A Guide to the Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers, ca. 1930-2013:SC 0003

A Guide to the Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers, ca. 1930-2013:SC 0003

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Collection Number SC 0003


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Processed by: Kate Morris and Lindsey Wood, April 2017

Repository
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Collection Number
SC 0003
Title
Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers, ca. 1930-2013
URL:
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=jmu/vihart00378.xml
Extent
8.53 cubic feet; 12 boxes, 4 flat files
Creator
Sullivan, Robert James, Jr., 1937-2013
Language
English .
Abstract
The Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers consist of professional and personal records and reports, and document Sullivan's time as City Planner of Harrisonburg from 1965-1991, his career in the Political Science Department at James Madison University, and work as the "unofficial historian" of Harrisonburg. Materials include city planning reports, newspaper articles, photographs, scrapbooks, and maps.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers, ca. 1930-2013, SC 0003, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Kathleen Sullivan, wife of Robert James Sullivan Jr., in two separate donations in April 2014 and August 2015.

Processing Information

When this collection was received from the donor, some materials had been wet and suffered from mold damage. Materials with excessive water damage or mold were photocopied and the originals discarded.

Other Formats Available

Materials within the Photographs and Slides series have been digitized and are available via JMU Scholarly Commons (https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/rjs/).


Bio/Historical Note

Robert "Bobby" James Sullivan Jr. was born on November 18, 1937 in Harrisonburg, Virginia and was the eldest son of the late Robert J. Sullivan Sr. and Goldie Liskey Sullivan. He passed away on February 4, 2013. Sullivan graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1956 and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount St. Mary's College in 1960 and a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962. He married Kathleen Marie Donovan on June 27, 1964.

Sullivan was the City Planner for the city of Harrisonburg from 1965-1991 during the years that saw Urban Redevelopment for parts of the city as well as growth through annexation. He also taught as an adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science for James Madison University from 1970-2006. See folder titled "Background Information, Robert J. Sullivan, Jr., August 1998" from the Personal Papers series for details of his life and career.

Known locally as the "unofficial historian" of Harrisonburg, Sullivan often spoke to groups about the history of Harrisonburg. He was responsible for creating walking tours of downtown Harrisonburg first with his JMU Political Science classes, and later with the larger community.

Sullivan was a life-long member of Blessed Sacrament parish and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Rockingham Public Library Board and the Salvation Army Advisory Board for over thirty years. He was especially fond of the Harrisonburg High School athletic teams and was recognized as the Harrisonburg Blue Streaks biggest fan when he was inducted into the Harrisonburg High School Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class of 2008.

Scope and Content

The Robert James Sullivan Jr. Papers consist of materials that Sullivan created and collected relating mostly to the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he served as the City Planner from 1965-1991. The collection contains documents related to city planning, the history and expansion of Harrisonburg, and urban renewal. Other materials document his time in the Political Science Department at James Madison University as well as the walking tours he led of downtown Harrisonburg. His personal papers include newspaper clippings, correspondence, and other documents relating to his life and career. Also contained in the collection are a large number of photographs and slides that Sullivan took that capture the growth and changes in Harrisonburg over time. Images of note include a panoramic view of Harrisonburg ca. 1930, photos and slides that document urban renewal projects, and images of downtown Harrisonburg, VA from the 1960s-2000s.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the following six series and subseries. All series and subseries arranged chronologically.

Series 1: Reports, 1946-1992

Subseries 1.1: City Planning Commission Annual Reports, 1966-1981

Subseries 1.2: Urban Planning Grants, 1965-1966

Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous City Planning Reports, 1946-1992, undated

Series 2: City of Harrisonburg, 1958-2012

Subseries 2.1: City Planning, 1960-2012

Subseries 2.2: Harrisonburg History, 1958-2008

Series 3: Personal Papers, 1952-2013

Series 4: Scrapbooks and Newspaper, 1945-2012

Series 5: Maps, 1958-2003

Series 6: Photographs and Slides, ca. 1930-2012

Subseries 6.1: Photographs, ca. 1930-2012

Subseries 6.2: Slides, ca. 1965-1988

Related Material

SdArch no.2-3 : Oral history interview [sound recording] / Bob Sullivan ; interviewed by Amy Accles, forms part of Court Square, Harrisonburg, Virginia, an oral history project. Transcript also available in Special Collections and the general collection: F234.H31 A29 1990.

The Harrisonburg, VA branch of the Massanutten Regional Library holds 36 scrapbooks created by Sullivan from the years 1965-2001. These scrapbooks are cataloged under the title "Harrisonburg Civic Scrapbook."

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • City planning -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Community development, Urban -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- Description and travel
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- History -- 20th century
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- History -- 21st century
  • Harrisonburg (Va.) -- Politics and government
  • James Madison University -- Faculty
  • James Madison University -- History
  • Madison College -- Faculty
  • Madison College -- History
  • Newtown (Rockingham County, Va.) -- History
  • Virginia -- History, Local
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Annual reports
  • Brochures
  • Color slides
  • Digital images
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Maps (documents)
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Pamphlets
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

Container List

Series 1: Reports, 1946-1992
Scope and Content

Arranged into three subseries: City Planning Commission Annual Reports, 1966-1981, Urban Planning Grants, 1965-1966, and Miscellaneous Reports, 1946-1992. Arranged chronologically within each series.

  • Subseries 1.1: City Planning Commission Annual Reports, 1966-1981
    Scope and Content

    Subseries 1.1: City Planning Commission Annual Reports, 1966-1981, contains a continuous run of annual reports for the City Planning Commission from 1965 through 1981. These annual reports include planning commission highlights and monthly summaries of activities. The 1965-1966 report notes that Robert J. Sullivan Jr. took over the duties of Planning Director on October 1, 1965.

    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 1
      Annual Report 1965-1966 Harrisonburg City Planning Commission, 1966
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 2
      Harrisonburg City Planning Commission Annual Report 1966-1967, 1967
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 3
      Harrisonburg City Planning Commission Annual Report 1967-'68, 1968
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 4
      Harrisonburg City Planning Commission 1968-'69 Annual Report, 1969
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 5
      Harrisonburg City Planning Commission 1969-1970 Annual Report, 1970
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 6
      City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1970-71 and 1971-72 Summary Report, 1972
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 7
      City of Harrisonburg, Virginia 1972-1973 Planning Commission Summary Report, 1973
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 8
      City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1973-1974 Summary Report, 1974
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 9
      City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1974-1975 Summary Report, 1975
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 10
      City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1975-1976 Summary Report, 1976
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 11
      City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1976-1977 Summary Report, 1977
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 12
      City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission 1977-1978 Summary Report, 1978
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 13
      City of Harrisonburg Planning Commission Summary Report 1978-1979, 1979
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 14
      City of Harrisonburg, Virginia Planning Commission Summary Report 1979-1980, 1980
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 15
      Harrisonburg Planning Commission Summary Report for 1980-81 1980 City's Bicentennial, 1981
  • Subseries 1.2: Urban Planning Grants, 1965-1966
    Scope and Content

    Subseries 1.2: Urban Planning Grants, 1965-1966, contains reports prepared under the contract for the Local Planning Section: Department of Conservation and Economic Development, State of Virginia. The preparation of these reports was funded in part through an urban planning grant from the Housing and Home Finance Agency. The reports contain analysis of various aspects of the city of Harrisonburg, including population statistics and information pertaining to residential neighborhoods and the downtown area. These Urban Planning Grants also include a 1966 comprehensive plan for development over the following twenty years as well as a summary report of that plan. These reports were office copies that belonged to Robert James Sullivan Jr. and have his name written on the cover. Because of excessive mold on these reports, all items from this subseries have been photocopied and originals discarded.

    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 16
      Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Central Business District, Parking, Major Arterial Streets, Transportation and Transit Plans, November 1965
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 17
      Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Economic Base, Population, and Land Use Analysis, May 1963, August 1965, November 1965, November 1965
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 18
      Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Neighborhood Analysis, Harrisonburg, VA, November 1965
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 19
      Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Preliminary Community Facilities and Land Use Plans, November 1965
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 20
      Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Public Improvements Program, April 1966
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 21
      Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Comprehensive Plan Harrisonburg, VA, June 1966
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 22
      Urban Planning Grant: Project No. Va. P-9 Comprehensive Plan Harrisonburg, VA, November 1966
  • Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous City Planning Reports, 1946-1992
    Scope and Content

    Subseries 1.3: Miscellaneous City Planning Reports, 1946-1992, contains various other reports that relate to city planning in Harrisonburg or city planning in general. Two reports relate to city planning in Norfolk, Virginia from the 1940s and 1950s and document urban renewal or "slum clearance" efforts there. Box 1 folder 27 contains an outline of the history of City Planning in Harrisonburg, beginning with the establishment of the Planning Commission in March, 1938. The report titled Harrisonburg: "The City with the Planned Future," contains a detailed history of the founding and growth of Harrisonburg, including population statistics and documentation of land annexation as well a listing of the members of City Council from 1849-2006.

    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 23
      This Is It Booklet, Norfolk, VA, 1946
    • Box:Folder 2 folder: 1
      Downtown Construction, Remodeling, and Demolition Records 1955, 1955-1989
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 24
      Rebirth of a City, Norfolk, VA Official Publication of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, September 1959
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 25
      Master Plan for the Central Shenandoah Valley Region Sociology Pro-Seminar Term Paper 1960 Spring Semester Robert J Sullivan Jr., 1960
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 26
      Focus on Harrisonburg's Central Business District, July 1967
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 27
      The Development of City Planning in Harrisonburg by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., April 1981
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 28
      Commercial, Professional, Religious and Governmental Establishments in Harrisonburg, VA, November 1990
    • Box:Folder 2 folder: 2
      City of Harrisonburg 1991 Comprehensive Plan, 1992
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 29
      Harrisonburg: "The City with the Planned Future", undated
    • Box:Folder 2 folder: 3
      Planning Sector Analysis, undated
Series 2: City of Harrisonburg, 1958-2012
Scope and Content

Arranged into two subseries: City Planning, 1960-2012, and Harrisonburg History, 1958-2008. Arranged chronologically within each series.

  • Subseries 2.1: City Planning, 1960-2012
    Scope and Content

    Subseries 2.1: City Planning, 1960-2012, contains materials that Sullivan created in his role as City Planner, or that relate to city planning functions. Types of materials include photos and other documents related to the Northeast Urban Redevelopment Project, newspaper articles about city planning and the growth and development of Harrisonburg, and documents relating to zoning and historic district status. The folders titled "What do you think of Federal Aid? Photos and description," contain a document written in 2012 by Sullivan explaining the history of urban redevelopment in Harrisonburg, and his role in the "slum clearance" projects of the 1950s and 1960s.

    • Map Case MapCase: 3 Drawer: 8 folder: 4
      Photograph: Aerial View of Harrisonburg: Spotswood under Construction, 1960
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 30
      What do you think of Federal Aid? Photos and description (folder 1 of 2), ca. 1960, 2012
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 31
      What do you think of Federal Aid? Photos and description (folder 2 of 2), ca. 1960, 2012
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 32
      Newspaper Articles – City Planning, 1967, 1972, 1976, 1993
    • Box:Folder OV 1 folder: 1a
      Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Harrisonburg VA 1st Revision, January 24, 1968
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 33
      "Talmadge R. Cooley, Harrisonburg Civic Leader," by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., ca. 1971
    • Box:Folder OV 1 folder: 1b
      Aerial View of Harrisonburg, 1972, undated
    • Box:Folder 1 folder: 34Map Case MapCase: 3 Drawer: 8 folder: 4
      Harrisonburg Area Transportation Study (HATS)-Includes Year 2015 Plan, 1979-1999
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 1
      VCPA Conference May 18-20 1986, 1986, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 2
      Harrisonburg Growth Articles August – September, 1987
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 3Box:Folder OV 1 folder: 1c
      Harrisonburg Comprehensive Plan Update 1997 (Historic Background Section) – includes info on Historic District Status, 1991-2002
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 4Box:Folder OV 1 folder: 1d
      Old Town Harrisonburg Rezoning Committee, 2000-2001
  • Subseries 2.2: Harrisonburg History, 1958-2008
    Scope and Content

    Subseries 2.2: Harrisonburg History, 1958-2008, contains materials collected by Sullivan that relate to the history of Harrisonburg, as well as materials he created related to the history and development of the city. Sullivan was known as the "unofficial historian of Harrisonburg" and materials in this subseries document the history and development of Harrisonburg. Items of note include original drawings of downtown Harrisonburg from the 1950s and 1960s as well as posters and brochures that contain Sullivan's sketches for the 1980 Bicentennial celebration. Other materials include the text of various talks Sullivan gave on the history of Harrisonburg to various groups in town.

    • Box:Folder OV 1 folder: 2
      Original Drawings of Downtown Harrisonburg by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1958
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 5
      My Recollections of Rocktown Now Known as Harrisonburg by Maria G. Carr, 1959
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 6
      Chronology of Harrisonburg, ca. 1962
    • Map Case MapCase: 3 Drawer: 8 folder: 4
      Original Drawing: Old Spring House on the Court Square – To be reconstructed in time for Harrisonburg's 200th Anniversary, 1966
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 7
      Historic Harrisonburg Virginia – A Walking Tour, 1969
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 8
      Walking Tour of Downtown/Journey into the Past Brochures and Fliers, 1976, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 9
      "Harrisonburg"— Article from Shenandoah Valley Magazine, August 1979
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 10
      "Harrisonburg Bicentennial Ecumenical Celebration of Faith" program, July 3, 1980
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 11
      Bicentennial Envelope, 1980
    • Map Case MapCase: 3 Drawer: 8 folder: 4
      Journey into the Past: Historic Harrisonburg Bicentennial Poster, 1980
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 12
      Journey into the Past: Historic Harrisonburg Sketches/Bicentennial Harrisonburg Sketches, 1980, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 13
      "Harrisonburg Celebrates its Bicentennial", ca. 1980
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 14
      Harrisonburg: The Transformation of a City – A Photographic exhibit arranged by Martha Caldwell, Caroline Marshall and Mike Zirkle, ca. 1980
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 15
      Valley National Bank Brochure with Harrisonburg photos, ca. 1980
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 16
      Ephemera Harrisonburg History, 1980, 1993, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 17
      Downtown Brochures, 1984, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 18
      Journey into the Past: A Walking Tour of Harrisonburg, VA, 1985
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 19
      Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Newsletter – A Brief History of Harrisonburg by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1987
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 20
      Upstream Magazine: "Fred Cooper: Harrisonburg's Sketch Pad Preservationist", 1990
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 21
      "A Few Facts about Harrisonburg" Talk to Rotary Club, July 26, 1993
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 22
      Check-It-Out-Rockingham Public Library Newsletter, Austin Loewner article, 1993
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 23
      Maps of Harrisonburg for Phone Directory, 1993-1994, 2003, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 24
      Common Ground Vol. VII No. 8 Article Written by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1994
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 25
      Harrisonburg "Blue Streaks" Football History Booklet by Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1994
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 26
      Articles and Maps about Downtown Harrisonburg, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2008, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 27Box:Folder OV 1 folder: 1e
      "Spring House", 1995, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 28
      Harrisonburg – copies of photos with descriptions 1960s-1990s, ca. 1995
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 29
      DNR –"A Walk Through History", April 1996
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 30
      AARP Talk about Harrisonburg, 1998
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 31
      Newspaper: "Your hometown…Bridgewater" clippings, February 14, 2001
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 32
      DNR – Harrisonburg Growth Articles, July 2 – July 7, 2001
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 33
      2002 Downtown Walk for Library Friends, 2002
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 34
      Historic District Status DNR, 2004
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 35
      Spotswood Elementary School Drawings, 2004
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 36
      City Produce Exchange/Wetsel Seed Co. by Robert E. Wetsel, August 2006
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 37
      Old Town Historic District, 2006, 2008
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 38
      Massanutten Regional Library – The Deyerle Programs: An Artist's Visual Snapshot of Harrisonburg, ca. 2006
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 39
      Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Newsletter – Emma Lyon Bryan painting, 2007
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 40
      Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance membership ephemera, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 41
      Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance: Walking Tour Brochure, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 42
      Harrisonburg, 1959 photo album [no photos, description only], undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 43
      Historic Postcards, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 44
      National Hotel – image from 1958-59 Photo Album, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 45
      Notes on Harrisonburg – streets, buildings, etc., undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 46
      Rockingham County Courthouse, image pre-1896, undated
    • Box:Folder 3 folder: 47
      Valley National Bank Presents Harrisonburg Illustrations by Austin Loewner, text by John Green, undated
Series 3: Personal Papers, 1952-2013
Scope and Content

Arranged Chronologically. Materials in the Personal Papers series document Sullivan's professional activities as well as his time as an instructor in the Political Science Department at James Madison University. Please note that the folder titled "JMU Classes - Evaluations," do not contain student grades or performance evaluations, but rather contain evaluations completed by students about Sullivan's performance as an instructor. For details of Sullivan's life and career highlights please see the folder titled "Background Information Robert J. Sullivan Jr., August 1998."

  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 1
    Articles about Robert J. Sullivan Jr., 1952-2003
  • Box:Folder OV 1 folder: 3
    Personal Property Plans, 1961, 1967
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 2
    DNR Article – Sullivan Named as Director of City Planning Commission, 1965
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 3
    JMU General Catalogs with Sullivan listed as instructor, 1970-1977
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 4
    Letters to the Editor by RJS, 1974-2003
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 5
    DNR Article – Sullivan Knows Every Inch of Harrisonburg, February 15, 1982
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 6
    Personal Letters, 1989, 1993, undated
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 7
    Personal Letters, Robert J. Sullivan Jr. (folder 1 of 2), 1995-2005
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 8
    Personal Letters, Robert J. Sullivan Jr. (folder 2 of 2), 1995-2005
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 9
    Background Information Robert J. Sullivan Jr., August 1998
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 10
    "Harrisonburg, Louisiana," Term Paper for Posc. 302, For Professor Sullivan's State and Local Government Class, and DNR Article, 2002, 2006
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 11
    JMU Classes - Evaluations, 2003-2006, undated
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 12
    JMU All Together One Recognition, 2004
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 13
    Spring Semester POSC 302 Class Information (folder 1 of 2), 2004-2006, undated
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 14
    Spring Semester POSC 302 Class Information (folder 2 of 2), 2004-2006, undated
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 15
    Health Articles, 2007
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 16
    Distinguished Public Service Award, 2009
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 17
    May 6, 2009 Article on Bob Sullivan's Scrapbooks, 2009
  • Box:Folder 4 folder: 18
    RJS Obituary and Joint Resolution Celebrating the life of Robert James Sullivan Jr., 2013
Series 4: Scrapbooks and Newspaper, 1945-2012
Scope and Content

Arranged Chronologically. The Scrapbooks and Newspaper series consists of newspaper clippings, either loose in folders, or pasted into scrapbooks, that document city planning and growth primarily in Harrisonburg, VA. Most newspaper clipping come from the Daily News-Record, the local newspaper for Harrisonburg, Virginia. In addition to clippings that document city planning efforts, Sullivan also collected clippings that relate to historical aspects of Harrisonburg, particularly those that feature images of Harrisonburg from the past. The folder titled "News and Photos from DNR - "Old Times," contains a copy of the front page of the Daily News-Record from 1945 that reports on the ending of World War II. Please note that the scrapbooks in box 5, folders 4-7 are photocopies of the original scrapbooks. The original scrapbooks suffered from mold damage and were not retained.

  • Box:Folder OV 1 folder: 4
    News and Photos from DNR – "Old Times", 1945-1995, undated
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 1
    Newspaper Clippings, 1959-1989
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 2
    Clippings – Harrisonburg Development, 1960-2000, undated
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 3
    DNR Images of Old Time Harrisonburg, 1960-2004, undated
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 4
    Scrapbook - City of Harrisonburg, Virginia September 1955 thru Fall of 1957, 1955-1957
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 5
    Scrapbook - City Planning Commission: Redevelopment and Housing Authority Newspaper Clippings, 1957-1961
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 6
    Scrapbook - Harrisonburg Planning Commission News Clippings, 1961-1964
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 7
    Scrapbook - Richmond, Virginia City Planning Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1966
  • Box:Folder OV 1 folder: 5
    Harrisonburg Maps from Newspapers, 1975-2002, undated
  • Box:Folder OV 1 folder: 6
    DNR and The Breeze Special Issues, 1979-1999, undated
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 8
    Newspaper Clippings, 1990-1999
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 9
    Newspaper Clippings, 2000-2010
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 10
    Scrapbooked DNR Newspaper Clippings, July 2001 – October 2001
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 11
    Scrapbooked DNR Newspaper Clippings, October 2001 – March 2002
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 12
    Scrapbooked DNR Newspaper Clippings, March 2002 – May 2002
  • Box:Folder 5 folder: 13
    Scrapbooked DNR Newspaper Clippings, May 2002 – August 2002
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 1
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, August 2002
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 2
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, September 2002
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 3
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, October 2002
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 4
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, November 2002
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 5
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, December 2002
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 6
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, January 2003
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 7
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, February 2003
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 8
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, March 2003
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 9
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, April 2003
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 10
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, May 2003
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 11
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, June 2003
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 12
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, July 2003
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 13
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, August 2003
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 14
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, September 2003
  • Box:Folder 6 folder: 15
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, October 2003
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 1
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, November 2003
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 2
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, December 2003
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 3
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, January 2004
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 4
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, February 2004
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 5
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, March 2004
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 6
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, April 2004
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 7
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, May 2004
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 8
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, June 2004
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 9
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, July 2004
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 10
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, August 2004
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 11
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, September 2004
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 12
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, October 2004
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 13
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, November 2004
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 14
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, December 2004
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 15
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, January 2005
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 16
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, February 2005
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 17
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, March 2005
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 18
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, April 2005
  • Box:Folder 7 folder: 19
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, May 2005
  • Box:Folder 8 folder: 1
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, June 2005
  • Box:Folder 8 folder: 2
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, July 2005
  • Box:Folder 8 folder: 3
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, August 2005
  • Box:Folder 8 folder: 4
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, September 2005, undated
  • Box:Folder 8 folder: 5
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, October 2005
  • Box:Folder 8 folder: 6
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, November 2005
  • Box:Folder 8 folder: 7
    Newspaper Clippings, Daily News-Record, December 2005
  • Box:Folder 8 folder: 8
    Newspaper Clippings – Harrisonburg Growth, 2006-2012
  • Box:Folder 8 folder: 9
    Survey of Selected Newspaper Headlines from the Harrisonburg Planning Scrapbooks, 1950s-1990s, undated
  • Box:Folder 8 folder: 10
    Survey of Selected Newspaper Headlines from the Harrisonburg Planning Commission Scrapbooks, 1965-1983, undated
  • Box:Folder 8 folder: 11
    Survey of Selected Newspaper Headlines from the Harrisonburg Planning Commission Scrapbooks, 1984-2000, undated
Series 5: Maps, 1958-1993
Scope and Content

The maps series contains maps that document areas of Harrisonburg slated for urban renewal, hand-drawn maps created by Sullivan that show the growth of Harrisonburg over time, and miscellaneous maps of Harrrisonburg and Rockingham County from various sources. Text within brackets [ ] indicates additional descriptive information added by the archivist. Each map has been numbered on the back in the bottom right corner.

  • Map Case MapCase: 3 Drawer: 8 folder: 1
    Urban Renewal Project Maps - VA R-4 and Project VA R-16, 1958-1967, undated
    • Map 1: Present Zoning (1958) Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, 1958
    • Map 2: Northeast Harrisonburg Land Use (1958), 1958
    • Map 3: [Broad Street, Mason Street, N. Main Street] Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, August 24, 1960
    • Map 4: Street Adjustment Plan Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, November 17, 1960
    • Map 5: Project Area Map Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Wolfe Street Area, April 20, 1960
    • Map 6: Disposition Plan Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Wolfe Street Urban Renewal Area, January 1961
    • Map 7: Site Improvement Plan, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg Virginia, Wolfe Street Urban Renewal Area, January 1961
    • Map 8: Boundary Map, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg Virginia, Wolfe Street Urban Renewal Area, January 12, 1961
    • Map 9: Land Acquisition Plan, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, January 12, 1961
    • Map 10: Land Use Map, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, Virginia, Wolfe Street Area, January 12, 1961
    • Map 11: [Urban Renewal Map] This description made in July 1967, City Planning Office, R.J. Sullivan Jr., Director, 1967
    • Map 12: [Broad Street, E. Gay St.] Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
    • Map 13: [N. Mason St, Rock St.] Proposed Zoning, Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
    • Map 14: [Effinger Street, Broad St] Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Property Map Northeast Harrisonburg, undated
    • Map 15: Harrisonburg Planning Commission Proposed Street Intersection Channelization and Traffic Signal Installation, North Main & North Mason, Harrisonburg, VA, undated
    • Map 16: Map No. R-203 Site Clearance Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Project No.VA-R-4, Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
    • Map 17: [N. Mason, E. Rock St.] Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority, undated
    • Map 18: [Broad St., Rock St.] Northeast Harrisonburg Land Values, Urban Renewal Area, Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
    • Map 19: [Broad St., Rock St.] Property Map Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, undated
    • Map 20: Proposed Street Intersection Channelization and Traffic Signal Installation, N. Main – N. Mason – E. Johnson, Harrisonburg, VA, undated
    • Map 21: Streets, Curb & Gutter and Sidewalk, Northeast Harrisonburg Urban Renewal Area, undated
    • Map 22: [Broad St., E. Rock St.] Street Adjustment Plan, Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority, Harrisonburg, VA, undated
    • Map 23: Urban Renewal Poster, undated
  • Map Case MapCase: 3 Drawer: 8 folder: 2
    Hand-drawn Maps, 1958-1980, undated
    • Map 24: "Future Harrisonburg" by Bob Sullivan, August 1958
    • Map 25: Existing Land Use in Harrisonburg, Va., 1966
    • Map 26: A Map of Thomas Harrison's Town of Harrisonburg Virginia 1780, January 1980
    • Map 27: Harrisonburg, 100 Years Ago, January 1980
    • Map 28: Harrisonburg with By-pass, new street traffic-plan & annexation, undated
  • Map Case MapCase: 3 Drawer: 8 folder: 3
    Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Maps, 1981-1993, undated
    • Map 29: Map of Harrisonburg, Virginia and Environs / Rockingham County, Virginia, compiled at James Madison University Cartography Lab, 1981
    • Map 30: Map of Harrisonburg Virginia and Environs, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, May 1985
    • Map 31-33: Harrisonburg, Virginia and Vicinity—Zoning Map, compiled at the James Madison University Geography Lab, 1988
    • Map 34: Map of Harrisonburg Virginia and Environs, 1983-1993
    • Map 35: Map of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia, issued by Old Dominion Realty, Inc., undated
    • Map 36: Harrisonburg, Virginia, undated
    • Map 37: Map of Harrisonburg Virginia 1916, revised to 1936, undated
    • Map 38: Rockingham County, Virginia, undated
Series 6: Photographs and Slides, ca. 1930-2006
Scope and Content

Arranged into two subseries: Photographs, ca. 1930-2006, undated, and Slides, ca. 1965-1988. Arranged chronologically within the photographs subseries, and alphabetically by slide grouping title in the slides subseries.

  • Subseries 6.1: Photographs, ca. 1930-2006
    Scope and Content

    Subseries 6.1: Photographs, ca. 1930-2006, contains images of Harrisonburg from ca. 1930-2006. Images document the areas of Harrisonburg targeted for urban renewal in the 1960s, buildings and other features of downtown Harrisonburg from the 1960s-early 2000s, historic buildings in Harrisonburg, and some images of Harrisonburg High School football. Also included are images of students in classes taught by Sullivan from 1990-2006, as well as images from the walking tours that he conducted with his students. Items identified as photo albums in the inventory below were removed from their original albums and foldered individually with corresponding captions as folder titles.

    • Map Case MapCase: 3 Drawer: 8 folder: 4
      Panoramic view of Harrisonburg-Looking east from top of Annie Burke Good hill on south side of West Market Street, ca. 1930
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 1
      Daily News Record Oct. 1, 1959 Flooding photos and article, 1959
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 2
      Northwest and Southeast "Slums", ca. 1960
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 3
      Miscellaneous Photos, ca. 1960-2000
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 4
      Some of Harrisonburg's historic structures June 1976, 1963, 1967, 1976
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 5
      Old Photographs: Harrisonburg [includes view of Court Square from 1890s], ca. 1965, undated
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 6
      Old Photographs: Harrisonburg Schools, ca. 1965, undated
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 7
      Downtown, 1966-1967
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 8
      Photographs: Harrisonburg Public Housing, 1966-1968
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 9
      High Street widening 1968-1969 Before and After (folder 1 of 2), 1966-1969
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 10
      High Street widening 1968-1969 Before and After (folder 2 of 2), 1966-1969
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 11
      1969 High Street Widening Project, 1966-1969, 2012
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 12
      Photographs Harrisonburg, June 1969
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 13
      Photograph: Planning Commission, December 1972
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 14
      Downtown Harrisonburg sidewalk beautification project [photos], 1978-1979
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 15
      Downtown Harrisonburg sidewalk beautification project [negatives], 1978-1979
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 16
      Photographs and Negatives "Planning Director Sullivan", ca. 1980
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 17
      Photos and Negatives: Construction, 1982
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 18
      Aerial views of Downtown Harrisonburg July 1984 and Flood in Downtown- early 2000s, 1984, ca. 2000
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 19
      VCPA Conference Photographs May 18-20, 1986, 1986, undated
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 20
      Southeast, 1988, 1999-2001
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 21
      JMU Classes - Walking Tours, 1990, 2001-2006, undated
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 22
      Blessed Sacrament Church [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], undated
    • Box:Folder 9 folder: 23
      City-County Jail & the Old County Jail [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 1999, 2004, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 1
      County Office Building (The National Bank) [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 2
      Hardesty Higgins House [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 2001, 2006, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 3
      Harrisonburg Electric Commission West Bruce Street [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 4
      Harrisonburg High School [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 2003, 2005, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 5
      Harrisonburg Police Station South Liberty Street [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 1999, 2004, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 6
      Harrisonburg Public Safety Building, North Main Street [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 1999, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 7
      Harrisonburg School Board Office [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 8
      Hose Co. # 4 East Rock Street [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 9
      Judicial Center West Court Square [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 2004, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 10
      Massanutten Regional Library [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 2004, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 11
      Miscellaneous [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 1999-2003, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 12
      Municipal Building [Photo Album – 1995-2006, undated], 2004, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 13
      Old Harrisonburg Post Office, 2004, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 14
      Polly Lineweaver Apartments North Main Street, 2004, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 15
      Rockingham County Administration Center, 2004, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 16
      Rockingham County Court House, 1995-2006, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 17
      Rockingham Memorial Hospital, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 18
      Social Services & Health Department Building, 2004, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 19
      Warren-Sipe House Quilt Museum, 2001, 2004, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 20
      World War One Monument South Main - South Liberty, 2004, 2006, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 21
      West Market Street Widening, 1999-2000
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 22
      Northwest, 1999-2001, 2005
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 23
      Downtown, 1999-2005
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 24
      Northeast, 1999-2006
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 25
      Photo Album - Harrisonburg Buildings, ca. 2000
      Scope and Content

      Harrisonburg "City Hall" Bryan Mabry, Harrisonburg School Board Office, VA Quilt Museum, Massanutten Regional Library, Rockingham County Office Building, Rockingham County Court House, Rockingham-Harrisonburg Judicial Center, Rockingham-Harrisonburg Dept. of Health and Social Services, J. R. Lineweaver Apartments, Harrisonburg Fire Station #4, VA Dept. of Taxation Office, ABC Store, Rockingham Co. Government Administration Center, Rockingham Harrisonburg Judicial Center, Harrisonburg Electric Commission, Court House Clock Tower

    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 26
      Harrisonburg photos (various places) from flight over Harrisonburg with Jeff Harris - also Piper Cubs, etc., June 2001, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 27
      Harrisonburg High School 2001 State Football Champions at Court Square, December 2001
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 28
      Photographs: HHS Football, HHS Baseball ca 1920, and cemeteries, 2002-2006
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 29
      Harrisonburg High School and Dukes Plaza, 1999-2005, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 30
      Aerial Photographs of Harrisonburg, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 31
      Courthouse, Morrison photograph, late 1800s, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 32
      1890s Harrisonburg, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 33
      Harrisonburg Post Office/Federal Building Mural, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 34
      Kavanaugh Hotel, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 35
      Polsci and Geography photo, undated
    • Box:Folder 10 folder: 36
      Slum Photographs Harrisonburg VA, undated
  • Subseries 6.2: Slides, ca. 1965-1988
    Scope and Content

    All images within the Slides subseries have been digitized and are available to view within JMU Scholarly Commons (https://commons.lib.jmu.edu/rjs/). Each individual grouping is also listed and linked in the inventory below. The slides are arranged topically based on the original arrangement created by Sullivan and are listed alphabetically in the inventory below. Sullivan wrote additional information that describes the images onto most slides in the collection. That descriptive information is listed as the title when viewing the images within JMU Scholarly Commons. Most images in the slides subseries document Harrisonburg and the surrounding area from the 1960s-1980s. Other content includes images of Reston, VA, and Durham, NC that feature housing complexes and downtown areas. Please note that images of Harrisonburg are found within the grouping labeled as "Durham, NC," as well as in the grouping titled "non-H'burg."

    • Box:Folder OV 2
      1978, 1979, and Spring 1980 (showing part of the Bicentennial Parade- H'burg's 200th birthday), 1978-1980
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Court Square (after landscaping), 1976-1977
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Downtown Photos, Various Items 1960s, 70s, 80s, 1966-1985, undated
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Durham, NC Street Plantings and Downtown Beautification, 1976
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Fall '79, Dry River Dam, '83, Mixed views etc., 1966-1988
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Historical structures and churches, schools and parks, JMU and EMC, 1967-1988, undated
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Housing— various types and situations, 1966-1988, undated
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Industries, Railroad Pollution Scenes…City Facilities- parking lots, fire stations, police station, HEC; "Miscellaneous", 1966-1986, undated
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Late 1960s, ca. 1965-ca. 1975
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      May-July, 1980
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Non-H'burg 1968-88, 1968-1988, undated
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Old Town, 1988, undated
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Pee Wee Football and Handley HS, 1978-1984
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Pre Plan City, 1983, undated
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Reston, VA, Columbia, MD, Green Run, VA Beach, 1970-1972
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Slum slides, 1967-1974
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Steam plant pictures, Winter 1981-1982, Spring & Summer 1982, 1981-1982, undated
    • Box:Folder OV 2
      Street construction projects, 1966-1981

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Sullivan, Robert James, Jr., 1937-2013