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This page contains names of manuscript collections with brief descriptions of them. Highlighted collection names link to finding aids in PDF format that offer more detailed descriptions of the collections. The highlighted collections do not represent all available finding aids at the W.S. Hoole Library. We will add more to the list as we convert our paper finding aids to electronic aids for web presentation.

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Jenny V. Letters , 1939-1950 , 1 postcard, 2 letters, 2 envelopes
Contains one postcard and two letters written by Jenny V. of Kentucky to her friend Marjorie Bledsoe at various locations in Kentucky and Indiana. She gave news of neighbors, family members, and church business. She also frequently discussed people who seemed to be monks and nuns.

Adrian Sebastian Van de Graaff Papers , 1851-1967 , 2.0 linear foot
This collection contains plantation ledgers, law notes, and personal and business correspondence of Adrian Sebastian Van de Graaff (also spelled: Vandegraaff, Vandegraf or Vandegraff) between 1882 and 1917. It also includes a scrapbook on Robert Van de Graaff's accelerator made in 1966 by Mrs. Welch's Fourth Grade class at Northington Elementary School, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

I. C. Van Der Karr Letter , 1945 September 29 , 0.05 linear feet
Contains one letter written on business letterhead from I. C. Van Der Karr of Kankakee, Illinois, to Agnes M. Wert of Des Moines, Iowa, concerning the latter's purchase of a grave marker for a deceased family member.

C. and Louisa Van Duren Letter , 1845 August 10 , 1 letter
Parents C. and Louisa Van Duren of Dansville, New York, write to children in Franklin, Michigan, about crops and harvest. The weather has been irregular and caused the premature death of the fruit and potatoes, though the wheat harvest has been abundant.

Theodore A. Van Dyke Genealogical Research , 1907 May 9 , 0.1 linear feet
A page of genealogical research from the Freehold and Middletown R. D. Church baptismal records to Theodore VanDyke of Philadelphia, Pennsylvanis. The research was done by the Holland Society of New York who charged VanDyke $1.00.

Hugh A. Vantreese papers , 1895-1907 , 0.1 linear feet
Letters from Hugh A. Vantreese to his wife and children while he was employed by the Mobile and Ohio Railroad Company in Mobile and Selma, Alabama. Also included are letters from W. A. Vantreese, Hugh's brother, advising Emma about suing the railway company over Hugh's death.

Richard Varick Petition to Congress , 1829 September 29 , 0.1 linear feet (1 petition, 3 pages)
A petition to Congress written by several members of the "Committee of Petitioners in the City of New York" to "prevent the transportation of the mail on the Sabbath and the keeping open of post-offices on that holy day."

Billy Lightelle Vaudeville Scrapbook , 1912-1928 , 0.05 linear feet
Lightelle, Billy

Edward Bressie Vaughan Papers , 1832-1869 , 0.4 linear feet
Papers of Edward Bressie Vaughan, Sr. and Jr. The majority of the papers are requisitions, receipts, Quartermaster stores, etc. from August through November 1862 during the Kentucky Campaign signed by or sent to Lieutenant E.B. Vaughan, Jr. of the 26th Alabama Regiment while he was the acting Quartermaster. Other papers include both E.B. Vaughan, Jr.'s and Sr.'s personal and business correspondence from 1832 to 1869. The collection also contains Vaughan, Sr.'s Oath of Allegience (dates 16 October 1865) to the United States.

Vaughan family papers, 1815-1898, 27 items
A collection of genealogical correspondence from Alabama, Ohio, and Mississippi concerning the Vaughn family, plus newspaper clippings on family members and Dr. George Washington Vaughn's honorable discharge from military service.

John A. Vaughn Diary , 1863 , 0.1 linear feet
Civil War diary of a Virginia native who later settled in Alabama. The entries are limited to 1863.

Paul Turner Vaughn diary, 1863-1864, 1 item, 20 pieces ; typescript
Civil War diary of a soldier from Marengo County, Alabama. It contains entries describing camp life, marching, and fighting in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Georgia, including the Battles of Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and Lookout Mountain.

W. M. Vaughn letter, 1840 July 7, 1 item
A letter dated 7 July 1840, from New Orleans, to his father in Greensburg, Kentucky. It discusses business, Vaughn's health, and local excitement over an election.

Austin L. Venable papers, 1834-1971, 7 record center cartons, 22.5 Hollinger boxes
This collection contains manuscripts, research materials (original documents, notes, photostats, and microfilm), and copies of historical journals.

Verner family papers , 1888-1968 , 1 linear foot
Scrapbooks and newspaper clippings about this prominent Tuscaloosa, Alabama, family.

Sarah Verner paper, 1947, 1 item, 24 pieces
A manuscript of a paper, "A History of Bryce Hospital," written about the history of a state mental health hospital in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Albert N. Verno Letters , 1943-1944 , 11 letters, 8 envelopes
This collection consists of eleven letters from Albert N. Verno, United States Army, to his friend, Robert (“Bob”) Haas, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Camp Croft and Lake Charles, Louisiana, from December 11, 1942, to December 11, 1944, during World War Two.

"Victory Varieties" concert program, 1943 July 20, 1 item
Program for a variety show directed by Alexander Maissel and presented at Ft. Custer, Michigan, on 20 July 1943.

Letters from Villa to Chris , 1892-1893 , 0.05 linear feet
The collection contains two letters written from Villa in Rockport, Kentucky, to "My Darling Chris," expressing her love for him and asking him to write to her.

John Heyl Vincent letter, circa 1850, 1 item, 1 piece
A note of apology to William Ballantyne for not attending a Bible meeting.

Letter from Virginia to Mrs. Sarah Rickesson, 1838 January 2, 1 item
A letter dated 2 January 1838, to her sister, Mrs. Sarah Rickesson (?), New Bedford, Mass. It includes a New Year's greeting, an announcement of her husband's death, and other family news.

Alonzo Van Vlack papers , 1864-1865 , 0.05 linear feet
Typed transcripts and one handwritten letter from a Union soldier to his parents while he was a prisoner of war at Cahaba Prison in Dallas County, Alabama, and at a parole camp near Vicksburg, Mississippi. There are also typed transcriptions of manuscripts describing prison life and the explosion of the Steamer "Sultana".

Walter M. Voll Letter, 1931 September 26, 1 letter, 3 pages
Letter written by Walter M. Voll from the U.S.S. Oklahoma based in San Pedro, California on September 26, 1931 to Mary Lee Langolf, a neighbor in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Vorel Family Letters, 1943 -1945, 47 letters, 145 pages
Letters written to Joseph and Marie Vorel of Berwyn, Cook County, Illinois, by Joseph Jr., “Joie,” and Robert “Bobby” Vorel, and to Joie Vorel, from his brother, Bobby Vorel while they were both in the military during World War II. There are also letters from Charles J. “Charlie” Slezak, a cousin and neighbor of Joie and Bobby Vorel, to his aunt and uncle and from Tony Santany, a friend of Bobby Vorel and who served with him in Europe.

B. P. Vosbury Papers , 1930 - 1932 , 0.1 linear feet (4 letters, 3 photos, clipping)
Letters written by B.P. Vosbury to his mother, Katie Vosbury of Washington, DC, while he was serving aboard the U.S.S Tracy (214) in 1930 and 1931 and aboard the U.S.S. Avocet (AM19) in 1932. The letters describe his tours on the U.S. Asiatic Station and life in the Philippines and the South Seas in the years prior to World War II.

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