A Collection in
Accession Number Ms2008-051
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityContact Information:
P.O. Box 90001
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia 24062-9001
Phone: (540) 231-6308
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Processed by: Emily K. Bibby, Special Collections Staff
2006 By Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
Collection is open to research.
Permission to publish material from the Betty Belle Boone Diary must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.
Betty Belle Boone Diary, Ms2008-051 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
The Betty Belle Boone Diary was purchased by Special Collections in 1993.
The processing and description of the Betty Belle Boone Diary commenced and was completed in July 2008.
Betty Belle Boone, a resident of Boones Mill, Franklin County, Virginia, was born on December 28, 1865 and died August 15, 1931. She married John M. Neely. The couple had one child, Mary Boone Neely.
The diary of Betty Belle Boone from January 1893 to September 1894 documents the day-to-day activities of a young, unmarried woman in Boones Mill, Virginia. Boone describes visits to and from friends; day trips to Roanoke and Richmond; household chores, including baking, canning, and sewing; and occasionally, local gossip. She frequently records visits and letters received from her future husband, John Neely. Enclosed is a strip of three photographs, presumably of the diary's author.