Celebrating Simms Collection: The Story of the Lucy F. Simms School

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Celebrating Simms Collection: The Story of the Lucy F. Simms School


The first series in the Celebrating Simms Collection consists of approximately 450 items that were digitized to support the development and design of the 2016 Celebrating Simms exhibit. The series consists primarily of photographs and some historical documents related to the Effinger St. School (1882–1938); the Lucy F. Simms School (1938-1966); the Simms Reunion Committee (1982–Present); private family photographs documenting life in the Northeast Neighborhood of Harrisonburg, Virginia (1882–1966); and official photographs documenting Harrisonburg’s R4 Urban Renewal Project (1955–1964).

The Celebrating Simms Collection consists entirely of digitized materials. It is a post-custodial collection, meaning that all original materials were returned to the custody of their original owners immediately after being digitized. The individuals who shared their private collections with this project for digitization include: Doris Harper Allen, Howard Curry, Dorothy Dickerson, Twyla French, Billo Harper, Greg Johnson, Wilhelmina Johnson, Dale MacAllister, Edna Mitchell, Deanna Reed, Jennifer Vickers, and Betty Lou Winkey. Some items were also digitized for Celebrating Simms with permission from JMU Special Collections, the Massanutten Regional Library, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society (now Rocktown History), and the Daily News-Record.


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Collection Items

Students standing on the steps of the Lucy F. Simms School
A photo of students standing on the steps of the Lucy F. Simms School. Pictured are Nancy Firr, Eddie Graves, Billo Harper, Babe Brother, Timmy Walker, and Wanda Stevens.

1950s Girls' Basketball Team
A photo of the Lucy F. Simms girls' basketball team in the 1950s. Labels identify the girls as Delores C. Jones, Sarah Blakey, Evelyn Jones, Margaret Buck, Hattie Mitchell, Doris Washington, Sally Frye, and Rosa Brown.

1966 Reunion
A photograph of a group of adults sitting around a table at the first reunion of the Lucy F. Simms School.

1991 Souvenir Journal in Honor of W.N.P Harris
A short biography of W.N.P. Harris, a teacher and principal of the Effinger Street School. It details his education and career, stating that the Effinger Street/Lucy F. Simms Reunion Committee dedicated the 1991 Souvenir Journal in memory of him.

2015 Lucy Simms Educator of the Year Award
A photo of the Rockingham County teachers of the year are recognized during the 2015 Lucy Simms Educator of the Year award ceremony at Bridgewater College.

231 E. Johnson St
A photo of Miss Lucy F. Simms' house at 231 Johnson Street.

A Couple and a Car
A photo of a young couple posing in front of an automobile. The woman leans back into the man, and his arm is wrapped around her shoulders.

A Fancy Celebration
A photo of a woman in a white dress and veil walking down a sidewalk after two young girls in dresses and bows. Other people are scattered about, walking or talking near the building behind her.

A Fancy Party
A photo of a group of well-dressed young men and women smiling and wearing party hats.

A Kiss in the Hall
A photo of a well-dressed young couple kissing in a hallway at the Lucy F. Simms School prom.
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