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Thomas papers

Thomas papers, 1926-1995
Thomas papers
Inclusive dates
This collection consists of a wide variety of documents including newspaper clippings, newsletters, correspondence, memos, reports, maps, minutes of meetings, and surveys recording the relationship between the Shenandoah National Park (SNP) and residents and officials in several counties adjoining the park, especially Madison, Augusta, and Rockingham Counties, 1926-1995. Some materials were obtained from SNP and other federal agencies by Ms. Thomas through Freedom of Information Act requests. Many of the documents have been annotated and/or highlighted by Ms. Thomas. Mostly photocopies
Biographical or historical data
Leri Melissa Thomas moved to Madison County within close proximity of the SNP in 1979. In the late 1980s, when the park inaugurated a study of its surrounding lands, she became a leader in the private property rights movement that protested the potential expansion of the park. She contacted government officials at all levels and publicized the perspective of many of the rural people around the park concerning the park's Related Lands Study (also called Adjacent Lands Study) and other activities. Among her neighbors were descendants of people who had been living in the area now held by the park area who had been dispossessed in the 1930s when the park was established. [from Finding Aid]
Cataloging source
Thomas papers
Also known as the Leri M. Thomas papers; Thomas papers
Folder 1: Related Lands Study, 1926-1992; Folder 2: Adjacent Lands Surveys [late 1980s-early 1990s]; Folder 3: SNP acquisitions, 1979-1992; Folder 4: Gore Tract, 1989-1992 & undated; Folder 5: Rose River Tract, 1991 & undated; Folder 6: Light Track, 1981-1992 & undated; Folder 7: Page County, 1988-1992 & undated; Folder 8: Park jurisdiction, 1969-1992 & undated; Folder 9: Property rights and anti-Park expansion, 1979-1992 & undated; Folder 10: Blue Ridge Committee on SNP Relations, 1992-1993 & undated; Folder 11: Newspapers articles, 1978-1991; Folder 12: Hunting/poaching, 1977-1992; Folder 13: floods of 1995.
Control code
Cumulative index finding aids
See web link for Finding Aid.
1 Hollinger box of files (13 folders)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
Guide compiled by Lindsay Mannell and Chris Bolgiano, Dec. 1998.

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