United Daughters of the Confederacy, Turner Ashby Chapter Records, 1896-1991

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
United Daughters of the Confederacy. Turner Ashby Chapter
Title:
United Daughters of the Confederacy, Turner Ashby Chapter Records
Collection No.:
SC 0121
Date:
1896-1991
Extent:
3 boxes, 9 audiocassettes, 2.42 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
This collection deals with the records from the Turner Ashby Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. These records are mostly comprised of membership applications dated 1896-1991, along with memorabilia such as confederate banners, scrapbooks, yearbooks, cassette tapes, and the original charters for the chapter.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], United Daughters of the Confederacy, Turner Ashby Chapter Records, 1896-1990, SC 0121, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Administrative History

The United Daughters of the Confederacy were formed by the outgrowth of local and memorial groups related the United Confederate Veterans, formed after the Civil War. It was first founded in Nashville, Tennessee on September 10, 1894 under the name the National Association of the Daughters of the Confederacy. At its second meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1895, the name of the organization was changed to the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Membership into a chapter of the UDC requires that women applying must be at least 16 years of age who are lineal or collateral blood descendants of men and women who served in the Army, Navy, or Civil Service for the Confederate States during the Civil War. On October 21, 1895, four chapters charted by the UDC met in Alexandria, Va. and organized the first statewide organization with the UDC: the Virginia Division. The Turner Ashby Chapter was chartered by about two dozen Harrisonburg women in the late 1890s. Today, the chapter has taken on a variety of education and historic preservation efforts, especially the Turner Ashby monument.

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Scope and Content

The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Turner Ashby Chapter Records, 1896-1990s, consists of 1 Hollinger box and 2 flat boxes containing the records of the chapter up until the present day. These records are mainly comprised of membership application forms, along with some incomplete forms and several Confederate banners. In the accompanying flat boxes, there are the original charters, programs, yearbooks, and scrapbooks.

There are also 9 cassette tapes with recordings of the proceedings of the Centennial celebration of the Stonewall Jackson Valley Campaign events, held in 1962, as well as other events hosted by the UDC. The recordings include interviews with local persons, including Dr. John Wayland and Rev. John G. Dubosq, by local radio personality Wip Robinson. The Mr. Robinson's wife Jane was a very active chapter president. An index to the tapes is available in Box 1.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following three series:

Series 1: Membership Applications, 1896-1991

Series 2: Memorabilia, 1896-1989

Series 2: Sound Recordings, 1960-1968, undated

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

Converted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl.EAD updated to reflect updated finding aid by Kate MorrisRevised by Alicia HenneberryAudiocassettes processed by Sarah Roth-Mullet 2013-11-212015-07-20September 2013May 2019

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

Placed on deposit through contract with the Turner Ashby Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy dated November 7, 1989 with additions in March 1991 and February 1993.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 3010. Audiocassettes were digitized in May 2019.

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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Related Materials

Related Material

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Southern Cross of Honor Records, 1905-1941, SC 0097, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Index Terms

Geographic Name

  • Shenandoah National Park (Va.) -- History

Subject

  • Ashby, Turner, 1828-1862 -- Monuments
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy. Turner Ashby Chapter, No. 162 (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- Records and correspondence
  • Confederate States of America -- History -- Societies, etc.
  • Confederate States of America. Army -- History
  • Confederate States of America. Army -- Flags
  • Confederate States of America -- History, Military -- Sources
  • United States -- Armed Forces -- History
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Societies, etc. -- Confederate
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Flags
  • Confederate States of America -- History -- Sources
  • Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
  • Mountain people -- Virginia -- Shenandoah National Park -- Social life and customs

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Bibliography

"Historical - Educational - Benevolent - Memorial - Patriotic." United Daughters of the Confederacy. Accessed September 2013. http://hqudc.org/.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Membership Applications, 1896-1991, undated

Title/Description Instances
Membership Applications, Oldest Records, 1896-1904 box 1 folder 1
Membership Applications, 1904-1910 box 1 folder 2
Membership Applications, 1910-1913 box 1 folder 3
Membership Applications, 1913-1923 box 1 folder 4
Membership Applications, 1923-1925 box 1 folder 5
Membership Applications, 1925-1934 box 1 folder 6
Membership Applications, 1935-1952 box 1 folder 7
Membership Applications, 1954-1989 box 1 folder 8
Active file (as of March 1991), 1991 box 1 folder 9
Members, Associates, and Incomplete forms, undated box 1 folder 10

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Series 2: Memorabilia, 1896-1989

Title/Description Instances
Confederate Banners, undated box 1 folder 11
Programs, 1912-1989 box 1 folder 12
Index to cassette tapes, undated box 1 folder 13
Scrapbook, 1960-1961 box OV 1
Scrapbook, 1962 box OV 1
Charters, 1896-1897 box OV 2 folder 1
Yearbooks, 1940-1987

Contains yearbooks for 1940/41-1951/52, 1953/54-1956, 1958/59, 1959/60, 1961, 1962/63, 1973/74- 1975/76,1978/79, 1981/82-1982/83, 1986/87

box OV 2
Scrapbook, 1988-1989 box OV 2

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Series 3: Sound Recordings, ca. 1960-1968

The series is comprised of 13 recordings, captured on 9 audiocassette tapes that document various events hosted by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, as well as activities of Jane Robinson, President of the Turner Ashby Chapter of the UDC, and her husband Wip Robinson, a radio personality in the Harrisonburg area.

Title/Description Instances
Role of Women in the South, Turner Ashby Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, ca. 1961

Speech by unidentified person, given to the Turner Ashby Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, regarding the "women of the south," specifically Richmond, Virginia. Side A.

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, ca. 1961 Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-001
John Wayland interviewed by Wip Robinson, undated

Dr. John Wayland interviewed by Wip Robinson. Topics include James W. Marshall ("Cyclone Jime"); the oldest town in the Shenandoah Valley; the "German Regiment" led by Abraham Bowland of the Shenandoah Valley; Powell'ss Fort in Massanutten, and the origin of its name; the location and history of Shawnee Springs; The history of the courthouse in Woodstock; the old log church where Muhlenberg and Asbury gave sermons; the Bloody Ford; the story of the John Rhodes family "killed by Indians;" Crany Island; the iron foundry, flour mill and saw mill (Abraham Bird); the Stony Man and Hawksbill Head, Blue Ridge Mountain Range. Side B.

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, undated Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-001
Reverand John G. Dubosq interviewed by Wip Robinson, March 5, 1968

Interview with Reverand John G. Dubosq, by Wip Robinson, conducted at the Jollett Hollow Chapel. Dubosq discusses his personal history and the establishment of the Skyline Drive Park. Discusses his work as a singer in blackface as a member of the quartet, Penn City Comedy Four; work as a minister in the Jollet Hollow Mission Church in Jollett Hollow, Page County, Virginia; moonshining and moonshiners; his work at the the church and establishing a men's fellowship; parishioners donating food; recreation in the Blue Ridge Mountains; the impact of the construction of Skyline Drive on people living on the moutain; the settlement communities displaced residents of the Shenandoah National Park.

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, March 5, 1968 Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-002
"Noontime Almanac" with Wip Robinson, WSVA Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated

Wip Robinson host of the "Noontime "Almanac," on WSHV in Harrisonburg, Virginia, discusses agriculture in Shenandoh County, including poultry reports, and steer and cattle prices in Harrisonburg; interviews Bill Clark of Hardy County, West Virginia, who discusses agriculture in that area. Side A.

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, undated Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-003
1st Annual picnic of Virginia DABS, Wip Robinson, undated

Wip Robinson interviews attendees of the 1st Annual Picnic of Virginia DABS. He asks people their name, city of residence, and the color of their mailboxes. Side B. August 7, 1962?

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, undated Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-003
Centennial Celebration of Stonewall Jackson Valley Campaign Re-March and Reenactment, Elkton, Virginia, April 28, 1962

Recording of the "kick-off" event held to commemorate a remarch of the Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign route; Speech about the Stonewall Brigade given by Dr. William G. Bean, professor at William and Mary. The event took place in Elkton, Virginia, referred to by it's former name, Conrad's Store.

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, April 28, 1962 Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-004
Speech by James "Bud" I. Robertson, Centennial Celebration of Stonewall Jackson Valley Campaign, March 22, 1962

Probably occurred Thursday, March 22, 1962.

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, March 22, 1962 Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-005
Preservation master audiocassette, March 22, 1962 Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-006
Virginia DABS Fall Picnic at Massanutten Caverns, Wip Robinson, undated

Wip Robinson interviews attendees of a fall picnic at Massanutten Caverns. Robinson asks people their name and place of residence, and the color of the their mailbox.

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, undated Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-006
Turner Ashby Monument Dedication, presided by Jane Robinson, June 9, 1962

The program included comments by Frances B. Ryan of Emannuel Episcopal Church, Mayor of Harrionsburg, Frank C. Switzer who welcoms the marchers, Dabney W. Watts, the Chairman of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Centennial Committee, and Rober Frazier and the Harrisonburg High School Band playing "Dixie." The event is hosted by Jane Robinson, president of the Turner Ashby Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Side A.

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, June 9, 1962 Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-007
Speech about Sidney Lanier, Turner Ashby Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, undated

Speech given by an unnamed woman on the life of Sidney Lanier. Side B.

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, undated Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-007
Tribute to Jane Robinson, "Here's History" Radio Show with Dick McGrath, February 2, 1964

Side A.

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, February 2, 1964 Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-008
"Reminiscing with Jane" Radio Show, with Wip Robinson, ca. 1962

Refers to Jane Robinson recovering from an illness. Side B.

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, ca. 1962 Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-008
Unknown Speaker and Singer, undated

Musical program of unidentified singer.

Digital-materials SC0121-SET-001
Preservation master audiocassette, undated Media Cabinet 1 Audiocassette SC0121-CS-009

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