Porterfield Family Papers
Scope and Content
This collection contains materials associated with the William and Florence Mae Wren Porterfield family of Giles County, Virginia, during World War II. Included are an application for War Ration Book No. 3; six war ration books (each bearing the name of a different member of the Porterfield family); and a collection of U. S. Office of Price Administration points, vulcantized fibre tokens given as change by merchants for goods purchased with war ration stamps. Also included are two Selective Service classification status notices for William Lewis Porterfield, and a few receipts issued to members of the family.
- 1942 - 1945
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to research.
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William Lewis Porterfield, son of James and Adelia Austin Atkins Porterfield, was born in Newport (Giles County), Virginia on July 27, 1898. In the 1920 census, he is described as a farm laborer, living in the home of his older brother, Douglas. In 1924, he married Florence Mae Wren (1909-1997); the couple would have nine children. The 1930 federal census lists the Porterfields among the residents of Harlan County, Kentucky, where William was employed as a railroad carpenter. By 1935, the family had returned to Giles County, and the census for 1940 shows William Porterfield working as a highway bridge carpenter. William L. Porterfield died in Roanoke, Virginia, on December 13, 1964, and was buried in Newport Cemetery, Newport.
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Materials associated with the William and Florence Mae Wren Porterfield family of Giles County, Virginia, consist of World War II ration stamps, Office of Price Administration ration point tokens, Selective Service classification notices, and receipts.
Source of Acquisition
The Porterfield Family Papers were donated to Special Collections and University Archives in 1990.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Porterfield Family Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
This collection had been accessioned as, and originally assigned the title of, "World War II Civilian Ration Books." During processing, it was determined that "Porterfield Family Papers" would be a more accurate title.
The processing and description of the Porterfield Family Papers commenced and was completed in September, 2022.
- Porterfield Family Papers, 1942-1945
- John M. Jackson
- 2022 (CC0 1.0)
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