Sheetz and Dellinger Family Papers, 1870-1950

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, JMU Libraries
Creator:
Sheetz family
Creator:
Dellinger family
Title:
Sheetz and Dellinger Family Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0317
Date:
1870-1950
Extent:
2 boxes, 0.5 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English .
Abstract:
The Sheetz and Dellinger Family Papers, 1870s-1950s, comprises 92 photographs, two Edinburg High School diplomas, an assortment of school report cards and other papers, and various miscellaneous materials pertaining to James S. Sheetz, Frances Dellinger Sheetz, and their family and friends.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Sheetz and Dellinger Family Papers, 1870-1950, SC 0317, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Bio/Historical Note

James Samuel Sheetz of Edinburg, Virginia, was born on April 6, 1917. He graduated from Edinburg High School in 1937 and married Frances Dellinger, also of Edinburg (date unknown). James passed away on May 22, 1994.

Frances Dellinger Sheetz was born on May 23, 1918 in Edinburg, Virginia, to Lula and John Dellinger. Frances graduated from Edinburg High School in 1937 and married James S. Sheetz of Edinburg. She was an active member of her community and church, first at St. Paul's United Church of Christ of Edinburg until its dissolution, and then to St. Johns United Church of Christ in Hamburg. She was also a participant of the Edinburg Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, the Shenandoah County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Homemakers Department of the Shenandoah County Fair Association, the Edinburg Heritage Foundation, and the Family and Community Education Club. Frances passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at the age of 90.

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Scope and Content

The Sheetz and Dellinger Family Papers, 1870s-1950s, comprises 92 photographs, two Edinburg High School diplomas, an assortment of school report cards and other papers, and various miscellaneous materials pertaining to James S. Sheetz, Frances Dellinger Sheetz, and their family and friends.

Series 1. Photographs, contains eleven folders of portraits and other photographic images of various men, women, and children, presumably friends and family members of the Sheetz and Dellinger families. All of the photos are sepia or black and white, and most are accompanied by a matte frame which sometimes gives the photographer's name and is decoratively embellished. All of the images are arranged by subject matter, beginning with large groups, couples, families, women, men, children, and finally houses, landscapes, and miscellaneous photos. A large portion of the photographs are professionally done, and as a whole Series 1 offers a glimpse into the popular fashions of men, women, and children in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Series 2. Ephemera, comprises three folders that include school materials such as report cards, diplomas, a book of graduation name cards, and various ceremony and theatrical programs. The last of the three folders is titled "Miscellaneous" and consists of memorial cards, election reminder and birthday cards, a newspaper clipping, a Lententide folio from Emanuel Lutheran Church, a theatrical play booklet, and a used envelope. The memorial cards may prove useful when researching death and memorial rituals of Victorian culture in the late nineteenth century.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series: 1. Photographs and 2. Ephemera.

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

The collection number was updated in June 2021 from P 0001 to SC 0317 to 1. align with established manuscript collection numbering scheme with SC prefix and 2. renumber all "photograph" collections with P prefix. The collection name was updated from Sheetz-Dellinger Collection to Sheetz and Dellinger Family Papers to more accurately reflect the collection’s creators and material type. The folder numbers were also updated to start over with box 2. June 2021

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 not 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

Purchased on August 25, 2009 through eBay.

Provenance

This collection came from the estate sale of James and Frances (Dellinger) Sheetz and subsequent re-sale on Ebay.

Processing Information

The collection originally included a leather photo album that measured 8" by 10.25" and was 1.5" thick and was embossed with flowers and a spade. Photographs were separated from the original album due to preservation issues. Each photograph or any other materials that were contained inside the album have been accounted for, numbered according to the original collection number, and are included within the collection.

The collection number was updated in June 2021 from P 0001 to SC 0317 to 1. align with established manuscript collection numbering scheme with SC prefix and 2. renumber all "photograph" collections with P prefix. The collection name was updated from Sheetz-Dellinger Collection to Sheetz and Dellinger Family Papers to more accurately reflect the collection's creators and material type. The folder numbers were also updated to start over with box 2. No significant changes were made to the collection description at this time.

Location

Special Collections, JMU Libraries

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

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Index Terms

Corporate Name

  • eBay (Firm)

Family Name

  • Sheetz family
  • Dellinger family

Genre and Form

  • Family papers
  • Photographs

Geographic Name

  • Edinburg (Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Shenandoah County (Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Virginia -- History, Local -- Sources
  • Virginia -- History -- Sources
  • Virginia -- Genealogy -- Sources
  • Virginia -- Social life and customs
  • United States -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
  • United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century

Personal Name

  • Sheetz, Frances, 1918-2009
  • Sheetz, James S. (James Samuel), 1917-1994

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Bibliography

"Obituaries: Sheetz, Frances D." Northern Virginia Daily, 18 April 2009.

"Sheetz, James S." Social Security Death Index, accessed on 7 February 2011 at http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Photographs, circa 1870s-1950s

Title/Description Instances
Large groups box 1 folder 1
01.01: Portrait of group of men and women standing on the steps of a large brick building
01.02: Photo of group of middle-aged men in front of a large white house, circa early 1900s
01.03: Portrait of a group of women, men and children in front of a brick wall with a white window. Many women holding books, circa late 1800s
Couples box 1 folder 2
02.01: Portrait of middle-aged couple and terrier on leash in front of a painted cloth and lace backdrop, circa 1885

Photographer: Geo W. Brown.

02.02: "Jim Lehew and Florence Lehew." Portrait of young couple in front of a painted cloth backdrop, circa 1880
02.03: Portrait of a young couple in front of a painted backdrop. Man has complete heterochromia, circa 1900

Photographer: T.M. Hemmings, Photographic Artist, Front Royal, Virginia.

02.04: Oval bust portrait of a young couple, circa 1900
02.05: A young couple, possibly a wedding portrait, circa 1920

Photographer: The Morrison Studio, Woodstock, Virginia.

02.06: "Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bouserman." Portrait of a couple on the front of a postcard, circa 1915
02.07: Portrait of a couple in front of a misty background, circa 1910

Photographer: The Donaldson Studio, 927 F. St. N.W. Washington, D.C.

Families box 1 folder 3
03.01: Portrait of family including mother, father, female toddler, and baby, circa 1940
03.02: Photo of family including middle-aged man and woman, two young daughters, and a terrier. Each person wearing some white linen on their bodies in the form of a mask or or other unusual use, perhaps for Halloween or some sort of gag, circa 1910
03.03: Portrait of family including middle-aged male and female, another female and infant in front of a leafy background, circa 1890

Photographer: N. A. Harris.

Women box 1 folder 4
04.01: Portrait of a young woman
04.02: Portrait of two young women in front of a misty background. "For Mother" written on back; presumable sisters, circa 1910
04.03: Very small bust portrait of a woman, circa 1890
04.04: Three older women in coats standing outside of a porch and bushes, circa 1950
04.05: Two older women in dresses standing outside of a porch and bushes. Dated September 1956 on the back, September 1956
04.06: Photo of an older woman in dress sitting on the steps of a porch; a man's legs can be seen standing on the porch behind her. "Looks as tho Walter wanted to be in the picture too" written on back, circa 1950
04.07: Portrait of a young woman on the front of a postcard, circa 1900
04.08: Portrait of a girl, circa 1900

Photographer: C.H. Beazley, Edinburg, Virginia.

04.09: Portrait of a woman smiling brightly, circa 1950
04.10: Photo of a young girl standing in front of a closed board fence in a grassless yard, circa 1900
04.11: Portrait of a young woman wearing a fur scarf and muff, circa 1910

Photographer: A. L. Wortley, Moughton, Mich(igan).

04.12: Portrait of a young woman with bobbed hair in front of a misty background, circa 1925

Photograher: J.E. Casson, Washington, D.C.

04.13: Portrait of a young woman sitting in a carved chair in front of a lace backdrop
04.14: Oval portrait of a woman, circa 1910

Photographer: Dean's Studio, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

04.15: Postage-stamp portrait of a young woman, circa 1910
04.16: "Joe." Portrait of a woman standing in front of a painted backdrop and next to a wicker chair, circa 1890

Photographer: Harper and Co.

Men 1 box 1 folder 5
05.01: Oval bust portrait of a young man, circa 1900

Photographer: Stanton Photo Co. Springfield, Ohio. A reprint of the original per the typescript on the back.

05.02: Very obscured photo of two men on a porch, circa 1900
05.03: Photo of a man reclining on outdoors on a sleeping bag on the ground reading a book with a plate of stacked fruit next to him
05.04: Somewhat obscured photo of a man holding a horse by its bit
05.05: Portrait of a middle-aged man that is in a bronze- color metal frame

Photographer: Photomatic, International Mutoscope Corporation, New York City.

05.06: Portrait of a young man with a European castle background, circa 1900
05.07: Portrait of a young man in front of a misty background, circa 1900
05.08: Portrait of a young man with a misty background, circa 1900
05.09: Portrait of an older man with a misty background. Printed on card stock with what seems to be a broadsheet of sorts, circa 1885
05.10: "Grayson Burke." Portrait of a young man on the front of a postcard sitting on a decorated wooden and leather chair, circa 1900
05.11: Portrait of a young man wearing a WWII Army winter service uniform and a garrison cap on the front of a postcard, circa 1940
05.12: "Bruce Rucker." Portrait of a young man wearing a suit and a hat
05.13: Portrait of a man wearing a good suit and standing in a highly decorated room, circa 1890

Photographer: Morrison Photographer, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

05.14: Portrait of a man wearing a wool suit

Photographer: McCrary and Branson, Knoxville, Tennessee.

05.15: Photo of five men and one horse in an outdoor setting
Men 2 box 1 folder 6
06.01: Bust portrait of an older man with a full beard, circa 1890
06.02: Bust portrait of a man

Photographer: Holman, Park Avenue, Warren, O.

06.03: Portrait of a man standing in front of a cloth backdrop, circa 1870
06.04: Portrait of a young man that is standing against a painted scene backdrop

Creator - pht: Morrison, Hugh, 1871-1950

Photographer: H. Morrison Jr, Court Street Studio, Woodstock, Virginia.

06.05: Photo of two men, each holding a horse by its bit, circa 1890
06.06: Portrait of two men seated side by side, circa 1900

More faded duplicate of 06.07.

06.07: Portrait of two men seated side by side, circa 1900

Less faded duplicate of 06.06.

06.08: Photo of two men standing side by side in front of a slender tree, possibly a crepe myrtle, circa 1910
06.09: "Ruth A. Fadley, 1904." Photo of a young boy standing outside in front of snowy woods, 1904
06.10: Portrait of three men in two rows posed in front of a painted backdrop, circa 1890
06.11: Photo of three men sitting in a row outside of a white house, circa 1900
06.12: Photo of four men in two rows; two standing and two sitting on a suspended split log, circa 1900
06.13: Oval bust portrait of a man
Children 1 box 1 folder 7
07.01: "Makil in school." Small photo of a young boy sitting on a bench at a table with a book open in front of him, circa 1900
07.02: "John and Ida." Portrait of two young children standing in front of a painted backdrop, circa 1870

Photographer: W.A. Smith Photographic Art Studio, NO. 125 North Third St., Newark, Oh.

07.03: "For Lula A. Burke, this is Little Grayson Burke." Portrait of a toddler in a white gown, circa 1900

Photographer: Osbourn, Charlestown, West Virginia.

07.04: Photo of a toddler sitting on a decorated couch, circa 1940
07.05: "Newland Girls." Portrait of three children; two young girls and one infant, all standing on a porch, circa 1910
07.06: "Elizabeth, from Teresa N. Photo of eight children in two rows, all sitting and standing outside in an open field with Model T cars in the background, circa 1910
07.07: Portrait of a young, smiling girl on the front of a postcard. Girl is standing in front of a painted backdrop next to a large chair with a porcelain doll in it
07.08: Portrait of a young girl and boy on the front of a postcard, circa 1900
07.09: "Luella, Reva, and Alan Winelle." Photo of three young children; two girls and one boy, with the youngest sitting in a wagon in the front row, circa 1900
07.10: Portrait of an infant wearing white cap and gown with thumb in its mouth and smiling, 1910
Children 2 box 1 folder 8
08.01: "Jake and Zulas Kids." Photo of three young children, circa 1900
08.02: Portrait of an infant dressed in white and sitting against a patterned background
08.03: Portrait of an infant wearing a white gown and propped up on a white blanket, circa 1900
08.04: Portrait of a female toddler holding a jingle bell rattle, circa 1890
08.05: Portrait of an infant sitting among decorated pillows and blankets with a fringed white curtain in the background, circa 1880

Photographer: T.M. Hemming, Photographic Artist, Front Royal, Virginia.

08.06: Photo of a young girl with a blanket hanging in the background, circa 1900
08.07: Photo of a young girl standing on a porch with a small dog to her left, circa 1900
08.08: Portrait of an infant sitting on a chair covered with fur against a painted backdrop, circa 1890
08.09: Photo of a young boy and an infant; the boy standing and the infant sitting in fir chair on a porch, circa 1900
08.10: Portrait of an infant wearing a white cap, gown, and booties

Photographer: Donaldson Studio, 927 ST NW Washington DC

Children 3 box 1 folder 9
09.01: A portrait of a young boy with a tabby cat in his lap, circa 1880
09.02: "Luther and Margaret Hunt." Portrait of a young boy and female toddler in front of a painted backdrop, printed on the front of a postcard, 1920 January 2

Back of the photo states that it was taken on January 2, 1920. Photographer: The Morrison Studio, Woodstock, Virginia.

09.03: Portrait of an infant on the front of a postcard, 1914 September 14

Writing on the original cardboard frame states that photo was taken September 24, 1914.

09.04: Portrait of an infant sitting on a checkered pillow against a painted backdrop, circa 1920

Photographer: The Morrison Studio, Woodstock, Virginia.

09.05: Postcard portrait of a female toddler sitting on a polished wooden table against a painted backdrop

Photographer: The Morrison Studio, Woodstock, Virginia.

09.06: Portrait of an infant sitting on a cushioned wooden chair, circa 1920

Photographer: The Morrison Studio, Woodstock, Virginia.

09.07: "Alva Lee Dellinger."Postcard portrait of a young child in a sailor outfit, circa 1900

Photographer: The Morrison Studio, Woodstock, Virginia.

Children 4 box 2 folder 1
10.01: Photo of a boy riding a pony, circa 1920
10.02: "Betty Jane Steed." Portrait of a very young girl in a white gown and white booties, 1923 November 24

Contains handwriting that states that the photo was taken on November 24, 1923. Photographer: The Morrison Studio, Woodstock, Virginia.

10.03: "Baby George at 2 ½ years." Portrait of a very young boy sitting on a wooden stool against a drapery background and holding a toy ball, circa 1920

Photographer: Rockwood Studio, 510 W. 145th St. New York.

10.04: Portrait of a very young girl sitting on a polished wooden table against a painted backdrop and holding a compact

Photographer: The Morrison Studio, Woodstock, Virginia.

10.05: Portrait of a young girl sitting on a cushioned wooden chair, circa 1930

Photographer: The Morrison Studio, Woodstock, Virginia.

10.06: Portrait of a toddler standing on a wicker chair

Photographer: Seckner, Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Houses, Landscape, Miscellaneous box 2 folder 2
11.01: "Aunt Ella's Home." Photograph of the outside of a white house and attached fence and yard, with a small dog in the forefront
11.02: Photograph of an outdoor scene that includes four women and two small children standing in the left edge of the background. Scene includes small houses, outbuildings, small stream, multiple posts, ground vines

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Series 2: Ephemera, circa 1889-1939, undated

Title/Description Instances
School papers box 2 folder 3
Report cards for Evelyn and Frances Dellinger from Edinburg Graded School and Edinburg High School, 1926-1939
Certificate of Attendance for Frances Dellinger, 1933
Program for the senior class play, "Mr. Cinderella", 1937
Program of Graduate Exercises, Edinburg High School, 1937
School ephemera box 2 folder 4
One black, string-bound notebook embossed with title "Personal Cards from Classmates"

contains 32 name cards on 8 full pages

Edinburg High School Diploma of Frances Louise Dellinger, 1937
Edinburg High School Diploma of James Samuel Sheetz, 1937
Miscellaneous box 2 folder 5
Five cardboard memorial cards that gives the date of death for Carl W. Branham, Fred P. Branham, William Bowman, Caroline Bowers, and Mrs. Sarah Rinker, 1889-1895
An election reminder card endorsing Burder B. Bowman, 1905
Birthday card to Frances Dellinger, 1921
One paper-bound booklet of "The Cure-All," a play, 1924
A small Lententide folio from Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1937
Newspaper clipping with a facial lotion recipe, undated
One used envelope from the D.C. Heath and Co. to James Galloway in Moores Store, Virginia, undated

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