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Collection Number: 00068

Collection Title: Launcelot Minor Blackford Diaries, 1847-1913

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Size 4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 39 volumes items)
Abstract Head of the Episcopal High School for boys in Alexandria, Va., 1870-1913. Blackford's diaries cover his education and boyhood in Lynchburg, Va., teaching and administrative activities at the Episcopal High School for boys at Alexandria, Va., social and Episcopal church affairs in Alexandria, and fourteen trips to Europe. There is a gap between 1856 and 1872.
Creator Blackford, Launcelot Minor, 1837-1914.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
Retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Launcelot Minor Blackford Diaries #68, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcriptions available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Ambler M. Blackford and brothers, Jacksonville, Fla., in 1939 and from Sally-Bruce Blackford McClatchey, 1976-1997.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Launcelot Minor Blackford was born in Fredericksburg, Va., in 1837. His parents were Mary Berkley Minor and William M. Blackford. Blackford spent his childhood in Lynchburg, Va. He was educated at the University of Virginia, 1855-1859. He served as a lieutenant in the Confederate Army.

After the Civil War, Blackford was principal of Norwood School in Nelson County, Va., 1865-1870. He was head master of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., from 1870 until 1913.

On 5 August 1884, Launcelot Minor Blackford married Elizabeth Chew Ambler. They had four children.

Blackford died in May 1914.

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This collection contains 39 volumes of the diaries of Launcelot Minor Blackford, 1847-1913, with a gap from 1856 to 1872.

The first seven volumes cover the years, 1847-1855, when Blackford was a child and young man in Lynchburg, Va. They give daily accounts in detail of boyhood games; schooling at a private school managed by his father, who hired a teacher for his own and several other boys; social activities; and family life. Blackford described assisting his father in work at the post office; a newspaper printed by the boys; chemistry experiments by and with his father, including an "electrical machine"; and drawing classes conducted by his mother. He wrote a great deal about activities in the Episcopal Church and Sunday School; temperance meetings and organizations; social events;, swimming and fishing in the creek; visits from friends and members of family; and journeys by stage, train, or boat, to other parts of Virginia to visit them. Many references are made to members of Minor, Blackford, Gwatkins, Davis, and other families.

Volumes 8-11, 1873-1878, give daily notations of events of Blackford's life as Head of the Episcopal High School for boys, his duties and anxieties as to studies, discipline of the boys, his visitors and social life, and trips to Washington, Baltimore, Richmond, and to Rawley Springs, Va.

Also included are travel diaries describing fourteen trips to Europe and copies of articles by Blackford from Southern Churchman describing the trips. An index of Blackford's summer trips, 1876-1908, listing his companions and cities visited may be found in the front of typed volumes XXVII and XXVIII.

Typed transcriptions of the diaries are available.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Volume 1: 27 May 1847-2 June 1848 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 1a

Folder 1b

Volume 2: 3 June 1848-9 January 1849 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 1b

Folder 2

Volume 3: 10 January-22 February 1849 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 2

Folder 3

Volume 4: 23 February-25 October 1849 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 3

Transcription Volume TV-68/1

Typed transcript corresponding to volumes 1-4 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/1

Folder 4

Volume 5: 26 October 1849-31 December 1851 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 4

Transcription Volume TV-68/2

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 5 (SHC does not hold a copy) #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/2

Folder 5

Volume 6: 1852-1853 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 5

Transcription Volume TV-68/3a

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 6 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/3a

Folder 6

Volume 7a: 1 January-31 August 1854 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 6

Folder 7

Volume 7b: 1 September 1854-31 August 1855 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 7

Transcription Volume TV-68/3b

Typed transcript corresponding to volumes 7a and 7b #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/3b

Folder 8

No contents #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 8

Folder 9

Volume 8: September 1873-September 1874 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 9: September 1874-March 1876 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 10

Transcription Volume TV-68/4

Typed transcript corresponding to volumes 8-9 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/4

Folder 11

Volume 10: April 1876-May 1877 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 11

Folder 12

Volume 11: June 1877-May 1878 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 12

Transcription Volume TV-68/5

Typed transcript corresponding to volumes 10-11 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/5

Folder 13

Volume 12: June 1878-May 1879 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 13

Folder 14

Volume 13 June 1879-May 1880 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 14

Transcription Volume TV-68/6

Typed transcript corresponding to volumes 12-13 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/6

Folder 15

Volume 14: June 1880-June 1881 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 15

Transcription Volume TV-68/7

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 14 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/7

Folder 16

Volume 15: November 1881-May 1884 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 16

Transcription Volume TV-68/8

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 15 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/8

Folder 17

Volume 16: June 1884-November 1886 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 17

Transcription Volume TV-68/9

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 16, June 1884-December 1885 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/9

Folder 18

Volume 17: December 1886-November 1889 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 18

Transcription Volume TV-68/10

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 16, January-November 1886 and volume 17, January-December 1887 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/10

Folder 19

Volume 18: December 1889-October 1891 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 19

Transcription Volume TV-68/11

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 17, January 1888-November 1889 and volume 18, December 1889 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/11

Folder 20

Volume 19: November 1891-December 1893 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 20

Transcription Volume TV-68/12

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 18, January 1890-October 1891 and volume 19, November-December 1891 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/12

Transcription Volume TV-68/13

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 19, 1892-1893 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/13

Folder 21

Volume 20: January 1894-July 1895 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 21

Transcription Volume TV-68/14

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 20 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/14

Folder 22

Volume 21: August 1895-April 1897 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 22

Transcription Volume TV-68/15

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 21 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/15

Folder 23

Volume 22: May 1897-November 1898 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 23

Transcription Volume TV-68/17

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 22 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/17

Folder 24

Volume 23: November 1898-December 1900 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 24

Transcription Volume TV-68/18

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 23 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/18

Folder 25

Volume 24: January 1901-March 1903 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 25

Transcription Volume TV-68/19

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 24 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/19

Folder 26

Volume 25: March 1903-March 1905 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 26

Transcription Volume TV-68/20

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 25 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/20

Folder 27

Volume 26: March 1905-March 1907 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 27

Transcription Volume TV-68/21

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 26 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/21

Folder 28

Volume 27: April 1907-November 1908 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 28

Transcription Volume TV-68/22

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 27 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/22

Folder 29

Volume 28: November 1908-February 1910 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 29

Transcription Volume TV-68/23

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 28 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/23

Folder 30

Volume 29: March 1910-June 1911 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 30

Transcription Volume TV-68/24

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 29 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/24

Folder 31

Volume 30: July 1911-1 December 1912 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 31

Transcription Volume TV-68/25

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 30 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/25

Folder 32

Volume 31: 2 December 1912-27 April 1913 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 32

Transcription Volume TV-68/26

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 31 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/26

Folder 32

Volume 32: 8 July-13 September 1875 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 33: July-September 1876 and August-September 1888 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 33

Volume 34: July-September 1878 and July-September 1880 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 33

Transcription Volume TV-68/27

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 32, volume 33 (July-September 1876), and volume 34 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/27

Folder 34

Volume 35a: July-September 1881 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 34

Volume 35b: July-September 1882 and July-September 1883 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 34

Transcription Volume TV-68/16

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 35b #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/16

Folder 35

Volume 36: July-August 1900 and July-September 1901 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 35

Volume 37: August-September 1892, August-September 1896, July-August, 1902, July-August 1903 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 35

Folder 36

Volume 38: July-September 1907 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 36

Volume 39: July-August 1908 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 36

Transcription Volume TV-68/28

Typed transcript corresponding to volume 33 (August-September 1888), volume 35a, and volumes 36-39 #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." TV-68/28

Folder 37

Volume 40: Typed abstracts from volume 7b #00068, Series: "1. Volumes, 1847-1855 and 1873-1878." Folder 37

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Processing Information

Processed by: Linda Sellars, June 1997

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Finding aid updated by: Amanda Loeb, 2013

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