Isaac Long Terrell and Ann Terrell Baker research on historic Rockingham County houses
Scope and Content
The Isaac Long Terrell and Ann Terrell Baker Research on Historic Rockingham County Houses, 1941-2017, comprises research files and notes, newspaper clippings, negatives, and facsimile and original photographs documenting historic houses in Rockingham County, Virginia. The bulk of the research material was originally compiled by Isaac Long Terrell and used as the basis for his book Old Houses in Rockingham County: 1750-1850 (1970). Baker contributed additional photographs and updated research for her follow-up book Old Houses in Rockingham County Revisited: 1750-1850 (2000).
The research file for each historic house typically includes a one-page summary of the house's history which is also the updated narrative from Baker's book. Additional materials include facsimile and original photographs documenting interior and exterior architectural elements as well as former occupants and owners of the properties. Photographs were primarily taken by Terrell, Baker, the houses' owners, or provided through other sources. Newspaper clippings and historic house surveys provide further historical information.
The research materials primarily date from the 1960s to the early 2000s and correspond to the respective publication dates of Terrell and Baker's books. Folder titles include the date range of the research materials contained within as well as the approximate date of each house which is included in parentheses. A creation date of 2000 is assigned to Baker's historical summaries of each house. This date coincides with the publication date of her book.
- Creation: 1941 - 2017
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Isaac Long Terrell (1918-1993) was born in the Linville-Edom community of Rockingham County, Virginia to Charles H. and Mary Davis Terrell. He attended the Maryland Institute of Art and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in design architecture. Terrell received his master's degree from Madison College (now James Madison University) and Ecoles-Des Beaus Arts of Fontainebleau, France. Terrell's research into historic Rockingham County houses began with his Madison College master's thesis completed in 1968 and titled "A Century of Creative Domestic Architectural Expression in Rockingham County from 1750 to 1850." From his original thesis, Terrell published Old Houses in Rockingham County, 1750 to 1850 in 1970. Terrell's daughter, Ann Terrell Baker, later republished a revised edition of her father's book titled Old Houses in Rockingham County Revisited: 1750-1850 (2000).
Terrell served in the Army during World War II. He worked as an interior decorator and retired from Davis & Associates, an architecture firm based in Harrisonburg. Terrell married Helen Wine in 1949. Their daughter, Ann Terrell Baker, continued Terrell's research on historic Rockingham County houses after his death in 1993. Baker graduated from Harrisonburg High School and received her Bachelor of Arts from Greensboro College. She earned her Masters of Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and taught art in the Guilford County Public School System for two decades. She returned to Harrisonburg permanently in 1996 with her husband Robert Baker.
1 cubic feet (3 boxes)
800 Megabytes (347 files)
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The Isaac Long Terrell and Ann Terrell Baker Research on Historic Rockingham County Houses, 1941-2017, comprises research files and notes, newspaper clippings, and photographs documenting historic houses in Rockingham County, Virginia. The bulk of the research material was used as the basis for Terrell's book Old Houses in Rockingham County: 1750-1850 (1970) as well as Baker's follow-up book Old Houses in Rockingham County Revisited: 1750-1850 (2000).
The collection is organized into folders according to property and arranged in the same order as Ann Terrell Baker's book Old Houses in Rockingham County Revisited, 1750-1850. Her book follows a similar order as Isaac Terrell's earlier version. Two folders not focused on a specific house are filed at the end of the collection.
The collection was donated to Special Collections by Ann Terrell Baker in November 2021 via Dr. Carole Nash, JMU professor in the School of Integrated Sciences.
Other Formats Available
Select photographs and negatives as well as images not physically present in the collection have been digitized, as provided by the donor, and are available upon request.
- Obituary for Isaac L. Terrell, Daily News-Record, December 11, 1993.
The research materials were donated to Special Collections in three three-ring binders with the materials related to each historic house organized together in a document sleeve. The research materials were removed from the three-ring binders and their respective document sleeve and rehoused into archival boxes and folders according to historic house.
All slides and negatives were placed in paper sleeves and interfiled according to historic house with the other related research materials. Photographs were only placed into sleeves if there was an immediate preservation concern. Newspaper clippings were segregated into paper folders and interfiled according to historic house.
Genre / Form
- Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
- Architecture, Domestic -- Virginia -- Rockingham County -- Pictorial works
- Dwellings -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
- Dwellings -- Virginia -- Rockingham County -- Pictorial works
- Historic buildings -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
- Historic buildings -- Virginia -- Rockingham County -- Pictorial works
- A Guide to the Isaac Long Terrell and Ann Terrell Baker Research on Historic Rockingham County Houses, 1941-2017
- Tiffany Cole
- May 2022
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