A Guide to the John Thomas Ruff Martin Letter, 1861 Martin, John Thomas Ruff Letter Ms2018-041

A Guide to the John Thomas Ruff Martin Letter, 1861

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2018-041


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2019 ( CC0 1.0 )

Processed by: Jeff Felton, Graduate Intern, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2018-041
Title
John Thomas Ruff Martin Letter, 1861
Physical Characteristics
0.1 Cubic Feet 1 folder
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of a letter by student, John Thomas Ruff Martin, written from Salem. Virginia, March 4, 1861, to his father in Baltimore, Maryland.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from John Thomas Ruff Martin Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: John Thomas Ruff Martin Letter, Ms2018-041, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The John Thomas Ruff Martin Letter was purchased by Special Collecions in October 2018.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the John Thomas Ruff Martin Letter was completed in May 2019.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of a letter by student, John Thomas Ruff Martin, written from Salem. Virginia, March 4, 1861, to his father in Baltimore, Maryland. In the letter, Martin references a college contest, likely academic, held on February 22, 1861. He remarks on the mood of the residents in the Salem area regarding Lincoln's election. Martin also mentions his study habits for exams and amounts owed to Mr. Holland for room and board and tuition for Mr. Yonce.

The envelope is postmarked "Salem College." The Salem College Martin refers to may have been an early name for Roanoke College which was chartered in 1853 by Lutheran ministers. Although no obvious evidence supports this, Roanoke College had a Dr. William B. Yonce as a professor of ancient languages and literature at Roanoke College from 1854 to 1895.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Civil War
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Virginia -- History
  • Geographical Names:

  • Salem (Va.)

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter, 1861