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Shenandoah Valley Legal Documents

Identifier: SC 0176
  • Not requestable

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content

This collection comprises 94 legal documents such as contracts, agreements, a will, letters from attorneys and primarily, copies of deeds from 1751-1968. Also included are several real estate tax receipts from the Plains District in Rockingham County dating from 1921-1935. Most of the documents pertain to the Riddle/Riddel family. One document that stands out is a 1908 injunction against 29 defendants for cutting timber without warrant. Series 1 contains all the aforementioned legal documents with the exception of the tax records which comprise Series 2.


  • Creation: 1751-1968
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1901-1935

Access Restrictions

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

Bio/Historical Note

Most of the documents pertain to the Riddle/Riddel family.


0.2 cubic feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The collection is comprised of 94 legal and tax related documents.


The collection is arranged in two series:

  1. Legal documents, 1751-1968
  2. Tax record receipts, 1921-1935

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Scott Suter in October 2005.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 4051.


A Guide to the Shenandoah Valley Legal Documents, 1751-1968 (bulk 1901-1935)
Julia Merkel
March 2006
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Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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