Dates: 1912-1941

Collection Number: MS 143

Physical Location: Archive Room File Cabinet

Extent: 1 folder.

Creators/Collectors: Lapsley, James Woods

Access Restrictions: Collection is open research.

User Restrictions: No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:  James Woods Lapsley Papers, MS 143, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Va. 

Acquisition Information: Gift, Alwyn Lapsley, 16 May 1988.

Biographical/Historical Information: James Woods Lapsley (1890-1959) was the son of Robert Lapsley and Eugenia Browne. Born in Anniston, Alabama, the family moved to Albemarle County, Virginia around 1906, buying "Ivy Hill" near Greenwood. James Lapsley earned a BA from Randolph Macon College and afterward taught at Greenwood school and was principal of the school. He married Mildred Jameson. In 1918, Lapsley began teaching English and Mathematics at Miller School. He also earned a MA from the University of Virginia. He served as acting Superintendent of Miller School in April 1922, then served as Superintendent of the school from 1924 to 1954, guiding the school through the Great Depression and World War II. He retired due to ill health and died in 1959.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains the papers of James Woods Lapsley (1890-1959). It is divided into three folders:

Folder 1: Miller School – This folder contains notes about the life of Samuel Miller and a typed speech given by James W. Lapsley and broadcast by WCHV, circa Summer 1941. 4 items.

Folder 2: Greenwood High School – The folder contains two copies of Greenwood Echos (April and May 1913) and a program pamphlet for the Greenwood school finals, 30 May 1913. 3 items.

Folder 3: Miscellaneous papers – The folder contains two grocery tickets from C.W. Sandridge, a merchant in Crozet, Virginia, to James w. Lapsley and a 10th grade school paper, “A Camping Party,” written by Mildred Jameson, 6 December 1912. 3 items.

Persons: Lapsley, James Woods


  • Albemarle County, Virginia - Greenwood
  • Miller School (Albemarle County, Virginia)

Geographical Names: Greenwood (Va.)

Record Types: Ephemera.