Roop, V. Inez Graybeal Papers, 1913-2005 *JMU Alum Papers*

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Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: V. Inez Graybeal Roop Papers, 1913-2005

Collection No.: SC 0183
Creator: Vivian Inez Graybeal Roop, 1913-2010

Extent: 5 boxes; 1.61 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The V. Inez Graybeal Roop Papers, 1913-2005, a collection of a notable Harrisonburg Teacher's College (now James Madison University) alumna, contains James Madison University related correspondence, speeches, news clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and reunion programs, as well as Roop and Graybeal family history.


Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], V. Inez Graybeal Roop Papers, 1913-2005, SC 0183, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Gift of V. Inez Graybeal Roop in 2003 and 2006. Some materials likely came to Special Collections via the Alumni Association at an unknown date.
Processing Information: Some scrapbooks were disbound, disassembled, and foldered. Photographs originally part of the scrapbooks were removed and housed with the Photographs series. Inez Graybeal Roop's scrapbook remains intact. Many newspaper clippings were discarded. Duplicate issues of Montpelier magazine and other university publications were discarded.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 5005. At this point the collection was reprocessed to include previously unprocessed accretions and to simplify the overall arrangement.

Bio/Historical Note:

Vivian Inez Graybeal began her studies at Harrisonburg State Teacher's College in 1931 and graduated in 1935. In 1962, Mrs. Roop was elected president of the Richmond Chapter of the Alumni Association and served on the Alumni Association's Board of Directors. She was appointed by Governor Mills Godwin to serve a four year term on Madison College's Board of Visitors beginning in 1974. In 1977, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumnae Service Award. Also in that year, she made the motion petitioning the State Legislature to change the name of the institution to James Madison University. In 1980, she was appointed by Governor John Dalton to serve another four year term on the Board of Visitors. Inez Roop is the namesake of Roop House Alumni Office, dedicated in 1987 and later changed to Cardinal House, and of Roop Hall, dedicated in 1995. When originally dedicated, Roop Hall was the School of Education and Psychology building but is now home for mathematics and statistics. Inez Roop was an active participant in her class reunions, and an Emeritus Member of the Alumni Association Board. Frances "Frankie" Graybeal (Class of 1936) was Inez' younger sister. Both were members of the Glee Club and were featured in joint recitals with Frances as the organist. Frances was also a member of the Lee Literary Society, Alpha Rho Delta, and the Y.W. Cabinet.

Scope and Content:

The V. Inez Graybeal Roop Papers, 1913–2005, consists of five boxes (1.61 cubic feet). The collection consists of four series: Correspondence, Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, Scrapbooks and Family History, and Photographs.


The collection is arranged topically into nine series and chronologically within series:
1. Correspondence, 1971–2005
2. Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, 1948-2005
3. Scrapbooks and Family History, 1913–2000
4. Photographs, 1913-2005
Exceptions to this arrangement scheme were made in order to group like materials together and as a result chronological arrangements are approximate.


Roop, Inez Graybeal, in collaboration with Nancy P. Wheeler. My Life. Richmond, VA: The author, 2002.

Separated Material:

Three oversized panoramic black and white photographs - 1926 Student Body on steps of quad building, ca. 1929 Student Body on Quad, 1930 Student Body - were removed from the collection and added to the Historic Photographs Collection.


Series 1: Correspondence, 1971-2005

Correspondence, 1971–2005, consists of letters to and from JMU's President Carrier as well as influential state representatives and senators (Doug Wilder, Chuck Robb, etc.) in Richmond concerning support for Madison College. Of particular interest is Dan Daniel's report "Survey '77: An Examination of Attitudes and Self-Reported Behaviors of the Madison College Undergraduates."

Correspondence is present in other series. Subject matter also overlaps across series.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Correspondence, 1971-1973
Correspondence, 1974
Correspondence, 1975
Correspondence, 1976
Correspondence, January-June 1977
Correspondence, July-December 1977
Correspondence, 1978
Correspondence, 1979
Correspondence, January-June 1980
Correspondence, July-December 1980
Correspondence, 1981
Correspondence, 1982-1983
Correspondence, 1984
Correspondence, 1985
Correspondence, 1986-1988
Correspondence, 1989-1990
Correspondence, 1991-1994
Correspondence, 1995-1997
Correspondence, 1998-1999
Correspondence, 2000-2001
Correspondence, 2002-2005, undated

Series 2: Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, 1948-2005

Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, 1948-2005, is comprised of materials related to Roop's involvement in the JMU alumni Association, specifically class reunions, the Bluestone Society and the Richmond Alumni Chapter, and university philanthropic initiatives.

Correspondence and other documents pertaining to the Charles and Bertha Mast Graybeal Scholarship, the Inez G. Roop Professorship in English, and the Ralph and Inez Roop Merit Scholarship are included.

This series also contains Roop's speeches, appointments, and awards, including the dedications of Roop House in 1987 (later changed to Cardinal House) and accompanying news clippings. Materials relating to the April 21, 1995 naming of the main building for JMU's college of education and psychology "Roop Hall" and the April 22, 1995 60th reunion of the class of 1935. Included is a dismantled scrapbook containing materials relating to both events and a folder of various related materials not contained in the scrapbook. Many of the original items in this scrapbook have been photocopied and discarded because they were damaged.

Correspondence and news clippings chronicle Roop's nomination of Dr. John D. Wayland's song "Old Virginia" with music by W. Ruebush to be the Virginia state song.

Correspondence is present in this and other series. Subject matter also overlaps across series.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Class Reunions and Bluestone Society, 1948-1975
Class Reunions and Bluestone Society, 1985-1986
Class Reunions and Bluestone Society, 1987-2005
Speeches, Honors, Awards, and Special Assignments, 1974-2005
Scholarships and Endowments, 1979-1985
Scholarships and Endowments, 1986-2005, undated
Thank you notes from students, 1999-2005
State Song Campaign, 1994-1998
State Song Campaign, related newspaper clippings, 1999-2000, undated
Miscellaneous materials related to Roop Hall Dedication and Class of 1935 60th Reunion, 1993-1995
Scrapbook, Roop Hall Dedication and Class of 1935 60th Reunion, 1994-1995
Virginia Legislative Brochures, 1991-1996, undated
Richmond Alumni Chapter, 1971-1997
Taylor Hall Dedication, 1993
Wampler Hall Dedication, 1994
Alumni excursion brochures, 1996

Series 3: Scrapbooks and Family History, 1913-2000

Scrapbooks and Family History, 1913-2000, contains biographies of Inez and Ralph Roop, some genealogical information on the Graybeal family, and ephemera relating to the family including report cards for Inez Graybeal and recital programs.

The scrapbooks, some of which have been photocopied due to the inherent instability of the paper and clippings, document the State Normal School varsity basketball team and highlight the history of the women's basketball team during this period. A 1930s scrapbook belonging to Inez Graybeal, and a dismantled scrapbook made by Inez's sister, Frances Graybeal, contain correspondence, and ephemera such as greeting cards, invitations and calling cards. One letter removed from Frances' scrapbook lends insight into the initiation rituals of the Lee Literary Society. For her initation, Frances Graybeal is requested to dress like a "Mammy" character by plaiting her hair and applying blackface. Inez Graybeal's scrapbook includes a similar initiation invitation in which she is requested to apply blackface with her "hair rolled up on toilet paper" and represent a "street walker, flapper, and jazz singer." Photographs were removed and housed with the Photographs series, described below.

Correspondence is present in this and other series. Subject matter also overlaps across series.

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Roop Family History, 1913-2000
Roop Family Ephemera, 1934-1936
Varsity Basketball Scrapbooks, 1923, 1926
Varsity Basketball Scrapbooks, 1929
Varsity Basketball Scrapbooks, 1932
Varsity Basketball Scrapbooks, 1934-1939
Frances Graybeal Scrapbook, Correspondence, 1932-1935, undated
Frances Graybeal Scrapbook, Ephemera, 1932-1935, undated
Inez Graybeal Scrapbook, 1931-1936, 1980
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Series 4: Photographs, 1913-2005

Folder Title
Box : Folder
Personal, Frances Graybeal Scrapbook (SC5005_FGSB_031 through 068), 1913-1935
Personal, Roop Family Photographs (SC5005_RFH_069 through 106), 1913-2005
Other, Roop Hall Dedication and Class of 1935 60th Reunion (SC5005_Roopded_001 through 030), 1995
Other, Miscellaneous Photographs (SC5005_Other_107 through 154, 198 through 200) (Folder 1 of 2), ca. 1920s-2005
Other, Miscellaneous Photographs (SC5005_Other2_155 through 197) (Folder 1 of 2), ca. 1920s-2005

Compiled by: Julia Merkel, Chris Bolgiano, Sarah Vaughan; Allison Giroux, February 2009; Tiffany Cole, July 2018