A Guide to the Alfred Proctor James Papers, 1898-1982 James, Alfred Proctor, Papers, 1898-1982 39414

A Guide to the Alfred Proctor James Papers, 1898-1982

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the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 39414


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Processed by: Trenton Hizer

Repository
Library of Virginia
Accession number
39414
Title
Alfred Proctor James Papers, 1898-1982
Physical Characteristics
4 microfilm reels.
Physical Location
Miscellaneous Reels 2660-2663.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Alfred Proctor James Papers, 1898-1982. Accession 39414, Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Lent for microfilming by the Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library, Lancaster, Virginia, 5 March 2002.


Biographical/Historical Information

Alfred Procter James was born 7 February 1886 in Fox Hill, Virginia, to Cyrus Rosser James and Annie Elwood Shields James. He graduated from Chesapeake Academy in 1903, and received an AB from Randolph-Macon College in 1906. A Rhodes Scholar from 1907 to 1910, James received a BA and an MA from Oxford University in England in 1910 and 1915 respectively. He received an AM from the University of Chicago in 1912 and a PhD from that university in 1924. James taught Latin at Randolph-Macon in 1905-1906, and taught Latin, Greek, and history at Castle Heights School in Lebanon, Tennessee from 1906 to 1907. James was a fellow in history at the University of Chicago from 1910 to 1911. He worked as a salesman for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company from 1911 to 1912 and as an agent for Ginn and Company from 1912 to 1916. James taught as a history instructor at Ohio Wesleyan in 1916-1917, and as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas from 1917 to 1918. Moving to the University of Pittsburgh in 1918, he was an assistant professor there until 1924, when he was appointed a full professor. James remained at the University of Pittsburgh until he retired. James wrote books on the Ohio Company and on the Civil War in Mississippi Valley. He also edited the works of General John Forbes (1707-1759). James married Mabel Elizabeth Williams (1896-1979) 22 June 1916 and they had one son. James died in Delaware, Pennsylvania, in November 1971.

Scope and Content Information

Papers, 1898-1982 (bulk 1938-1956), of Alfred Procter James (1886-1971) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, concerning the Chesapeake Academy which operated in Lancaster County, Virginia, from 1889 to 1906 and consisting of: Correspondence, Subject Files, Manuscript Draft, and Card files. Correspondence consists of letters, 1930-1956, regarding research on the Chesapeake Academy and containing correspondence from former students and faculty. Subject Files contain biographies of some students and teachers of the Academy; catalogs, 1898-1904, of the Chesapeake Academy; a circular, 1906, for the Academy; commencement programs, 1892, 1897-1898, and 1900-1901; bibliography of Alfred James' publications; lists of faculty and students at the Chesapeake Academy; miscellaneous items; newspaper abstracts on the Chesapeake Academy; photograph, ca. 1892, of the student body; questionnaires filled out by former students of the Chesapeake Academy; stock certificate for the Chesapeake Academy issued 3 July 1905; and a letter, 6 December 1941, from Wendell Willkie (1892- 1944) to James. Manuscript Draft consists of several drafts of James' proposed book on the Chesapeake Academy. Card Files consist of cards containing: information on the students of the Chesapeake Academy; the Academy's faculty; James' research for his book on the Ohio Land Company; miscellaneous items; newspaper extracts on the Chesapeake Academy; Academy catalogues; and directors of the Chesapeake Academy.

Organization

Organized into four series: I. Correspondence, 1930-1956. II. Subject Files. III. Manuscript Draft. IV. Card Files.

Note

Microfilm targets give dates as 1898-1956, bulk 1938-1956.

Contents List

Series 1: Correspondence, 1930-1956
Misc. Reel: 2660
Box: 1-2

Correspondence consists of letters, 1930-1956, regarding research on the Chesapeake Academy and containing correspondence from former students and faculty.

  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 1
    1930
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 2
    1938 (January-March)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 3
    1938 (April)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 4
    1938 (May-September)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 5
    1939
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 6
    1940
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 7
    1941 (April-July)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 8
    1941 (August)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 9
    1941 (September 1-15)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 10
    1941 (September 16-30)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 11
    1941 (October 1-10)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 12
    1941 (October 11-20)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 1
    Folder 13
    1941 (October 21-31)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 1
    1941 (November 1-15)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 2
    1941 (November 16-30)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 3
    1941 (December)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 4
    1942 (January-May)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 5
    1942 (October-November)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 6
    1942 (December)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 7
    1943 (January)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 8
    1943 (February)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 9
    1943 (March-May)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 10
    1943 (October-December)
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 11
    1946
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 12
    1951
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 13
    1952
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 14
    1953
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 15
    1954
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 16
    1956
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 2
    Folder 17
    n.d.
Series 2: Subject Files
Misc. Reel: 2660-2662
Box 3 - Box 4, Folder 6

Subject Files contain biographies of some students and teachers of the Academy; catalogues, 1898-1904, of the Chesapeake Academy; a circular, 1906, for the Academy; commencement programs, 1892, 1897-1898, and 1900-1901; bibliography of Alfred James' publications; lists of faculty and students at the Chesapeake Academy; miscellaneous items; newspaper abstracts on the Chesapeake Academy; photograph, ca. 1892, of the student body; questionnaires filled out by former students of the Chesapeake Academy; stock certificate for the Chesapeake Academy issued 3 July 1905; and a letter, 6 December 1941, from Wendell Willkie (1892- 1944) to James.

  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 3
    Folder 1
    Biographies
  • Misc. Reel 2660
    Box 3
    Folder 2
    Catalog, 1898-1899
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 3
    Catalog, 1899-1900
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 4
    Catalog, 1900-1901
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 5
    Catalog, 1901-1902
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 6
    Catalog, 1902-1903
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 7
    Catalog, 1903-1904
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 8
    Circular, 1906
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 9
    Commencement Programs
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 10
    Alfred P. James-Biographical Calendar of Publications
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 11
    Lists of Faculty and Students
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 12-13
    Miscellaneous
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 14
    Newspaper Abstracts
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 15
    Photograph
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 16
    Questionnaires (A-B)
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 17
    Questionnaires (C-D)
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 18
    Questionnaires (E-H)
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 3
    Folder 19
    Questionnaires (I-K)
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 4
    Folder 1
    Questionnaires (L-M)
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 4
    Folder 2
    Questionnaires (N-R)
  • Misc. Reel 2661
    Box 4
    Folder 3
    Questionnaires (S)
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 4
    Questionnaires (T-Z)
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 5
    Stock Certificate
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 6
    Wendell Willkie, 6 December 1941
Series 3: Manuscript Draft
Misc. Reel: 2662
Box 4, Folder 7 - 17

Manuscript Draft consists of several drafts of James' proposed book on the Chesapeake Academy.

  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 7
    Preface
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 8
    Chapters I and II
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 9
    Chapter III
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 10
    Chapter IV
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 11
    Chapter V
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 12
    Chapter VI
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 13
    Chapter VII
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 14
    Chapter VIII
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 15
    Chapter IX
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 16
    Chapter X
  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 4
    Folder 17
    Conclusion
Series 4: Card Files
Misc. Reel: 2662-2663
Box: 5

Card Files consist of cards containing: information on the students of the Chesapeake Academy; the Academy's faculty; James' research for his book on the Ohio Land Company; miscellaneous items; newspaper extracts on the Chesapeake Academy; Academy catalogues; and directors of the Chesapeake Academy.

  • Misc. Reel 2662
    Box 5
    Students
  • Misc. Reel 2663
    Box 5
    Faculty
  • Misc. Reel 2663
    Box 5
    Ohio Land Company
  • Misc. Reel 2663
    Box 5
    Miscellaneous
  • Misc. Reel 2663
    Box 5
    Newspaper Abstracts
  • Misc. Reel 2663
    Box 5
    Catalogs
  • Misc. Reel 2663
    Box 5
    Directors