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Thomas E. Goff, Outdoor Sports Artifacts and Family Records

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.3520

Scope and Contents

Collection of Thomas E. Goff of Morgantown relating to his fly tying, archery, and sports equipment business. Includes two bamboo fly rods, fly tying equipment and supplies, flys, two creels, three bows, leather finger tips and arm guards, a quiver, and arrows. Also includes 103 issues of a Goffs/Goughs family genealogical newsletter (1983-2003), and 6 issues of a Van Schaick family genealogical newsletter (2000-2005). (The family name "Van Schaick" is also anglicised as "VanScoy".) There are photographs of Thomas E. Goff and family and friends from ca. 1930-1980, including fishing and camping scenes (most are sepia-toned). There is also a photograph and biographical information regarding Thomas M. Goff who served in the Confederate Army in the 19th Virginia Cavalry during the Civil War.

Addendum of 2007/06/27 includes three reminiscences by Carol Faye Goff Janowitz; two regard her childhood and her father Thomas E. Goff and her aunt Ruth ("Apple Sauce", "Early Morning Scare in Morgantown"), and one regards visiting the home of an ancestor ("Visiting the Van Schaick Mansion, VanScoy & Peebles, West Virginia Surnames"). (2007; 3 items, 6 pages)

Addendum of 2009/07/17 includes clippings and photographs of Evelyn and Thomas Goff. Also includes autobiographical reminiscences by Carol Faye Goff Janowitz. (1950-2009; 1/2 in.)

Addendum of 2010/10/06 includes Goff family photographs, obituaries, diary of Emma Jane Givens with short and sporadic entries (1905), legal records, clippings, genealogy research notes, reminiscences by Carol Faye Goff Janowitz, ephemera, Seneca Glass artifacts (including goblet, vase, and colored glass chips), Sterling Faucet artifacts (brass fittings), plaque, and scrapbook of correspondence with mathematics professor Svetozar Kurepa (see restrictions note). (ca. 1905-2010; 8 in.)

Photographs in this addendum includes a folder of material of Evelyn I. Goff at the Sterling Faucet plant in Sabraton, including work photos and retirement (ca. 1960-1971); there is also a group portrait of Sterling Faucet employees (ca. 1955) (box 5, folder 4).

The glass chips in this addendum were excess crystal bits that had remained on a glass blower's rod at the moment the blower was preparing to gather another glob of hot crystal, working that new glob to become the foot of a new piece of stemware. The chipped off particles are therefore excesses. They date from about 1945. (Information from donor.)

Addendum of 2011/08/16 includes obituaries regarding Ann Moss Smith, a relative of the Goff family; reminiscences and correspondence of Carol Faye Goff Janowitz regarding personal and family matters, particularly the death of Ann Bakos Taylor; one issue of the "Van Schaick Kinfolks Quarterly", volume 20, no. 2, February 2006; photographs of Goff family ancestors (with identifications from the donor); newspaper clipping regarding meeting of Carol Janowitz and others with Senator Robert Byrd; and a compact disc (CD) containing copies of the obituaries, correspondence, and reminiscences found in this addendum. (2001-2011; 1/2 in.) (box 5, folder 13-14).

Addendum of 2012/08/03 includes: 1) letter authored by Thomas E. Goff (1944); 2) clipping regarding Anthony Van Schaick (Van Scoy) (2011); and 3) reminiscence authored by Carol-Faye Goff Janowitz entitled "It Happened Again" (2012). (1944, 2011-2012; 3 items) (box 5, folder 15).

Addendum of 2013/08/28 includes photographs of Carol-Faye Goff Janowitz with members of Congress (2001); stationery for Goff's Archery Shop and Goff's Eastern Streams (undated); typescripts and computer prints regarding Goff family history (2008-2013); and physical and digital copies of correspondence regarding personal matters and furniture history (ca. 2001-2013). (2001-2013; 1/2 in.) (box 7, folders 1-6).

Dates

  • ca. 1910-2013
  • Majority of material found within ca. 1920-1980

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Requires signed form, since special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas E. Goff (1910-1985) was born in Cowen, Webster County. His family moved to Morgantown in 1920 where he became involved in aviation, boxing, and wrestling. He married in 1936, lived on Beechurst Avenue, and worked in a glass factory. At one time he was a forest ranger. He made and sold sports equipment, and for a time owned Goff's Eastern Streams. His laminated bows were made of osage orange. He was a member of the West Virginia Archery Association.

Extent

4.9 Linear Feet (Summary: 4 ft. 10 1/2 in. (3 record cartons, 15 in. ea.; 1 document case, 5 in.; 1 document case, 2 1/2 in.; 2 large flat storage boxes 3 in. ea.; unboxed bows and arrows))

Overview

Collection of Thomas E. Goff of Morgantown relating to his fly tying, archery, and sports equipment business. Includes two bamboo fly rods, fly tying equipment and supplies, flys, two creels, three bows, leather finger tips and arm guards, a quiver, and arrows. Also includes 103 issues of a Goffs/Goughs family genealogical newsletter (1983-2003), and 6 issues of a Van Schaick family genealogical newsletter (2000-2005). There are photographs of Thomas E. Goff and family and friends from ca. 1930-1980, including fishing and camping scenes (most are sepia-toned). There is also a photograph and biographical information regarding Thomas M. Goff who served in the Confederate Army in the 19th Virginia Cavalry during the Civil War. There are addenda regarding Carol Goff Janowitz and also the Goff family.

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/

Separated Materials

103 issues of a Goffs/Goughs family genealogical newsletter (1983-2003) to serials and periodicals.

Creator

Title
Thomas E. Goff, Outdoor Sports Artifacts and Family Records, ca. 1910-2013
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536