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Extract of the Biennial Report of A.T. Shirley District Grand Secretary of District Grand Lodge including financial reports.

Book describing funeral ceremony for the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows

Excerpt from the national Odd Fellow's Journal

Excerpts from the first ritual book of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, relating texts, hymns, passwords, and laws for lodges.

Third Quarterly Circular for the Grand Order of Odd Fellows from the Sub-Committee of Management (Philadelphia, PA). Includes meeting synopses, financial reports, officer lists, and other reports.

Black and white aerial photograph showing the Town of Blacksburg and New Town's location within it. New Town location designated by red arrow.

Completed Applicant's Agreement for Tadmore Light Lodge #6184. Signed by John H. Green, Taylor Smith, William Green, J.C. Wade, and Floyd Meade.

Completed membership application, signed by Plymouth Christian, for Tadmore Light Lodge #6189, Blacksburg [Virginia].

Badge featuring three female allegorical figures with coat of arms in front of two ships. Back has label of "J.L.B Forrester/Books, Cards, Badges/811 N. 5th Street/Richmond, Va."

A bill from the Grand Order of Odd Fellows (Philadelphia, PA) to Lodge No. 6184 (Blacksburg, VA) for a subscription to The Odd Fellows' Journal.

Bill from George A. Floding (Atlanta) for regalia.

House and Lot bill of sale, Vaughn .

A video recording of the teach-in event. The event description read: This teach-in aims to demonstrate the interdisciplinary ways that the discipline of English and its sub-fields contained within the English department here at Virginia Tech…

A blank clearance card from the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows

Handwritten Vaughn property deed (exact date unknown).

Handwritten Watson property deed (exact date unknown).

Drawing of Penn Street Church.

Notebook of handwritten dues records for Tadmore Light Lodge #6184, including some ephemera between pages.

A digital flyer used to promote the event Black Matters: A Teach-In On Language, Literature, Rhetoric, Writing, and Verbal Art.

Program for the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy 5th Annual Conference, which includes photographs of Henrietta Mann, Nikki Giovannia, and Menah Pratt-Clarke, among others.

This year’s theme was Say (Her, Their, Our) Name and this year's…

Handwritten financial record for Household of Ruth in Blacksburg, Va

Thanksgiving service program of Grand United Order of Odd Fellows (exact date unknown).

Printed booklet listing membership questions and handwritten answers for the Household of Ruth, the women's organization for the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows. Answers include names, signatures, birth location, age, etc.

Invitation listing date and proceedings of of Tadmore Light Lodge 27th anniversary celebration, including names of speakers.

Jeffrey Thomas Wilson (1843-1929) was a former slave who spent most of his life in and around Portsmouth and Norfolk, Virginia. He outlived four wives and had at least twelve children. Wilson's diaries include entries on a range of topics from local…

Letter to A.T. Shirley (D.G.S., Herndon, Virginia) from Harris P. Saunders (Tadmore Light Lodge #6184) inquiring about cost to reinstate members to the Order of Odd Fellows.

Invitation from A.K. Lester inviting Odd Fellows of Blacksburg to "turn out" on Sunday.

Letter to James Needham, G.S. from Harris P. Saunders (Tadmore Light Lodge #6184) inquiring about membership in the Household of Ruth.

Letter to Mr. Owens (Tadmore Light Lodge #6184) from Thomas W. Pate (James Lincoln Light Lodge #5700) notifying of a postponed event.

Marketing letter promoting regalia and materials for Thanksgiving Services from The Floding Company, Atlanta.

This collection contains an 1883 letter written by Jack Foster, a formerly enslaved person who served as a body servant in the 36th Virginia Infantry during the Civil War. Foster writes to former Confederate General John McCausland, one-time…

Handwritten list of names and dues paid at Tadmore Light Lodge #6184, Blacksburg Va.

Loan agreement for $38.50 from Bank of Blacksburg to Tadmore Light Lodge #6189.

Green lodge ribbon with silver print and metallic tassels. Metallic star in green and white ribbon rosette at top.

The collection consists of one household and recipe book from Macon County, AL. A variety of writers left entries within the journal, most notably Miss Zoonomia d. Hoxey Carter and Mrs. M. P. Edwards.

A majority of the collection pertains to…

Map of early Blacksburg showing "present location of the negro population" (exact date unknown).

Notebook of handwritten meeting minutes for Tadmore Light Lodge #6184, including some ephemera between pages.

Meeting minutes for Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, Tadmore Light Lodge #6187, Blacksburg [Virginia]

Letter announcing a membership drive to gain 500 new members.

Odd Fellows Bulletin published by the District Grand Lodge No. 15 including reports and announcements.

Souvenir program for biennial Order of Odd Fellows conference held in Charlotte, NC. Includes greeting, photographs of officers, and local advertisements.

Charles A. Johnson was born in Wake Forest, Virginia, where he grew up and received his primary education. Johnson graduated from Christiansburg Institute in 1953 before serving in the Army. When Johnson returned from the Army, he began cutting hair…

Charles Johnson graduated from Christiansburg Industrial Institute in 1953 and served as President of the Christiansburg Institute Alumni Association. Johnson employed the barbering trade he acquired at CI for many decades in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Esther Jones graduated from Christiansburg Industrial Institute in 1939. Esther used the skills she acquired at CI to assist her husband in running a mine in Wake Forest, Montgomery County, Virginia.

Frank Bannister was born in Wake Forest, Virginia in 1913, and his family members were descendants of Kentland Plantation slaves, which is now Kentland Farm in Whitethorne, Virginia. Bannister describes growing up in Wake Forest, working in the…

Gladys Sokolow graduated from Christiansburg Industrial Institute in 1953. Gladys grew up in Pulaski County, Virginia and later resided in Christiansburg, Virginia. Gladys served as Treasurer for the Christiansburg Institute Alumni Association Board…

Jacqueline “Jackie” Eaves graduated from Christiansburg Industrial Institute in 1964 and was a member of the Alumni Association. Jacqueline was born in Radford, Virginia and raised in Blacksburg, Virginia.

James C. Wade was born and raised in Blacksburg, Virginia. Wade graduated from Christiansburg Institute in 1959, and served in the Army before moving back to the Montgomery County area. In this interview, Wade describes race relations in Blacksburg,…

Mary Smith Mills attended Christiansburg Institute from 1941 to 1945. Mary grew up in Christiansburg, Virginia and later became the first black woman to work at a clothing store in downtown Blacksburg.
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