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Old Dominion University Libraries: Holiday Images from the YWCA of South Hampton Roads 1990s

This holiday display was located in the lobby of an office of the YWCA of South Hampton Roads in the 1990s. The display’s holiday messages and the YWCA’s mission are timeless.

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Images from the Papers of the YWCA of Hampton Roads 1910s-1990s

Images from the Papers of the YWCA of Hampton Roads 1910s-1990s

For more information about the Papers of the YWCA of Hampton Roads 1910s-1990s please view the finding aid located in the Virginia Heritage database. To learn more about the special collections at Old Dominion University Libraries please visit our website.

 

Santa Sightings at William & Mary

Santa Sightings: featuring illustrations from the Nancy H. Marshall A Visit from St. Nicholas Collection

Earl Gregg Swem Library Lobby
400 Landrum Drive, Williamsburg, Va.

6 December 2013 to 6 January 2014 (Library is closed Saturday, Dec. 21-Wednesday, Jan. 1)

Clement C. Moore’s enchanting tale of the mysterious Christmas Eve visitor, St. Nicholas, is a holiday classic that is well known throughout the world. Moore, a noted theologian and biblical scholar, wrote this poem more than 180 years ago at the request of his children. Nancy H. Marshall started collecting editions of Clement Clarke Moore’s poem, The Night Before Christmas, over 45 years ago.

At first, she bought inexpensive books to put in her children’s stockings and decorate her home during the Christmas holiday. As time passed, her collection became more comprehensive, acquiring both rare and scarce early editions and more contemporary 20th century editions. After having spent more than a decade as the Dean of University Libraries at the College of William & Mary, Marshall began donating her collection to the Special Collections Research Center in the Swem Library in 2005. Today, students, scholars, and visitors young and old enjoy the many treasures of the Nancy H. Marshall A Visit from St. Nicholas Collection.

Continuing our annual tradition, this year’s exhibit features lines from Moore’s poem describing St. Nicholas while showcasing the collection’s vibrant illustrations and diverse interpretations of his appearance.

Clement C[lark] Moore. Illustrated by Nobel Ives. The Night Before Christmas. Springfield, Massachusetts: McLoughlin Bro's, Inc. 1920.

Clement C[lark] Moore. Illustrated by Nobel Ives. The Night Before Christmas. Springfield, Massachusetts: McLoughlin Bro’s, Inc. 1920.

Curator: Andrea Alvarez, Undergraduate Volunteer, Class of 2014. Exhibit design: Andrea Alvarez and Jennie Davy, Burger Archives Specialist, with assistance from Andrew Cavell, SCRC Graphics Assistant, and Anna Wallace, Undergraduate Student Assistant.

A Wartime Thanksgiving

Do you ever wonder what Thanksgiving is like for those in the midst of war far away from their loved ones? Sometimes we can catch a glimpse of these holidays spent away from home via the collections in our archives. For instance, tucked among the papers of Dr. James Thomson is a 1944 Thanksgiving dinner menu for the 45th General Hospital located in Naples, Italy. Thomson was a surgeon at this hospital and thanks to his saving this menu we know that they were treated to a proper Thanksgiving meal. The staff feasted on traditional fare such as roast turkey, chestnut dressing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. This meal provided the medical staff with a little slice of home in the midst of treating the wounded soldiers. They certainly earned a good meal as the daily patient average for the hospital in November 1944 was 2,253.1  Below are images of the menu, photographs of the mess halls for the hospital, and a photograph of Dr. Thomson.

These and many more fascinating items are found in the collections at Tompkins-McCaw Library, Special Collections and Archives at Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information about the James L. and Dorothy Knowles Thomson papers please view the finding aid located in the Virginia Heritage database. To learn more about the collections at Tompkins-McCaw Library please visit our website.

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Thanksgiving menu, 45th General Hospital 1944

Thanksgiving menu, 45th General Hospital 1944

Officers and nurses mess hall, 45th General Hospital, Naples, Italy, 1945

Officers and nurses mess hall, 45th General Hospital, Naples, Italy, 1945

 

Detachment mess hall, 45th General Hospital, Naples, Italy, 1945

Detachment mess hall, 45th General Hospital, Naples, Italy, 1945

Dr. James L. Thompson, Bagnoli, Italy, April 1944

Dr. James L. Thomson, Bagnoli, Italy, April 1944.

Brashear, Alton D. From Lee to Bari: The History of the Forty-Fifth General Hospital, 1940-1945. Whittet & Shepperson (Richmond, Va.) 1957.