Perry, Thomas David Collection

An Inventory of the Thomas David Perry Collection, ca.1979-2007 Ms.2008.006


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2008.006
Title
Thomas David Perry Collectionca.1979-2007
Quantity
19 Cubic Feet 19 boxes
Creator
Perry, Thomas David
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
This collection includes the papers relating to the history of Patrick County, Virginia, and native son Confederate General James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart, particularly Stuart's genealogy and birthplace, Laurel Hill.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: http://bit.ly/scuareproduction. Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: http://bit.ly/scuapublication. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives (specref@vt.edu or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Thomas David Perry Collection, Ms2008-006, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Thomas David Perry Collection was donated to Special Collections in 2002. Additional materials were donated in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Processing Information

The collection is unprocessed. This inventory is adapted from a guide created by the donor. A digital version of the donor's guide, which provides a more detailed description of its contents, may be found here .


Biographical Note

Born in 1960, Thomas David Perry graduated from Virginia Tech in 1984. He founded the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust in 1990, serving as its president from 1990 to 1992; he has also served at various times on the trust's board of directors and has served on the boards of directors of the Jubal Early Homeplace and the Patrick County Historical Society. In North Carolina, Perry has been a founding member of both the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History and the Surry County Civil War Round Table. Perry has presented numerous speeches on Patrick County, "Jeb" Stuart, and the Civil War; he has also conducted several symposia and tours and published several works on these topics.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials gathered by Virginia Tech graduate (class of 1984) and historian Thomas David Perry during more than 20 years of research and writing on the history of Patrick County, Virginia. Much of the material is devoted to the life, family and birthplace of Confederate General James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart. The collection contains such materials as manuscript drafts, printed materials, correspondence, scrapbooks and photographs. Much of the material relates to the research and writing of three of Perry's books, Ascent to Glory: the Genealogy of Jeb Stuart; Stuart's Birthplace: a History of Laurel Hill Farm; and The Free State of Patrick: Patrick County, Virginia in the Civil War. The collection also contains press and promotional material relating to the effort to preserve Stuart's birthplace.

Arrangement

The collection is unprocessed and remains largely in the order in which it was received. Generally, the collection is arranged within the following categories: Patrick County in the Civil War; genealogy of J. E. B. Stuart; history of Laurel Hill Farm, Stuart's birthplace; records of the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace; general Civil War and Patrick County history files; and Perry's personal papers.

Separated Material

The following books were transferred to the Rare Book Collection:


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Patrick County (Va.) -- History
  • Stuart, Jeb, 1833-1864
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Thomas David Perry Collection by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Other Finding Aids

A guide developed by the donor, providing a more detailed inventory of the collection, may be found here .


Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Perry, Thomas David
  • Stuart, Jeb, 1833-1864

Container List

The Free State of Patrick: Patrick County, Virginia in the Civil War by Thomas David Perry
box 1
Scope and Contents note

Research notes, drafts (including final draft), back-up copies, and related materials

The Free State of Patrick: Patrick County, Virginia in the Civil War by Thomas David Perry
box 2
Scope and Contents note

Research notes, drafts and materials related to the book

The Free State of Patrick: Patrick County, Virginia in the Civil War by Thomas David Perry
box 3
Scope and Contents note

Draft copies and miscellaneous material

Ascent to Glory: the Genealogy of J. E. B. Stuart by Thomas David Perry
box 4
Scope and Contents note

Notes and rough drafts of Stuart genealogy; drafts, copies and compact disc back-ups of second edition

Stuart's Birthplace: the History of Laurel Hill Farm by Thomas David Perry
box 5
Scope and Contents note

Books and materials relating to chapter 1 about Native Americans, geography, geology, William Byrd and Peter Jefferson

Stuart's Birthplace: the History of Laurel Hill Farm by Thomas David Perry
box 6
Scope and Contents note

Books and materials relating to chapters two through six

Stuart's Birthplace: the History of Laurel Hill Farm by Thomas David Perry
box 7
Scope and Contents note

Books and materials relating to time period after the Stuarts; materials relating to family of Archibald and Elizabeth Letcher Pannill Stuart

Archives of the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace
box 8
Scope and Contents note

Newsletters, newspaper clippings, correspondence, videocassettes

Archives of the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace
box 9
Scope and Contents note

Archaeological assessment reports by the college of William and Mary; scrapbooks

Archives of the J. E. B. Stuart Birthplace
box 10
Scope and Contents note

Photo album, scrapbooks; loose photos

Speeches and Tours Given by Perry on J. E. B. Stuart and the Civil War
box 11
Scope and Contents note

Includes various material on tours and speeches given from 1990 to 2002

Patrick County History
box 12
Scope and Contents note

Material on various topics relating to the history of the county, particularly the Patrick County Oral History Project, together with books relating to the history of Patrick County and the surrounding region

Miscellaneous Materials Relating to J. E. B. Stuart and Patrick County History
box 13
Scope and Contents note

Books and programs such as Tracing Your Civil War ancestor, Stoneman's Raid and civic group presentations. Also contains Laurel Hill Teacher's and Reference Guides, Jeb Stuart's North Carolina Connections, the Play the Last Cavalier by Frank Levering and Patrick County World War II book

Stoneman's Raid (March-May 1865)
box 14
Scope and Contents note

Papers and speeches relating to George Stoneman's raid and William Jackson Palmer

Civil War Research
box 15
Scope and Contents note

17th Tennessee Infantry; notes for proposed tour of Civil War sites west of Blacksburg; material on various aspects of Civil War history

Genealogical Research
box 16
Scope and Contents note

Jonathan Hanby Carter: research material relating to naval career of Carter, of Surry County, North Carolina; Hairston family: books and papers relating to the Hairstons of Virginia and North Carolina; Perry and Hobbes family

Book Discussions
box 17
Scope and Contents note

Notes and annotated books for discussions led by Perry

Personal Papers
box 18
Scope and Contents note

Papers relating to Perry's activities from 2003 to 2005

College Courses
box 19
Scope and Contents note

College text books and class notes of Perry while a student at Surry Community College and Virginia Tech