Dickenson, Richard B. Papers A Collection in Special Collections

Richard B. Dickenson Papers, 1931-2004 Ms.2011.043

A Collection in Special Collections


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Kimberly Staub

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2011.043
Title
Richard B. Dickenson Papers,1931-20041964-2000
Quantity
4 Cubic Feet 11 Boxes
Creator
Dickenson, Richard B., 1930-2006
Language
English .
Abstract
The collection is composed of materials related to Dickenson's research on Southwest Virginia African Americans from the Civil War until the present.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Richard B. Dickenson Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Richard B. Dickenson Papers, Ms2011-043, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to Special Collections in 2006.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Richard B. Dickenson Papers was completed in September 2011.


Biographical Note

Richard B. Dickenson, community activist and historian, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1930. From 1951-1953 he served with the US Army in Korea. Dickenson then received a B.A. in geography from Michigan State University in 1957 and a M.Ed. from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 1971. He taught at a variety of colleges and universities throughout his career, including Virginia Tech where he researched local African American history and genealogy. After moving back to New York, Dickenson was appointed Borough Historian of Staten Island, which he held until his death from cancer in 2006.

Dickenson is the author of two published works: Entitled! Free Papers in Appalachia Concerning Antebellum Freeborn Negroes and Emancipated Blacks of Montgomery County, Virginia. and Holden's Staten Island: The History of Richmond County.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is composed of materials related to Dickenson's research on Southwest Virginia African Americans from the Civil War until the present. Included are photocopies and excerpts of books and archival materials, correspondence with coworkers and friends largely dealing with the Christiansburg Institute, and professional material related to his work in with the Christiansburg Community Center and local history associations.

Arrangement

The Richard B. Dickenson Papers are arranged into five series: subject files, correspondence, publications, research, and media. Materials within series are arranged alphabetically.

Series I contains subject files created by Dickenson. This series includes materials related to Christiansburg Institute and his work with the Christiansburg Community Center.

Series II contains correspondence with friends and coworkers. Letters are arranged by author in alphabetical order.

Series III contains various publications and photocopies of publications kept by Dickenson during his career. Individual publications are arranged in their own folder, excerpts are grouped in folders by alphabetical order.

Series IV contains research materials complied by Dickenson. Most of these items are photocopies of archival material. Research materials with no apparent titles are grouped in the Ephemera Research folder.

Series V contains cassette tapes, microfilm, and CD-ROMS arranged by material type.

Separated Material

The following books have been removed from the collection and are available in Special Collections:

The Black Oklahomans, A History: 1541-1972, 1972 Black History in Oklahoma: A Resource Book, 1971 Christiansburg Institute: A Proud Heritage, 1991 Entitled:Free Papers in Appalachia, 1980 Highlights in the Early History of Montgomery County, VA, 1975 The Montgomery County Story, 2000 Montgomery County, Virginia: Circa 1790, 1972 Montgomery County Virginia: The First Hundred Years, 1994 Price Genealogy, 1948 The United States Army Invades the New River Valley May 1864, 1986 Virginia Landmarks of Black History, 1995


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Virginia -- History
  • Virginia, Southwest

Container List

Series I: Subject Files,
1972-2000
  • box-folder 1 folder: 1
    AAHGS Conference Presentation,
    1998
  • box-folder 1 folder: 2
    AAHGS New Jersey Chapter,
    1992-1993
  • box-folder 1 folder: 3
    Appalachian Blacks,
    1977
  • box-folder 1 folder: 4
    Appalachian Blacks,
    1996-1997
  • box-folder 1 folder: 5
    Appalachian Black Preservation Council Program,
    1978
  • box-folder 1 folder: 6
    Artists in Schools Program,
    1978-1979
  • box-folder 1 folder: 7
    Augustan Society Catalog,
    1977
  • box-folder 1 folder: 8
    Charter of Christiansburg Community Center.
    1973-1978
  • box-folder 1 folder: 9
    Christiansburg Community Center,
    1978
  • box-folder 1 folder: 10
    Christiansburg Community Center - Employment & CETA,
    1978
  • box-folder 1 folder: 11
    Christiansburg Community Center Fundraising,
    1978
  • box-folder 1 folder: 12
    Christiansburg Community Center National Register,
    1978
  • box-folder 1 folder: 13
    Christiansburg Institute Reunion,
    1977
  • box-folder 1 folder: 14
    Christiansburg Institute Ephemera,
    1977-1992
  • box-folder 1 folder: 15
    Community Development Block Grant,
    1977-1978
  • box-folder 1 folder: 16
    Dedication Service for Bust of Captain Schaeffer,
    1997
  • box-folder 2 folder: 1
    Drafts on Appalachian African Americans,
    1976-1977
  • box-folder 2 folder: 2
    EEO / AAA Letters,
    1977-1978
  • box-folder 2 folder: 3
    Employee Insurance Policy,
    1972-1976
  • box-folder 2 folder: 4
    Ephemera - General,
    1976-1978
  • box-folder 2 folder: 5
    Funding Proposals,
    1977
  • box-folder 2 folder: 6
    Grants and Award Letters,
    1978
  • box-folder 2 folder: 7
    Grant Information,
    1978
  • box-folder 2 folder: 8
    Montgomery County Voluntary Action Center,
    1972-1977
  • box-folder 2 folder: 9
    Preserving Black Appalachia Workshop,
    1978
  • box-folder 2 folder: 10
    Religious Materials,
    1975-2000
  • box-folder 2 folder: 11
    Schaeffer Memorial Landmark,
    1978
  • box-folder 2 folder: 12
    US Department of the Interior Copy of Christiansburg Institute's Register of Historic Places,
    1980
  • box-folder 2 folder: 13
    Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Grant Application (Blank),
    1988
  • box-folder 2 folder: 14
    Virginia Genealogical Seminar,
    1978
Series II: Correspondence,
1977-2004
  • box-folder 3 folder: 1
    Amanda E. DeHart Correspondence,
    1977-1987
  • box-folder 3 folder: 2
    Amanda E. DeHart Correspondence,
    1988-1998
  • box-folder 3 folder: 3
    Gibson Vance Correspondence,
    1977
  • box-folder 3 folder: 4
    Correspondence,
    1977-2004
Series III: Publications,
1931-19971964-1997
  • box-folder 3 folder: 5box-folder 3 folder: 6
    A Consecrated Life, (photocopy)
    n.d.
  • box-folder 3 folder: 7
    A Valley and Its People (photocopy)
    n.d.
  • box-folder 3 folder: 8
    "AAHGS Surname Index",
    1997
  • box-folder 3 folder: 9
    A Social Study of the Blacksburg Community (photocopy),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 3 folder: 10
    Annals of Southwest Virginia (photocopy),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 4 folder: 1
    Charles Hamilton Houston and the Struggle for Civil Rights, Chapter 1 (photocopy),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 4 folder: 2box-folder 4 folder: 3
    "Christiansburg Institute" Master's Thesis,
    1975
  • box-folder 4 folder: 4
    Dickenson Families of England and America,
    1972
  • box-folder 4 folder: 5
    "Economic and Social Survey of Russel County, VA" (photocopy),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 4 folder: 7box-folder 4 folder: 6
    "Entitled" Drafts,
    1979-1980
  • box-folder 4 folder: 8
    Entitled: Free Papers in Appalachia,
    1980
  • box-folder 4 folder: 9
    "Free Negro in Montgomery County, VA,"
    n.d.
  • box-folder 4 folder: 10
    Free Negro in Virginia (photocopy),
  • box-folder 5 folder: 1
    Freedmen's School of Montgomery County, VA, (handwritten draft),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 5 folder: 3box-folder 5 folder: 2
    "Genesis of Christiansburg Institute Alumni Association,"
    1977
  • box-folder 5 folder: 4
    Historical Sketches of Southwest Virginia,
    1968-1977
  • box-folder 5 folder: 5
    "Identities and Heritage" Discussion Draft,
    1977
  • box-folder 5 folder: 6
    "Making Their Mark: Black Families of New River Depot, 1870-1940,"
    n.d.
  • box-folder 5 folder: 7
    McGavock Family (photocopy),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 6 folder: 1
    Negroes and Their Treatment in Virginia from 1865-1867 (photocopy),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 6 folder: 2
    Negroes in Oklahoma (Docent Manual),
    1972
  • box-folder 6 folder: 3
    Negro in Virginia (photocopy),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 6 folder: 4
    Negro in Virginia Politics, 1865-1902 (photocopy)
    n.d.
  • box-folder 6 folder: 5
    "The Seventh Population Census of the US for Russell County, VA 1850,"
    1964
  • box-folder 6 folder: 6
    Unleased at Long Last (photocopy)
    n.d.
  • box-folder 6 folder: 7
    Virginia Conservatives, 1867-1879 (photocopy),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 6 folder: 8
    Publications by Leland Tate,
    1931-1944
  • box-folder 6 folder: 9
    The Andersons of Montgomery County,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 6 folder: 10
    Publications and Excerpts A-B
    n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 1
    Publications and Excerpts E-L,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 2
    Publications and Excerpts M-P
    n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 3
    Excerpts and Publications R-T
    n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 4
    Publications and Excerpts V-W,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 5
    Untitled Publications, Excerpts, and Drafts,
    n.d.
Series VI: Research,
1976-1993
  • box-folder 7 folder: 6
    1850 US Census Annotated Abstracts of Slaveholding, Free Black, and Dickenson Families of Russell County, Va,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 7
    Appalachian Black Surnames During Reconstruction in Montgomery County, VA 1865-1870
    n.d.
  • box-folder 7 folder: 8
    Appalachian States Data File,
    1977
  • box-folder 7 folder: 9
    Captain Shaeffer Research,
    1978-1980
  • box-folder 7 folder: 10
    Christiansburg Institute Microfilm Printouts,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 1
    Colored Population - Montgomery County, VA 1865-1870
    n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 2
    Commission of Claims Reports (photocopies),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 3
    Court Order Book Extracts,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 4
    Ephemera Research,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 5
    Federal Population Censuses 1790-1890 (photocopy),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 6
    Freedmen's Bureau Records,
    1977
  • box-folder 8 folder: 7
    General Schaeffer State and Local Records,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 8
    George Sherwood Research,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 8 folder: 9
    Jeremiah Kyle and Rice Daniel Montague Research,
    1993
  • box-folder 8 folder: 10
    Kentucky Freedmen Bureau Records,
    1976
  • box-folder 8 folder: 11
    Logan County, Oklahoma Research,
    1976-1980
  • box-folder 9 folder: 1
    Montgomery County Freedmen Bureau Records,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 9 folder: 2
    Montgomery County Maps,
    1992-1993
  • box-folder 9 folder: 3
    Montgomery County Production of Agriculture 1960 (photocopy),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 9 folder: 4
    Morgan Family, Montgomery County, Va,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 9 folder: 5
    Population Schedules from 1850 Census Russell and Scott Counties, VA,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 9 folder: 6
    Register of Colored Persons Montgomery County, Va 1867 (photocopy),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 9 folder: 7
    Register of Free Negroes and Mulattos,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 9 folder: 8
    Register of the General Assembly of Virginia,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 9 folder: 9
    Research Requests to Virginia Libraries on Freedmen's Bureau,
    1977
  • box-folder 9 folder: 11box-folder 9 folder: 10
    Russell County Virginia Research,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 9 folder: 12
    Samuel Clark et al v. New Railway Company,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 9 folder: 14box-folder 9 folder: 13
    Samuel H. Clark Research,
    1979-1988
  • box-folder 9 folder: 15
    Samuel Clark Research - Genealogical Transparencies,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 10 folder: 1
    Schedule of Agriculture Production 1860 (photocopy)
    n.d.
  • box-folder 10 folder: 2
    Slave Inhabitants in Christiansburg, VA 1860 (photocopy),
    n.d.
  • box-folder 10 folder: 3
    Southwest Virginia Genealogical Society Research and Notes,
    1986
  • box-folder 10 folder: 4
    Unidentified Genealogical Records,
    n.d.
  • box-folder 10 folder: 5
    Wythe County,
    1977
Series V: Media,
1977
  • box 11
    Cassette Tapes
    1977
  • box 11
    Microfilm,
    n.d.
  • box 11
    CD-ROMs,
    n.d.