A Guide to the Dorothy McCombs Collection, 1970-1989 McCombs, Dorothy Collection Ms1995-006

Dorothy McCombs Collection, 1970-1989

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1995-006


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Processed by: Sydney Vaile, Student Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1995-006
Title
Dorothy McCombs Collection, 1970-1989
Physical Characteristics
8.6 cu. ft. 19 boxes
Creator
McCombs, Dorothy F. , 1923-1990
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains personal research notes, subject files, and writings; materials relating to the Virginia Tech University Libraries; course notes; dissertation research; work on textiles and arts & crafts history; genealogy notes; brochures on historic sites around Virginia; and maps collected by Dorothy McCombs. Materials date from about 1970-1989.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Dorothy McCombs Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Dorothy McCombs Collection, Ms1995-006, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Dorothy McCombs Collection was donated to Special Collections prior to 1995.

Processing Information

Some initial description was completed in 1995. The majority of the processing, arrangement, and description of the Dorothy McCombs Collection was completed in October and November 2014.


Biographical Note

Dorothy McCombs graduated from VPI in 1976. She went on to work in the libraries as a reference librarian and Appalachian history bibliographer until 1990. Over the course of her career, she researched genealogy, local history/Appalachian history, textiles, and more.

Scope and Content

The collection contains personal research notes, subject files, and writings; materials relating to the Virginia Tech University Libraries; course notes; dissertation research; work on textiles and arts & crafts history; genealogy notes; brochures on historic sites around Virginia; and maps collected by Dorothy McCombs. Materials date from about 1970-1989.

Although materials cover a wide range of topics and regions, particular emphases include research notes on Appalachian textile production, information on historic Blacksburg and Montgomery County, notes on the Preston family and the Smithfield Plantation, and local/regional genealogy. There are also papers relating to McCombs tenure as a reference librarian at Virginia Tech.

McCombs extensively researched textiles, of which she published “National Context and the Local Experience of Domestic Textile Manufacture in Montgomery County, VA 1776-1830.” Several other publications found in this collection include “Local History and Genealogical Research in University Libraries,” and her thesis, “Virginia Cloth, Early Textiles in Virginia: Particularly in the Backcountry between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains until 1830”. There is also a copy of her unpublished manuscript, "Virginia Cloth: Early Textiles in Montgomery County, 1776-1830” in the collection as well.

Arrangement

The Dorothy McCombs Collection is organized into nine series by material type. Series include: Brochures; Maps; Subject Files; Publications (in two suberies--Publications by McCombs and Publications by Others); Notes; Census Records; Textiles/Arts & Crafts; Library Materials; and Professional and Personal Papers.

Within each series, materials are arranged alphabetically by folder title. Whenever possible, original folder titles, created by McCombs, were retained. Unfoldered materials were described by Special Collections staff.

Index Terms

    Family Names:

  • Preston family, Montgomery County, Va.
  • Subjects:

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • Smithfield Plantation House (Blacksburg, Va.)
  • University Archives
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Contents List

Series I: Brochures
  • Box-folder 3-12
    Charlottesville-- Brochures
  • Box-folder 5-9
    Fredericksburg, Virginia-- Brochures, Slides
  • Box-folder 5-16
    Georgia-- Brochures
  • Box-folder 6-19
    Kentucky-- Brochures
  • Box-folder 6-22
    Lexington, Virginia-- Brochures
  • Box-folder 12-3
    North Carolina-- Brochures
  • Box-folder 12-12
    Pennsylvania-- Brochures
  • Box-folder 14-4
    Richmond, Virginia Brochures
  • Box-folder 14-5
    Roanoke, Roanoke Valley Brochures
  • Box-folder 14-11
    Smithfield-- Brochures
  • Box-folder 15-10
    Tennessee-- Brochures
  • Box-folder 17-3
    Virginia-- Brochures
  • Box-folder 17-12
    Washington County, Virginia-- Abington Brochures
  • Box-folder 18-3
    West Virginia-- Brochures
Series II: Maps
  • Box-folder 2-13
    Blacksburg-- Maps
  • Box-folder 8-6
    Maps
  • Box-folder 8-7
    Maps--Travel
Series III: Subject Files
  • Box-folder 1-2
    Ads
  • Box-folder 1-4
    Aldridge-- IRA, c. 1805-1867
  • Box-folder 1-5
    Alexandria-- Pamphlets and Fliers
  • Box-folder 1-6
    American Association for State and Local History
  • Box-folder 1-8
    Appalachia-- Clippings and Articles
  • Box-folder 1-9
    Appalachian Studies
  • Box-folder 1-10
    Appalachian-- Studies Conference, 1988
  • Box-folder 1-11
    Appalink-- Newsletter, 1988
  • Box-folder 1-12
    Appalachian-- Solitude, 1984-1989
  • Box-folder 1-13
    Appraisals by Appointed Neighbors-- Inventories of Sales, 1808
  • Box-folder 1-14
    APVA, 1987-1988
  • Box-folder 1-15
    APVA, 1967-1989
  • Box-folder 1-16
    APVA-- Montgomery County, c 1980-1981
  • Box-folder 2-1
    Asche-- Volunteerism, 1987
  • Box-folder 2-2
    Association for the Bibliography of History (1/2), 1990
  • Box-folder 2-3
    Association for the Bibliography of History (2/2), 1983-1986
  • Box-folder 2-4
    Black Family and VPI notes
  • Box-folder 2-5
    Blacksburg
  • Box-folder 2-6
    Blacksburg, Virginia-- Articles
  • Box-folder 2-7
    Blacksburg-- Calendars with Pictures and Prints of Blacksburg and Montgomery Country, 1980, 1986
  • Box-folder 2-8
    Blacksburg-- Churches, Religion
  • Box-folder 2-9
    Blacksburg-- Clippings
  • Box-folder 2-10
    Blacksburg-- History
  • Box-folder 2-11
    Blacksburg, Virginia-- Information
  • Box-folder 2-12
    Blacksburg-- Landscapes
  • Box-folder 2-14
    Blacksburg-- Pictures
  • Box-folder 2-15
    Blacksburg-- Regional Art Association
  • Box-folder 3-1
    Blacksburg-- Residents, 1940
  • Box-folder 3-2
    Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Box-folder 3-3
    Blacks of Blacksburg
  • Box-folder 3-4
    Bowden, Mitchell 9-1-703 PO Box 1904 Roanoke Valley Historical Society Center in the Square, Roanoke VA 24008, 1988
  • Box-folder 3-5
    Breckinridge, Lucy-- Journal of a VA Girl, 1862-1864
  • Box-folder 3-6
    Bronson J+R-- The Domestic Manufacturer's Assistant, 1949
  • Box-folder 3-13
    Christiansburg, Virginia, 1988
  • Box-folder 3-14
    Colonial Virginia/Appalachia-- Manufacturing and History
  • Box-folder 3-15
    Conference on the Appalachian Frontier, May 1985
  • Box-folder 4-1
    Committees-- Legislative, 1987
  • Box-folder 4-2
    Committees Landmark, 1987
  • Box-folder 4-4
    Craft Schools, Folk Schools
  • Box-folder 4-5
    Crossnore School, c. 1976
  • Box-folder 4-6
    Delaware Woolen Industry
  • Box-folder 4-7
    Delta Kappa Gamma, 1988
  • Box-folder 4-8
    Distinguished Virginia Women by Gertrude Blair
  • Box-folder 4-9
    Draper's Meadows, Virginia
  • Box-folder 4-11
    Eastman
  • Box-folder 4-12
    Eaton, Allen-- Mountain Handicrafts, 1930
  • Box-folder 5-3
    Ferrum College-- Blue Ridge Institute
  • Box-folder 5-4
    Fireside Industries
  • Box-folder 5-5
    Fitness Connection
  • Box-folder 5-6
    Flax
  • Box-folder 5-7
    Folk Songs
  • Box-folder 5-8
    Folk Tales/Oral History
  • Box-folder 5-10
    From Assoc. to Rev.
  • Box-folder 5-11
    From Patrick County Project Blue Ridge Mission School
  • Box-folder 5-12
    Gandhi, 1975
  • Box-folder 5-13
    Gazeteers of Virginia Including Giles and Montgomery
  • Box-folder 5-14
    Genealogy
  • Box-folder 5-15
    Genealogy-- Orientation
  • Box-folder 5-17
    Germanicus A. Kent
  • Box-folder 5-18
    Giles County
  • Box-folder 5-19
    Giles County
  • Box-folder 5-20
    Giles County-- Historical Society
  • Box-folder 6-1
    Greenfield
  • Box-folder 6-3
    Historic Blacksburg-- Assorted Copied Pictures
  • Box-folder 6-4
    Historic Preservation
  • Box-folder 6-5
    History-- Appalachian
  • Box-folder 6-6
    History-- Bibliography/Library
  • Box-folder 6-7
    History-- Houses
  • Box-folder 6-8
    History-- Preston
  • Box-folder 6-9
    History-- Social
  • Box-folder 6-10
    Home Life in Colonial Days-- Alice Morse Earle, 1931
  • Box-folder 6-11
    Home Manufactures
  • Box-folder 6-12
    Illustrations
  • Box-folder 6-13
    "In Old Blacksburg" by Dr. (W.B.) Conway, 1975-1977
  • Box-folder 6-16
    James Miller Oral History
  • Box-folder 6-17
    Keep
  • Box-folder 6-18
    Kegley-- Family Institute, June 1988
  • Box-folder 6-20
    Landis Valley Farm Museum, Pennsylvania
  • Box-folder 6-21
    Lewis, Mrs. Letita Preston (Floyd) Letters and St. John's Catholic Chapel
  • Box-folder 6-23
    LFA--Visiting Scholar, 1981
  • Box-folder 8-1
    Local History
  • Box-folder 8-2
    Local History and Genealogy
  • Box-folder 8-3
    Lynchburg
  • Box-folder 8-4
    Mabry Mill, Floyd County
  • Box-folder 8-5
    MacMillan
  • Box-folder 8-8
    Mary Draper Ingles
  • Box-folder 10-10
    Miller, Lewis
  • Box-folder 10-11
    Mills-- Fueling
  • Box-folder 10-12
    Minutes
  • Box-folder 10-13
    Montgomery County
  • Box-folder 10-14
    Montgomery County
  • Box-folder 11-1
    Montgomery County-- Articles
  • Box-folder 11-2
    Montgomery County-- Clippings
  • Box-folder 11-3
    Montgomery County-- Historical Inventory
  • Box-folder 11-4
    Montgomery County-- History of
  • Box-folder 11-5
    Montgomery County-- Information 1879, 1876, 1890
  • Box-folder 11-6
    Montgomery County-- Miscellaneous
  • Box-folder 11-7
    Montgomery County-- 120th Anniversary Clippings from News Messenger
  • Box-folder 11-8
    Morgan, Clarita
  • Box-folder 11-9
    Mountain Lake
  • Box-folder 11-10
    Museum of the American Frontier
  • Box-folder 11-11
    Museum of American Frontier Culture
  • Box-folder 11-12
    National Archives
  • Box-folder 11-13
    Newbern, Virginia
  • Box-folder 11-14
    New River Historical Society
  • Box-folder 11-15
    New River and New River Valley
  • Box-folder 11-16
    New River Valley Preservation League Documents
  • Box-folder 11-17
    New River Valley Preservation League Newsletter
  • Box-folder 11-18
    New River Valley Preservation League Stationary
  • Box-folder 11-19
    New River Valley Preservation League
  • Box-folder 12-1
    New River Valley Travel
  • Box-folder 12-4
    NRHS
  • Box-folder 12-5
    NRVPL
  • Box-folder 12-6
    Outline Manufacturing Research-- Colonial
  • Box-folder 12-7
    Patrick County
  • Box-folder 12-8
    Patrick County Project
  • Box-folder 12-9
    Patrick County Project-- Oral History Collection
  • Box-folder 12-10
    Patrick Henry
  • Box-folder 12-13
    Pictures
  • Box-folder 12-14
    Preservation Alliance of Virginia, September/December 1987
  • Box-folder 12-15
    Preservation-- Other, October 1988
  • Box-folder 12-16
    Prestons-- Articles and Biographies
  • Box-folder 13-1
    Prestons-- Clippings
  • Box-folder 13-2
    Prestons-- Family Cemetery
  • Box-folder 13-3
    Prestons-- Family Papers
  • Box-folder 13-4
    Prestons-- Guide to Preservation of Virginia Antiquities
  • Box-folder 13-5
    Prestons-- Information from Bolar News Service
  • Box-folder 13-6
    Prestons-- Inventories and Wills
  • Box-folder 13-7
    Prestons-- Letters, c 1843
  • Box-folder 13-8
    Prestons-- Papers and Copies of Letters, 1783-1843
  • Box-folder 13-9
    Pulaski County, c 1988
  • Box-folder 13-10
    Pulaski County
  • Box-folder 14-2
    Radford, 1976-1985
  • Box-folder 14-3
    Reynolds Homestead-- Mary, Dave Britt 8-703-694-7181 Box 21 Critz, VA 24082
  • Box-folder 14-6
    Roanoke Valley Historical Society, c 1989
  • Box-folder 14-8
    Shawsville, Virginia, c 1988
  • Box-folder 14-9
    Significance of Ingles Ferry and History of Ingles Ferry by Francis Burke Fitzpatrick, 1936-1985
  • Box-folder 14-10
    Smithfield-- Articles
  • Box-folder 14-12
    Smithfield-- Clippings and Events, 1979-1986
  • Box-folder 14-13
    Smithfield-- Clippings on History, Restoration, Dedication
  • Box-folder 14-14
    Smithfield-- Docents
  • Box-folder 14-15
    Smithfield-- Events, Announcements, and Invitations, 1979-1981
  • Box-folder 15-1
    Smithfield-- Garden Week Tours
  • Box-folder 15-2
    Smithfield-- Pictures
  • Box-folder 15-4
    Smithfield-- Tour Plans and Docents, 1983-1985
  • Box-folder 15-5
    Southland Travel Service Letter from Allen Montgomery, c 1987
  • Box-folder 15-6
    Southwest Virginia
  • Box-folder 15-7
    Springs in Montgomery County
  • Box-folder 15-8
    Statistics
  • Box-folder 16-12
    Today
  • Box-folder 16-13
    USS Potomac-- Specifications for Materials Correspondence, c 1940
  • Box-folder 16-14
    Virginia Landmarks
  • Box-folder 16-15
    Virginia Landmarks Community (also see "Houses")
  • Box-folder 16-16
    Virginia Womens Cultural History Project
  • Box-folder 16-17
    Valentine Museum, c 1974
  • Box-folder 16-18
    Vernacular Architecture, 1933-1985
  • Box-folder 17-4
    Virginia Tech-- Clippings
  • Box-folder 17-8
    Virginia Tech Campus Guides
  • Box-folder 17-9
    Virginia to 1830
  • Box-folder 17-11
    Washington County, c 1974
  • Box-folder 18-4
    Williams, Brenda and Johnston, Jane,c 1987
  • Box-folder 18-6
    Word Perfect
  • Box-folder 18-7
    Wythe County, 1984
Series IV: Publications
  • Subseries A: Publications by McCombs
    • Box-folder 10-2
      McCombs, Dorothy-- Publication: Local History and Genealogical Research in University Libraries, 1988
    • Box-folder 10-3
      McCombs, Dorothy-- Publication: National Context and the Local Experience of Domestic Textile Manufacture in Montgomery County, VA 1776-1830
    • Box-folder 10-5
      McCombs, Dorothy-- Thesis 1/5
    • Box-folder 10-6
      McCombs, Dorothy-- Thesis 2/5
    • Box-folder 10-7
      McCombs, Dorothy-- Thesis 3/5
    • Box-folder 10-8
      McCombs, Dorothy-- Thesis 4/5
    • Box-folder 10-9
      McCombs, Dorothy-- Thesis 5/5
    • Box-folder 16-10
      Thesis Charts
  • Subseries B: Other Publications
    • Box-folder 1-1
      Activity Report--McCombs, 1977-1987
    • Box-folder 16-8
      The Mountain Laurel
    • Box-folder 16-11
      To Carolyn
    • Box-folder 17-6
      Virginia Tech-- SPECTRUM, 1982-1989
    • Box-folder 17-7
      Virginia Tech-- TECH GRAM, May 1976
Series V: Notes
  • Box-folder 8-11
    McCombs, Dorothy-- Note cards
  • Box-folder 8-12
    McCombs, Dorothy-- Notes
  • Box-folder 8-13
    McCombs, Dorothy-- Notes
  • Box-folder 9-1
    McCombs, Dorothy-- Notes
  • Box-folder 9-2
    McCombs, Dorothy-- Notes
  • Box-folder 9-3
    McCombs, Dorothy-- Notes
  • Box-folder 9-4
    McCombs, Dorothy-- Notes on Genealogy
  • Box-folder 10-4
    McCombs, Dorothy-- Research Notes
  • Box-folder 14-7
    Shackelford's Notes
Series VI: Census Records
  • Box-folder 3-7
    Census (1790)-- Hamilton Report on Manufactures
  • Box-folder 3-8
    Census (1810)
  • Box-folder 3-9
    Census (1820)
  • Box-folder 3-10
    Census (1820)-- Manufacturing Report
  • Box-folder 3-11
    Census (1840)
  • Box-folder 10-15
    Montgomery County-- 1850 Census
Series VII: Textiles/Arts & Crafts
  • Box-folder 1-7
    Appalachian-- Arts and Crafts, 1972-1988
  • Box-folder 1-3
    Africa- Textiles
  • Box-folder 1-17
    Arts and Crafts-- Government, 1966-1967
  • Box-folder 1-18
    Arts and Crafts-- Movement
  • Box-folder 4-3
    Cotton
  • Box-folder 4-10
    Dyeing, c. 1981
  • Box-folder 4-16
    Ellis, Asa-- The Country Dyer's Assistant, 1749
  • Box-folder 5-1
    Fabrics- Reproductions, 1980
  • Box-folder 6-2
    Hemp
  • Box-folder 6-14
    Irish Spinning, Dyeing, Weaving, 1978
  • Box-folder 6-15
    Jacquard, 1976
  • Box-folder 7-24
    Linen
  • Box-folder 9-5
    McCombs, Dorothy-- Personal Interior Decorating (Samples in separate box)
  • Box-folder 12-2
    North Carolina-- Arts and Crafts
  • Box-folder 12-11
    Patterns for Woven Goods
  • Box-folder 14-1
    Quilts, 1974
  • Box 19
    Samples of "McCombs Interior Decorating" in Box 9 Folder 5
  • Box-folder 15-3
    Smithfield-- Textiles
  • Box-folder 15-11
    Tennessee- Crafts
  • Box-folder 15-12
    Textiles
  • Box-folder 15-13
    Textiles-- Dyeing
  • Box-folder 16-1
    Textiles-- England and Scotland
  • Box-folder 16-2
    Textiles-- Illustrations
  • Box-folder 16-3
    Textiles-- Manufacturing Appendix/Acknowledgements
  • Box-folder 16-4
    Textiles-- Manufacturing Listings 1770-1830, primarily 1810, 1770-1830
  • Box-folder 16-5
    Textiles-- Miscellaneous
  • Box-folder 16-6
    Textiles-- Spinning
  • Box-folder 16-7
    Textiles-- Spinning, Dyeing, Weaving, c 1974
  • Box-folder 16-9
    The Virginia Mountain Crafts Guild, c 1983
  • Box-folder 17-1
    Virginia Textile history, Chapters I-VI with Bibliographies
  • Box-folder 17-2
    Virginia-- Arts and Crafts Councils
  • Box-folder 17-5
    Virginia-- Silk
  • Box-folder 18-1
    Weaving, 1819-1989
  • Box-folder 18-2
    West Virginia-- Arts and Crafts
  • Box-folder 18-5
    Wool, c 1947
  • Box 19
    Textile Samples
Series VIII: Library Materials
  • Box-folder 7-1
    Library-- African American History
  • Box-folder 7-2
    Library-- American History, Basic List
  • Box-folder 7-3
    Library-- Appalachian
  • Box-folder 7-4
    Library-- Archival Materials Access to ...
  • Box-folder 7-5
    Library-- Bibliographies Instruction, History
  • Box-folder 7-6
    Library-- British
  • Box-folder 7-7
    Library-- Census
  • Box-folder 7-8
    Library-- Civil War
  • Box-folder 7-9
    Library-- Compiled Service Records
  • Box-folder 7-10
    Library-- Education
  • Box-folder 7-11
    Library-- Government Documents/Historical Research
  • Box-folder 7-12
    Library-- Historical Research
  • Box-folder 7-13
    Library-- Law
  • Box-folder 7-14
    Library-- Library Orientation
  • Box-folder 7-15
    Library-- Montgomery County
  • Box-folder 7-16
    Library-- New River
  • Box-folder 7-17
    Library-- Periodical List
  • Box-folder 7-18
    Library-- SW Virginia
  • Box-folder 7-19
    Library-- Technology
  • Box-folder 7-20
    Library-- The Appalachian Collection
  • Box-folder 7-21
    Library-- United States Constitution
  • Box-folder 7-22
    Library-- Virginia
  • Box-folder 7-23
    Library-- Womens Studies
Series IX: Professional and Personal Papers
  • Box-folder 4-13
    EDAE/FST 4980 Notes 1/3, 1979-1980
  • Box-folder 4-14
    EDAE/FST 4980 Notes 2/3, 1979-1980
  • Box-folder 4-15
    EDAE/FST 4980 Notes 3/3, 1979-1980
  • Box-folder 5-2
    Faculty Womens Club, 1988
  • Box-folder 8-9
    McCombs, Dorothy-- Articles
  • Box-folder 8-10
    McCombs, Dorothy-- Dissertation Paperwork and Letters
  • Box-folder 10-1
    McCombs, Dorothy-- Personal Photographs and Letters
  • Box-folder 15-9
    Telephone Numbers and Names
  • Box-folder 17-10
    Vitae/Memorandum of McCombs, c 1989