A Guide to the Margaret M. Sullivan Collection, 1932-2011 Sullivan, Margaret M. Ms2013-091

Margaret M. Sullivan Collection, 1932-2011

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2013-091


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2013-091
Title
Margaret M. Sullivan Collection, 1932-2011
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Sullivan, Margaret M., 1926-2013
Language
English
Abstract
Papers of Margaret M. Sullivan, a resident of Montgomery County, Virginia, including reminiscences of her life in Montgomery County from 1926 through World War II and two photographs of students at Montgomery County's Sunnyside School.

Admininstrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Margaret M. Sullivan Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Margaret M. Sullivan Collection, Ms2013-091, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Margaret M. Sullivan Collection was donated to Special Collections in 2013 and 2014.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Margaret M. Sullivan Collection commenced and was completed in November, 2013. Sullivan's memoirs were added to the collection in March, 2014.


Biographical Note

Margaret Sullivan was born September 5, 1926 to Myrtle and Benjamin Earl Mathena in the Toms Creek area of Montgomery County, Virginia. She spent her childhood living with her grandparents in a two-over-two log cabin that was built shortly after the Civil War and still (as of 2013) stands on Toms Creek. Margaret married Bernard Sullivan and had four sons and two daughters. She worked at the Radford Arsenal during World War II while Bernard served in the Army Air Corps. Later she worked in the lunchrooms at the Belleview and Prices Fork Elementary Schools. Margaret was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Prices Fork Grange. Margaret Sullivan passed away on January 20, 2013 after having lived in Prices Fork since the early 1950s.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of Margaret M. Sullivan, a resident of Montgomery County, Virginia. Included is a handwritten memoir (together with typed transcript) of Sullivan's life in Montgomery County, Virginia. Sullivan's reminiscences focus primarily on the years from her birth in 1926 through World War II and contain discussions of mountain dialect, rural education, children's activities, and home life during the Great Depression. Also included in the collection are two photographs of students at Sunnyside School in Montgomery County. The earlier photo, dated 1910, is a photocopy of a 1970s newspaper clipping and is accompanied by the names of those pictured; the pupils in the second photo, dated 1932, are unidentified. Sullivan's other interests are reflected in two handwritten pages of genealogical notes on the Price, Surface, and related families of Montgomery County, and a John F. Kennedy Vari-Vue presidential campaign button.

Related Material

Separated Material

The following item was cataloged for the Special Collections Rare Book Collection: Carlyle, Thomas. Sartor Resartus. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)

Contents List

Folder 1
Papers, 1932-[2011], n.d.
  • Memoirs, [2011], n.d.
    [accompanied by transcription]
  • 1910 Sunnyside School photograph, [1970s]
    [photocopy]
  • Identification for 1910 Sunnyside School photograph, n.d.
    [2 items]
  • Sunnyside School photograph, 1932
  • Genealogical notes, n.d.
  • Kennedy campaign button, [1960]