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John Walter Wayland Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 W36

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1892-1940, of John Walter Wayland, historian, who was interested in the history of Rockingham County and the Valley of Virginia. The papers are primarily his correspondence with the descendants of early settlers in the area, and with historians, publishers, family, friends and teachers. Includes letters from Lyon G. Tyler, Sue Ruffin Tyler, and Earl Gregg Swem.


  • Creation: 1892-1940


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Librarian, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Biographical Information:

John Walter Wayland was born in 1872. He graduated from Bridgewater College and received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1907. He was chairman of the history department at Madison College (now James Madison University) until 1931. His chief interest was the history of Rockingham County and the Valley of Virginia. He wrote many books including histories of Rockingham County and Shenandoah County, Va. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: John Walter Wayland


5.50 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

The correspondence and papers are arranged alphabetically and contains copies of Wayland's replies.

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Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at

Guide to the John Walter Wayland Papers
Special Collections Staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository