A Guide to the Alfred Dickinson Barksdale Papers Barksdale, Alfred Dickinson. 10230

A Guide to the Alfred Dickinson Barksdale Papers

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Accession number 10230


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Repository
University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept. Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 USA
Collection Number
10230
Title
Alfred Dickinson Barksdale Papers 1905-1973
Extent
Collector
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Garbee
Location
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

Alfred Dickinson Barksdale Papers, Accession 10230, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library

Acquisition Information

The Alfred Dickinson Barksdalepapers were presented to the library by Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Garbee, 1601 Clayton Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia, on 8 July 1977.

Funding Note

Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Alfred Dickinson Barksdalewas born in Halifax(then Houston), Virginia, on 17 July 1892. He was educated in local schools, with the exception of one year (1907-1908) which he spent at Cluster Springs Academyin Cluster Springs, Virginia. He attended the Virginia Military Institutefrom 1908 to 1911, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree after only three years. Following a year of teaching in a Halifaxschool, he entered the University of Virginia Law School, and received his LL.B. in 1915. He entered the practice of law in Lynchburg, Virginia, but soon left to serve as a first lieutenant in the First Virginia Infantry --known as the "Musketeers"--on the Mexican border from June 1916 to February 1917. Promoted to captain in July 1917, he served in the 116th Infantry, 29th Division, American Expeditionary Forces, and saw active service in Francefrom June 1918 to July 1919. Following the Armistice, he attended classes at the Sorbonne, in addition to acting as a judge-advocate for his battalion. He was released from service in August 1919, and received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Croix de Guerre, and the Chevalier Legion of Honor as a result of his military performance.

Upon his return to the United States, Alfred Dickinson Barksdaleresumed his legal practice in Lynchburg. He served as a Virginiastate senator from 1924 to 1928, and although this was the extent of his active political career, he formed many valuable political connections, including one with Harry F. Byrd, Sr., whom he assisted in his campaign for governor. In 1938, Barksdale was named judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Virginia, this being the same position which his father, William Randolph Barksdale, had filled for many years in the early 1900's. In 1940 he was appointed judge of the United States District Courtfor the Western District of Virginia, and served in this capacity until he retired in 1957. Following his retirement from the bench he continued to do legal work, including service on the Trial Bench and the Court of Appeals, until his death on 16 August 1972.

Judge Alfred Dickinson Barksdalemarried Estill Winfree Phillipsin 1934, and they made their home in Lynchburguntil the judge's death. Their family included Mrs. Barksdale's son from her previous marriage, William Causey Phillips, Jr., and the Barksdale's two daughters, Estill B. Lloyd, and Mary B. Garbee.

In addition to his legal career, Alfred Dickinson Barksdaleserved on the Board of Trustees of Hollins Collegefor over thirty years, was a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginiafor ten years, and was a member of both the Virginia Bar Associationand American Bar Association.

For further biographical information, see the typescript biography in control folder no. 10230.

Scope and Content

These papers, consisting of cat 7770 items, (12 boxes, 1 oversize folder; 5 linear shelf feet), are the personal papers of Judge Alfred Dickinson Barksdaleof Lynchburg, Virginia. Most of the papers fall between the years 1938 and 1972, with some covering the earlier period of 1918-1919. These periods correspond to the years of Alfred Dickinson Barksdale's career as judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Virginiaand as judge of the U. S. District Court of the Western District of Virginia, and also of his military service during World War I.

The major series in the collection is that of chronologically-arranged personal correspondence, covering the years 1918-1919 and 1940-1972. This correspondence consists chiefly of personal and routine social correspondence with family members, acquaintances, and friends, many of whom were Virginialawyers, judges, businessmen, and political figures. Prominent correspondents include Virginiasenators Harry F. Byrd, Sr., and Carter Glass; Virginiagovernor and University of Virginiapresident Colgate Darden; prominent businessman, government official, and Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.; and speaker of the House of Representatives Sam Rayburn. A minor problem in using the correspondence is that Barksdale's nickname was "Dick," and occasionally people address him as "Richard" Barksdale.

The chronological correspondence also includes Alfred Dickinson Barksdale's World War I correspondence with his father, William Randolph Barksdale, his brother; John Barksdale, and other family members and American friends. There are also a substantial number of letters and postcards from acquaintances he made in France, including several young French women. One folder contains official correspondence concerning Barksdale's war honors.

Following the chronological correspondence is a section of topical correspondence and related materials, which include memoranda, newspaper clippings, notes, miscellaneous printed material, etc.. The topics include important court cases, organizations to which Alfred Dickinson Barksdalebelonged, and major turning points in his career, such as his appointment to the district judgeship, and his retirement. The letters relating to Barksdale's appointment to the district judgeship are of particular interest as they shed some light on the processes of political appointments. Other folders contain material concerning Barksdale's World War I unit, Company M, and the "Musketeers," and material regarding Barksdale's associations with Hollins Collegeand the University of Virginia. Some genealogical material is also contained in this section.

A major portion of the collection consists of speeches given by Alfred Dickinson Barksdale, with background material, correspondence, and miscellaneous items. Barksdale delivered speeches at naturalization ceremonies at Roanokeand other Virginialocations many times over a period of about twenty years. He often spoke to various University of Virginiaalumni groups, women's groups, bar associations, and at various Virginia Military Institute, court, and law school functions. Some speeches are related to special functions Barksdale performed such as introducing Greer Garsonand John F. Kennedyon the occasions when they spoke in Lynchburg. It should be noted that material in the chronological correspondence overlaps with both topical correspondence and speeches. This material was not transferred as Barksdale had filed it chronologically.

Alfred Dickinson Barksdale's miscellaneous papers and memorabilia consist of family, personal, and professional items. His memorabilia from World War I includes contemporary postcards from places he visited in Europe. Contained in this section, as well as in the section of oversized material, are Barksdale's certificates for awards he won and positions he held. Two folders contain listings of addresses of people with whom he was acquainted.

The printed material section contains printed items used in Alfred Dickinson Barksdale's military and professional careers, and printed memorabilia from the Virginia Military Instituteand the University of Virginia. Three folders of newspaper clippings relate to important events in his life and career, including the trial of several German-American Bund leaders, convicted of violating the Selective Service Act in 1942 in New York City, at which Alfred Dickinson Barksdaleserved as judge.

ORGANIZATION

The papers were arranged to some extent by Judge Barksdale, and this order was preserved wherever possible, unless further organization was necessary to facilitate research. The World War I correspondence is arranged in folders according to correspondents, and chronologically within the folders. The major correspondence series is arranged chronologically. The topical correspondence and speech sections generally follow the divisions set up by Barksdale. In the speech section, the manuscript speeches precede other related materials. Within the two miscellaneous speech folders, each speech and its related material is in chronological order by the date of the speech. The miscellaneous papers and memorabilia have been divided into general categories, and are arranged in chronological order within the folders. Printed material follows the same organization. Oversize material is arranged chronologically and is listed at the end of this guide. Undated material is located at the end of its particular section or folder.

Container List/Series Description

Correspondence
  • Box 1
    Letter: Wm. R. Barksdale to Helen & Mary Barksdale
    1905 March 5
    1 item
  • Box 1
    Letters: Alfred Dickinson Barksdale to William Randolph Barksdale
    1917 Dec 25 -post 1919 Jul 5
    33 items
  • Box 1
    Letter: Madge N. Thomson to Wm. R. Barksdale, enclosing letter, C. C. Barksdale to Wm. R. Barksdale
    1918 Jun 22
    1 item
  • Box 1
    Letters: John Barksdale to Wm. Randolph Barksdale
    1918 Aug 14 -1919 Feb 10
    8 items
  • Box 1
    Letters: Family members to Alfred Dickinson Barksdale
    1918 Sep 13 -Dec 25
    4 items
  • Box 1
    Letters: Misc. to Alfred Dickinson Barksdale, during WWI, from both French & American correspondents
    1918 Oct 5 -1919 June 25
    23 items
  • Box 1
    Letters: Wm. R. Barksdale to Alfred Dickinson Barksdale
    1918 Oct 10 -1919 May 2
    7 items
  • Box 1
    Official Corres.: inc. re Distinguished Service Cross & French Citation
    1918 Nov 10 -1919 Oct 20
    4 items
  • Box 1
    Letters: Alfred Dickinson Barksdale to Fannie & Louise Barksdale
    1918 Nov 20 -1919 Apr 22
    2 items
  • Box 1
    Correspondence
    1940 Mar -1942 Dec
    524 items, 6 folders
  • Box 2
    Correspondence
    1943 Jan-1947 Dec
    959 items, 10 folders
  • Box 3
    Correspondence
    1948 Jan-1951 Dec
    991 items, 10 folders
  • Box 4
    Correspondence
    1952 Jan-1954 Dec
    848 items, 10 folders
  • Box 5
    Correspondence
    1955 Jan-1959 Dec
    970 items, 12 folders
  • Box 6
    Correspondence
    1960 Jan-1963 Dec
    705 items, 9 folders
  • Box 7
    Correspondence
    1964 Jan-1968 Dec
    889 items, 10 folders
  • Box 8
    Correspondence
    1969 Jan-1972 Aug;n.d.
    532 items, 8 folders
CORRESPONDENCE AND RELATED MATERIAL
  • Box 8
    re History of Co. M, 116th Infantry, Amer. Expeditionary Forces
    1918 Nov 1 -1968 Nov 22
    6 items
  • Box 8
    re U. S. vs. J. E. Testerman & C. K. Lovett, U. S. District Court, Abingdon, Va. - 1942 Apr
    1937 Nov 23 -1969 May 9
    40 items
  • Box 9
    re Hollins College
    1938 Apr 28 -1959 Feb 22
    12 items
  • Box 9
    Recommendations of Alfred Dickinson Barksdale to the District Judgeship, incl. by Harry F. Byrd & Carter Glass
    1939 Feb 3 -Dec 4
    32 items
  • Box 9
    Congratulatory letters to Alfred Dickinson Barksdale on his appointment to the U.S. District Judgeship of Western Virginia, incl. from Harry F. Byrd, Carter Glass, & Clifton Woodrum
    1939 Dec 17 -1940 Feb 26
    30 items
  • Box 9
    re Congratulations to Alfred Dickinson Barksdale on his appointment to the District Judgeship
    1940 Feb 15 -19
    78 items
  • Box 9
    re Memorials for John White Acree, Edley Craighill, Jr., Robt. Jones & Wm. Gerhard Suhling, III
    1944 Oct 11 -1948 Oct 31
    8 items
  • Box 9
    Letters & pictures thanking Alfred Dickinson Barksdale for his Flag Day Speech to the Fourth Grade, GarlandRodes School, Lynchburg, Va.
    1945 Jun 14
    17 items
  • Box 9
    Recommending Alfred Dickinson Barksdale for vacancy on the Circuit Court by the Lynchburg Bar Assoc.: incl. letters of Harry F. Byrd, & A. Willis Robertson
    1956 Feb 8 -13
    7 items
  • Box 9
    w/ John H. Auer re John Miller & Mary Fry
    1956 Apr 2 -1962 July 25
    19 items
  • Box 9
    re Alfred Dickinson Barksdale's retirement from the District Judgeship
    1957 Mar 4 -June 17
    61 items
  • Box 9
    re Memorial for Judge Thompson
    1960 Aug 24-Dec 21
    23 items
  • Box 9
    re the "Musketeers"
    1961 Jun 24 -1966 Sep 17
    36 items
  • Box 9
    re Amer. Bar Assoc. Mtg.San Francisco, Ca.
    1961 Dec 19 -1962 Aug 21
    49 items
  • Box 9
    re Barksdale Family History bet. Alfred Dickinson Barksdale, MarthaCraddock, & Betsy Willis
    1971 Aug 17 -1972 Jul 24
    28 items
  • Box 9
    re Memorial for Alfred Dickinson Barksdale by the Va. Bar Assoc.
    1973 Jan 3 -4
    2 items
SPEECHES AND RELATED MATERIAL
  • Box 10
    Miscellaneous
    1921-1947
    11 items
  • Box 10
    Ms and Printed material used as reference works for speeches
    1922-1961
    8 items
  • Box 10
    Printed material re Naturalization
    1938-1942, 1955
    4 items
  • Box 10
    Welcoming the Class of 1940 into the Alumni of UVA, Finals Day Speech
    1940 Jun 8
    15 items
  • Box 10
    re Naturalization Ceremony speeches, inc. by others than Alfred Dickinson Barksdale
    1940-1960
    23 items
  • Box 10
    re Va., WWII and World Peace delivered to the Soc. of Virginians in N.Y.
    1943 Dec 10
    32 items
  • Box 10
    re "The Practical Application of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure" delivered to the Judicial Section, Va. State Bar Assoc.
    1946 Sep 17
    13 items
  • Box 10
    Misc.
    1950-1966
    13 items
  • Box 11
    re Brotherhood, delivered over Radio as Chairman of Brotherhood Week in Lynchburg, Va.
    1951 Feb 18 -25
    28 items
  • Box 11
    re Court System and Jury Service delivered toWomen's Clubs of Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Halifax, Va.
    1951 Feb 23;1955 Dec 13;1955 Feb 11
    5 items
  • Box 11
    Intro. of Sen. John F. Kennedy to a Lynchburg, Va. audience
    ca 1956 -1957
    1 item
  • Box 11
    Remarks at dedication of new Court House at Abingdon, Va.
    1960 May 26
    55 items
  • Box 11
    Welcoming the Class of 1917 into the Thomas Jefferson Society
    1967 May 5
    11 items
MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS AND MEMORABILIA
  • Box 11
    Barksdale Family, biographical and genealogicalmaterial
    ca [1893],1925 -1972
    14 items
  • Box 11
    WWI incl. re Crox de Guerre & Distinguished Service Cross
    ca 1919, [1927]
    17 items
  • Box 11
    Professional
    ca 1940 -1956
    19 items
  • Box 11
    Addresses
    1941-1967 , n.d.
    83 items
  • Box 11
    re Barksdale & Uva Board of Visitors
    1947 -1956
    3 items
  • Box 11
    Passenger lists from Legal Conferences, w/Names & Addresses
    1952 -1957
    4 items
  • Box 11
    Certificates
    1954 -1969
    4 items
  • Box 11
    Personal
    1965 Jun 9, n.d.
    5 items
PRINTED MATERIAL
  • Box 11
    Manuals, Biographies and Journal of the General Assembly of Virginia
    1897-1946
    6 items
  • Box 11
    Newspaper Clipping re William Randolph Barksdale
    1907 Jun 25
    1 item
  • Box 11
    Newspaper Clippings re WWI
    1918 Dec 19 -1919 Jul 12
    7 items
  • Box 12
    General Orders, War Dept. and Infantry Drill Regulations (Provisional) American Expeditionary Forces
    1918-1919
    2 items
  • Box 12
    Newspaper Clippings
    1936 Oct 11-1970 Oct 22
    69 items
  • Box 12
    Misc.
    1940-1955
    11 items
  • Box 12
    Alfred Dickinson Barksdale's introduction of Greer Garson at Lynchburg Bond Sale, in The Iron Worker
    1942 Sep, Dec
    2 items
  • Box 12
    Misc.
    1962 -1972
    8 items
OVERSIZE MATERIAL
  • Oversize
    Bachelor of Science Degree awarded to Barksdale by the Virginia Military Institute, 21 June 1911
    Diploma
  • Oversize
    appointing Barksdale a First Lieutenant (Virginia) in the National Guard, 5 August 1717
    Certificate
  • Oversize
    awarding the Croix de Guerre to Barksdale, 9 December 1924
    Certificate
  • awarding the Distinguished Service Cross to Barksdale,
    10 December 1924
    Certificate
  • Oversize
    appointing Barksdale United States District Judge, Western District of Virginia, 19 December 1939
    Certificate
  • Oversize
    appointing Barksdale United States District Judge, Western District of Virginia, 5 February 1940
    Certificate
  • Oversize
    Barter Theater Award Luncheon for Henry Fonda, 4 May 1948
    Photograph
  • Oversize
    appointing Barksdale to the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia, 1946-1948, 1948-1952, 1952-1956
    Certificates
  • Oversize
    commissioning Barksdale a Kentucky Colonel, 8 May 1961
    Certificate
  • Oversize
    "The Hung Jury" by J. T. Brett
    Print
  • Oversize
    "Rules for Judicial Conduct" by Sir Matthew Hale, Kt.
    Poster

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Alfred Dickinson Barksdale
  • Carter Glass
  • Colgate Darden
  • Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.
  • Estill B. Lloyd
  • Estill Winfree Phillips
  • Greer Garson
  • Harry F. Byrd, Sr.
  • John Barksdale
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Mary B. Garbee
  • Robert H. Garbee
  • Sam Rayburn
  • William Causey Phillips, Jr.
  • William Randolph Barksdale

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Cluster Springs, Virginia
  • Europe
  • France
  • Halifax
  • Houston
  • Lynchburg
  • Lynchburg, Virginia
  • New York City
  • Roanoke
  • United States
  • Virginia