The Resource Mathews County (Va.) Red Cross Records

Mathews County (Va.) Red Cross Records

Mathews County (Va.) Red Cross Records, 1933-1970
Mathews County (Va.) Red Cross Records
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Mathews County (Va.) Red Cross Records, 1933-1970 (bulk 1933-1934), record the Mathews County Chapter's history through financial documentation, donation information, meeting notes and various records of relief distribution. The bulk of the records (1933-1934) relate to relief efforts after the Chesapeake-Potomac Hurricane hit Mathews County. Hurricane related records include merchant accounts and reimbursements, disaster registration cards, committee meeting minutes, a storm log, correspondence, warehouse invoices, dwelling repair plans, etc
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Biographical or historical data
  • Mathews County was named for Thomas Mathews, of Norfolk, the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1790 when the county was formed from Gloucester County.
  • Swiss businessman, Henri Dunant, founded the Red Cross after witnessing a battle in Northern Italy in 1859. Dunant wished to begin an organization which would care for the sick and wounded in battle. In 1864, the Geneva Convention established the International Committee of the Red Cross and in 1901 Dunant received the first Nobel Peace Prize. In 1881, Clara Barton established the American Red Cross to aid in domestic relief efforts due to disaster. The Mathews County (Va.) Red Cross Chapter was organized May 12, 1917 with Mrs. Robert Hoskins as chairman; Miss Alice Healy, Secretary; and W. B. Smith, Treasurer.
  • The Chesapeake-Potomac Hurricane hit Mathews County, Virginia on August 23rd, 1933, causing catastrophic damage. The storm was first noticed when it was east of the Windward Islands. By August 18th, the tropical storm was 900 miles east of Puerto Rico and within 150 miles of Bermuda, on August 21st it became a hurricane. On August 23rd at 9:20AM, the storm changed track and passed over Norfolk, Virginia and moved north. The 1933 hurricane season left a destructive path all the way into Pennsylvania and remained the worst series of storms on record until Hurricane Isabel in 1993.
  • Most records were burned in Richmond on 3 April 1865, where they had been moved for safekeeping during the Civil War.
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Location of other archival material
Mathews County is one of Virginia's Lost Records Localities. Additional Mathews County Court Records may be found in the Virginia Lost Records Localities Digital Collection.
Mathews County (Va.) Red Cross Records
  • This collection was transfered to The Library of Virginia by the Mathews County (Va.) Circuit Court on 14 January 1983
  • The collection is located at the State Records Center. Contact Archives Research Services for access information, directions, and hours
  • The Library of Virginia
Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Mathews County Circuit Court
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
cu.ft. (10 boxes)

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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