Inventory of the James D. Blackwell Papers 1839-1929 Blackwell, James D., Papers Mss. 39.1 B57

Inventory of the James D. Blackwell Papers 1839-1929

A Collection in the
Manuscripts and Rare Books Department
Collection Number Mss. 39.1 B57


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Repository
Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary
Collection number
Mss. 39.1 B57
Title
James D. Blackwell Papers, 1839-1929
Extent
452 items.
Creator
James D. Blackwell, Blackwell family.
Language
English
Abstract
Letters and papers of the Blackwell family of Fauquier County, Virginia, dated 1839-1929, including chiefly poetry by James DeRuyter Blackwell.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Publication Rights/Restrictions on Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Preferred Citation

James D. Blackwell Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.


Biographical/Historical Information

James De Ruyter Blackwell, Sr. was born 18 March 1828 near Warrenton, Virginia. Graduated from Dickinson College and also attended Randolph-Macon College. Studied and practiced law but for health reasons gave it up and devoted his life to literature. He died 1901. James De Ruyter Blackwell, Jr. was born 17 May 1870. He was educated at Bethel Military Academy [Fauquier County, Virginia] as a civil engineer. Worked as a civil engineer on various railroads including electric streetcar system. He was on the Board of Survey for Boston and was City Engineer of Seattle, Washington. He also was in private practice. He died 5 September 1929.

Scope and Content Information

Letters and accounts of James DeRuyter Blackwell, Sr., lawyer and poet, his wife Judith Emma (Edmonds) Blackwell of Warrenton, Virginia and of members of their family including their son, James De Ruyter Blackwell, Jr. There are letters written from Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia concerning social life, and letters concerning the hiring of slaves and the illnesses of female slaves. Collection includes genealogy of Blackwell family and three bound manuscript volumes of poetry by James De Ruyter Blackwell, Sr., as well as a letter, 6 September 1879, of John S. Mosby, concerning his work as American consul in China.

Arrangement

Organization

Organized into five series: 1. Letters, 2. Accounts, 3. Papers of James D. Blackwell, 4. Biographical and genealogical information regarding James D. Blackwell and the Blackwell family, and 5. Miscellaneous items.

Arrangement

Series 1 is arranged chronologically; Series 2 is arranged alphabetically by name.


Index Terms


Contents List

Letters, 1839-1929, n.d.
Box-folder: 1:1-2
Series 1: Letters

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Accounts, 1832-1870
Box-folder: 1:3-4
Series 2: Accounts
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Papers of James D. Blackwell, 1828-1929.
Box-folder: 1-2:5-7
Series 3: Papers of James D. Blackwell
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Biographical and genealogical information regarding James D. Blackwell, Jr., and the Blackwell family, 1870-1929.
Box-folder: 2:8-9
Series 4: Biographical and genealogical information regarding James D. Blackwell, Jr., and the Blackwell family
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Miscellaneous items,
Box-folder: 2:10
Series 5: Miscellaneous items
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Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

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Significant Places Associated With the Collection

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