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John Walter Wayland Papers

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17


Inventory created by Archives Staff 08/1939. Last revised 04/2022.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.

EXTENT: 6.19 linear feet.

CREATOR: Wayland, John Walter

DATES: 1754-1950

EXISTENCE AND LOCATION OF COPIES: Selected materials from this collection have been digitized and are identified in the itemized list below. Those items available online through the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Digital Collections include the volumes of Tombstone Inscriptions and Family Bible Records, Colonial Soldiers of Frederick County, Virginia, and 800 Colonial and Revolutionary War Soldiers.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The John Walter Wayland Papers contains a variety of materials written by Wayland, to include extensive correspondence, compilations of tombstone inscriptions, family Bible records, genealogies, military rosters, court records, and property books. The collection also includes some diaries from the period of the Civil War as well as an assortment of pamphlets, advertising materials, books, and music.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Dr. John Walter Wayland was born on December 8, 1872 to John Wesley and Anna Kagey Wayland in Shenandoah County, Virginia. From 1890 to 1893, he taught in the public schools. He received a B.S. degree from Bridgewater College in Virginia and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia in 1907. Wayland taught at several institutions in Virginia, including the University of Virginia and Madison College (now known as James Madison University), until his retirement in 1931. Following retirement he did extensive research and writing on the history, places and people of the Shenandoah Valley. During his life he authored 40 books and is one of the leading historians of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Wayland died in 1962.

CITE AS John Walter Wayland Papers, 26 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.




Correspondence, Abi-Gru


Correspondence, Hal-Sla


Correspondence, Sma-Vir


Correspondence, W – Z, and Miscellaneous


Index to correspondence, unnumbered items, typescript and manuscript 


General correspondence and book orders, unnumbered items 


Tombstone Inscriptions Volume A, 1928-1941, 1 volume (306 pages, manuscript) ; 25 cm (digitized, online)

Tombstone Inscriptions Volume B, 1928-1931, 1 volume (284 pages, manuscript) ; 25 cm (digitized, online)

Tombstone Inscriptions Volume C, 1931-1946, 1 volume (308 pages, manuscript) ; 25 cm (digitized, online)

Tombstone Inscriptions Volume D, 1932-1941, 1 volume (292 pages, manuscript) ; 25 cm (digitized, online)

Index to Tombstone Inscriptions Volumes A to D, 5 pages, typescript (digitized, online)


Family Bible Records Book 1, 1928-1933, 1 volume (154 pages, manuscript) ; 36 cm (digitized, online)

Family Bible Records Book 2, 1933-1938, 1 volume (163 pages, manuscript) ; 36 cm (digitized, online)

Family Bible Records Book 3, 1943-1950, 1 volume (161 pages, manuscript) ; 36 cm (digitized, online)

Family Bible Records Book 4, 1934-1943, 1 volume (40 pages, manuscript) ; 36 cm (digitized, online)

Daily Journal of Anna Kagey Wayland, 1847‑1865, 1 volume (212 leaves, typescript) (digitized)

Items from Anna K. Wayland Diary, 1866‑1900, 1 volume (30 leaves, typescript) (digitized)


Militia Companies -- Heads of Families, Rockingham County, 1 volume (114 pages, transcript) (digitized)

Wartime Diary of Samuel Angus Firebaugh, 1862‑1864, 1 volume (126 pages, typescript)

Wartime Diary of John P. Louderback, 1862‑1863, Page County, 1 volume (22 leaves, typescript) (digitized)

Wartime Diary of Joseph Franklin Kauffman, 1862, 1 volume (38 pages, typescript) (digitized)

Leaves & Branches from 300 Family Trees, 1 volume (420 pages, typescript) (digitized)

BOX 10 

Shenandoah River Navigation, 1 volume (70 pages, typescript) (digitized)

List of Marriages (Shenandoah County, VA), 1 volume (158 pages, manuscript) (digitized)

Property Book for Rockingham Co., 1798, 1 volume (114 pages, typescript) (digitized)

Waterlick Baptist Church, 1 volume (76 pages, typescript) ((digitized)

Jefferson County (WV) Marriages, 1802‑1884, 1 volume (150 pages, typescript) (digitized)

Five Courthouses of Rockingham County, VA, 1 volume (32 pages, typescript) (digitized)

BOX 11

A Virginia Community (Shenandoah County Survey), 1 volume (130 pages, manuscript) (digitized)

The Valley Turnpike, 1 volume (182 pages, manuscript, photocopy)

800 Colonial & Revolutionary Soldiers from Augusta, Frederick, Rockbridge, Rockingham, and Shenandoah Counties, 1 volume (207 pages, manuscript) (digitized, online)

Colonial Soldiers of Frederick County, VA, 1 volume (126 pages, manuscript, photocopy) (digitized, online)

BOX 12

Advertising literature for Dr. Wayland's publications including the following:
Art Folio of the Shenandoah Valley, 1 advertising card, printed
History of Old Shenandoah, 1 brochure, printed
"Books You Should Have on the Shenandoah Valley,” 1 advertising card, printed

Wayland, John Walter. Battle of New Market. New Market, VA: Henkel Press, 1926

24 pages, printed

Wayland, John Walter. Bird's Eye View of the Shenandoah Valley with Map.Staunton, VA: McClure Co. Inc., 1924, 2 copies

Song, "Old Virginia," from supplement to Normal School Bulletin Vol. 9, No. 6. Lyrics by John Walter Wayland, Music by Will H. Ruebush, October 1917, 2 pages, printed

Wayland, John Walter. "Shenandoah Valley in History and Literature,"Normal Bulletin Vol. 7, No. 1. Harrisonburg, VA: State Normal School, January 1915, 24 pages, printed

Wayland, John Walter. Sixty Errors Corrected: A Manual for Use in Public Schools. 2d edition. Harrisonburg, VA: 1931

Wayland, John Walter, "A True Gentleman," written for contest in the Baltimore Sun, 1909, 3 leaves, printed, photocopy

Smith, Glenn Curtiss. Biographical Sketch. "John Walter Wayland: Veteran Historian of Virginia," printed in the Commonwealth, February, 1956, 1 page, printed

Wayland, John Walter. List of his writings.

News Articles, John Walter Wayland's Testimony before Senate Committee regarding Supreme Court, 2 leaves, printed

Wayland, John Walter. Whispers of the Hills. New Market, VA: Henkel Press, 1928

Lucy Buck Diary, 1861‑1865, 1 volume (240 leaves, typescript)