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Bridgewater, Virginia photographs

 Collection
Identifier: SC 0324

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content

The Bridgewater, Virginia Photographs, circa 1900, comprise five matted black-and-white photographs documenting Bridgewater, Virginia and North River.

Four of the five photographs were identified by local historian C. E. May (1903-1997) and include descriptive captions on the backs of the matting. The photographs are undated but an approximate date of 1900 was applied by the archivist based on contextual clues including style of carriage and clothing.

The photographs are matted and include ink captions on the backs as well as a James Madison University Special Collections stamp.

The photographs were previously described as part of the Shenandoah Local History Collection (SC 5055): "Series VI holds five black and white photographs of Bridgewater, Virginia. These images show an old woolen mill, fields with the town behind them, two men in a carriage by the river, the river with fields and the town on either side, and one unidentified photo of a street in winter. They were identified in 1985 by local historian C. E. May."

Dates

  • circa 1900

Creator

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 not been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Bio/Historical Note

Founded in 1835, Bridgewater, Virginia is an incorporated town located in Rockingham County.

Extent

0.10 Cubic Feet (5 folders)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Bridgewater, Virginia Photographs, circa 1900, comprise five matted black-and-white photographs documenting Bridgewater, Virginia and North River.

Arrangement

The photographs are individually foldered to prevent bleeding or transfer of ink from one photograph to another. They are arranged in the same order as when they formed part of SC 5055.

Acquisition Information

The immediate source of acquisition for this collection is unknown. The photographs were in the custody of JMU Special Collections as of at least February 1985, per descriptive notes written on the backs of the photographs.

Processing Information

The photographs previously formed part of the Shenandoah Local History Collection (SC 5055), but were separated in October 2021 due to the materials in the collection having no shared provenance. The current folder titles combine legacy titles and the descriptive captions on the backs of the matted photographs.

Title
A Guide to the Bridgewater, Virginia Photographs, circa 1900
Status
Completed
Author
Tiffany Cole
Date
October 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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