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Special Collections

Collection Examples

Examples of our specialized collections include:

  • Historical records, photographs, and publications of Bridgewater College
  • Extensive Virginia history and culture reference library
  • Regional genealogy references
  • Regional Civil War soldiers' letters
  • John W. Wayland's papers, maps, and publications
  • Regional 19th-20th century diaries and daybooks
  • Historic local imprints
  • Extensive Church of the Brethren history reference library
  • The Donald R. Hinks Collection of Brethren Hymnals

Digital Collections

Digital Compilations that Include Bridgewater College Special Collections:

The two collections below contain digitized primary sources on the historic shape-note music industry and singing culture of Rockingham County, Virginia.  

The digital collections were curated by Tyler Brinkerhoff and include primary sources from multiple archives, including material from Bridgewater College Special Collections. Histories along the Blue Ridge (HBR) is a collaborative project between James Madison University and the Rockingham County Circuit Courthouse that is making rare documents from Rockingham County’s storied past accessible to the public.