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Vinda Elizabeth Kibler letters

Identifier: MS 00402

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Scope and Contents

Letters written to Vinda Elizabeth Kibler, also called Kitty or Elizabeth, between 1917-1924, while she was at Bridgewater College in Rockingham County (1917-1922), the State Teacher's College in Harrisonburg (1923), and at her teaching post in Front Royal, Virginia (1923-1924). Most letters are from her mother and father on their small farm in Woodville, Rappahannock County, Virginia. Also included are a number of letters from other relatives, businesses, and a pen pal in France.

Topics found in the letters include church happenings, town gossip, health, gardening, farm animals, farm work, weather, crops, and concern for Kibler's health and provisioning. Pressed flowers, yellow pansies, were found in two of the letters.


  • Creation: 1917-1924
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1920-1924

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. 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.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

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0.42 Linear Feet (1 letter size Hollinger box)




Arrangement of Materials:

Series 1 are letters from Kibler's parents, arranged in chronological order. Series 2 contains letters from other family members and  from non-family members, arranged by author, then chronologically.

Acquisition Information:


Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally processed in December 2009 by Special Collections Staff. Processing completed by Jessica Kidwell in September 2014.

Guide to the Vinda Elizabeth Kibler Letters
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository