Janet Barnhill Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde
Scope and Content
The Janet Barnhill Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde consists of a handwritten recipe book belonging to McBryde, as well as three peraonal artifacts: an anniversary plate, a Tiffany & Co. silver spoon, and a metal mold. Most of the materials are undated, other than the plate (1913), but they likely date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collection also contains a pitcher, cup, and stand, c. late 1890s. More detailed description of each item is provided in the "Contents List" below.
- c. 1860s-1910s
- McBryde, Cora Bolton, 1839-1920 (Former owner, Person)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
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Cora Bolton was born to James (1812-1869) and Anna Maria Harrison (1813-1873) Bolton in Richmond, Virginia, on August 4, 1839. She was the eldest of six children. Her father was a physician who worked in the Richmond area, includnig during the Civil War. In 1860, Cora, then 19, was living with her family there.
Cora married John McLaren McBryde on November 18, 1863. They had eight children, six of whom lived to adulthood: Janet (1864-1869), James (1866-1925), Anna (later Anna Davidson) (1868-1948) John (1870-?), Charles (1872-1962), Susan (1874-1951), Meade (1877-1959), and Waid (abt. 1878-?). The 1880 census places the McBryde family in Knoxville, Tennessee, where John McBryde was teaching at the time.
By 1891, they had settled in Blacksburg, where Cora would spend the remaining 29 years of her life. Cora died in Blacksburg, Virginia, in 1920 at the age of 80. She is buried in Westview Cemetery.
You can see several photographs of Cora and her family in a post on the Special Collections blog.
Sources: Cora Bolton McBryde on Find a Grave Ancestry Library Edition
2.4 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)
This collection consists of a handwritten recipe book belonging to Cora Bolton McBryde, as well as three peraonal artifacts: an anniversary plate, a Tiffany & Co. silver spoon, and a metal mold. Most of the materials are undated, other than the plate (1913), but they likely date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Cora Bolton McBryde was the wife of John McLaren McBryde, president of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College before and during the transition to Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (shortened to Virginia Polytechnic Institute). The pitcher and cup were added in 2018.
Source of Acquisition
Materials in the collection were donated to Special Collections and University Archive in two separate accession: The cookbook in 2013 and the artifacts in 2016. Additional items were donated in 2018.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Janet Barnhill Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your- work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Janet Barnhill Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde was completed in December 2016. The pitcher, cup, and stand were added to the collection in 2018.
- Janet Barnhill Collection on Cora Bolton McBryde, c. 1860s-1910s
- Kira A. Dietz, Archivist
- 2019 (CC0 1.0)
- Language of description
- Script of description
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