James Madison University vertical files
Scope and Contents
The James Madison University vertical files comprise 153 folders that contain printed ephemera related to James Madison University. The vertical files are an artificial collection of loose materials such as pamphlets, newspapers, posters, brochures, etc. that relate to the history of the university since its founding in 1908. The vertical files are arranged according to subject and focus on specific persons, topics, events, places and buildings, university departments, etc.
The vertical files cover a wide range of topics, some center on the student experience while others document university level events and planning. From Greek life to Glee club, certain files center on the student experience taking place within the university. Some such subjects are the African-American experience starting in 1980 to the LGBTQ+ pamphlets that were created in 2018. At the university level, there are files dedicated to specific events and administration planning. Some examples are the orientation programs and the commencement planning files.
Materials of note include the contents in the fine arts festival file which contains ephemera from 1958-1992 and has items such as a brochure from 1975 entitled “Portrait of a Period: an Exhibition of Madisonian Costumes,” which overviews an exhibit on costumes through the age of the university. A paper titled “Wanted! Academic Freedom,” found in the Convocation file, was passed out after convocation to protest the firing of three teachers.
- circa 1909-2022
- James Madison University (Organization)
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The collection documents the history of James Madison University from its founding 1908 to present day.
2.6 cubic feet (154 folders in one filing cabinet)
Language of Materials
The James Madison University vertical files comprise 154 folders that contain printed ephemera related to James Madison University. The vertical files are an artificial collection of loose materials such as pamphlets, newspapers, posters, brochures, etc. that relate to the history of the university since its founding in 1908. The vertical files are arranged according to subject and focus on specific persons, topics, events, places and buildings, university departments, etc.
The files in the collection are arranged alphabetically.
Collected from a varierty of sources over time, primarily by a Special Collections staff member.
This collection receives regular additions of materials.
In some instances, materials previously grouped together in a vertical file were added to existing manuscript collections or used to form a new manuscript collection. See Julian A. Burruss Papers (UA 0023), John W. Wayland Papers (SC 0258), and Office of the Presidnet: G. Tyler Miller Papers (UA 0025). These decisions were made due to material type and likely provenance.
- James Madison University
- James Madison University -- History
- James Madison University -- Students
- James Madison University -- Buildings
- James Madison University -- Departments
- Madison College
- Printed Ephemera
- State Normal School for Women at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.)
- State Normal and Industrial School for Women (Harrisonburg, Va.)
- State Teachers College at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.)
- James Madison University (Organization)
- A Guide to the James Madison University vertical files, 1909-2022
- Grace Thomsen
- October 2022
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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