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316 north 24th street (1937)

Who was Madge Goodrich?

The Library of Virginia has a digitized collection of just over 100 photos from around the Church Hill area in 1936/1937 by Madge Goodrich. (ABOVE: 316 North 24th Street)

Taken 13 years prior to the publication of Mary Wingfield Scott’s Old Richmond Neighborhoods, these early photographs are part of the Virginia W.P.A. Historical Inventory Project sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Commission. The photos are accompanied by research on each of the properties delineating the history of the house and the land, in some cases going back to the 1600s.

Madge Vriehuis Knevels Goodrich also turns up as having done Survey Reports on both the Hebrew Cemetery and Shockoe Cemetery ([1] [2] [3]) in the spring of 1936. An author as well, 1929 Goodrich published A Bibliography of Michigan Authors. The Library of Virginia also holds a copy of Goodrich’s unpublished The Mayors of Richmond (1937).

I’m not sure where to look to figure out who Goodrich was, though – her position, how she came to be at this place at this time to pull all of this together, etc.

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