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United Daughters of the Confederacy, Turner Ashby Chapter Records

Identifier: SC 0121
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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.


  • 1896-1991


Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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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.


2.42 cubic feet (3 boxes, 9 audiocassettes)

Language of Materials



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.


The collection is arranged in the following three series:

  1. Membership Applications, 1896-1991
  2. Memorabilia, 1896-1989
  3. Sound Recordings, 1960-1968, undated

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.

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.


  • "Historical - Educational - Benevolent - Memorial - Patriotic." United Daughters of the Confederacy. Accessed September 2013.

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.

A Guide to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Turner Ashby Chapter Records, 1896-1991
Chris Bolgiano, Alicia Henneberry
March 1990, September 2013
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Revision Statements

  • 2013-11-21: Converted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl.
  • 2015-07-20: EAD updated to reflect updated finding aid by Kate Morris
  • September 2013: Revised by Alicia Henneberry
  • May 2019: Audiocassettes processed by Sarah Roth-Mullet

Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

820 Madison Drive
MSC 1706
Harrisonburg Virginia 22807
(540) 568-3612