-2006

Subseries 6.1: Photographs, ca. 1930-2006, contains images of Harrisonburg from ca. 1930-2006. Images document the areas of Harrisonburg targeted for urban renewal in the 1960s, buildings and other features of downtown Harrisonburg from the 1960s-early 2000s, historic buildings in Harrisonburg, and some images of Harrisonburg High School football. Also included are images of students in classes taught by Sullivan from 1990-2006, as well as images from the walking tours that he conducted with his students. Items identified as photo albums in the inventory below were removed from their original albums and foldered individually with corresponding captions as folder titles.

Title/Description Instances
Panoramic view of Harrisonburg-Looking east from top of Annie Burke Good hill on south side of West Market Street, ca. 1930 Map Case 3 Drawer 8 folder 4
Daily News Record Oct. 1, 1959 Flooding photos and article, 1959 box 9 folder 1
Northwest and Southeast "Slums", ca. 1960 box 9 folder 2
Miscellaneous Photos, ca. 1960-2000 box 9 folder 3
Some of Harrisonburg's historic structures June 1976, 1963, 1967, 1976 box 9 folder 4
Old Photographs: Harrisonburg [includes view of Court Square from 1890s], ca. 1965, undated box 9 folder 5
Old Photographs: Harrisonburg Schools, ca. 1965, undated box 9 folder 6
Downtown, 1966-1967 box 9 folder 7
Photographs: Harrisonburg Public Housing, 1966-1968 box 9 folder 8
High Street widening 1968-1969 Before and After (folder 1 of 2), 1966-1969 box 9 folder 9
High Street widening 1968-1969 Before and After (folder 2 of 2), 1966-1969 box 9 folder 10
1969 High Street Widening Project, 1966-1969, 2012 box 9 folder 11
Photographs Harrisonburg, June 1969 box 9 folder 12
Photograph: Planning Commission, December 1972 box 9 folder 13
Downtown Harrisonburg sidewalk beautification project [photos], 1978-1979 box 9 folder 14
Downtown Harrisonburg sidewalk beautification project [negatives], 1978-1979 box 9 folder 15
Photographs and Negatives "Planning Director Sullivan", ca. 1980 box 9 folder 16
Photos and Negatives: Construction, 1982 box 9 folder 17
Aerial views of Downtown Harrisonburg July 1984 and Flood in Downtown- early 2000s, 1984, ca. 2000 box 9 folder 18
VCPA Conference Photographs May 18-20, 1986, 1986, undated box 9 folder 19
Southeast, 1988, 1999-2001 box 9 folder 20
JMU Classes - Walking Tours, 1990, 2001-2006, undated box 9 folder 21
Blessed Sacrament Church [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], undated box 9 folder 22
City-County Jail & the Old County Jail [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 1999, 2004, undated box 9 folder 23
County Office Building (The National Bank) [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], undated box 10 folder 1
Hardesty Higgins House [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 2001, 2006, undated box 10 folder 2
Harrisonburg Electric Commission West Bruce Street [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], undated box 10 folder 3
Harrisonburg High School [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 2003, 2005, undated box 10 folder 4
Harrisonburg Police Station South Liberty Street [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 1999, 2004, undated box 10 folder 5
Harrisonburg Public Safety Building, North Main Street [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 1999, undated box 10 folder 6
Harrisonburg School Board Office [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], undated box 10 folder 7
Hose Co. # 4 East Rock Street [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], undated box 10 folder 8
Judicial Center West Court Square [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 2004, undated box 10 folder 9
Massanutten Regional Library [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 2004, undated box 10 folder 10
Miscellaneous [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 1999-2003, undated box 10 folder 11
Municipal Building [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 2004, undated box 10 folder 12
Old Harrisonburg Post Office, 2004, undated box 10 folder 13
Polly Lineweaver Apartments North Main Street, 2004, undated box 10 folder 14
Rockingham County Administration Center, 2004, undated box 10 folder 15
Rockingham County Court House, 1995-2006, undated box 10 folder 16
Rockingham Memorial Hospital, undated box 10 folder 17
Social Services & Health Department Building, 2004, undated box 10 folder 18
Warren-Sipe House Quilt Museum, 2001, 2004, undated box 10 folder 19
World War One Monument South Main - South Liberty, 2004, 2006, undated box 10 folder 20
West Market Street Widening, 1999-2000 box 10 folder 21
Northwest, 1999-2001, 2005 box 10 folder 22
Downtown, 1999-2005 box 10 folder 23
Northeast, 1999-2006 box 10 folder 24
Photo Album - Harrisonburg Buildings, ca. 2000

Harrisonburg "City Hall" Bryan Mabry, Harrisonburg School Board Office, VA Quilt Museum, Massanutten Regional Library, Rockingham County Office Building, Rockingham County Court House, Rockingham-Harrisonburg Judicial Center, Rockingham-Harrisonburg Dept. of Health and Social Services, J. R. Lineweaver Apartments, Harrisonburg Fire Station #4, VA Dept. of Taxation Office, ABC Store, Rockingham Co. Government Administration Center, Rockingham Harrisonburg Judicial Center, Harrisonburg Electric Commission, Court House Clock Tower

box 10 folder 25
Harrisonburg photos (various places) from flight over Harrisonburg with Jeff Harris - also Piper Cubs, etc., June 2001, undated box 10 folder 26
Harrisonburg High School 2001 State Football Champions at Court Square, December 2001 box 10 folder 27
Photographs: HHS Football, HHS Baseball ca 1920, and cemeteries, 2002-2006 box 10 folder 28
Harrisonburg High School and Dukes Plaza, 1999-2005, undated box 10 folder 29
Aerial Photographs of Harrisonburg, undated box 10 folder 30
Courthouse, Morrison photograph, late 1800s, undated box 10 folder 31
1890s Harrisonburg, undated box 10 folder 32
Harrisonburg Post Office/Federal Building Mural, undated box 10 folder 33
Kavanaugh Hotel, undated box 10 folder 34
Polsci and Geography photo, undated box 10 folder 35
Slum Photographs Harrisonburg VA, undated box 10 folder 36

Subseries 6.2: Slides, ca. 1965-1988

All images within the Slides subseries have been digitized and are available to view within JMU Scholarly Commons (https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/rjs/). Each individual grouping is also listed and linked in the inventory below. The slides are arranged topically based on the original arrangement created by Sullivan and are listed alphabetically in the inventory below. Sullivan wrote additional information that describes the images onto most slides in the collection. That descriptive information is listed as the title when viewing the images within JMU Scholarly Commons. Most images in the slides subseries document Harrisonburg and the surrounding area from the 1960s-1980s. Other content includes images of Reston, VA, and Durham, NC that feature housing complexes and downtown areas. Please note that images of Harrisonburg are found within the grouping labeled as "Durham, NC," as well as in the grouping titled "non-H'burg."

Title/Description Instances
1978, 1979, and Spring 1980 (showing part of the Bicentennial Parade- H'burg's 200th birthday), 1978-1980

1978, 1979, and Spring 1980 (showing part of the Bicentennial Parade- H'burg's 200th birthday)

box OV 2
Court Square (after landscaping), 1976-1977

Court Square (after landscaping)

box OV 2
Downtown Photos, Various Items 1960s, 70s, 80s, 1966-1985, undated

Downtown Photos, Various Items 1960s, 70s, 80s

box OV 2
Durham, NC Street Plantings and Downtown Beautification, 1976

Durham, NC Street Plantings and Downtown Beautification

box OV 2
Fall '79, Dry River Dam, '83, Mixed views etc., 1966-1988

Fall '79, Dry River Dam, '83, Mixed views etc.

box OV 2
Historical structures and churches, schools and parks, JMU and EMC, 1967-1988, undated

Historical structures and churches, schools and parks, JMU and EMC

box OV 2
Housing— various types and situations, 1966-1988, undated

Housing— various types and situations

box OV 2
Industries, Railroad Pollution Scenes…City Facilities- parking lots, fire stations, police station, HEC; "Miscellaneous", 1966-1986, undated

Industries, Railroad Pollution Scenes…City Facilities- parking lots, fire stations, police station, HEC; "Miscellaneous"

box OV 2
Late 1960s, ca. 1965-ca. 1975

Late 1960s

box OV 2
May-July, 1980

May-July

box OV 2
Non-H'burg 1968-88, 1968-1988, undated

Non-H'burg 1968-88

box OV 2
Old Town, 1988, undated

Old Town

box OV 2
Pee Wee Football and Handley HS, 1978-1984

Pee Wee Football and Handley HS

box OV 2
Pre Plan City, 1983, undated

Pre Plan City

box OV 2
Reston, VA, Columbia, MD, Green Run, VA Beach, 1970-1972

Reston, VA, Columbia, MD, Green Run, VA Beach

box OV 2
Slum slides, 1967-1974

Slum slides

box OV 2
Steam plant pictures, Winter 1981-1982, Spring & Summer 1982, 1981-1982, undated

Steam plant pictures, Winter 1981-1982, Spring & Summer 1982

box OV 2
Street construction projects, 1966-1981

Street construction projects

box OV 2

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