Foley, Jean Scrapbook, 1939-1940, 1985 *JMU Alum Papers*

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Summary Information

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Jean Foley
Jean Foley Scrapbook
Collection No.:
SC 0268
1939-1940, 1985
1 box, .3 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English .
The Jean Foley Scrapbook, 1939-1940, contains photographs of downtown Harrisonburg and James Madison University, including the "Turkey Festival" and May Day celebrations, as well as travel photos documenting the experiences of State Normal School alum, Foley.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Jean Foley Scrapbook, 1929-1940, 1985, SC 0268, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Note

Jean Clifton Walters (nee Foley) was born in 1908 in Kanawha Falls, West Virginia to Elkanah Lee Foley and Annie Farley. She enrolled in the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg in 1925, and graduated in 1929 with a B.S. in Home Economics and a Collegiate Professional certificate. While at the State Teachers College, Foley was involved with the Day Students' Club, YWCA, Athletic Association, and the Frances Sale Club (a Home Economics club). After graduation, she lived for a time in Broward County, Florida. In 1949 she married Paul Richard Walters, and the couple resided in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Foley died in 1999.

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Scope and Content

The scrapbook is comprised of photographs and papers from 1939-1940, documenting the experiences of State Normal School alum, Jean Foley. The scrapbook contains images of Harrisonburg, including images of "Turkey Festival" celebrated outside of Wilson Hall on Madison College campus and in a parade down Main Street, Harrisonburg in 1939; May Day festivities on Madison College and downtown Harrisonburg; and photographs of 317 S. Main St., which was her family residence.

The majority of the photographs are travel photographs including of time Foley spent in Florida locations such as Fort Lauderdale, Dania, Poinciana, and Hialeah Park, from 1939-1940. She also travelled to Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1939; New York World's Fair in 1939; Washington D.C. with images of the capitol building and Mt. Vernon; and rural areas of Tennessee. The scrapbook contains an image of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, taken in Ontario, Canada, and a note written in 1985 with biographical information about the Queen.

Loose items include Foley's State Teachers Certificate, issued by the Virginia State Board of Education in 1929; a newspaper clipping of the "Boxwood Tourist Home" on South Main Street in Harrisonburg; and a clipping from the Daily News Record about the Queen Mother from August 3, 1985.

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Scrapbook is unbound and stored in a flat box.

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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 Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Acquisition Information

Scrapbook was donated by William Foley on December 1, 2015.

Processing Information

The scrapbook was unbound and stabilized in preservation.


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL:

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Scrapbooks
  • Certificates
  • Photographs
  • Newspaper clippings

Geographic Name

  • United States -- Description and travel
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- History

Personal Name

  • William Foley


  • State Teachers College at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- Alumni and alumnae
  • Madison College -- History
  • James Madison University -- History
  • Travel -- History -- 20th century
  • Travelers -- United States -- 20th century
  • Voyages and travels -- History -- 20th century
  • Women travelers -- United States -- History -- 20th century

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Jean Foley Scrapbook, 1939-1940, 1985 box OV 1
Loose Inserts, 1939, 1985 box OV 1 folder 1