Dorothy H. Bodell Papers, 1850-1996 Bodell, Dorothy H., Papers Ms1988-042

Dorothy H. Bodell Papers, 1850-1996

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1988-042


[logo]

Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Special Collections, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
USA
Phone: (540) 231-6308
Fax: (540) 231-3694
Email: specref@vt.edu
URL: http://spec.lib.vt.edu/

© 2009 By Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.

Processed by: Kris Borgesen, student assistant, and Laura Katz Smith, Manuscripts Curator, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1988-042
Title
Dorothy H. Bodell Papers, 1850-1996
Physical Characteristics
2 boxes, 0.8 cu. ft.
Collector
Dorothy H. Bodell
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists primarily of newspaper clippings, correspondence, research notes, photocopies of historical documents, and files Bodell compiled while writing her book.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Dorothy H. Bodell Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Dorothy H. Bodell Papers, Ms1988-042, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The materials about Dorothy H. Bodell's 40th high school reunion were originally donated in 1988. Additions of materials concerning her research about Montgomery White Sulphur Springs were donated in 1994 and 1996.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Dorothy H. Bodell Papers commenced in February 1998 and was completed in June 1998.


Biographical/Historical Information

Dorothy Heavener Bodell is a resident of Blacksburg, Virginia, and the author of Montgomery White Sulphur Springs: A History of the Resort, Hospital, Cemeteries, Markers, and Monuments, published by Pocahontas Press of Blacksburg in 1993.

Montgomery White Sulphur Springs was a Montgomery County, Virginia, natural mineral springs resort, established in the early 1850s, that quickly became one of the Virginia's most popular spas. During the Civil War the resort served as a major hospital for Confederate wounded, tended by nuns supplied by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy in Charleston, South Carolina. After the war the resort returned to its former glory, and was visited by wealthy and notable people of the region and the state. By 1890 Montgomery White Sulphur Springs began to decline in popularity, and the property was sold in 1904.

A marker and monument commemorating, and a cemetery of, the Confederate dead who died during the Civil War at Montgomery White Sulphur Springs lays on the property, and is maintained by the Dr. Harvey Black chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of newspaper clippings, correspondence, research notes, photocopies of historical documents, and files Bodell compiled while writing her book. The collection also includes an audiotape (1992) of an interview of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Cox about Montgomery White Sulphur Springs, photographs of the cemetery where the Confederate dead were buried, and information about Bodell's 40th reunion of the class of 1948 from Blacksburg High School.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated materials at the end.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Civil War
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Geographical Names:

  • Montgomery White Sulphur Springs (Va.)

Contents List

Box-folder 1:1
Photcopies of research files about Montgomery White Sulphur Springs (MWSS) from 1850 to 1960.
Box-folder 1:2
Photocopy of an Act of Assembly incorporating MWSS, 1855-1856.
Box-folder 1:3
Photocopies of newspapers clippings about MWSS, 1855-1932.
Box-folder 1:4
Photocopies of articles describing MWSS during the Civil War, 1860s, including a list of Confederate soldier deaths.
Box-folder 1:5
Photocopies of Sister Mary De Sales Brennan's letters to Bishop Patrick Lynch in Charleston, South Carolina, 1861-1864.
Box-folder 1:6
Photocopies of research files with information about MWSS during the Civil War, 1861-1865.
Box-folder 1:7
Miscellaneous research files, 1866-1886.
Box-folder 1:8
Photocopies of writings about MWSS in the 1870s.
Box-folder 1:9
Photocopies and research files, 1886-1889.
Box-folder 1:10
Photocopies and research files, 1890-1904.
Box-folder 1:11
Photocopies and research files, 1904-1992.
Box-folder 1:12
Photocopy of "Bishop England's Sisterhood, 1881-1929," written by Sister M. Anne Francis Campbell, in 1968, with other research files.
Box-folder 1:13
Information about the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, 1981-1992.
Box-folder 1:14
Blacksburg [Virginia] High School class of 1948 reunion information, 1988, with a paper prepared by Bodell about how life in Blacksburg has changed in 40 years.
Box-folder 1:15
Information about the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy, 1992.
Box-folder 1:16
Audiotape of an interview with Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Cox about MWSS, 1992.
Box-folder 1:17
Photocopies and research files, 1992-1993.
Box-folder 2:1
Photographs of MWSS Cemetery, 1993-1994.
Box-folder 2:2
Typewritten and revised draft of Montgomery White Sulphur Springs: A History of the Resort, Hospital, Cemeteries, Markers, and Monuments, ca. 1993.
Box-folder 2:3
Published copies of Montgomery White Sulphur Springs: A History of the Resort, Hospital, Cemeteries, Markers, and Monuments, published by Pocahontas Press of Blacksburg in 1993.
Box-folder 2:4
Information about Bodell's search for a Civil War era painting of MWSS, 1993-1994.
Box-folder 2:5
Photocopies and research files, 1993-1995.
Box-folder 2:6
Information about "A Memorial Service for the Confederate Soldiers Buried at the Montgomery White Sulphur Springs," given on May 22, 1994.
Box-folder 2:7
Newspaper clippings about MWSS, the SMART Road, and Bodell, 1994.
Box-folder 2:8
Letters to Bodell about MWSS and her book, 1994-1996.
Box-folder 2:9
anuscript notes taken of passages in History of the Confederated Memorial Associations of the South.
Box-folder 2:10
Information about Catholic churches.
Box-folder 2:11
Microfilm reel from the National Archives of hospital rolls information.
Box-folder 2:12
Photographs of the MWSS.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Montgomery White Sulphur Springs (Va.)