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Audrey Hawkins Rosenberger papers

Identifier: SC 0335
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Scope and Contents

The Audrey Hawkins Rosenberger Papers, 1950-1956, document Hawkins' time as a student at Madison College and include photographs, printed ephemera, and a bucket hat.

The collection includes a program from the Margaret Webster Shakespeare Company's production of "Julius Caesar" presented at Madison College on January 10, 1950; the fall 1950 issue of "The Torch," a publication by Theta Sigma Upsilon; Hawkins' Theta Sigma Upsilon bucket hat; three photographs of the 1956 May Day celebrations; and two oversize group photographs, presumably of Theta Sigma Upsilon members. Hawkins is not identified in any of the photographs.


  • 1950 - 1956


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 not been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (

Biographical/Historical Note

Audrey Louise Hawkins (1927-2016) was born in Charles Town, West Virginia to Roy Benton Hawkins Sr. and Pauline Olive Larrick Hawkins. She attended Madison College and graduated in 1950 with a degree in accounting. While a student, Hawkins was active in the Business Club, YWCA, and Theta Sigma Upsilon, serving as its vice-president her senior year and attending the national convention in the summer of 1949. She also served as the assistant editor of the student handbook. After graduation, Hawkins taught at Ashby Lee Elementary School in Shenandoah County for 19 years.

Hawkins married John William "Bill" Rosenberger on November 26, 1950.


0.41 cubic feet (4 folders)

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The Audrey Hawkins Rosenberger Papers, 1950-1956, document Hawkins' time as a student at Madison College and include photographs and printed ephemera.


The collection is arranged chronologically into four folders.


Items were originally donated to the Alumni Association by Audrey Rosenberger at an unknown date, but likely before 2016.

Acquisition Information

The collection was transferred to Special Collections from the Alumni Association in April 2018.

Separated Materials

A copy of the 1945 Schoolma'am yearbook, a 1949-1950 student handbook, and two issues of The Madison Quarterly (November 1944 and March 1945) were removed from the collection and added to Special Collections holdings.


  • Obituary for Audrey Hawkins Rosenberger, Northern Virginia Daily, April 7, 2016.
  • The Schoolma'am, 1950. Harrisonburg (Va.): Madison College.
A Guide to the Audrey Hawkins Rosenberger Papers, 1950-1956
Tiffany Cole
June 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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