The Resource John A. Sawhill collection

John A. Sawhill collection

John A. Sawhill collection, 1756-1848
John A. Sawhill collection
Inclusive dates
  • A selected group of documents from the John A. Sawhill collection. The London-published, Whitehall newspaper issues reflect the prevailing British perspective on world events at the time. The 1756 issue includes 'curious' local news (robberies, etc.) and various cure-all advertisements. The 1775 issue includes references to the Spanish armament in Gibraltar and various news from America, including a report of a military engagement with 300 "provincials" at Boston [Bunker Hill?] where 32 Americans were killed. References are also made to General Gage, the British commander and the arrival of British troops in Boston, "the event of which, it is thought, will put an end to the present quarrel by concessions or submission." The American seizure of Fort Ticonderoga is also mentioned. The Justice of the Peace commissions are for three individuals who lived in Franklin County, Va. The three land documents refer to tracts of land in Bath County, Augusta County and the County of Henry, Va
  • The John A. Sawhill Collection, 1756-1848, consists of seven documents housed in one oversized flat folder, two issues of "Whitehall Evening Post," two Justice of the Peace commissions for three Franklin County, Virginia, residents; a Land Office Treasury Warrant; and two land grants pertaining to land in Bath County, Augusta County, and Henry County, Virginia
Biographical or historical data
Born in Colorado in 1892, John Alexander Sawhill was educated at Princeton University and later wounded during his military service during World War I. He came to James Madison University (then known as the State Teachers College and later as Madison College) in 1927 and taught Latin, Greek, and German there until 1957. An avid traveler and collector, Sawhill journeyed many times to the Middle East. He acquired thousands of items, including books, documents, recordings, coins, and works of art over the years. Though married twice, Sawhill outlived both of his wives and had no children. He passed away in 1976 and bequeathed his extensive collection to the James Madison University Foundation.
Cataloging source
John A. Sawhill collection
Also known as the Sawhill collection
Two issues of "Whitehall Evening Post," a London newspaper (Sept. 23, 1756 and July 15, 1775, both with dealer's note and value). 2 Justice of the Peace commission documents (Nov. 29, 1796 and Sept. 1, 1815). 1 Land Office Treasury Warrant (Feb. 29, 1848). 2 land grants (Nov. 10, 1779 and April 21, 1798.
Control code
Cumulative index finding aids
See web link for Finding Aid.
Part of 1 Hollinger box (7 items)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
Immediate source of acquisition
Items were recieved from the James Madison University Foundation in September 2000 under the authority of Dr. Ray Sonner, the executor of the estate and a James Madison University administrator.
Part of the larger John A. Sawhill estate containing coins, music, and other materials bequeathed to James Madison Univeristy in 1976.

Library Locations

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      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
      38.438299 -78.8741916
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