A Guide to the Elizabeth A. Wenger Papers, 1884-1951: SC 0163

A Guide to the Elizabeth A. Wenger Papers, 1884-1951

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number SC 0163


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

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James Madison University
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Processed by: Gillian Schulz and Chris Bolgiano, February 2002

Special Collections, James Madison University
Collection Number
SC 0163
Elizabeth A. Wenger Papers, 1884-1951
.17 cubic feet; 4 folders
Wenger, Elizabeth A.
Consists of letters and postcards to Elizabeth A. Wenger of Dayton, Virginia, 1884-1936, and two fire insurance forms, 1951.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for 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 been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk. (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [folder #], Elizabeth A. Wenger Papers, 1884-1951 SC 0163, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Scott Suter in November 2001.


Sold by Green Valley Auctions, Inc. in November 2001.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 4034.

Bio/Historical Note

Elizabeth A. Wenger was apparently the sister of C.D. Wenger, who operated a well-known plant nursery. At least one of the postcards is addressed to C.D. Wenger with an order for plants.

Scope and Content

This collection contains letters and postcards written mostly to Elizabeth A. Wenger from relatives and friends in Virginia, but also from Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Topics center on home and family affairs, including school; several of the correspondents were students or teachers. The fire insurance policies give details on the nature and location of the Wenger house.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Index Terms


  • Fire insurance -- Virginia -- Dayton
  • Postcards -- Virginia -- Dayton
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History

Container List

Box:Folder 1
Letters, 1884-1889
Box:Folder 1
Letters, 1890-1899
Box:Folder 1
Letters, 1900-1936, undated
Box:Folder 1
Fire Insurance Policies, 1951