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Department of History: Raymond C. Dingledine, Jr. Papers

Identifier: UA 0037
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Scope and Content

The Department of History: Raymond C. Dingledine, Jr., Papers are comprised of committee papers, meeting minutes, and administrative records that document Dingledine’s work in the Social Studies and History Department at James Madison University (formerly Madison College), as well as correspondence and research materials for the book, “Madison College: the First Fifty Years, 1908-1958,” authored by Dingledine and published in 1959.


  • Creation: 1950-1983


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Collection is open for research with the exception of certain records protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). FERPA protection of student records ends with the death of the student. Therefore, records are opened for research 80 years after their creation when it is presumed that the student is deceased.

Media is inaccessible pending reformating.

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Conditions Governing Access

Restricted files are housed in the collection control file and should be interfiled in collection when restriction is lifted, 80 years past their date of creation.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of James Madison University is retained by James Madison University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information, contact the Special Collections Reference Desk (

Staff have taken special care to identify and remove sensitive materials, particularly those relating to students’ academic records, found within this collection. However, in rare instances, privacy protected information may be revealed during use of this collection. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within this collection, and further agree not to publish or disclose such information for any purpose. Researchers agree to alert Special Collections staff if potentially privacy protected information is found within this collection. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Bio/Historical Note

Raymond C. Dingledine, Jr. was born in 1919 to Raymond Carlyle Dingledine and Agness Browne Stribling Dingledine. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and in 1948, began teaching at Madison College in the Social Sciences and History Department. He became head of the History Department in 1965 when it separated from the Social Sciences, a position he held until his retirement in 1984. In 1959 he published, “Madison College: the First Fifty Years, 1908-1956.” Dingledine was married to Emily Reel. He died in 1990. Dingledine’s father, Raymond Sr. taught at the State Normal School from 1913 until his death in 1941. His mother, Agness graduated from the State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg in 1915, and later served as House Mother and as Alumni Secretary at Madison College. Dingledine Hall is named in her honor.


1.2 cubic feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is comprised of the professional and academic papers of Dr. Raymond C. Dingledine, Jr., a professor of Social Studies and History at James Madison University (formerly Madison College), and correspondence and research materials for the book, “Madison College: the First Fifty Years, 1908-1958,” published in 1959.


Items are arranged into two series, and are further arranged by subject matter.

  1. Research Files, 1956-1958
  2. Topical Files, 1950-1983

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated by Raymond C. Dingledine in April 1984.

Related Materials

Dingledine, Raymond C., Jr. "Madison College: the First Fifty Years, 1908-1958." Harrisonburg, VA: Madison College, 1959.


  • Find A Grave. “Raymond C. Dingledine, Jr. (1919-1990).” Find a Grave Memorial no. 176163788. Accessed March 26, 2018. 176163788.

Processing Information

The collection was formerly given the collection number, HI 93-0407.

A Guide to the Department of History: Raymond C. Dingledine, Jr. Papers, 1950-1983
Sarah Roth-Mullet
March 2018
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Revision Statements

  • 2021-10-07: Language of restriction updated; description of restricted files added to inventory
  • 2022-11: Materials created by or addressed to Dingledine were removed from vertical file Anniversaries: 50th.

Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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