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A Guide to the Papers of Dr. John Kern 1986-2011 Papers of Dr. John Kern, A Guide to the Papers of 2010.1.4

A Guide to the Papers of Dr. John Kern 1986-2011

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Accession Number 2010.1.04


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Repository
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Accession Number
2010.1.04
Title
A Guide to the Papers of Dr. John Kern
Physical Characteristics
4 record storage boxes
Language
English

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Dr. John Kern, Accession #2010.1.04, Roanoke Public Libraries, Roanoke, VA

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dr. John Kern


Biographical Note

John Kern was born on January 28, 1940 in Iowa City, Iowa. After earning his bachelor’s degree at Swarthmore College in 1961, he served two years in the Peace Corps in Tunisia. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1968, and he became interested in black history while earning his doctoral degree in American history at the same institution in 1976. He came to Roanoke in 1989 to become the regional director of Virginia’s newly created Department of Historic Resources. The office nominated many Southwest Virginia historic sites and areas to state and national registries. Some of his accomplishments include the successful nomination of the Historic Gainsboro District to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005 and the placement of the Pearisburg Downtown Historic District on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. He taught courses in black history at Hollins University until 2008. He has published work in Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Florida Memorial College Academic Review, Notes on Virginia, From Here to There, and Delaware History. One of his former Hollins students, Arleen Ollie, said of Kern, “John is much like one of the treasures he has resurrected.� He was called “a fervent steward of history� by The Roanoke Times. Kern retired from the Department of Historic Resources in 2010. He received an Education Award from the Roanoke Valley Preservation Society in the same year.

Scope and Content

The Kern Papers are comprised of documents, photographs, and newspaper articles that are a product of the research done by Kern during his time as Roanoke Regional Director for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources at the Department of Historic Resources. The collection includes copies of nominations of historic sites in Southwest Virginia to the National Registry of Historic Places and the research that went into those nominations, including records, photographs, and newspaper articles. Also included in Kern’s papers is his research of several areas in Southwest Virginia, including sites in Roanoke, Henry, Montgomery, Pulaski, Rockbridge, Smyth, Franklin, Floyd, Washington, Giles, and Russell Counties as well as in Roanoke City, Blacksburg, Wytheville, Buena Vista, and Covington, that were not nominated, research on Robert J. Boland and John Willis Chappelear, Jr, that were submitted to the Dictionary of Virginia Biography series, articles and research on subjects related to black history in Southwest Virginia, and documents related to workshops and conferences on black history that Kern helped organize. Research and a paper done under Kern’s supervision by an intern on Roanoke’s segregation ordinances is included as well. Many of the reports and nominations included can also be accessed online at www.dhr.virginia.gov.

Arrangement

Documents are arranged roughly by geographical location.

Contents List

Box: 1
  • Folder 1
    Research on Buena Vista
  • Folder 2
    Research on Belmont
  • Folder 3
    "Historical, Archaeological and Architectural Investigations of Belmont in the City of Roanoke"
  • Folder 4
    Miscellaneous Research on William Fleming and Belmont
  • Folder 5
    Map and Tracings of William Fleming's Plantation and land
  • Folder 6
    Belmont Report
  • Folder 7
    Miscellaneous Research on Belmont
  • Folder 8
    Account Book of William Fleming 1768-1780
  • Folder 9
    "Thematic Evaluation of County Public School Buildings in Southwest Virginia"
  • Folder 10
    Greenfield in Botetourt County, Virginia 2009
  • Folder 11
    Greenfield Kitchen and Cabin - Virginia Tech View Shed/Lanscape Analysis 2009
  • Folder 12
    Research on Robert J. Boland 2001
  • Folder 13
    From Here to There: "South By Wagon"
  • Folder 14
    Black History in Southwest Virginia - research and article 1994
  • Folder 15
    George Kegley "Roast" and Biographical Materials
  • Folder 16
    John Willis Chappelear, Jr. Biographical Information 2006
  • Folder 17
    "Oscar Micheaux, Race Films and Roanoke's Strand Theatre" 2006
  • Folder 18
    Oscar Micheaux and Gainsboro - Research from Ed Barnett
  • Folder 19
    "Record of Early Family Ownership of Land and Buildings on Gills Creek, Frankin County, Virginia, 1786-1847
  • Folder 20
    Jubal Early's Homes in Franklin County, Virginia
  • Folder 21
    New Castle Historic District
  • Folder 22
    National Register of Historic Places Nominations: Buchanan, Clifton Forge, Covington, Danville, Dublin, Petersburg, Lylburn Downing School, Philip Craft House, Hill Grove School, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and Cemetery, Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church
  • Folder 23
    Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Easement 2004
  • Folder 24-27
    Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Easement and Historic Marker 2000
Nominations with Research for the National Register of Historic Places; Some nominations partial
Box: 2
  • Folder 1
    Childress Presbyterian Rock Churches, Nominations: Buffalo Mountain, Dinwiddie, Mayberry, Willis, Bluemont and Floyd
  • Folder 2
    Childress Presbyterian Rock Churches, Research: Dinwiddie, Buffalo Mountain, Slate Mountain and Bluemont
  • Folder 3
    Childress Presbyterian Rock Churches, Research: Bob Childress, Willis and Miscellaneous
  • Folder 4
    Fieldale Historic District in Franklin County, Nomination
  • Folder 5
    Fieldale Research: 1958 Land Books and Oral History Interviews
  • Folder 5
    Fieldale Research: Miscellaneous
  • Folder 6
    Fieldale Research, Including Maps 2007
  • Folder 7
    Fieldale Research: Articles by Bea Bullard
  • Folder 8
    Fayette Street Historic District in Martinsville, Nomination
  • Folder 10-11
    Fayette Street, Research
  • Folder 12
    Kentland Farm District in Montgomery County: Historic and Archaeological Nomination
  • Folder 13-16
    Kentland Farm, Research
  • Folder 17
    Kent Family Slaves: Montgomery and Pulaski Counties 2007
  • Folder 18
    Kentland Background
  • Folder 19
    Gainsboro Library in Roanoke, Nomination
  • Folder 20
    Gainsboro Library, Research
  • Folder 21
    Hotel Roanoke, Nomination
  • Folder 22
    Norfolk and Western Archives
  • Folder 23
    Hotel Roanoke, Research
  • Folder 24
    Roanoke Leader, Newspaper 1882
  • Folder 25
    Establishment of Norfolk and Western and Roanoke Land Improvement Company 1881-1884
  • Folder 26
    Buffalo Forge in Rockbridge County, Nomination
  • Folder 27
    Buffalo Forge, Research
  • Folder 28
    H.L. Bonham House in Smyth County, Nomination
  • Folder 29-30
    H.L. Bonham House, Research
  • Folder 31
    St. John's Episcopal Church in Wytheville, Nomination 2000
  • Folder 32-33
    St. John's Episcopal Church, Research
Nominations with Research for the National Register of Historic Places; Some nominations partial
Box: 3
  • Folder 1
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Nomination
  • Folder 2
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Nomination Drafts and Correspondence
  • Folder 3
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Records 1990
  • Folder 4
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Materials from Church, Includes Photographs
  • Folder 5
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Materials from Geneva Hale
  • Folder 6
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Research
  • Folder 7
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Miscellaneous Records 1890
  • Folder 8
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Meeting Minutes April 1892, January 1894-June 1900
  • Folder 9
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Meeting Minutes September 1900-January 1906
  • Folder 10
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Resolutions 1896-1897
  • Folder 11
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Miscellaneous Receipts and Correspondence
  • Folder 12
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Business Meeting Minutes January 1925-June 1927
  • Folder 13
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Ledger 1924-1930
  • Folder 14
    First Baptist Church in Roanoke 1995
  • Folder 15
    Newport Historic District in Giles County, Nomination
  • Folder 16-17
    Newport Historic District, Research
  • Folder 18
    Rocky Mount Historic District in Franklin County, Nomination
  • Folder 19
    Rocky Mount Historic District, Research
  • Folder 20
    Odd Fellows Hall in Blacksburg, Nomination
  • Folder 21
    Odd Fellows Hall in Blacksburg, Research 2005
  • Folder 22
    Odd Fellows Hall in Blacksburg, Research
  • Folder 23
    Covington High School, Nomination
  • Folder 24
    Covington High School, Research
  • Folder 25
    Jessee's Mill in Russell County, Nomination
  • Folder 26
    Jessee's Mill in Russell County, Research
  • Folder 27
    Piedmont Hill Historic District in Franklin County, Nomination
  • Folder 28
    Piedmont Hill Historic District in Franklin County, Research
  • Folder 29
    Honaker Historic District in Russell County, Nomination
  • Folder 30
    Honaker Historic District in Russell County, Research
  • Folder 31
    W.N. Seay House in Buena Vista, Nomination
  • Folder 32
    W.N. Seay House in Buena Vista, Research
  • Folder 33
    Edmondson Hall in Washington County, Nomination
  • Folder 34
    Edmondson Hall in Washington County, Research
Box: 4
  • Folder 1
    Dublin Historic District in Pulaski County, Nomination 1992
  • Folder 2
    Dublin Historic District in Pulaski County, Research
  • Folder 3
    Floyd Historic District, Nomination
  • Folder 4
    Floyd Research:
  • Folder 5
    Floyd Research: Acts, Census Records, Land Books and Maps
  • Folder 6
    Floyd Research: Schools
  • Folder 7
    Floyd Research: Walking Tour
  • Folder 8
    Floyd Research: Survey and Town Designation, 1986 Comprehensive Plan
  • Folder 9
    Floyd Research: Historical Society Tour 23 June 2004
  • Folder 10
    Floyd Research: Population and Inventory of Building in the Town of Floyd 1987-1988
  • Folder 11
    Floyd Research: Internet and Bibliography, Index of Enrolled Bills to 1910
  • Folder 12
    Floyd Research: Tise Collection Information on Presley Church, Schools and Academies
  • Folder 13
    Floyd Research: Statement of Significance for Floyd Presbyterian Church, Glenanna, Old Court House and Rakes House
  • Folder 14
    Floyd Research: 1986-1989 Comprehensive Plan and News Clippings
  • Folder 15-16
    Low Moor Mine in Alleghany County, Research
  • Folder 17
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research: Examples of Primary Research Nominations for Lylburn School, Buffalo Forge and First Baptist Church
  • Folder 18
    'Segregation by Custom versus Segregation by Law: Residential Segregation Ordinances and their Effects on the City of Roanoke, 1910-1917' by Naomi Mattos 2005
  • Folder 19
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research: Edwards
  • Folder 20
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research: Pentecost/Hill
  • Folder 21
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research: Dudley
  • Folder 22
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research: Roberts
  • Folder 23
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research: Residential Law
  • Folder 24
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research: Gilmer Avenue
  • Folder 25
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research: Black Secret and Professional Societies
  • Folder 26
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research: Gainsboro Library
  • Folder 27
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research: Oliver White Hill Foundation, Inc.
  • Folder 28
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research: Henry Street Historic District
  • Folder 29
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research: Miscellaneous
  • Folder 30
    Roanoke Segregation Ordinance Research
  • Folder 31-33
    National Park Service Diversity Intern Program November 2004
  • Folder 34
    Arleen Ollie Grant Proposal
  • Folder 35-38
    Miscellaneous Black History Files
  • Folder 39
    'Washington and DuBois at the Turn of Two Centuries': Conference March 1998
  • Folder 40-41
    'African American Heritage Education': Lecture and Workshop 1994
  • Folder 42
    'African American Heritage Education': List of Registrants and Evaluation Forms 1994
  • Folder 43
    'African American Heritage Education': Press and Miscellaneous 1994
  • Folder 44
    'African American Heritage Education': Meeting January 1994
  • Folder 45
    'Building Codes and Historic Preservation': Workshop
  • Folder 46
    Henry County: Martinsville and Bassett Historic Contexts 1990
  • Folder 47
    Original Newspapers from Files
  • Folder 48
    'Davis vs. Prince Edward County, Virginia 1951: Land Book Research on Co-signers on Moton School Student Petitioners': Presented at Virginia Forum 25 March 2011
  • Folder 49
    'Bassett Furniture Historic Context, Henry County, Virginia'
  • Folder 50
    Reverend Richard R. Jones Biographical Information