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J. D. Eggleston Papers

Identifier: CA-000102

Scope and Contents

The Joseph D. Eggleston II Papers document Eggleston’s tenure as president of Hampden-Sydney College from 1919 to 1939, as well as his retirement, when he continued to conduct genealogical research pertaining to Prince Edward County, Virginia, and to live on the Hampen-Sydney College campus. Primarily dating from 1934 to 1951, the collection includes copies of public addresses and presentations, photos, correspondence, newspaper clippings, historical documents used in genealogical research, addenda, and obituaries, including material related to fundraising for, design, and construction of the Watkins Bell Tower, named after Hampden-Sydney Professor Asa Dupuy Watkins and erected in 1934. The last series of this collection includes a bound typescript of historical and genealogical research written, conducted, and collected by Eggleston.


  • 1750/1952

Access to materials

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 48 hours advance notice. Because of the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access will require additional advanced notice. Copies of digital files will be provided for use upon request.

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Biographical/historical note

Joseph Dupuy Eggleston II (1867-1953) was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia, and graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1886. Eggleston taught in public schools in Virginia, Georgia, and North Carolina, accepting the role of superintendent of the Asheville, NC public schools in 1893. He worked briefly at the University of Tennessee as the editor and secretary of the Bureau of Information and Publicity of the Southern Education Board before returning to Prince Edward County, Virginia, where he served as the superintendent of the county schools, elected to State superintendent in 1906. In 1913, he accepted the presidency of what is now known as Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, resigning in 1919. He then served as president of Hampden-Sydney College for twenty years, from 1919 until his retirement in 1939. He continued to live on campus until his death in 1953, where he was frequently contacted to search the school’s ‘records of attendance, graduation, and the conferring of degrees’ in order to locate alumni and provided genealogical information.


2 Linear Feet (3 boxes; 1 bound typescript)

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The collection is divided into 4 series:

01. Alumni Notes: Research and Correspondence by Recipient

02. General Correspondence by recipient

03. Watkins Bell Tower Records

04. Historical and Genealogical Records

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Processed by: Sarah Almond, 2020 April; machine-readable finding aid created from previous inventories by: Sarah Almond, 2020 May.
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Repository Details

Part of the Hampden-Sydney College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Hampden-Sydney College
Walter M. Bortz III Library
P.O. Box 7
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943 United States
(434) 223-7225