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V. Inez Graybeal Roop Papers

Identifier: SC 0183
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Scope and Content

The V. Inez Graybeal Roop Papers, 1913–2005, consists of five boxes (1.61 cubic feet). The collection consists of four series: Correspondence, Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, Scrapbooks and Family History, and Photographs.


  • 1913-2005


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 Collections Library. Staff have taken special care to identify and remove sensitive materials, particularly those relating to students’ academic records and admissions recommendations, 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

Vivian Inez Graybeal began her studies at Harrisonburg State Teacher’s College in 1931 and graduated in 1935. In 1962, Mrs. Roop was elected president of the Richmond Chapter of the Alumni Association and served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. She was appointed by Governor Mills Godwin to serve a four year term on Madison College’s Board of Visitors beginning in 1974. In 1977, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumnae Service Award. Also in that year, she made the motion petitioning the State Legislature to change the name of the institution to James Madison University. In 1980, she was appointed by Governor John Dalton to serve another four year term on the Board of Visitors. Inez Roop is the namesake of Roop House Alumni Office, dedicated in 1987 and later changed to Cardinal House, and of Roop Hall, dedicated in 1995. When originally dedicated, Roop Hall was the School of Education and Psychology building but is now home for mathematics and statistics. Inez Roop was an active participant in her class reunions, and an Emeritus Member of the Alumni Association Board. Frances "Frankie" Graybeal (Class of 1936) was Inez's younger sister. Both were members of the Lee Literary Society and Glee Club. They were featured in joint recitals with Frances as the organist. Frances was also a member of Alpha Rho Delta and the Y.W. Cabinet.


1.61 cubic feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



The V. Inez Graybeal Roop Papers, 1913-2005, a collection of a notable Harrisonburg Teacher’s College (now James Madison University) alumna, contains James Madison University related correspondence, speeches, news clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and reunion programs, as well as Roop and Graybeal family history.


The collection is arranged topically into nine series and chronologically within series. Exceptions to this arrangement scheme were made in order to group like materials together and as a result chronological arrangements are approximate.

  1. Correspondence, 1971–2005
  2. Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, 1948-2005
  3. Scrapbooks and Family History, 1913–2000
  4. Photographs, 1913-2005

Acquisition Information

Gift of V. Inez Graybeal Roop in 2003 and 2006. Some materials likely came to Special Collections via the Alumni Association at an unknown date.

Separated Material

Three oversized panoramic black and white photographs - 1926 Student Body on steps of quad building, ca. 1929 Student Body on Quad, 1930 Student Body - were removed from the collection and added to the Historic Photographs Collection.


  • Roop, Inez Graybeal, in collaboration with Nancy P. Wheeler. My Life. Richmond, VA: The author, 2002.

Processing Information

Some scrapbooks were disbound, disassembled, and foldered. Photographs originally part of the scrapbooks were removed and housed with the Photographs series. Inez Graybeal Roop's scrapbook remains intact. Many newspaper clippings were discarded. Duplicate issues of Montpelier magazine and other university publications were discarded.

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 5005. At this point the collection was reprocessed to include previously unprocessed accretions and to simplify the overall arrangement.

A Guide to the V. Inez Graybeal Roop Papers, 1913-2005
Julia Merkel, Chris Bolgiano, Sarah Vaughanm Allison Giroux; Tiffany Cole
February 2009, July 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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