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Batesville Printing Company Records

Identifier: MS 00204

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Scope and Contents

Records and samples, circa 1910s-1930s, of the Batesville Printing Company of Batesville, Albemarle County, Virginia. Consists almost exclusively of samples of their printing jobs, like broadsides, stationary, envelopes, fliers, etc., thus providing the names and often addresses of a variety of businesses that existed  in the area at the time and of the kind of events that were advertised.  Especially prominent are announcements and stationary for traveling Vaudeville shows such as the Dandy Dixie Shows and the Russell Brothers. Several general merchants are also included in the collection such as C.V. Layman. Also included are a few documents and letters addressing the manager of the Batesville Printing Company, Elmer Batten, usually in regards to printing orders.

All printing samples or examples are on paper or card stock, with the exception of one small leather wallet which has been processed and housed as an artifact.


  • Creation: 1910s-1930s
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1920s


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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.

Conditions Governing Use:

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.

Administrative History:

Elmer Gough Batten (1895-1985) was the manager of the Batesville Printing Company. Elmer was born on November 18, 1895 to parents James Monroe Batten (1870-1931) and Lucie Ella Gough (1871-1936) and died on January 2, 1985. Elmer Batten is buried at Mount Plain Cemetery in Ivy, Albemarle County, Virginia.


0.60 Linear Feet

Related Materials:

Small leather wallet processed and housed as an artifact.

Processing Information:

Accessioned and minimally described in May 2010 by Ute Schechter, Warren E. Burger Archivist. Processed, organized, and finding aid written by Austin W. Smith in February 2011.

Guide to the Batesville Printing Company Records
Finding Aid Authors: Austin W. Smith, Graduate Student Assistant.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository