Soulforce Equality Ride-Patrick Henry College: Through the Rain

Soulforce Equality Ride-Patrick Henry College: Through the Rain
Colleges In Virginia
Image by quixoticlife
Equality Riders stood in silent vigil even as rain and hail began to fall.

The Soulforce Equality Ride traveled to Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, to attempt to dialogue with students about the college’s religious-based discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender students. The Riders and dozens of community members, who were committed to and trained for nonviolence, were barred from campus and met with more than 100 armed state police.

For coverage and an excellent short video on the nonviolent vigil for queer rights at Patrick Henry College, see "Young, Gay Christians, On a Bumpy Bus Ride," in The Washington Post, April 13, 2007. An account and video from a Rider is available at www.interstateq.com/archives/1978/, and more photos can be found at www.adambritt.net/photos/Events/PHC.html.

Soulforce Equality Ride-Patrick Henry College: Through the Rain

Soulforce Equality Ride-Patrick Henry College: Through the Rain
Colleges In Virginia
Image by quixoticlife
Equality Riders stood in silent vigil even as rain and hail began to fall.

The Soulforce Equality Ride traveled to Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, to attempt to dialogue with students about the college’s religious-based discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender students. The Riders and dozens of community members, who were committed to and trained for nonviolence, were barred from campus and met with more than 100 armed state police.

For coverage and an excellent short video on the nonviolent vigil for queer rights at Patrick Henry College, see "Young, Gay Christians, On a Bumpy Bus Ride," in The Washington Post, April 13, 2007. An account and video from a Rider is available at www.interstateq.com/archives/1978/, and more photos can be found at www.adambritt.net/photos/Events/PHC.html.

Soulforce Equality Ride-Patrick Henry College: Through the Rain

Soulforce Equality Ride-Patrick Henry College: Through the Rain
Colleges In Virginia
Image by quixoticlife
Equality Riders stood in silent vigil even as rain and hail began to fall.

The Soulforce Equality Ride traveled to Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, to attempt to dialogue with students about the college’s religious-based discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender students. The Riders and dozens of community members, who were committed to and trained for nonviolence, were barred from campus and met with more than 100 armed state police.

For coverage and an excellent short video on the nonviolent vigil for queer rights at Patrick Henry College, see "Young, Gay Christians, On a Bumpy Bus Ride," in The Washington Post, April 13, 2007. An account and video from a Rider is available at www.interstateq.com/archives/1978/, and more photos can be found at www.adambritt.net/photos/Events/PHC.html.

Soulforce Equality Ride-Patrick Henry College: Through the Rain

Soulforce Equality Ride-Patrick Henry College: Through the Rain
Colleges In Virginia
Image by quixoticlife
Equality Riders stood in silent vigil even as rain and hail began to fall.

The Soulforce Equality Ride traveled to Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, to attempt to dialogue with students about the college’s religious-based discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender students. The Riders and dozens of community members, who were committed to and trained for nonviolence, were barred from campus and met with more than 100 armed state police.

For coverage and an excellent short video on the nonviolent vigil for queer rights at Patrick Henry College, see "Young, Gay Christians, On a Bumpy Bus Ride," in The Washington Post, April 13, 2007. An account and video from a Rider is available at www.interstateq.com/archives/1978/, and more photos can be found at www.adambritt.net/photos/Events/PHC.html.

The West Virginia Turnpike North of Beckley Winds through Beautiful Wooded Countryside 06/1974

The West Virginia Turnpike North of Beckley Winds through Beautiful Wooded Countryside 06/1974
Virginia Network
Image by The U.S. National Archives
Original Caption: The West Virginia Turnpike North of Beckley Winds through Beautiful Wooded Countryside. It Was the Establishment of a Network of Lesser Roads That Allowed Miners to Commute a Greater Distance to Work, and Was One of the Factors Which Lead to the Decline of the Company Coal Towns 06/1974

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-14127

Photographer: Corn, Jack, 1929-

Subjects:
Beckley (Raleigh county, West Virginia, United States) inhabited place
Environmental Protection Agency
Project DOCUMERICA

Persistent URL: arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=556579

Repository: Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001.

For information about ordering reproductions of photographs held by the Still Picture Unit, visit: www.archives.gov/research/order/still-pictures.html

Reproductions may be ordered via an independent vendor. NARA maintains a list of vendors at www.archives.gov/research/order/vendors-photos-maps-dc.html

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted
Use Restrictions: Unrestricted

The Main Street through the Small Mining Town of Rhodell West Virginia, near Beckley 06/1974

The Main Street through the Small Mining Town of Rhodell West Virginia, near Beckley 06/1974
Colleges In Virginia
Image by The U.S. National Archives
Original Caption: The Main Street through the Small Mining Town of Rhodell West Virginia, near Beckley. Coal Is the Only Industry Here and in Other Similar Towns. Unless the Youths Want to Go Into Coal Related Jobs, They Are Faced with Searching for Employment in the Cities Some Distance Away. This Can Be a Heart Wrenching Prospect to All Member of the Closeknit Families 06/1974

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-14112

Photographer: Corn, Jack, 1929-

Subjects:
Rhodell (Raleigh county, West Virginia, United States) inhabited place
Environmental Protection Agency
Project DOCUMERICA

Persistent URL: arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=556564

Repository: Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001.

For information about ordering reproductions of photographs held by the Still Picture Unit, visit: www.archives.gov/research/order/still-pictures.html

Reproductions may be ordered via an independent vendor. NARA maintains a list of vendors at www.archives.gov/research/order/vendors-photos-maps-dc.html

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted
Use Restrictions: Unrestricted

“Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia” Case

“Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia” Case
Colleges In Virginia
Image by Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library
Shown here is a photograph from the "Unlocking the Diary" exhibit ,on display from December 3, 2010-March 31, 2011 in the third floor rotunda gallery inside Swem Library at the College of William and Mary.

The diaries in our exhibit span the 19th and 20th centuries, and our discussion of the diary brings us into the present day. Our first case, “What Counts?,” introduces you to the range of forms and styles of the diary. “Life in Transition,” our second case, demonstrates how the diary has been used throughout the life cycle by both women and men. “Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia” looks specifically at diaries written by 19th-century Virginia women and our final case, “DiaTribe,” features diaries written by William & Mary students, from the first years of female enrollment at the College to the present day.

This exhibit was curated by students in Prof. Jennifer Putzi’s “Gender and the American Diary” class (WMST 490/ENGL 475) and the Special Collections Research Center staff. All of the diaries and artifacts featured in the exhibit are from the SCRC collections. Student Curators: Kaitlyn Adkins, Greg Benson, Kimberly Clark, Caitlin Finchum, Greg Glazier, Katelin Hill, Shaunna Jardines, Katherine Perkins, Cassie Adair, Ryan Morris, Kali Murphy, Taysha Pye, Sta’sean Ridley, Casey Sears, and Errin Tom; Exhibit design and installation: Chandi Singer, Burger Archives Assistant.

"Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia" Case

The diarists in this case represent a variety of experiences, yet are united by the geographical locality of their female authors. Spanning from Gloucester County to Winchester, these diarists wrote with a diversity of intention. Laura Lee, for instance, used her diary to construct a story of her life during the Civil War, perhaps wishing to preserve what she deemed significant events for future generations. Others, such as Jane Gay Robertson and Sally Lyons Taliferro, were less concerned with narrative, but rather allowed the journal’s daily structure to reflect the routines of their lives—documenting the passage of days and years. Cloe Tyler Whittle Green writes in her diary for more than sixty years, adjusting its shape and content to suit the changing life she lives. It is our hope that after viewing “Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia,” you will have a more meaningful understanding of 19th-century women and their diaries in our state.

Diary of Jane Gay Robertson, 1825-1840.
Jane Gay Robertson was most importantly a wife and a mother. She was also a woman of means who lived and entertained at “Gaymont” in Caroline County, Virginia. Her diary, written sporadically throughout her life, emphasizes daily life as well as the struggle for strength and faith after the death of a child.

Diary of Sally Lyons Taliferro, 1859.
Loving daughter, Devoted wife, Tender mother, True friend. These are the words forever engraved on Sally Lyons Taliaferro’s tombstone. And while these designated titles may be dotingly accurate, it is important to remember that she was also a diarist. The short entries scribbled in pencil paint a portrait of Sally in terms of her daily activities. From domestic responsibilities on the Dunham Massie Plantation in Gloucester County, Virginia, to Sunday morning service at St. James, Sally’s diary is an account of the days through her eyes.

Diary of Laura Lee, March 11, 1862-April 4, 1864.
A staunch Confederate, Laura Lee kept a journal titled “A History of Our Captivity” to record her experiences of the Civil War. Winchester was hotly occupied territory and Lee witnessed firsthand the horrors of battle and demoralizing occupation of her hometown by Union forces. Her journal was often the only space where she could safely express her devotion to her cause, and the fierce optimism in her entries reflects the characteristic tenacity of the Southern Confederate.

Diary of Cloe Tyler Whittle Green, October 1, 1863-March 7, 1865.
The diaries of Cloe Tyler Whittle Green begin in 1861 when she was seventeen years old and continue through 1924, shortly before her death. Her diary is most notable for her description of life in the South during the Civil War and has been used by scholars to study the war as it was experienced by elite Southern white women.

Portraits of:

John Hipkins Bernard, 1792-1854.
Watercolor, undated
John Hipkins Bernard was the son of William Bernard and Fannie Hipkins Bernard. Bernard inherited “Rose Hill”, Caroline County, Virginia from his grandfather and renamed it “Gay Mont” in honor of his wife, Jane Gay Robertson Bernard.
Mss. Artifact collection. 65R54

Jane Gay Robertson Bernard, 1795-1852.
Reproduction of oil painting, undated.
Portrait is held in private collection.

Jane Gay Robertson, 1825-1840.
Jane Gay Robertson was most importantly a wife and a mother. She was also a woman of means who lived and entertained at “Gaymont” in Caroline County, Virginia. Her diary, written sporadically throughout her life, emphasizes daily life as well as the struggle for strength and faith after the death of a child.

Jane Gay Robertson Diary Transcription:

Fauquier Wht Sulphur Aug 1840

Arrived here Wednesday the 12 so far find the place dull and but little attraction reckon I must be losing my relish for such places I soon get very tired of the Ballroom go and sit a while in the Parlour with the old ladies then retire to my room for and take an hour as quiet reading as if at home where I should enjoy myself so much more usually I have pass’d my time at such places very pleasantly, but this season it is a perfect drag- and I hardly know how I shall get through 3 weeks- Sept 10 3 weeks have pass’d since writing the above part of the time we have had delightful society and a good deal of Enjoyment and had Mr. B been with me I should have liked it very much but I am getting very tired of the 2 month trips [illegible] from the home without him and the other children. Yet I will not [murmur] for how much has there been for me to be thankful for all have been well so well both here and at home and dear Gay too happily through her troubles that I ought to feel nothing but gratitude but I feel the want and the absence of near and dearer friends than these by whom I have been surrounded it only the home circle that can supply the heart, the mind, at a place of this sort becomes idle and dissipated, and I feel too clearly that I am no longer as young and as vibrant as I have been. Father turn my heart to thee and make me grateful for thy undeserved blessings.

Cloe Tyler Whittle Green Diary Transcription:

Thursday Night, October 1st, 1863 Norfolk

This morning, after a confinement of ten days I proceeded down to Lizzie Williams, with the assistance of Father’s arm. I felt very faintly when I reached there but after a while recovered from it. I asked Lizzie if she knew how Mr. Henry Talbot and Lizzie Wright carried on she said she learned they were to be married next week. I told her that Lizzie had sent me a message the other day, asking me to come down there that evening as she had something to tell me but that I had been prevented by my sickness from going. We were so curious to know what it was that I intended to try and get there before Father came for me; before I was able to do this however Patience came for me saying that Miss Mary Walker and Miss Bettie Poindexter had come to see me & so I started off home, as soon as Lizzie, who was so kind as to offer to come with me cd get ready. While Lizzie was getting ready Mrs. Williams came in and told me some very interesting facts about her son Carter’s interest in religion and his own words before the battle in which he was wounded that Religion took up more of his time & thoughts than any one was aware of.

Laura Lee Diary Transcription:

Sunday, Mar 23rd.
All was quiet this morning, and we hoped would continue so. I went with Mary to Mr. Graham’s church, and when we came out we heard the firing had commenced about eleven, and it continued till two, then ceased till about four and then continued incessantly until dark. It was more distant than yesterday, supposed to be four miles from town towards Neill’s farm. Netsy and I went up to see Neel, and called at Mrs. Sherrard’s on our way home. There was the greatest confusion on the street, and they told us at Mr. Sherrard’s that Jackson was in the fight, and that one of his aides, Mr. Jenkin, had been captured and brought to town. We would not believe it, as we had heard two days ago, that they were 40 miles from here, and we heard that Ashby had been reinforced y militia. We went to the prayer meeting at Mr. William’s after tea, and on our return heard again the same tale, that our little army had been driven back, and were retreating in confusion, but we had had so much experience of the falsehood and fabrications of the Yankees that we doubt everything they say.

Laura Lee Diary Transcription:

Monday, Mar 24th.
O, this day of horrors! We were roused this morning by Mrs. Barton rushing into our room in a frantic state, telling us to wake up, and nerve ourselves to hear the worst—that Jackson had been defeated, and driven back, with fearful loss, that the town was filled with the wounded and dying, the jail and churches with prisoners, and that she was just sending out for Tom Marshall’s dead body. We were so stunned at first that we could not remember how excitable Mrs. Barton is, and how apt to believe the worst….

Sally Lyons Taliaferro Diary Transcriptions:

March, Sunday, 20, 1859.
Mild & bright, but very windy – Thermometer 54. Ware Church Sunday –

Monday, 21.
Damp & cloudy. Planted Irish potatoes. Part out [gladiolus?] Roots. A visit to Miss E.

Tuesday 22.
Mild & bright Ther. 59. Had my flower garden spaded – Sowed carrots & salsify – Planted onions. Paid a visit to Mrs. Dabney –

March, Wednesday, 23, 1859.
Bright but cool – delightful Ther. 54 – Went to Church – an excellent lecture from Mr. Mann. Mr. T. gone to Middlesex – Sowed Beets & Parsnips

Thursday, 24.
Rain & cloudy – Rain from 12 [o’clock?] Ther. 54. Bedded my Dahlia roots to make them sprout.

Friday, 25.
Damp & rainy Ther. 64. Spent the day at White Marsh – The garden beautiful. A very pleasant day –

March, Saturday, 26, 1859.
Clear & cold – Ther. 47. Planted third crop of peas – First crop 8 inches high. Mrs. R. spent the day & night. Mr. J. [whined?] at night.

Sunday, 27.
Mild & a little cloudy – Ther. 63. Went to Ware Church. Very good sermon from Mr. Mann.

Monday, 28.
Cloudy Ther. 59. Bedded Sweet Potatoes – planted Cucumbers & [illegible]. Small dinner party to Hally Lee. Met sister, Fanny & Mary.

From the Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. See swem.wm.edu/scrc/ for further information and assistance.

“Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia” Case

“Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia” Case
Colleges In Virginia
Image by Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library
Shown here is a photograph from the "Unlocking the Diary" exhibit ,on display from December 3, 2010-March 31, 2011 in the third floor rotunda gallery inside Swem Library at the College of William and Mary.

The diaries in our exhibit span the 19th and 20th centuries, and our discussion of the diary brings us into the present day. Our first case, “What Counts?,” introduces you to the range of forms and styles of the diary. “Life in Transition,” our second case, demonstrates how the diary has been used throughout the life cycle by both women and men. “Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia” looks specifically at diaries written by 19th-century Virginia women and our final case, “DiaTribe,” features diaries written by William & Mary students, from the first years of female enrollment at the College to the present day.

This exhibit was curated by students in Prof. Jennifer Putzi’s “Gender and the American Diary” class (WMST 490/ENGL 475) and the Special Collections Research Center staff. All of the diaries and artifacts featured in the exhibit are from the SCRC collections. Student Curators: Kaitlyn Adkins, Greg Benson, Kimberly Clark, Caitlin Finchum, Greg Glazier, Katelin Hill, Shaunna Jardines, Katherine Perkins, Cassie Adair, Ryan Morris, Kali Murphy, Taysha Pye, Sta’sean Ridley, Casey Sears, and Errin Tom; Exhibit design and installation: Chandi Singer, Burger Archives Assistant.

"Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia" Case

The diarists in this case represent a variety of experiences, yet are united by the geographical locality of their female authors. Spanning from Gloucester County to Winchester, these diarists wrote with a diversity of intention. Laura Lee, for instance, used her diary to construct a story of her life during the Civil War, perhaps wishing to preserve what she deemed significant events for future generations. Others, such as Jane Gay Robertson and Sally Lyons Taliferro, were less concerned with narrative, but rather allowed the journal’s daily structure to reflect the routines of their lives—documenting the passage of days and years. Cloe Tyler Whittle Green writes in her diary for more than sixty years, adjusting its shape and content to suit the changing life she lives. It is our hope that after viewing “Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia,” you will have a more meaningful understanding of 19th-century women and their diaries in our state.

Diary of Jane Gay Robertson, 1825-1840.
Jane Gay Robertson was most importantly a wife and a mother. She was also a woman of means who lived and entertained at “Gaymont” in Caroline County, Virginia. Her diary, written sporadically throughout her life, emphasizes daily life as well as the struggle for strength and faith after the death of a child.

Diary of Sally Lyons Taliferro, 1859.
Loving daughter, Devoted wife, Tender mother, True friend. These are the words forever engraved on Sally Lyons Taliaferro’s tombstone. And while these designated titles may be dotingly accurate, it is important to remember that she was also a diarist. The short entries scribbled in pencil paint a portrait of Sally in terms of her daily activities. From domestic responsibilities on the Dunham Massie Plantation in Gloucester County, Virginia, to Sunday morning service at St. James, Sally’s diary is an account of the days through her eyes.

Diary of Laura Lee, March 11, 1862-April 4, 1864.
A staunch Confederate, Laura Lee kept a journal titled “A History of Our Captivity” to record her experiences of the Civil War. Winchester was hotly occupied territory and Lee witnessed firsthand the horrors of battle and demoralizing occupation of her hometown by Union forces. Her journal was often the only space where she could safely express her devotion to her cause, and the fierce optimism in her entries reflects the characteristic tenacity of the Southern Confederate.

Diary of Cloe Tyler Whittle Green, October 1, 1863-March 7, 1865.
The diaries of Cloe Tyler Whittle Green begin in 1861 when she was seventeen years old and continue through 1924, shortly before her death. Her diary is most notable for her description of life in the South during the Civil War and has been used by scholars to study the war as it was experienced by elite Southern white women.

Portraits of:

John Hipkins Bernard, 1792-1854.
Watercolor, undated
John Hipkins Bernard was the son of William Bernard and Fannie Hipkins Bernard. Bernard inherited “Rose Hill”, Caroline County, Virginia from his grandfather and renamed it “Gay Mont” in honor of his wife, Jane Gay Robertson Bernard.
Mss. Artifact collection. 65R54

Jane Gay Robertson Bernard, 1795-1852.
Reproduction of oil painting, undated.
Portrait is held in private collection.

Jane Gay Robertson, 1825-1840.
Jane Gay Robertson was most importantly a wife and a mother. She was also a woman of means who lived and entertained at “Gaymont” in Caroline County, Virginia. Her diary, written sporadically throughout her life, emphasizes daily life as well as the struggle for strength and faith after the death of a child.

Jane Gay Robertson Diary Transcription:

Fauquier Wht Sulphur Aug 1840

Arrived here Wednesday the 12 so far find the place dull and but little attraction reckon I must be losing my relish for such places I soon get very tired of the Ballroom go and sit a while in the Parlour with the old ladies then retire to my room for and take an hour as quiet reading as if at home where I should enjoy myself so much more usually I have pass’d my time at such places very pleasantly, but this season it is a perfect drag- and I hardly know how I shall get through 3 weeks- Sept 10 3 weeks have pass’d since writing the above part of the time we have had delightful society and a good deal of Enjoyment and had Mr. B been with me I should have liked it very much but I am getting very tired of the 2 month trips [illegible] from the home without him and the other children. Yet I will not [murmur] for how much has there been for me to be thankful for all have been well so well both here and at home and dear Gay too happily through her troubles that I ought to feel nothing but gratitude but I feel the want and the absence of near and dearer friends than these by whom I have been surrounded it only the home circle that can supply the heart, the mind, at a place of this sort becomes idle and dissipated, and I feel too clearly that I am no longer as young and as vibrant as I have been. Father turn my heart to thee and make me grateful for thy undeserved blessings.

Cloe Tyler Whittle Green Diary Transcription:

Thursday Night, October 1st, 1863 Norfolk

This morning, after a confinement of ten days I proceeded down to Lizzie Williams, with the assistance of Father’s arm. I felt very faintly when I reached there but after a while recovered from it. I asked Lizzie if she knew how Mr. Henry Talbot and Lizzie Wright carried on she said she learned they were to be married next week. I told her that Lizzie had sent me a message the other day, asking me to come down there that evening as she had something to tell me but that I had been prevented by my sickness from going. We were so curious to know what it was that I intended to try and get there before Father came for me; before I was able to do this however Patience came for me saying that Miss Mary Walker and Miss Bettie Poindexter had come to see me & so I started off home, as soon as Lizzie, who was so kind as to offer to come with me cd get ready. While Lizzie was getting ready Mrs. Williams came in and told me some very interesting facts about her son Carter’s interest in religion and his own words before the battle in which he was wounded that Religion took up more of his time & thoughts than any one was aware of.

Laura Lee Diary Transcription:

Sunday, Mar 23rd.
All was quiet this morning, and we hoped would continue so. I went with Mary to Mr. Graham’s church, and when we came out we heard the firing had commenced about eleven, and it continued till two, then ceased till about four and then continued incessantly until dark. It was more distant than yesterday, supposed to be four miles from town towards Neill’s farm. Netsy and I went up to see Neel, and called at Mrs. Sherrard’s on our way home. There was the greatest confusion on the street, and they told us at Mr. Sherrard’s that Jackson was in the fight, and that one of his aides, Mr. Jenkin, had been captured and brought to town. We would not believe it, as we had heard two days ago, that they were 40 miles from here, and we heard that Ashby had been reinforced y militia. We went to the prayer meeting at Mr. William’s after tea, and on our return heard again the same tale, that our little army had been driven back, and were retreating in confusion, but we had had so much experience of the falsehood and fabrications of the Yankees that we doubt everything they say.

Laura Lee Diary Transcription:

Monday, Mar 24th.
O, this day of horrors! We were roused this morning by Mrs. Barton rushing into our room in a frantic state, telling us to wake up, and nerve ourselves to hear the worst—that Jackson had been defeated, and driven back, with fearful loss, that the town was filled with the wounded and dying, the jail and churches with prisoners, and that she was just sending out for Tom Marshall’s dead body. We were so stunned at first that we could not remember how excitable Mrs. Barton is, and how apt to believe the worst….

Sally Lyons Taliaferro Diary Transcriptions:

March, Sunday, 20, 1859.
Mild & bright, but very windy – Thermometer 54. Ware Church Sunday –

Monday, 21.
Damp & cloudy. Planted Irish potatoes. Part out [gladiolus?] Roots. A visit to Miss E.

Tuesday 22.
Mild & bright Ther. 59. Had my flower garden spaded – Sowed carrots & salsify – Planted onions. Paid a visit to Mrs. Dabney –

March, Wednesday, 23, 1859.
Bright but cool – delightful Ther. 54 – Went to Church – an excellent lecture from Mr. Mann. Mr. T. gone to Middlesex – Sowed Beets & Parsnips

Thursday, 24.
Rain & cloudy – Rain from 12 [o’clock?] Ther. 54. Bedded my Dahlia roots to make them sprout.

Friday, 25.
Damp & rainy Ther. 64. Spent the day at White Marsh – The garden beautiful. A very pleasant day –

March, Saturday, 26, 1859.
Clear & cold – Ther. 47. Planted third crop of peas – First crop 8 inches high. Mrs. R. spent the day & night. Mr. J. [whined?] at night.

Sunday, 27.
Mild & a little cloudy – Ther. 63. Went to Ware Church. Very good sermon from Mr. Mann.

Monday, 28.
Cloudy Ther. 59. Bedded Sweet Potatoes – planted Cucumbers & [illegible]. Small dinner party to Hally Lee. Met sister, Fanny & Mary.

From the Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. See swem.wm.edu/scrc/ for further information and assistance.

Seeing Nature Through Gender (PB) (Development of Western Resources)

Seeing Nature Through Gender (PB) (Development of Western Resources)

Environmental history has traditionally told the story of Man and Nature. Scholars have too frequently overlooked the ways in which their predominantly male subjects have themselves been shaped by gender. Seeing Nature through Gender here reintroduces gender as a meaningful category of analysis for environmental history, showing how women’s actions, desires, and choices have shaped the world and seeing men as gendered actors as well.

In thirteen essays that show how gendered ideas have shaped the ways in which people have represented, experienced, and consumed their world, Virginia Scharff and her coauthors explore interactions between gender and environment in history. Ranging from colonial borderlands to transnational boundaries, from mountaintop to marketplace, they focus on historical representations of humans and nature, on questions about consumption, on environmental politics, and on the complex reciprocal relations among human bodies and changing landscapes. They also challenge the “ecofeminist” position by challenging the notion that men and women are essentially different creatures with biologically different destinies.

Each article shows how a person or group of people in history have understood nature in gendered terms and acted accordingly-often with dire consequences for other people and organisms. Here are considerations of the ways we study sexuality among birds, of William Byrd’s masking sexual encounters in his account of an eighteenth-century expedition, of how the ecology of fire in a changing built environment has reshaped firefighters’ own gendered identities. Some are playful, as in a piece on the evolution of “snow bunnies” to “shred betties.” Others are dead serious, as in a chilling portrait of how endocrine disrupters are reinventing humans, animals, and water systems from the cellular level out.

Aiding and adding significantly to the enterprise of environmental history, Seeing Nature through Gender bridges gender history and environmental history in unexpected ways to show us how the natural world can remake the gendered patterns we’ve engraved on ourselves and on the planet.

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“Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia” Case

“Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia” Case
Colleges In Virginia
Image by Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library
Shown here is a photograph from the "Unlocking the Diary" exhibit ,on display from December 3, 2010-March 31, 2011 in the third floor rotunda gallery inside Swem Library at the College of William and Mary.

The diaries in our exhibit span the 19th and 20th centuries, and our discussion of the diary brings us into the present day. Our first case, “What Counts?,” introduces you to the range of forms and styles of the diary. “Life in Transition,” our second case, demonstrates how the diary has been used throughout the life cycle by both women and men. “Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia” looks specifically at diaries written by 19th-century Virginia women and our final case, “DiaTribe,” features diaries written by William & Mary students, from the first years of female enrollment at the College to the present day.

This exhibit was curated by students in Prof. Jennifer Putzi’s “Gender and the American Diary” class (WMST 490/ENGL 475) and the Special Collections Research Center staff. All of the diaries and artifacts featured in the exhibit are from the SCRC collections. Student Curators: Kaitlyn Adkins, Greg Benson, Kimberly Clark, Caitlin Finchum, Greg Glazier, Katelin Hill, Shaunna Jardines, Katherine Perkins, Cassie Adair, Ryan Morris, Kali Murphy, Taysha Pye, Sta’sean Ridley, Casey Sears, and Errin Tom; Exhibit design and installation: Chandi Singer, Burger Archives Assistant.

"Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia" Case

The diarists in this case represent a variety of experiences, yet are united by the geographical locality of their female authors. Spanning from Gloucester County to Winchester, these diarists wrote with a diversity of intention. Laura Lee, for instance, used her diary to construct a story of her life during the Civil War, perhaps wishing to preserve what she deemed significant events for future generations. Others, such as Jane Gay Robertson and Sally Lyons Taliferro, were less concerned with narrative, but rather allowed the journal’s daily structure to reflect the routines of their lives—documenting the passage of days and years. Cloe Tyler Whittle Green writes in her diary for more than sixty years, adjusting its shape and content to suit the changing life she lives. It is our hope that after viewing “Through Their Eyes: Diarists in Virginia,” you will have a more meaningful understanding of 19th-century women and their diaries in our state.

Diary of Jane Gay Robertson, 1825-1840.
Jane Gay Robertson was most importantly a wife and a mother. She was also a woman of means who lived and entertained at “Gaymont” in Caroline County, Virginia. Her diary, written sporadically throughout her life, emphasizes daily life as well as the struggle for strength and faith after the death of a child.

Diary of Sally Lyons Taliferro, 1859.
Loving daughter, Devoted wife, Tender mother, True friend. These are the words forever engraved on Sally Lyons Taliaferro’s tombstone. And while these designated titles may be dotingly accurate, it is important to remember that she was also a diarist. The short entries scribbled in pencil paint a portrait of Sally in terms of her daily activities. From domestic responsibilities on the Dunham Massie Plantation in Gloucester County, Virginia, to Sunday morning service at St. James, Sally’s diary is an account of the days through her eyes.

Diary of Laura Lee, March 11, 1862-April 4, 1864.
A staunch Confederate, Laura Lee kept a journal titled “A History of Our Captivity” to record her experiences of the Civil War. Winchester was hotly occupied territory and Lee witnessed firsthand the horrors of battle and demoralizing occupation of her hometown by Union forces. Her journal was often the only space where she could safely express her devotion to her cause, and the fierce optimism in her entries reflects the characteristic tenacity of the Southern Confederate.

Diary of Cloe Tyler Whittle Green, October 1, 1863-March 7, 1865.
The diaries of Cloe Tyler Whittle Green begin in 1861 when she was seventeen years old and continue through 1924, shortly before her death. Her diary is most notable for her description of life in the South during the Civil War and has been used by scholars to study the war as it was experienced by elite Southern white women.

Portraits of:

John Hipkins Bernard, 1792-1854.
Watercolor, undated
John Hipkins Bernard was the son of William Bernard and Fannie Hipkins Bernard. Bernard inherited “Rose Hill”, Caroline County, Virginia from his grandfather and renamed it “Gay Mont” in honor of his wife, Jane Gay Robertson Bernard.
Mss. Artifact collection. 65R54

Jane Gay Robertson Bernard, 1795-1852.
Reproduction of oil painting, undated.
Portrait is held in private collection.

Jane Gay Robertson, 1825-1840.
Jane Gay Robertson was most importantly a wife and a mother. She was also a woman of means who lived and entertained at “Gaymont” in Caroline County, Virginia. Her diary, written sporadically throughout her life, emphasizes daily life as well as the struggle for strength and faith after the death of a child.

Jane Gay Robertson Diary Transcription:

Fauquier Wht Sulphur Aug 1840

Arrived here Wednesday the 12 so far find the place dull and but little attraction reckon I must be losing my relish for such places I soon get very tired of the Ballroom go and sit a while in the Parlour with the old ladies then retire to my room for and take an hour as quiet reading as if at home where I should enjoy myself so much more usually I have pass’d my time at such places very pleasantly, but this season it is a perfect drag- and I hardly know how I shall get through 3 weeks- Sept 10 3 weeks have pass’d since writing the above part of the time we have had delightful society and a good deal of Enjoyment and had Mr. B been with me I should have liked it very much but I am getting very tired of the 2 month trips [illegible] from the home without him and the other children. Yet I will not [murmur] for how much has there been for me to be thankful for all have been well so well both here and at home and dear Gay too happily through her troubles that I ought to feel nothing but gratitude but I feel the want and the absence of near and dearer friends than these by whom I have been surrounded it only the home circle that can supply the heart, the mind, at a place of this sort becomes idle and dissipated, and I feel too clearly that I am no longer as young and as vibrant as I have been. Father turn my heart to thee and make me grateful for thy undeserved blessings.

Cloe Tyler Whittle Green Diary Transcription:

Thursday Night, October 1st, 1863 Norfolk

This morning, after a confinement of ten days I proceeded down to Lizzie Williams, with the assistance of Father’s arm. I felt very faintly when I reached there but after a while recovered from it. I asked Lizzie if she knew how Mr. Henry Talbot and Lizzie Wright carried on she said she learned they were to be married next week. I told her that Lizzie had sent me a message the other day, asking me to come down there that evening as she had something to tell me but that I had been prevented by my sickness from going. We were so curious to know what it was that I intended to try and get there before Father came for me; before I was able to do this however Patience came for me saying that Miss Mary Walker and Miss Bettie Poindexter had come to see me & so I started off home, as soon as Lizzie, who was so kind as to offer to come with me cd get ready. While Lizzie was getting ready Mrs. Williams came in and told me some very interesting facts about her son Carter’s interest in religion and his own words before the battle in which he was wounded that Religion took up more of his time & thoughts than any one was aware of.

Laura Lee Diary Transcription:

Sunday, Mar 23rd.
All was quiet this morning, and we hoped would continue so. I went with Mary to Mr. Graham’s church, and when we came out we heard the firing had commenced about eleven, and it continued till two, then ceased till about four and then continued incessantly until dark. It was more distant than yesterday, supposed to be four miles from town towards Neill’s farm. Netsy and I went up to see Neel, and called at Mrs. Sherrard’s on our way home. There was the greatest confusion on the street, and they told us at Mr. Sherrard’s that Jackson was in the fight, and that one of his aides, Mr. Jenkin, had been captured and brought to town. We would not believe it, as we had heard two days ago, that they were 40 miles from here, and we heard that Ashby had been reinforced y militia. We went to the prayer meeting at Mr. William’s after tea, and on our return heard again the same tale, that our little army had been driven back, and were retreating in confusion, but we had had so much experience of the falsehood and fabrications of the Yankees that we doubt everything they say.

Laura Lee Diary Transcription:

Monday, Mar 24th.
O, this day of horrors! We were roused this morning by Mrs. Barton rushing into our room in a frantic state, telling us to wake up, and nerve ourselves to hear the worst—that Jackson had been defeated, and driven back, with fearful loss, that the town was filled with the wounded and dying, the jail and churches with prisoners, and that she was just sending out for Tom Marshall’s dead body. We were so stunned at first that we could not remember how excitable Mrs. Barton is, and how apt to believe the worst….

Sally Lyons Taliaferro Diary Transcriptions:

March, Sunday, 20, 1859.
Mild & bright, but very windy – Thermometer 54. Ware Church Sunday –

Monday, 21.
Damp & cloudy. Planted Irish potatoes. Part out [gladiolus?] Roots. A visit to Miss E.

Tuesday 22.
Mild & bright Ther. 59. Had my flower garden spaded – Sowed carrots & salsify – Planted onions. Paid a visit to Mrs. Dabney –

March, Wednesday, 23, 1859.
Bright but cool – delightful Ther. 54 – Went to Church – an excellent lecture from Mr. Mann. Mr. T. gone to Middlesex – Sowed Beets & Parsnips

Thursday, 24.
Rain & cloudy – Rain from 12 [o’clock?] Ther. 54. Bedded my Dahlia roots to make them sprout.

Friday, 25.
Damp & rainy Ther. 64. Spent the day at White Marsh – The garden beautiful. A very pleasant day –

March, Saturday, 26, 1859.
Clear & cold – Ther. 47. Planted third crop of peas – First crop 8 inches high. Mrs. R. spent the day & night. Mr. J. [whined?] at night.

Sunday, 27.
Mild & a little cloudy – Ther. 63. Went to Ware Church. Very good sermon from Mr. Mann.

Monday, 28.
Cloudy Ther. 59. Bedded Sweet Potatoes – planted Cucumbers & [illegible]. Small dinner party to Hally Lee. Met sister, Fanny & Mary.

From the Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library at the College of William and Mary. See swem.wm.edu/scrc/ for further information and assistance.