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Processed by: Kimberly Staub, Graduate Assistant, Special Collections
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Collection is open for research.
Permission to publish material from the Lucy Dickinson Urquhart Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.
Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Lucy Dickinson Urquhart Papers, Ms1987-046, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
The Lucy Dickinson Urquhart Papers were donated to Special Collections in 1987.
The description of the Lucy Dickinson Urquhart Papers was completed in 1987. Additional processing, arrangement, and description was completed in February 2011.
Lucy Dickinson Urquhart was born in 1881 in Marion, Virginia, to Dr. and Mrs. S.W. Dickinson. She attended Virginia Intermont and Vassar College, as well as Columbia University's Teacher College. She worked as an advertising copywriter in Lynchburg, Virginia, and was also heavily involved in the Smyth County Historical Society and the Marion Baptist Church. Lucy was married to George D. Urquhart, and had no children. She died in Roanoke on January 27, 1975.
The Lucy Dickinson Urquhart Papers contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and poetry and advertisements by Lucy Dickinson Urquhart. The collection also includes correspondence, papers, and other materials related to her family.
Various family announcements, including wedding invitations and funeral service programs from family members are present. Stories, poetry, and advertisements by Urquhart are also in the collection. Many of Urquhart's stories depict life in the South and are written in a Southern dialect. Beyond her and her family's papers, other notes on the Baptist Church, the Smyth County Museum, and Norfolk and Western information from the 1917 War Revenue Act are in the collection.
Of special note, the collection contains a letter from K. D. Urquhart dated from the Civil War asking for command of an all black regiment. There are comments, supposedly written by Lucy Urquhart, on the bottom suggesting the is a fake, as the name is spelled incorrectly. There is also correspondence between Lucy Urquhart and Time and Life Magazine in New York City surrounding the coverage of African Americans in Southern newspapers in the wake of Emmit Till's murder. Furthermore, a few published materials, including a 1911 VPI Student Handbook and a 1912 Spalding Catalogue are part of the collection.
The collection is arranged into two series. Series I: Correspondence contains letters to and from Lucy Urquhart. Where possible, correspondence is organized by author and date. The last folder in the series is made up of correspondence from multiple authors. Much of it is condolence letters regarding the death of Lucy Urquhart's parents, but the file also includes correspondence that could not be otherwise identified.
Series II: Subject Files includes remainder of the collection is arranged in subject files. Material within each file in chronological order. The series also includes oversize materials.
Box-folder 1-1K.D. Urquhart Civil War Letter, 1865.
Box-folder 1-2Lucy Dickinson Urquhart and Mrs. S.W. Dickinson Correspondence, 1902-1904.
Box-folder 1-3Winston Dickinson Correspondence, 1905-1916.
Box-folder 1-4Ruby Dickinson Correspondence, 1918-1919.
Box-folder 1-5Correspondence Regarding Religious Herald Article, 1928.
Box-folder 1-6Lucy Dickinson Urquhart Correspondence with Time Magazine, 1950-1956.
Box-folder 1-7Lucy Dickinson Urquhart Correspondence with Ralph, 1958.
Box-folder 1-8Other Correspondence, 1901-1956.
Box-folder 1-9Financial Documents, 1889-1969.
Box-folder 1-10Dickinson Family Announcements, 1876-1968.
Box-folder 2-1Baptist Church History Notes of S.W. Dickinson, 1890-1923.
Box-folder 2-2S.W. Dickinson Materials, 1894-1916.
Box-folder 2-3Smyth County Museum, 1905-1973.
Box-folder 2-4Post Cards, 1908-1915.
Box-folder 2-5Norfolk and Western Information on the War Revenue Act, 1917.
Box-folder 2-6Music Hymn Book, n.d.
Box-folder 2-7Stories, Poetry, and Advertisements by Lucy Dickinson Urquhart, n.d.
Box-folder 2-8Pamphlets and Publications, 1911-1947.BibliographyStudent Handbook of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1911-1912Athletic Record: Interscholastic and Intercollegiate, 1911-1912Spalding Catalogue, 1912Flood Views of Huntington, WV, 1913The Rand McNally Indexed County and Railroad Pocket Map and Shippers' Guide of Virginia, 1913Women Go to College: Bulletin of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1945A Dickinson Family of Virginia and Illinois, 1947Poems By Innes Randolph, n.d.Advertising Successfully for Banks and Trust Companies by Lucy Dickinson Urquhart, n.d.
Box-folder 2-9Ephemera, 1905-1973.
Box-folder 2-10S.W. Dickinson Business Card Box, n.d.
Oversize 1Certificates and Diplomas, 1915-1922.
Oversize 2Newspaper Clippings, 1928-1956.
- Urquhart, Lucy Dickinson