Wenger, Elizabeth A. Papers, 1884-1951

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Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Elizabeth A. Wenger Papers, 1884-1951

Collection No.: SC 0163
Creator: Wenger, Elizabeth A.

Extent: 4 folders; .17 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: Consists of letters and postcards to Elizabeth A. Wenger of Dayton, Virginia, 1884-1936, and two fire insurance forms, 1951.


Administrative Information

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.

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], [folder #], Elizabeth A. Wenger Papers, 1884-1951, SC 0163, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Scott Suter in November 2001.
Provenance: Sold by Green Valley Auctions, Inc. in November 2001.
Processing Information: In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 4034.

Bio/Historical Note:

Elizabeth A. Wenger was apparently the sister of C.D. Wenger, who operated a well-known plant nursery. At least one of the postcards is addressed to C.D. Wenger with an order for plants.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains letters and postcards written mostly to Elizabeth A. Wenger from relatives and friends in Virginia, but also from Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Topics center on home and family affairs, including school; several of the correspondents were students or teachers. The fire insurance policies give details on the nature and location of the Wenger house.


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Folder Title
Box : Folder
Letters, 1884-1889
Letters, 1890-1899
Letters, 1900-1936, undated
Fire Insurance Policies, 1951

Compiled by: Gillian Schulz and Chris Bolgiano, February 2002