A Guide to the Barnard-Nickels Family Papers, 1929-1972 Barnard-Nickels Family, Papers, 1929-1972 44954

A Guide to the Barnard-Nickels Family Papers, 1929-1972

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the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 44954


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Accession Number
44954
Title
Barnard-Nickels Family Papers, 1929-1972
Physical Description
6.2 cubic feet (15 boxes)
Language
English

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Preferred Citation

Barnard-Nickels Family Papers, 1929-1972. Accession 44954. Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased.


Biographical Information

Judith Roane Fenner was born on 14 June 1896. She was the daughter of Benjamin Fenner (1850-1925) and Elizabeth Archer Winfrey (1861-1949) of Prince George County, Virginia. She married Edgar Calhoun Barnard (b. 1895) on 16 June 1917. Judith Fenner Barnard was an elementary school teacher in Hopewell, Virginia, and she lived at her home "Sunnyside" in Prince George County. She died on 27 April 1984, and is buried in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg.

Her daughter Elizabeth "Beth" Archer Barnard was born on 14 September 1918. She attended State Teachers College in Farmville from 1935 to 1937, and then received a degree in mathamatics from The College of William and Mary in 1939. She was a high school teacher for a short time, and then was employed as a draftsman with Solvay Process Company in Hopewell, and in civil service at Camp Lee during World War II. She was later an architect in Richmond. Beth Archer Barnard married Samuel B. Nickels, Jr. at Merchant's Hope Church in Hopewell on 11 July 1942. She died at "Sunnyside" on 21 March 2012.

Samuel B. Nickels, Jr. was born on 13 November 1918. He was the son of Dr. Samuel B. Nickels and Lois Parsons. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1940, and the following year was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army where he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. He was awarded the Bronze Star and twice awarded the Purple Heart for his service during World War II. He was part of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, and was trapped during the seige of Bastogne during the "Battle of the Bulge." After the war, he was a chemist until he retired in 1975. Samuel B. NIckels, Jr. died on 31 May 2001, and is buried in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg.

Scope and Content

Papers, 1929-1972, of the Barnard and Nickels families of Prince George County and Hopewell, Virginia, namely Judith Fenner Barnard (1896-1984), and her daughter Elizabeth "Beth" Archer Barnard Nickels (1918-2012), and her husband Samuel B. Nickels, Jr. (1918-2001). Includes correspondence, subject files, and papers relating to Barnard's career as an elementary school teacher in Hopewell, Virginia.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following series:

I. Correspondence. II. Subject Files. III. School Teacher Files.

Contents List

Series I. Correspondence, 1934-1972.
Boxes: 1-7
Extent: 7 boxes.

A large amount of the correspondence was written during World War II, when Samuel B. Nickels, Jr. was serving with the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, first while stationed at Camp Wheeler and Fort Benning in Georgia, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and then in Nashville, Tennessee, and Evansville, Indiana. Most of the letters are from Beth Archer Barnard to Nickels prior to their marriage. Subjects include courtship, her drafting career and job prospects, teaching duties at Surry High School, health, mail deliveries and phone calls, visits, wedding plans, finances, and social activities in Hopewell.

After Pearl Harbor, her letters begin to express a concern for his safety during his military training, and her fears over his impending deployment. Other topics include fuel and tire rationing and shortages, opinions on the duration and outcome of the war, and news of mutual acquaintances. The correspondence after September 1943 is mainly from Nickels after his unit was deployed overseas to England. He writes about his loneliness and homesickness, weather, news of his comrades, recreational activities, mail and package deliveries, and his health.

The 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment was a part of the D-Day invasion at Normandy on 6 June 1944. The correspondence from this time period is mainly between Beth and her parents, and friends whose husbands were serving with Nickels, and discuss concern for Sam's safety, and the lack of information concerning his whereabouts. Later letters are written by Nickels while he was recuperating in England from wounds to his hand. His unit was also involved in the Battle of the Bulge, and the seige of Bastogne, and there are letters written by him during this period. Finally, there are letters written to Beth from friends and family concerning the end of the war in Europe, and rumors of the unit's return to the United States. There is also a good deal of correspondence to Beth from her mother who was attending summer school sessions at State Teachers College in Farmville, Virginia, and from her father, Edgar C. Barnard (b. 1895), detailing his work as a civil engineer in Texas, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

The post-war correspondence is includes job application letters, and letters written while Sam and Beth were on a trip to St. Louis. The latest letters in the collection are mainly to Judith Fenner Barnard, and are from family and friends in California, Florida, and Washington State. There are also letters written to her from former students, including one who was serving in combat during the Vietnam War. Other topics in the later correspondence relate to Barnard's involvement in various organizations including the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, the Society of the Descendants of Francis Epes I of Virginia, the Appomattox Manor Foundation, and her interest in Virginia history and family genealogy.

Chronological.

  • Box 1
    Folder 1
    1934-1939 .
  • Box 1
    Folder 2
    1940 .
  • Box 1
    Folder 3
    1941 (November) .
  • Box 1
    Folder 4
    1941 (December 1-15) .
  • Box 1
    Folder 5
    1941 (December 16-31) .
  • Box 1
    Folder 6
    1942 (January 1-15) .
  • Box 1
    Folder 7
    1942 (January 16-31) .
  • Box 1
    Folder 8
    1942 (February) .
  • Box 1
    Folder 9
    1942 (March 1-15) .
  • Box 1
    Folder 10
    1942 (March 16-23) .
  • Box 1
    Folder 11
    1942 (March 24-31) .
  • Box 1
    Folder 12
    1942 (April 1-19) .
  • Box 1
    Folder 13
    1942 (April 20-30) .
  • Box 1
    Folder 14
    1942 (May) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 1
    1942 (June 1-15) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 2
    1942 (June 16-30) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 3
    1942 (July 1-10) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 4
    1942 (July 11-31) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 5
    1942 (August 1-10) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 6
    1942 (August 11-20) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 7
    1942 (August 21-31) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 8
    1942 (September) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 9
    1942 (October) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 10
    1943 (January) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 11
    1943 (June 1-15) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 12
    1943 (June 16-30) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 13
    1943 (July 1-10) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 14
    1943 (July 11-31) .
  • Box 2
    Folder 15
    1943 (August) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 1
    1943 (September) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 2
    1943 (October) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 3
    1943 (November 1-15) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 4
    1943 (November 16-30) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 5
    1943 (December 1-15) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 6
    1943 (December 16-31) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 7
    1944 (January 1-19) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 8
    1944 (January 20-31) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 9
    1944 (February) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 10
    1944 (March) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 11
    1944 (April) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 12
    1944 (May 1-15) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 13
    1944 (May 16-31) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 14
    1944 (June 1-20) .
  • Box 3
    Folder 15
    1944 (June 21-30) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 1
    1944 (July 1-10) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 2
    1944 (July 11-31) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 3
    1944 (August) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 4
    1944 (September 1-15) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 5
    1944 (September 16-30) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 6
    1944 (October 1-15) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 7
    1944 (October 16-31) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 8
    1944 (November) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 9
    1944 (December) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 10
    1945 (January) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 11
    1945 (February) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 12
    1945 (March) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 13
    1945 (April) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 14
    1945 (May) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 15
    1945 (June) .
  • Box 4
    Folder 16
    1945 (July) .
  • Box 5
    Folder 1
    1945 (August) .
  • Box 5
    Folder 2
    1945 (September) .
  • Box 5
    Folder 3
    1945 (October) .
  • Box 5
    Folder 4
    1945 (November) .
  • Box 5
    Folder 5
    1945 (December) .
  • Box 5
    Folder 6
    1946 (January-June) .
  • Box 5
    Folder 7
    1946 (July-December) .
  • Box 5
    Folder 8
    1947 .
  • Box 5
    Folder 9
    1948 .
  • Box 5
    Folder 10
    1949 .
  • Box 5
    Folder 11
    1952 .
  • Box 5
    Folder 12
    1955 .
  • Box 5
    Folder 13
    1957 .
  • Box 5
    Folder 14
    1958 .
  • Box 5
    Folder 15
    1959 .
  • Box 6
    Folder 1
    1960 .
  • Box 6
    Folder 2
    1961 .
  • Box 6
    Folder 3
    1962 .
  • Box 6
    Folder 4
    1965 (January-April) .
  • Box 6
    Folder 5
    1965 (May-December) .
  • Box 6
    Folder 6
    1966 (January-October) .
  • Box 6
    Folder 7
    1966 (November-December) .
  • Box 6
    Folder 8
    1967 (January-April) .
  • Box 6
    Folder 9
    1967 (May) .
  • Box 6
    Folder 10
    1967 (June-August) .
  • Box 6
    Folder 11
    1967 (September-December) .
  • Box 6
    Folder 12
    1968 (January-February) .
  • Box 7
    Folder 1
    1968 (March-April) .
  • Box 7
    Folder 2
    1968 (May-June) .
  • Box 7
    Folder 3
    1968 (July-August) .
  • Box 7
    Folder 4
    1968 (September-October) .
  • Box 7
    Folder 5
    1968 (November-December) .
  • Box 7
    Folder 6
    1969 (January) .
  • Box 7
    Folder 7
    1969 (February-May) .
  • Box 7
    Folder 8
    1972 .
  • Box 7
    Folder 9
    n.d. .
Series II. Subject Files, 1929-1969.
Boxes: 8-12
Extent: 5 boxes.

The subject files include materials relating to the James River Branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, newspaper clippings, information on Beth Nickels's interest in architecture and her drafting career at Camp Lee and Binswanger Glass, school compositions and examinations of Judith Fenner Barnard while she was attending the State Teacher's College in Farmville, greeting cards, insurance papers, wedding invitations, photographs, Bible records of the Pulliam family of Prince George County, poetry, "The Bugle," the 1940 yearbook of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, letters from a former student of Barnard's who was serving with the military in Vietnam, a diary of Beth Archer Barnard covering the years 1933 and 1936 to 1939, and other items.

  • Box 8
    Folder 1
    Accounts and Receipts .
  • Box 8
    Folder 2-4
    APVA .
  • Box 8
    Folder 5
    Architecture .
  • Box 8
    Folder 6
    Association for Research and Enlightenment .
  • Box 8
    Folder 7
    Automobile .
  • Box 8
    Folder 8
    Automobile Accident, 1968.
  • Box 8
    Folder 9
    Berkeley Plantation .
  • Box 8
    Folder 10
    Binswanger .
  • Box 12
    "The Bugle" (Virginia Polytechnic Institute Yearbook), 1940.
  • Box 8
    Folder 11
    Calendars .
  • Box 8
    Folder 12
    Calling Cards .
  • Box 8
    Folder 13
    Camp Lee .
  • Box 8
    Folder 14
    Campbell, Volney H. .
  • Box 8
    Folder 15
    Certificates .
  • Box 8
    Folder 16
    Christmas at New House at "Sunnyside," 1953.
  • Box 8
    Folder 17
    Clippings .
  • Box 8
    Folder 18
    Coleman, Bobby L. - Correspondence (Vietnam), 1967-1968.
  • Box 9
    Folder 1
    Compositions and Exams (Judith Fenner Barnard) .
  • Box 12
    Composition Books (5) .
  • Box 9
    Folder 2
    Customs Declarations .
  • Box 12
    Diary, 1933, 1936-1939.
  • Box 9
    Folder 3
    Genealogical Notes .
  • Box 9
    Folder 4
    Greeting Cards - Anniversary .
  • Box 9
    Folder 5
    Greeting Cards - Birth Announcement .
  • Box 9
    Folder 6
    Greeting Cards - Birthday .
  • Box 9
    Folder 7-9
    Greeting Cards - Christmas .
  • Box 9
    Folder 10
    Greeting Cards - Easter .
  • Box 9
    Folder 11
    Greeting Cards - Get Well .
  • Box 9
    Folder 12
    Greeting Cards - Miscellaneous .
  • Box 9
    Folder 13
    Greeting Cards - Mother's Day .
  • Box 9
    Folder 14
    Greeting Cards - New Year .
  • Box 9
    Folder 15
    Greeting Cards - Thank You .
  • Box 9
    Folder 16
    Greeting Cards - Thanksgiving .
  • Box 9
    Folder 17
    Greeting Cards - Valentine's Day .
  • Box 10
    Folder 1
    Hopewell - History and Map .
  • Box 10
    Folder 2
    Insurance .
  • Box 10
    Folder 3
    Invitations .
  • Box 10
    Folder 4
    Jamestown Drawings .
  • Box 10
    Folder 5
    Job Application Letters .
  • Box 12
    "John Randolph of Roanoke" (Book) .
  • Box 10
    Folder 6
    King, Willie .
  • Box 10
    Folder 7
    Land Survey .
  • Box 10
    Folder 8
    Latin Notes .
  • Box 10
    Folder 9
    Medical Chart .
  • Box 10
    Folder 10
    Membership Cards, Passes, Permits .
  • Box 10
    Folder 11
    Merchant's Hope Church - Minutes, 1967.
  • Box 10
    Folder 12
    Miller and Rhoads .
  • Box 10
    Folder 13-14
    Miscellaneous .
  • Box 10
    Folder 15
    Morris Plan Bank .
  • Box 10
    Folder 16
    Photographs .
  • Box 10
    Folder 17
    Poetry/Music/Verses .
  • Box 10
    Folder 18
    Postcards .
  • Box 10
    Folder 19
    Programs .
  • Box 12
    Pulliam Family Bible .
  • Box 10
    Folder 20
    Pulliam Family Bible Records .
  • Box 10
    Folder 21
    Ration Book .
  • Box 10
    Folder 22
    Reader's Digest .
  • Box 10
    Folder 23
    Recipes .
  • Box 10
    Folder 24
    Religious Writings .
  • Box 10
    Folder 25
    Rice Electric Appliance Service .
  • Box 10
    Folder 26
    Right of Way (VEPCO) .
  • Box 11
    Folder 1
    Student's Record (Grades) - State Teachers College, 1935-1937.
  • Box 11
    Folder 2
    Thalhimer's .
  • Box 11
    Folder 3
    Thanksgiving in America .
  • Box 11
    Folder 4
    Tourist Brochures .
  • Box 11
    Folder 5
    Tractor Sale, 1946.
  • Box 11
    Folder 6
    Tureen Ownership .
  • Box 11
    Folder 7
    United Daughters of the Confederacy .
  • Box 11
    Folder 8
    Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, 1967-1968.
  • Box 11
    Folder 9
    Virginia History .
  • Box 11
    Folder 10
    Virginia Military District Newsletter, July 1946.
  • Box 11
    Folder 11
    Vital Statistics .
  • Box 11
    Folder 12
    Woman's Clubs .
  • Box 11
    Folder 13
    Vonan Rug Company .
Series III. School Teacher Files, 1939-1967.
Boxes: 13-15
Extent: 3 boxes.

The school teacher files document Judith Fenner Barnard's long career at Patrick Copeland Elementary School in Hopewell, Virginia. The series includes class exercises, lesson plans, class photographs, lists of students, calendars, programs, memoranda, and information from workshops and conferences she attended. There are also newsletters of the Hopewell Education Association, and numerous educational publications and instructional aids.

  • Box 13
    Folder 1
    "The A to Z Book" by Peter Mabie .
  • Box 13
    Folder 2
    Christmas Illustrations by Bess Bruce Cleaveland .
  • Box 13
    Folder 3
    Class Exercises and Writings .
  • Box 13
    Folder 4
    Class Photos .
  • Box 13
    Folder 5
    Class Record, 1953-1954.
  • Box 13
    Folder 6
    Class Record, 1960-1961.
  • Box 13
    Folder 7
    Class Record, 1962-1963.
  • Box 13
    Folder 8
    College Readings - Department of English - State Teachers College, .
  • Box 15
    Educational Publications and Instructional Aids .
  • Box 13
    Folder 9
    "The Herald" - Patrick Copeland School, May 1939.
  • Box 13
    Folder 10-12
    Hopewell Education Association Newsletter, 1952-1958.
  • Box 13
    Folder 13
    Lesson Plans .
  • Box 13
    Folder 14
    Lists of Students .
  • Box 13
    Folder 15
    Memoranda .
  • Box 13
    Folder 16
    Miscellaneous .
  • Box 13
    Folder 17
    Nameplate .
  • Box 14
    Folder 1-2
    Patrick Copeland PTA Birhday Calendars, 1950-1958.
  • Box 14
    Folder 3
    Progress Report Forms .
  • Box 14
    Folder 4
    School Programs .
  • Box 14
    Folder 5-6
    Workshops and Conferences .