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Jean Foley Scrapbook

Identifier: SC 0268
  • Not requestable

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content

The scrapbook is comprised of photographs and papers from 1939-1940, documenting the experiences of State Normal School alum, Jean Foley. The scrapbook contains images of Harrisonburg, including images of “Turkey Festival” celebrated outside of Wilson Hall on Madison College campus and in a parade down Main Street, Harrisonburg in 1939; May Day festivities on Madison College and downtown Harrisonburg; and photographs of 317 S. Main St., which was her family residence.

The majority of the photographs are travel photographs including of time Foley spent in Florida locations such as Fort Lauderdale, Dania, Poinciana, and Hialeah Park, from 1939-1940. She also travelled to Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1939; New York World’s Fair in 1939; Washington D.C. with images of the capitol building and Mt. Vernon; and rural areas of Tennessee. The scrapbook contains an image of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, taken in Ontario, Canada, and a note written in 1985 with biographical information about the Queen.

Loose items include Foley’s State Teachers Certificate, issued by the Virginia State Board of Education in 1929; a newspaper clipping of the “Boxwood Tourist Home” on South Main Street in Harrisonburg; and a clipping from the Daily News Record about the Queen Mother from August 3, 1985.


  • 1939-1940
  • 1985


Access Restrictions

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

Bio/Historical Note

Jean Clifton Walters (nee Foley) was born in 1908 in Kanawha Falls, West Virginia to Elkanah Lee Foley and Annie Farley. She enrolled in the State Teachers College at Harrisonburg in 1925, and graduated in 1929 with a B.S. in Home Economics and a Collegiate Professional certificate. While at the State Teachers College, Foley was involved with the Day Students' Club, YWCA, Athletic Association, and the Frances Sale Club (a Home Economics club). After graduation, she lived for a time in Broward County, Florida. In 1949 she married Paul Richard Walters, and the couple resided in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Foley died in 1999.


0.3 cubic feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



The Jean Foley Scrapbook, 1939-1940, contains photographs of downtown Harrisonburg and James Madison University, including the “Turkey Festival” and May Day celebrations, as well as travel photos documenting the experiences of State Normal School alum, Foley.


Scrapbook is unbound and stored in a flat box.


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Scrapbook was donated by William Foley on December 1, 2015.

Processing Information

The scrapbook was unbound and stabilized in preservation.



A Guide to the Jean Foley Scrapbook, 1939-1940, 1985
Sarah Roth-Mullet
March 2018
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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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