The Resource Virginia War History Commission City Source Material

Virginia War History Commission City Source Material

Label
Virginia War History Commission City Source Material, 1919-1927
Title
Virginia War History Commission City Source Material
Inclusive dates
1919-1927
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The series City Source Material contains records collected by the Local Branches of the Virginia War History Commission. To assist Local Branches with their task, the Commission provided them with a detailed ten topic outline describing the types of records to be collected: Topic 1, Virginians of Distinguished Service (military and civilian); Topic 2, Pre-War Conditions and Activities (education, religion, patriotism, and economic and social conditions; Topic 3, Virginia Churches in War Time (lists of members in service, religious attitudes and church activities); Topic 4, Virginia Schools and Colleges in the War; Topic 5 (Draft Law and Virginia Organizations (draft laws); Topic 6, Economic and Social Conditions (finance, agriculture, industry, commerce, transportation, communication and labor and social conditions); Topic 7, The Red Cross in Virginia; Topic 8, War Work and Relief Organizations (activities of welfare organizations such as Y.M.C.A, Y.W.C.A., Knights of Columbus, Jewish Welfare, and Salvation Army); Topic 9, War Letters, Diaries and Incidents; and Topic 10, Post War Conditions and Activities. The complete outline is available in Virginia War History Commission, Publication No. 3, Virginia in the War: Topical Outline for a City or County War History (August 1920)
  • Unlike the county source material, the city branches, especially Newport News, Norfolk, and Richmond, submitted a substantial number of records for a large number of the topics listed on the outline. In addition, some records collected by the City branches were removed and filed separately such as the Individual Service Records (Questionnaires), records of Virginians of Distinguished Service (military) and college histories. The majority of records collected by the city branches are described and calendared in the following publications: Virginia War History Commission, Supplement No. 2, Source Material from Virginia Cities (April 1921 issue of Virginia Magazine of History and Biography), Supplement No. 3, Calendar of Military Histories, Narratives and Reports (July 1921 issue of Virginia Magazine of History and Biography) and Supplement No. 4, Lists and Calendars of Source Material (October 1921 issue of Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Letters written by Virginia soldiers and sailors are described and indexed in source volume 3, Virginia War Letters, Diaries, and Editorials, edited by Arthur Kyle Davis (Richmond: War History Commission, 1925). Within this volume, letters are arranged alphabetically by author and include date of letters, brief description of content and list the writer's city of residence. Additional letters omitted from this volume are included in this series. In this series, letters are filed by locality and alphabetical therein
  • The City Source Material series is housed in 28 boxes and three oversized map folders and is arranged alphabetically by locality and by topic there under. Notable records include:
  • Alexandria - an issue of Parnot Daily News, 8 October 1919, a newspaper of the 116th Infantry Division
  • Danville - biography of Major Robert Emmett Lea, 1886-1918, a soldier accidentally shot by a civilian participating in a rifle contest
  • Hopewell - a copy of Hopewell: The Petersburg-Hopewell Industrial District by the Petersburg & Hopewell Chamber of Commerce, n.d. and a copy of Sketch of Hopewell: The Wonder City by the Hopewell Board of Trade, n.d. The Sketch of Hopewell includes a description of the towns businesses and biographical sketches of leading citizens. Other records include three issues of the Hopewell Splinters (vol. 1, no. 4, September 1917, vol. 2, no. 9, September 1918 and vol. 2, no 11, November 1918) published by the employees of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, a historical sketch of the 319th Ambulance Company and a program for the Military Tournament, 315th Field Artillery of Camp Lee, 23 March 1918
  • Lynchburg - program, St. Paul's Church, for unveiling of tablet in honor of church members killed during war, 15 May 1921
  • Newport News - "War History of the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company" by H.L. Ferguson; "War Work of Newport News Branch of Red Cross"; "An Incomplete Diary of a Camp Service Worker at Camp Stuart Hospital, 23 December 1918-September 1919," by Mrs. E.P. Griffith that describes her work assisting injured and disabled veterans and includes photographs; extensive records on the war work of the YMCA and schools in Newport News; records of the war work of the Jewish Welfare Board, Newport News Branch includes questionnaires completed by ex-soldiers and sailors. The questionnaire asked for name, residence, present address, name of camp from which service was entered, city of residence prior to service, date and place of birth, country where parents born, have you served overseas, have you been wounded, in which branch of the Army or Navy did you serve, what was your rank, list of decorations and war experiences. Many also contain photographs of veteran
  • Norfolk - extensive church and school narratives including a history of the war work of the First Christian Church (Disciples) by minister Charles M. Watson; History of the Armed Guard by James Sydney Fitzgerald, describing the arming of merchant ships by the Navy. Record includes list of vessels with a brief account of events in the war zone; a brief history of the Norfolk Navy Yard; reports of Red Cross activities in Norfolk; and a History of the Imperial Recreation Club for Men of the Service written by Sophie L. Williams
  • Petersburg - Includes a variety of records on Camp Lee including a copy of the Bayonet, the remembrance book of Camp Lee, 1918, a list of slang phrases used at Camp Lee and their meaning; and a photograph of YMCA Building No. 52 at Camp Lee; poems written by Arthur Kyle Davis, Jr. and a copy of the official statement of the Rhodes Committee of Virginia, ca. 1919, selecting Arthur Kyle Davis, Jr.; and issues of The Daily Smoke, 26 February 1919 - 24 March 1919, a daily one page newspaper published by members of the crew of the U.S.S. Eastern Chief
  • The City of Richmond War History Commission submitted the most extensive collection of records of any county or city branch of the Virginia War History Commission. Notable records under topic 1, Virginians of Distinguished Service (civilian) are sketches of Henry W. Anderson, Harry F. Byrd, Rabbi Edward N. Calisch, Douglas Southall Freeman, Charles R. Keiley, Adjutant General Jo Lane Stern, Lewis L. Strauss, Herbert Hoover's private secretary, and John Skelton Williams
  • The Richmond records include an extensive history of the war work undertaken by Richmond's churches. Reports submitted by the Bainbridge St. Baptist Church and the Ginter Park Baptist Church include brief sketches of soldiers along with photographs
  • Records of schools and colleges contain a brief history of the U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 45, report of the activities of the Richmond public schools for 1917-1919 and a history of Richmond College and Westhampton College during the war that also includes miscellaneous issues of Heads Up (23 December 1918-7 April 1919), the newspaper of Debarkation Hospital No. 52
  • Significant records on Richmond's economic and social conditions consist of the minutes of the Central and General Committees of Woman's Cooperative Organization of the Local Food Administration, 2 April 1918-26 November 1919; "Participation of the Richmond Works of the American Locomotive Company in the late World War"; "Record of the Production of Materials for the World War by the Richmond Forgings Corporation"
  • Under topic 7, The Red Cross in Virginia, there are numerous reports of the activities of the Richmond branch including a history
  • Noteworthy records under topic 8, War Work and Relief Organizations, include extensive material on the Godmother's League of Richmond. Founded on 11 September 1917 by Margaret Ethel Kelley Kern, the Godmother's League was an organization of socially prominent women whose goal was to "look after the welfare and happiness" of the men of Richmond in military service. Godmother's sent care packages and wrote letters to the city's solders and sailors. Records include a history of the Godmother's League, written by Kern and a minute book documenting their activities between 11 September 1917 and March 1918. The minute book contains photographs (including one of Kern), the group's constitution, a list of Godmother's and newspaper clippings. Also included are the minutes of the Woman's Auxiliary Camp Community Service, 30 July 1918-26 June 1919, another woman's group dedicated to assisting men in service
  • Post-War material consists of the American Legion's Official Program, Armistice Day, 11 November 1918-11 November 1921 and a souvenir program for a reunion of Confederate Veterans in Richmond on 20-22 June 1922
  • In addition to these records, there is also the correspondence of the Richmond War History Commission. The correspondence are arranged by the ten topic outline and document attempts by Joseph W. Everette, secretary of the Richmond branch, between 1921 and 1922 to obtain records. Correspondence is both incoming and outgoing and is arranged alphabetically by recipient within each topical heading
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia War History Commission. (Search Virginia War History Commission as author).
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VIC
Citation source
  • Davis, Arthur Kyle, ed. VIRGINIA WAR LETTERS, DIARIES AND EDITORIALS. Richmond: War History Commission, 1925
  • VIRGINIA WAR HISTORY COMMISSION SUPPLEMENT NO. 2 (Reprint from April 1921 issue of the VIRGINIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY)
  • VIRGINIA WAR HISTORY COMMISSION SUPPLEMENT NO. 3 (Reprint from July 1921 issue of the VIRGINIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY)
  • VIRGINIA WAR HISTORY COMMISSION SUPPLEMENT NO. 4 (Reprint from October 1921 issue of the VIRGINIA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY)
  • Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Virginia War History Commission City Source Material
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http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vivadoc.pl?file=vi00958.xml
Note
Series VII. City Source Material, 1919-1927
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by locality.
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Extent
12.35
Governing access note
There are no use restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
War History Commission
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001502977
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There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (28 boxes and 3 oversize folders)

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