Craft Family Collection

Craft Family Collection, 1861-1919, n.d. Ms.2013.092


Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Nicole Hancock, Student Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist

Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Craft Family Collection,1861-1919, n.d.
0.3 Cubic Feet, 1 box
Craft, Jacob M.
Craft, Catherine
Craft Family (Botetourt County, Virginia)
English .
The Craft Family Collection includes correspondence to and from Jacob Craft during the Civil War, and also includes correspondences written to his daughter Blanche from various soldiers during World War I.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Craft Family Collection must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Craft Family Collection, Ms2013-092, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Craft Family Collection was donated to Special Collections prior to 2009.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Craft Family Collection was completed in December 2013.

Biographical Note

Jacob Moore Craft was born on May 2,1837 in Botetourt County, Virginia. His parents were David and Catherine Craft. Jacob Craft married Amanda Matheny Craft in 1873, and they had 10 children. He was a mercantile businessman. He volunteered to fight in the Civil War in Company K, 57th Regiment, Virginia Infantry and served alongside his father. He died on April 10, 1904.

Nellie "Blanche" Craft Nicholls is the daughter of Jacob and Amanda Craft. She married George Nicholls in 1925. They had two children George and Rodney Nicholls.

Sources: Find a Grave-Jacob Find a Grave-Blanche Botetourt County Virginia Heritage

Scope and Content

The Craft Family Collection includes correspondence to and from Jacob Craft during the Civil War, as well as correspondence written to his daughter Blanche from various soldiers during World War I. There are also a several envelopes and drawings not clearly related to letters in the collection.

The letters to Craft are mostly from his mother, though a few are from other family members including his brother and sister. Jacob Craft wrote letters to both his mother and father. The letters to and from Jacob Craft describe life during the Civil War and various battles. They also discuss people who have passed away in the war.

Also in this collection are letters written to Blanche Craft during World War I. Most of the letters are written by Sergeant Cline Young and William Branske(?). The letters written to Blanche go into great detail about the War and both men are stationed in France. They describe the daily events to Blanche.


The Craft Family Collection is organized into folders based on correspondent. Envelopes and ephemera are group in a single folder. Within each folder, materials are in chronological order whenever possible.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Botetourt County (Va.)
  • Civil War
  • Craft Family (Botetourt County, Virginia)
  • Craft, Blanche
  • Craft, Jacob M.
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • World War, 1914-1918

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Craft, Blanche
  • Craft, Catherine
  • Craft, Jacob M.

Container List

box-folder 1 folder: 1
Letters to Jacob Craft
1861-1864, n.d.
box-folder 1 folder: 2
Letters by Jacob Craft
box-folder 1 folder: 3
Letters to Blanche Craft
box-folder 1 folder: 4