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Elizabeth Arrena Carroll Scrapbook

Identifier: SC 0190
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Scope and Content

The Elizabeth Arrena Carroll Scrapbook consists of one 7" x 11 1/2" x 1 1/2" scrapbook, 1921-1925. The scrapbook is purple felt with orange script lettering "Memories" and an "HTC" (Harrisonburg Teacher's College) insignia stitched in the orange felt and bound together with purple cotton cord. Contents of the scrapbook are mounted on black paper pages and consist of cards and letters from friends and family; multiple black and white photographs of the sisters and their friends both on and off campus; ephemera including tickets and programs from cultural and athletic events such as a Japanese operetta presented by the sophomore class, a May Day Festival Program, and a list of second year class priveleges. There is also an amusing though undated entreaty by Dorothy Garber to return for commencement (presumably in a year subsequent to 1925). A field day program lists six events: hurdles, triple jump, basketball distance, 75 yard dash, high jump, and relay followed by baseball at three in the afternoon. Several letters from a James in Washington, DC, mention automobile trips and train schedules.


  • Creation: 1921-1925


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 been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Bio/Historical Note

Elizabeth Arrena Carroll and her twin sister, Catherine Cornelia Carroll, both of Front Royal, Virginia in Warren County graduated from the professional courses at the State Teachers College, Harrisonburg in June of 1925. Elizabeth was a member of the Pinquet Tennis Club, Choral Club, the Athletic Association, and the YWCA. Her inscription from the 1925 School Ma'am reads, "For though on pleasure she was bent, She had a frugal mind." Cornelia's reads, "As brimful of mischief and wit and glee, As ever a human frame can be." Elizabeth played the mandolin, and it can be deduced from photographs and a permission slip from her mother to Dean Varner that the fashionable sisters enjoyed upper class privileges of visiting friends on weekends and receiving gentleman callers to campus.


0.15 cubic feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of one scrapbook compiled during Miss Carroll’s enrollment in professional courses at the State Normal School for Women in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It includes correspondence from 1921, though the bulk of the material appears to be from 1923-1925.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Edith H. Good, Madison College Class of 1956, in April 2006.


  • The Schoolma'am, 1925. Harrisonburg (Va.): State Teachers College.

Processing Information

The scrapbook was cleaned and remains intact. The scrapbook exhibits some losses from light and insect activity most likely moth damage to the wool felts comprising the cover. 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 5011.

A Guide to the Elizabeth Arrena Carroll Scrapbook, 1921-1925
Julia Merkel and Erika Morrison
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Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

820 Madison Drive
MSC 1706
Harrisonburg Virginia 22807
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