John and Martha Vance Collection
Scope and Contents
This collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into three series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Correspondence; Literary Productions; and Printed Material. Specifically, this collection offers a glimpse into the world of Elon College’s theatre, choir, and cultural programs during the 1950s. Furthermore, the collection represents a portion of the lives of John and Martha Vance while they attended Elon College in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
The Correspondence and Literary Production series are the smallest in the collection, containing only one item each. The Correspondence series contains a letter congratulating Reverend Guy Hartwell Veazy on the fiftieth anniversary of his Ordination into the Christian ministry (1:1). The Literary Productions series contains one booklet of a theatrical play entitled Room Service, performed at Elon College in the 1950s (2:1).
The largest series in this collection contains a variety of Printed Materials that include newspaper clippings, programs, and flyers. The programs represent both theatrical and Commencement events that took place at Elon College both in 1928 and 1949 (3:1, 3:7-3:9). The flyers in this series show colorful advertisements of Elon College football games during 1949 (3:2-3:4).
- 1928 - 1971
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.
Biographical / Historical
John D. Vance, Jr. grew up in Mason City, Iowa, and graduated from Elon College in 1951 with a degree in Business Administration. He maintained an interest in music throughout his life, and played organ, piano, and sang in the choir. During his time at Elon, he was involved with Alpha Psi Omega, Sigma Alpha Chi, Student Christian Association, Choir, Elon Players, Maroon and Gold staff, Men’s Interdormitory Council, and the Band . John married Martha Louise Veazy on November 25, 1950 in Long’s Chapel Christian Church. The ceremony was performed by the bride’s father, Rev. Guy Hartwell Veazy.
Martha Louise Veazy (later Martha Vance) grew up in Burlington, and Graduated from Elon College in 1950 with a degree in English. Her father, Guy Hartwell Veazyy, was originally from Wadley, Alabama, and later lived in Bethlehem, Alabama. He came to Elon College in 1926 from Bethlehem, and graduated in 1928 with a Bachelor of Arts. He was ordained into the Christian ministry around 1921.
* Guy Hartwell Veazy and Martha Veazy’s last name may also be spelled as Veazey.
December 7, 1950, pg. 2
Elon College Alumni News
March 1951, pg. 8
Phi Psi Cli (school yearbook)
1950, pg. 46
1951, pg. 37
0.25 Linear Feet (1 archival box)
Language of Materials
This small manuscript collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into three series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Correspondence; Literary Productions; and Printed Material. Specifically, this collection offers a small glimpse into the world of Elon College's theatre, choir, and cultural programs during the 1950s. Furthermore, the collection represents a small portion of the life of John and Martha Vance while they attended Elon College in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into three series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Correspondence; Literary Productions; and Printed Material.
The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift. September 17, 2005.
Processed by Katie Nash, April, 2006
Black, Sharon, 3:5 (1950s)
Boretz, Allen, 2:1 (1950s)
Burlington Stadium, 3:2, 3:3 (1949)
Burlington Times, 3:5 (1950s)
Catawba College, 3:4 (1949)
Champion of the West, 3:7 (1950s)
Commencement Program, 3:1 (1928)
Edenton Marine Flyers, 3:2 (1949)
Elon Choir, 3:5 (1950s)
Elon College, 3:1, 3:6, 3:7, 3:8, 3:9 (1928, 1948, 1949, 1950s)
Elon College football, 3:2, 3:3 (1949)
Elon College Homecoming, 3:4 (1949)
Elon College, NC, 1:1 (1971)
Elon Players, 3:7, 3:9 (1950s)
Elon Singers, 3:8 (1949-50)
Groomes, Virginia, 3:8 (1949-50)
High Point College, 3:3 (1949)
Kind Lady, 3:9 (1950s)
Lynam, Charles, 3:5 (1950s)
Moore, Fletcher, 3:8 (1949-50)
Murray, John, 2:1 (1950s)
Parker, Dottie, 3:5 (1950s)
Room Service, 2:1 (1950s)
Sahlman, Fred, 3:5 (1950s)
Westmoreland, John, 3:8 (1949-50)
Wilke, Harold H., 1:1 (1971)
United Church of Christ, 1:1 (1971)
Vance, John, 3:6, 3:7, 3:8, 3:9 (1948, 1949, 1950s)
Vance, Martha Veazy, 2:1 (1950s)
Veazy, Guy Hartwell, 1:1 (1971)
Veazy, Martha (Mrs. Vance), 3:8, 3:9 (1949-50)
- Encoded by Katie Nash, May, 2009
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