John Walter Wayland Papers



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

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

John Walter Wayland Papers

Inventory created by Archives Staff 08/1939. Last revised 03/2018.

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: 1788-1931

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains correspondence, notes, and articles compiled and written by John Walter Wayland. Included are a number of abstracts of area county court records and four volumes on area graveyards.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Dr. John Walter Wayland was born on Dec. 8, 1872 to John Wesley and Anna Kagey Wayland in Shenandoah County, Virginia. From 1890 to 1893, he was a teacher 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. From 1899 to 1931, he taught at several institutions including the University of Virginia and Madison College in VA, now known as James Madison University. In 1931, Wayland retired to do more writing and research. During his life he wrote over 40 books and hundreds of articles concerning Virginia history. His major focus was 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.


Boxes 1-4

Correspondence, filed alphabetically—unnumbered items typescript

Box 5

Index to correspondence, unnumbered items, typescript and manuscript 

Box 6

General correspondence and book orders, unnumbered items 

Box 7

Tombstone Inscriptions, volume A, manuscript, 306 pages

Tombstone Inscriptions, volume B, manuscript, 284 pages

Tombstone Inscriptions, volume C, manuscript, 308 pages

Tombstone Inscriptions, volume D, manuscript, 292 pages

Box 8

Family Bible Records, volume 1, manuscript, 154 pages

Family Bible Records, volume 2, manuscript, 163 pages

Family Bible Records, volume 3, manuscript, 161 pages

Family Bible Records, volume 4, manuscript, 40 pages

Daily Journal of Anna Kagey Wayland, 1847‑1865, 1 bound volume, 212 leaves, typescript

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


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

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

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

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

BOX 10 

Shenandoah River Navigation, 1 volume, 70 pages, typescript

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

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

Waterlick Baptist Church, 1 volume, 76 pages, typescript

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

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

Box 11

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

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

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

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

Battle of New Market, by John W. Wayland, New Market VA: Henkel Press, 1926, 24 pages, printed

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

Old Virginia –Song, from supplement to Normal School Bulletin, Vol. 9, No. 6, October 1917, lyrics by John Walter Wayland, music by Will H. uebush, 2 pages, printed

Shenandoah Valley in History & Literature, by John Walter Wayland, Normal Bulletin, vol. 7, #1, January 1915, Harrisonburg VA: State Normal School, 24 pages, printed

Sixty Errors Corrected: A Manual for Use in Virginia Public Schools, by John W. Wayland, 2nd edition, Harrisonburg, VA, 1931, printed

“A True Gentleman,” written by John Walter Wayland for contest at Baltimore Sun, 1909, 3 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Wayland, John Walter—biographical sketch, “Dr. John W. Wayland Veteran Historian of Virginia,” by Glenn Curtiss Smith, printed in the Commonwealth, Feb. 1956, 1 page, printed

Wayland, John Walter – list of his writings

Wayland, John Walter—testimony before Senate committee regarding Supreme Court, n.d. news articles, 2 leaves, printed

Whispers of the Hills, by John W. Wayland, New Market VA: Henkel Press, Inc., 1928

Lucy Buck Diary, 1861‑1865, 240 leaves, typescript