Willis, Bettie Hiter Papers, 1864-1942

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Hiter Willis, Bettie
Title:
Bettie Hiter Willis Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0224
Date:
1864-1942
Extent:
41 digital files
Extent:
.48 Gigabytes
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Bettie Hiter Willis Papers, 1864-1942, is comprised of digitized diary entries and letters from Willis, including documents created during the Civil War.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Bettie Hiter Willis Papers, 1864-1942, SC 0224, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Biographical / Historical

This collection contains digital images of the correspondence and diaries of Bettie Hiter Willis, including journals from 1864-1865 and 1878-1879. She writes about her experiences with the Civil War as well as personal relations. She lived in the Culpepper, VA, and for a short period in the Shenandoah Valley, and wrote about local deaths in the War as well as her own personal take on Abraham Lincoln's assassination. The collection begins at age 13, in 1864, and continues with her children's correspondence until 1942.

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Scope and Contents

The Bettie Hiter Willis Papers, 1864-1942 consist of 41 digital files that were created by Special Collections from thirty-eight letters, three journal segments, and one poem. The bulk of the letters were written to family members in Virginia. Several letters and diary entries written by Bettie Hiter Willis as a young girl describe local events from the Civil War.

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Arrangement

The material is arranged into two series:

Series 1: Journals, 1864-1874, undated, is comprised of scanned excerpts of journals written by Bettie Hiter Willis, and further arranged by date. The scanned documents are accessible as 3 pdfs.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1867-1942, undated, is comprised of scanned letters, a postcard and a poem, and further arranged by date. The scanned documents are accessible as 39 pdfs.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Digital files were arranged and described by Sarah Roth-Mullet April 2019

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The items loaned to Special Collections by MaryMay Angelil in September 2012 for scanning, after which, the originals were returned to the donor.

Provenance

MaryMay Angelil is the great-granddaughter of Bettie Hiter Willis. The letters have been in the family's possession since the Civil War.

Processing Information

The pages were flattened and then scanned on an Epson 10000 XL scanner at 600 dpi. The scans have been separated into the original journal segments and letters. The collection was kept in the original order for scanning. The scans were created as TIF files and assigned sequential unique identifiers. These files were subsequently converted to pdfs for access, and the files were renamed by form of content and the date of creation. The collection was formerly assigned collection number SC 5053.

Conditions Governing Use

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).

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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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Letters
  • Diaries
  • Postcards
  • Poetry

Personal Name

  • Angelil, MaryMay

Subject

  • North American women's letters and diaries
  • Postcards -- United States -- 20th century
  • Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
  • Virginia -- History, Local -- Sources
  • Willis family
  • Hiter family
  • Willis, Bettie Hiter

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Journals, 1864-1874, undated

Title/Description Instances
Journal, May 15, 1864 to October 2, 1865 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-001
Journal, December 28, 1873-August 30, 1874 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-001
Journal, undated Digital-materials SC0224-SET-001

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Series 2: Correspondence, 1867-1942, undated

Title/Description Instances
Letter, September 19, 1867 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, September 22, 1869 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, November 27, 1869 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, September 24, 1876 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, February 27, 1880 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, March 26, 1899 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, March 1, 1917 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, October 28, 1917 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, August 18, 1920 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, December 15, 1921 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, January 9, 1921 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, January 11, 1921 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, January 1, 1922 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, March 8-14, 1923 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, June 29, 1923 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, December 18, 1923 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, March 1, 1923 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, Feburary 24, 1923 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, January 3, 1924 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, December 9, 1934 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, January 9, 1939 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letters, September 11, 1942 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letters, September 16, 1942 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter, September 17, 1942 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Envelope, R.A. Freeman, undated Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter (partial), undated Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter from Sallie (partial), undated Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter from Sue (partial), undated Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter to Bess, December 8 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter to Bess, June 28 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter to Bess, Sunday night, undated Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter to Bess, Wednesday morning, undated Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter to Bob, Saturday night, undated Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter to Bob, Saturday night, undated Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter to Daughter, May 30 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter to Mick, Sunday night, undated Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Letter to Mick, Thursday afternoon, undated Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Postcard, 1911 Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002
Poem, A. O. Body, undated Digital-materials SC0224-SET-002

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