Blackley Family Papers, 1830-2016

Browse manuscript collections

Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Blackley Family
Title:
Blackley Family Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0232
Date:
1830-2016
Extent:
28 boxes, 2 flat folders, 13.57 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Blackley Family Papers, 1830-2016, consists of hundreds of letters that span from 1830 to 2011; diaries; official United States, Confederate, and Texas documents; literary works; newspaper clippings; postcards; ephemera; and photographs. These papers document the related Scott, Bassett, Blackley, Hoge, Matthews, and Nix families of Texas and Staunton, Virginia.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Blackley Family Papers, 1830-2016, SC 0232, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

^ Top

Bio/Historical Note

The Blackley Family Papers document the related Scott, Bassett, Blackley, Hoge, and Nix families of mostly Texas and Staunton, Virginia between 1830 and 2016. James Scott (1799-1856) was a Tennessee native and former Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice who married Sarah Lane (1803-1880) and settled in Anderson, Texas. James was a prominent Texas judge who was friends with Davie Crockett. While in Mississippi and Texas, James and Sarah had six children. The eldest, Elizabeth "Lizzie" (1833-1917), was born in Mississippi in 1833, Sarah "Sallie" (1843-1914), born April 9, 1843 in Texas, and one of their brothers, Garrett (1838-1862), born in 1838, contribute the most to this collection of letters.

Lizzie married William H. Neblett (1826-1871), a farmer and attorney, in 1852. He eventually left her to go fight for the Confederacy. Her domestic struggle on the home front during the Civil War is the subject of Erika L. Murr's book, A Rebel Wife in Texas: The Diary and Letters of Elizabeth Scott Neblett, 1852-1864 (2001).

In 1862, Sallie married Robert Houston "R.H." Bassett (1836-1870). R.H. went on to enlist and serve in the famed Hood's Texas Brigade from 1861 to his wounding in 1864. He worked briefly as the adjutant general to Major General John Bell. While leading the regiment, he was wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga by an artillery shell fragment that lodged in his shoulder. This would effectively end his role in the war. Following the conclusion of the conflict and his recovery from the wound, R.H. tried his hand at politics in a bid to represent Grimes County, Texas in Congress. Their first child, Robert, died tragically in 1864 at only eight months old. R.H. died in 1870 because of health complications that appear related to edema.

R.H.'s brother, Noah (1839-1886), also served in the Texas Brigade. The correspondence between R.H., Sallie, and Noah provides a lucid account of the Army of Northern Virginia's major campaigns and operations, including developments related to the Battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga.

Garrett Scott, Sallie Scott's brother, died in action at the Battle of Antietam September 17, 1862 while serving in the Texas Brigade. His letters from the early years of the war offer yet another perspective of campaign and camp life.

R.H. and Sallie's daughter, Barbara "Belle" Bassett (1865-1958), married William Mason Blackley (1863-1898) in 1884 and lived in Staunton, Virginia before moving to Washington, D.C. Research suggests they only had one child, Belle Blackley (1890-1967), whom never married and lived out her life in Washington, D.C. However, an 1888 letter contained in this collection written by Ida Carter, the Blackley's "Black Mamy," is addressed to a Col. Bassett Blackley, in care of W. M. Blackley. Carter begins the letter "Dear Little Bassett." This letter seems to suggest that the Blackleys did in fact have another child, Bassett Blackley, prior to Belle. If that is the case, Bassett Blackley may have died in childhood.

The bulk of the twentieth-century material concerns William's nephew, Charles "Chas" Blackley Sr. (1909-1999), his wife Catherine Matthews Blackley (1914-2010), and their son and daughter-in-law Charles "Chuck" Phillips (b. 1951) and Patricia Fry Blackley (b. 1952).

Charles "Chas" Phillips Blackley Sr. was born in Staunton, Virginia in 1909. His parents died from the Spanish Flu when he was 10. Their deaths required Chas and his sister Mary Gilkeson Blackley to move in with their aunt, Fannie Blackley Cushing in Staunton. These materials cover his travels throughout the Pacific and Asia aboard a "tramp steamer" with boyhood friend, George Earman in 1930, his 1927-1929 military training in the little discussed Citizens Military Training Camps (CMTC), time at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), his 1934 travels in Europe, World War II military service, and ownership and operation of WSVA, the first radio station in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Chas sold his share in WSVA and moved to Staunton, Virginia where he started the WTON radio station. Beyond his official jobs, Chas spent much of the early 1930s as an amateur playwright and author. Chas and Catherine Matthews were married in 1938.

While traveling Europe via train in 1934, Chas met David Kahn, a young Presbyterian judge of Indian descent. They would become lifelong friends. Mr. Kahn went on to become a governor of an Indian province under British rule and later head the Department of Sanitation for Calcutta. He and his wife visited their children, who had moved to the United States, and Mr. and Mrs. Blackley often until his health would not allow it. Evidence of their lifelong friendship can be found most clearly in this collection's correspondence and photographs.

Chas' WWII experience saw him drafted at age 35 and shipped to Camp Crowder, Missouri for training. He would eventually be transferred to Washington, D.C. where he worked as a private in the basement of the Pentagon. According this son, his superiors frequently called him upstairs to request autographed photos of American Broadcasting Company (ABC) celebrities. He was able to oblige them because of WSVA's status as an ABC affiliate.

Catherine Matthews Blackley was originally from Cambridge, Maryland and came to the Shenandoah Valley to attend the State Teacher's College at Harrisonburg (now James Madison University). She graduated in 1935 with a degree in home economics. For a short time she taught in Norfolk, Virginia before marrying Chas Blackley in 1938 and buying a home on Port Republic Road in Harrisonburg. After Chas was drafted and shipped to Camp Crowder, Mrs. Blackley traveled to Neosho, Missouri to be with her husband. While in Missouri, she volunteered with the Red Cross to help care for wounded soldiers. She continued this service after Mr. Blackley was transferred to Washington, D.C. After the war, they returned to the Valley and Catherine became a member of the Staunton School Board and was very active in volunteer work.

Charles "Chuck" Phillips Blackley Jr. was a professional engineer and graduate of Virginia Tech. He provided services in Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. Chuck married Patricia Fry in 1971. At the time he sold his office it was the largest engineering company in the region outside of Richmond, Roanoke, and Northern Virginia.

Patricia Fry Blackley graduated from James Madison University in 1987 and became a licensed real estate appraiser. After Chuck stepped away from his engineering office he teamed up with his wife and the couple became full-time photographers and writers. Their work can be found in hundreds of magazines, books, and calendars.

^ Top

Scope and Content

The Blackley Family Papers, 1830-2016, consists of hundreds of letters that span from 1830 to 2011; diaries; official United States, Confederate, and Texas documents; literary works; newspaper clippings; postcards; ephemera; and photographs. These papers document the related Scott, Bassett, Blackley, Hoge, Matthews, and Nix families of Texas and Staunton, Virginia.

^ Top

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in five series:

Series 1: Correspondence 1830-2011 Series 2: Personal Papers, 1857-2016 Series 3: Ephemera, 1856-2004 Series 4: Photographs, ca.1861-1989 Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1862-1931

Series 1 is arranged chronologically by the individual who penned the letters with some overlap of dates for those individuals that require multiple folders.

Series 2 is arranged chronologically by individual and with items being authored by or specifically connected to the individuals.

Series 3 is arranged chronologically.

Series 4 is arranged chronologically by individual or groups of photos as they were found. They are described at the folder level.

Series 5 is arranged chronologically.

^ Top

Administrative Information

Revision Description

Addition made 2019-07

Access Restrictions

Portions of the collection marked as restricted are inaccessible to researchers until January 1, 2035. Until the restriction is lifted, the materials will be housed in the collection control file. Additionally, an 8mm roll of film documenting Stuart Hall's 1954 May Day celebration from Series 4 is housed in freezer storage as it awaits reformatting. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

Charles P. Blackley Jr. of Staunton, Virginia donated this material in various accretions throughout 2015 and 2016. On August 28, 2018, 1 half-hollinger letter box was donated by Chuck Blackley.

Other Formats Available

Digital images of nineteenth-century correspondence and papers are available upon request.

Processing Information

The collection as a whole required only limited preservation treatment. Some of the correspondence and papers did require Mylar sleeves. The 3D objects are housed together in one box with special housings created to protect them long-term. Most of the nineteenth-century letters required flattening to make them more accessible and to allow for proper digitization as per the donor agreement. Also, many of the diplomas and older photographs were removed from their frames for proper storage. Original order of materials was maintained wherever possible, taking into account provenance, storage needs, and accessibility for researchers.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

^ Top

Related Materials

Related Material

Charles C. Phillips Civil War Papers. MS 0327. Virginia Military Institute Archives.

Murr, Erika, L., ed., A Rebel Wife in Texas: The Diary and Letters of Elizabeth Scott Neblett, 1852-1864. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2001.

Lizzie Scott Neblett Papers, 1848-1935, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Yourself and family are invited to attend the feast of Mondamin corn festival. n.p.: Staunton, Va.: J. Harry Drechsler, pr., [1890], 1890. JAMES MADISON UNIV's Catalog, EBSCOhost (accessed May 2, 2017).

Separated Material

All published monographs have been cataloged individually and placed in Special Collections' rare book collection. Catherine Matthews Blackley's Schooma'am yearbooks were removed and housed with the yearbook collection. They are retained due to heavy annotations.

^ Top

Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs
  • Diaries
  • Scrapbooks
  • Printed Ephemera
  • Drafts (documents)
  • Pamphlets
  • Brochures
  • Scripts (documents)
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Maps (documents)
  • Color patches (military patches)
  • Certificates
  • Diplomas
  • Postcards

Subject

  • Blackley, Chuck
  • Blackley, Pat
  • Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Brigade
  • United States. War Department. Citizens' Military Training Camps
  • State Teachers College at Harrisonburg (Harrisonburg, Va.) -- Students
  • Virginia Military Institute -- Students
  • Military training camps -- United States
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Radio stations -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg
  • Radio stations -- Virginia -- Staunton
  • Photography
  • Travel -- 20th century
  • Staunton (Va.) -- History -- 19th century
  • Staunton (Va.) -- History -- 20th century
  • Staunton (Va.) -- History -- 21st century
  • Virginia -- Genealogy
  • Texas -- Genealogy
  • Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns
  • Augusta County (Va.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
  • Augusta County (Va.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
  • Augusta County (Va.) -- Social life and customs -- 21st century
  • Augusta County (Va.) -- History -- 19th century
  • Augusta County (Va.) -- History -- 20th century
  • Augusta County (Va.) -- History -- 21st century
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute -- Students

^ Top

Bibliography

Murr, Erika, L., ed., A Rebel Wife in Texas: The Diary and Letters of Elizabeth Scott Neblett, 1852-1864. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2001.

^ Top

Collection Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence, 1830-2011

Series 1: Correspondence, 1830-2011, is comprised of more than 300 individual letters with the majority of the earlier ones involve Sarah "Sallie" Scott Bassett and/or her husband R.H. Bassett. Together their combined correspondence comprise eight folders and spans the years 1850-1913.

These letters cover the years of the American Civil War and shed light on how the conflict affected their lives. In addition to letters from Captain R.H. Bassett, there are dozens of notes written home to Sallie from her brother Garrett Scott, brother-in-law Noah Bassett, and her cousin John Nix. All of these men spent time serving in the 4th Texas Regiment of the famed Texas Brigade. While their letters contain minimal military focused discussions, they do highlight camp life, personal struggles of being separated from each other, personal and public incidents, and family news. The military discussion is really limited to mention of the dead and wounded from battles and engagements. However, R.H. does write a letter to Sallie as he arrives on the battlefield at Gettysburg. He expresses excitement to build off the Confederates successes that afternoon. Battles and engagements discussed include Antietam (September 17, 1862), Chancellorsville (April 30 to May 6, 1863), Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), and Chickamauga (September 18–20, 1863).

Lizzie Scott Neblett was the older sister of Sallie Bassett and many letters between the sisters not previously examined, both before and after the American Civil War, can be found within this collection. Their letters shed light on relationship struggles, farm life, local news, and family connections.

While few in number, the surviving letters of Lizzie and Sallie's father, James Scott, provide significant insight into Texas prior to its in 1846. In the first, James writes his wife, Sarah, from the convention in Austin, Texas, where the debates about joining the United States were taking place. He offers few specifics as "Nothing in which you would take any interest has occurred here and therefore I will not say anything about the proceedings…" In second of these letters, James is writing to a Colonel B. Rush Wallace and gets far more political in discussion and tone. He talks at length about concern over the merits of becoming Whig or Democrat once they are thrust into the existing political climate of their new nation.

Of particular interest is an 1888 letter written by Ida Carter, presumably William M. and Belle Bassett Blackley's "Black Mamy," is addressed to a Col. Bassett Blackley, in care of W. M. Blackley. Carter begins the letter "Dear Little Bassett." This letter seems to suggest that the Blackleys did in fact have another child, Bassett Blackley, prior to Belle. If that is the case, Bassett Blackley may have died in childhood.

Of the twentieth-century correspondence, most of it was sent or received by Chas Blackley. While his letters span most of the century, the bulk are centered between the years 1930-1944. The letters that Chas Blackley wrote while visiting Europe in 1934 are of particular interest due to the changing political climate with the rise of the Nazis in Germany. Through his correspondence, diaries, and photographs there is an opportunity to see an American view of this transformative time. In one letter to his sister, Mary, dated August 21, Chas Blackley writes of the hanging of Nazis in Vienna, Austria for a failed coup that took place mere weeks before his arrival and that it "has retarded history making considerably." He also spoke of the Heimwehr, the home guard, patrolling the streets with their rifles and "keeping a sharp to windward."

Title/Description Instances
Grandfather Lane, 1830 box 1 folder 1
James Scott, 1845-1856 box 1 folder 2
Sallie Scott, 1851-2858 box 1 folder 3
Event Invitations (folder 1 of 2), 1856-1888, undated box 1 folder 4
Event Invitations (folder 2 of 2), 1856-1888, undated box 1 folder 5
Hawthorn, 1857-1858, 1862 box 1 folder 6
Alice Scott, 1857, 1861, undated box 1 folder 7
Amanda B. White, 1858 box 1 folder 8
R.H. Bassett, 1858-1862 box 1 folder 9
Sallie Scott, 1858-1860 box 1 folder 10
Garret Scott, 1859-1862 box 1 folder 11
John L. Nix, 1861-1863 box 1 folder 12
Sallie Scott, 1861-1865 box 1 folder 13
Wedding Invitations (folder 1 of 3), 1861-1894,1938,1971,undated box 1 folder 14
Wedding Invitations (folder 2 of 3), 1861-1894,1938,1971,undated box 1 folder 15
Wedding Invitations (folder 3 of 3), 1861-1894,1938,1971,undated box 1 folder 16
John H. Fanthorpe, 1862 box 1 folder 17
J. Roishin, 1862 box 1 folder 18
JNO Lovejoy, 1900-1904 box 2 folder 1
JN Scott, 1903-1908 box 2 folder 2
Lizzie Neblett, 1903-1915 box 2 folder 3
JNO Lovejoy, 1904-1909 box 2 folder 4
Marion Fry, 1907-1922 box 2 folder 5
Nora Boylor Fry, 1907-1921 box 2 folder 6
E.F. Phillips, 1908 box 2 folder 7
Legal Correspondence to JNO Lovejoy, 1908 box 2 folder 8
Mrs. L.M. Sherrard, 1908-1909 box 2 folder 9
Sallie Scott, 1910-1913, undated box 2 folder 10
Bettie "Lizzie" Neblett, 1912 box 2 folder 11
Lonnie Bassett, 1913-1914 box 2 folder 12
Chas Blackley, 1919 box 2 folder 13
Chas Blackley, 1922 box 2 folder 14
Chas Blackley, 1923 box 2 folder 15
Chas Blackley, 1924 box 2 folder 16
Chas Blackley, 1925 box 2 folder 17
Annie Funkhauser, 1925 box 2 folder 18
Mrs. Richard Ker, 1925 box 2 folder 19
Chas Blackley, 1926 box 2 folder 20
R.H. Bassett, 1858-1862 box 3 folder 1
Noah Bassett, 1862-1864 box 3 folder 2
Empty Envelopes, 1862-1969, undated box 3 folder 3
R.H. Bassett, 1863 box 3 folder 4
G.M. Patrick, 1863 box 3 folder 5
R.H. Bassett, 1863-1864, 1867, 1870 box 3 folder 6
Correspondence concerning death of son Robert Bassett, 1864 box 3 folder 7
J.E. Carver, 1864 box 3 folder 8
John Q. Yarborough, 1868, undated box 3 folder 9
J.L. McCormick, 1869 box 3 folder 10
G. Robinson, 1870 box 3 folder 11
Margaret Hoge Blackley, 1871 box 3 folder 12
R.I. Teel, 1873 box 3 folder 13
Belle Bassett Blackley, 1877-1912, 1957, undated box 3 folder 14
R.P. Halliburton, 1878 box 3 folder 15
Mary Marie Young and Nellie Thatcher, 1879 box 3 folder 16
Bettie A. Halliburton, 1880, 1888 box 3 folder 17
John Halliburton, 1883 box 3 folder 18
Wedding Regrets for Belle and Wm Blackley, 1884 box 3 folder 19
Miss Florence Satterwhite, 1884 box 3 folder 20
Grandpa, 1885 box 3 folder 21
J.L. Gray, 1886 box 3 folder 22
Ida Carter ("Black Mamy"), 1888 box 3 folder 23
James H. Blackley, 1888, 1895-1898, undated box 3 folder 24
Carrol, 1891 box 3 folder 25
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1891-1937, undated box 3 folder 26
Grandmother Bassett, 1892 box 3 folder 27
Jesse L. Henry , 1893 box 3 folder 28
G.L. Scott, 1894 box 3 folder 29
William M. Blackley, 1895 box 3 folder 30
Wm. Alsobrook, 1900 box 3 folder 31
Jesse, 1900 box 3 folder 32
W. Neblett , 1900 box 3 folder 33
Mrs. Richard Ker, 1928 box 4 folder 1
Chas Blackley , 1927 box 4 folder 2
Chas Blackley , 1928 box 4 folder 3
Mrs. Richard Ker, 1928 box 4 folder 4
Chas Blackley , 1929 box 4 folder 5
Chas Blackley (folder 1 of 3), 1930 box 4 folder 6
Chas Blackley (folder 2 of 3), 1930 box 4 folder 7
Chas Blackley (folder 3 of 3), 1930 box 4 folder 8
Chas Blackley , 1931 box 4 folder 9
Manuscript rejection letters, Chas Blackley , 1931-1933 box 4 folder 10
Chas Blackley , 1932 box 4 folder 11
Mary Blackley, 1932 box 4 folder 12
Catherine Blackley, 1932 box 4 folder 13
Chas Blackley , 1933 box 4 folder 14
Mary Blackley, 1933 box 4 folder 15
Chas Blackley (folder 1 of 3), 1934 box 4 folder 16
Chas Blackley (folder 2 of 3), 1934 box 4 folder 17
Chas Blackley (folder 3 of 3), 1934 box 4 folder 18
Chas Blackley, 1935 box 5 folder 1
Catherine Matthews, 1935 box 5 folder 2
Legal Correspondence related to WSVA with Attorney Lavenstein, 1935-1937 box 5 folder 3
WSVA, 1935-1938, undated box 5 folder 4
Chas Blackley, 1936 box 5 folder 5
Correspondence related to WSVA with Attorney Lavenstein, 1936 box 5 folder 6
Kidnapping Correspondence [RESTRICTED], 1936-1937, 1970, undated box 5 folder 7
Chas Blackley (folder 1 of 2), 1937 box 5 folder 8
Chas Blackley (folder 2 of 2), 1937 box 5 folder 9
Chas Blackley (folder 1 of 4), 1938 box 5 folder 10
Chas Blackley (folder 2 of 4), 1938 box 5 folder 11
Chas Blackley (folder 3 of 4), 1938 box 5 folder 12
Chas Blackley (folder 4 of 4), 1938 box 5 folder 13
Catherine Matthews Blackley, 1938 box 6 folder 1
Catherine Matthews Blackley, 1939 box 6 folder 2
Chas Blackley, 1939 box 6 folder 3
Catherine Matthews Blackley , 1940 box 6 folder 4
Chas Blackley, 1940 box 6 folder 5
Catherine Matthews Blackley , 1942 box 6 folder 6
Chas Blackley, 1942 box 6 folder 7
Catherine Matthews Blackley , 1943 box 6 folder 8
Chas Blackley, 1943 box 6 folder 9
Chas Blackley (folder 1 of 2), 1944 box 6 folder 10
Chas Blackley (folder 2 of 2), 1944 box 6 folder 11
Chas Blackley, 1946 box 6 folder 12
Chas Blackley, 1947 box 6 folder 13
Congratulatory Letters Regarding the Births of Children, 1947, 1951, undated box 6 folder 14
Chas Blackley, 1948 box 6 folder 15
Chas Blackley, 1949 box 6 folder 16
Chas Blackley, 1950 box 6 folder 17
Chas Blackley, 1951 box 6 folder 18
Chuck Blackley , 1951 box 6 folder 19
Chas Blackley, 1952 box 6 folder 20
Chas Blackley, 1953 box 6 folder 21
Chas Blackley, 1956 box 6 folder 22
Chas Blackley, 1957 box 6 folder 23
Chas Blackley, 1958 box 6 folder 24
Chuck Blackley, 1958 box 7 folder 1
Mary Taylor, 1958 box 7 folder 2
Chas Blackley, 1960 box 7 folder 3
Thank you Letter from White House and President Eisenhower , 1958 box 7 folder 4
Chas Blackley, 1961 box 7 folder 5
Chas Blackley, 1963 box 7 folder 6
Chuck Blackley, 1963 box 7 folder 7
Chas Blackley, 1964 box 7 folder 8
Chuck Blackley, 1964 box 7 folder 9
Chuck Blackley, 1965 box 7 folder 10
Chas Blackley, 1966 box 7 folder 11
Mary Taylor, 1966 box 7 folder 12
Chas Blackley, 1967 box 7 folder 13
Mary Taylor, 1967 box 7 folder 14
Chas Blackley, 1968 box 7 folder 15
Mary Taylor, 1968 box 7 folder 16
Chas Blackley, 1970 box 7 folder 17
Chas Blackley, 1971 box 7 folder 18
Chuck Blackley, 1971 box 7 folder 19
Patricia Blackley, 1971 box 7 folder 20
Chas Blackley, 1973 box 7 folder 21
Chuck Blackley , 1973 box 7 folder 22
Chas Blackley, 1974 box 7 folder 23
Chas Blackley, 1975 box 7 folder 24
Chuck Blackley, 1977 box 7 folder 25
Chas Blackley, 1978 box 7 folder 26
Catherine Matthews Blackley, 1979 box 7 folder 27
Chuck Blackley, 1980 box 7 folder 28
Chuck Blackley, 1982 box 7 folder 29
Chuck Blackley, 1983 box 7 folder 30
Chuck Blackley, 1984 box 7 folder 31
Chuck Blackley, 1986 box 7 folder 32
Chuck Blackley, 1987 box 7 folder 33
Chas Blackley, 1988 box 7 folder 34
Chuck Blackley, 1988 box 7 folder 35
Patricia Blackley, 1988 box 7 folder 36
Chuck Blackley, 1990 box 7 folder 37
Chuck Blackley, 1991 box 7 folder 38
Chuck Blackley, 1992 box 7 folder 39
Chuck Blackley, 1993 box 7 folder 40
Chuck Blackley, 1995 box 7 folder 41
Chuck Blackley, 2006 box 7 folder 42
Chuck Blackley, 2010 box 7 folder 43
Chuck Blackley, 2011 box 7 folder 44
Catherine Matthews Blackley, undated box 7 folder 45
Chas Blackley, undated box 7 folder 46
Chuck Blackley, undated box 7 folder 47

^ Top

Series 2: Personal Papers, 1857-2016

Series 2: Personal Papers, 1857-2015, is comprised of personal papers, diaries, and other documents that highlight the careers and interests of the family members. R.H. Bassett's papers include Confederate government and military documents pertaining to promotions, recruitment, and resignation.

Another unique piece of this collection from the early period is the Belle Bassett Diary, 1873-1879, which offers a glimpse of the post-war years for a child growing up in the South.

Chas Blackley, in addition to his letters from the trip to Europe, also kept a diary of his experiences. This diary covers the personal and public incidents of his travels.

More information about individual members of family is available here in the form of detailed histories of specific family lines (Blackley, Bassett, Hoge, etc.), through family trees, and biographical information.

Other items of note from Chas Blackley are the many manuscripts of novels and plays that he wrote in the early-to-mid 1930s.

Title/Description Instances
Sallie Scott Poetry, 1855-1858, undated box 8 folder 1
Sarah Scott, 1857, 1929, undated box 8 folder 2
C. C. Phillips, 1859 box 8 folder 3
R. H. Bassett, 1861-1870 box 8 folder 4
Marriage Licenses, 1862, 1884, 1938 box 8 folder 5
Miscellaneous Family Papers, 1865-2009, undated box 8 folder 6
Obituaries, 1868-2010, undated box 8 folder 7
Sallie S. Bassett, 1870-1916 box 8 folder 8
Belle Bassett Diary, 1873-1879 box 8 folder 9
Belle Bassett Autograph Books, 1881-1882 box 8 folder 10
Belle B. Blackley, 1882, undated box 8 folder 11
Wesleyan Female Institute, 1882-1886 box 8 folder 12
Corn Festival Pamphlet, ca. 1890 box 8 folder 13
Military Discharge , 1898 box 8 folder 14
E.J. Cushing, 1900 box 8 folder 15
Geo. W. Blackley, 1911 box 8 folder 16
Birth Certificates, 1913, 1931, 1951, 1964 box 8 folder 17
Catherine Matthews Blackley, 1914 box 8 folder 18
James H. Blackley, 1919 box 8 folder 19
Wills, 1919, 1927, 1949, 1956 box 8 folder 20
Chas Blackley, 1922 box 9 folder 1
Mary Blackley, 1922 box 9 folder 2
Chas Blackley, 1924 box 9 folder 3
Chas Blackley, 1926 box 9 folder 4
James H. Blackley, 1926 box 9 folder 5
Catherine Matthews School Related Materials, 1927-1944, undated box 9 folder 6
Chas Blackley, 1927 box 9 folder 7
James H. Blackley, 1927 box 9 folder 8
Chas Blackley Diary, 1928 box 9 folder 9
Chas Blackley, 1929 box 9 folder 10
Chas Blackley Diary, 1929 box 9 folder 11
Smoke Screen, Fort Eustis, Virginia, 1929 box 9 folder 12
Chas Blackley, 1930 box 9 folder 13
Chas Blackley Journal, 1930 box 9 folder 14
Chas Blackley, 1931 box 9 folder 15
The Commonwealth Club, 1931-1938 box 9 folder 16
Estate of George W. Blackley, 1931-1937 box 9 folder 17
Chas Blackley, 1932 box 9 folder 18
Chas Blackley Diary, 1932 box 9 folder 19
Edited "Between Two Fires" Script, Chas Blackley, 1932 box 9 folder 20
Edited "Echo" Manuscript, Chas Blackley, 1932 box 10 folder 1
Mrs. E.J. Cushing, 1932 box 10 folder 2
Samuel Travers Phillips, 1932 box 10 folder 3
Chas Blackley, 1933 box 10 folder 4
Chas Blackley Diary, 1933 box 10 folder 5
Edited "Full Cargo" Manuscript, Chas Blackley, 1933 box 10 folder 6
Edited "Yellow Cargo" Manuscript, Chas Blackley, 1933 box 10 folder 7
"Full Cargo" Manuscript Draft, Chas Blackley, ca. 1933 box 10 folder 8
"The High Road" Manuscript Draft, Chas Blackley, 1933 box 10 folder 9
"Yellow Cargo" Manuscript Draft, Chas Blackley, 1933 box 10 folder 10
Chas Blackley, 1934 box 10 folder 11
Chas Blackley Diary, 1934 box 10 folder 12
Edited Incomplete Manuscript, Chas Blackley, 1934 box 10 folder 13
Novel Outlines, Chas Blackley, 1934 box 10 folder 14
Passports, 1934, 1968-1969, 1975, 2000, 2013 box 10 folder 15
The Staunton Players, 1934-1935 box 10 folder 16
Catherine Matthews, 1935 box 10 folder 17
Chas Blackley, 1935 box 10 folder 18
Mary Blackley, 1935 box 10 folder 19
WSVA Shares, Chas Blackley, 1935-1938 box 10 folder 20
Catherine Matthews Blackley, 1936 box 10 folder 21
Chas Blackley, 1936 box 10 folder 22
Chas Blackley, 1937 box 10 folder 23
Catherine Matthews, 1938 box 10 folder 24
Chas Blackley, 1938 box 10 folder 25
Household Inventory, Chas Blackley, 1938-1944 box 11 folder 1
Ration Books, 1940-1946 box 11 folder 2
Catherine Blackley, 1942 box 11 folder 3
Chas Blackley, 1942 box 11 folder 4
Catherine Blackley, 1943 box 11 folder 5
Chas Blackley, 1943 box 11 folder 6
Catherine Blackley, 1944 box 11 folder 7
Chas Blackley, 1944 box 11 folder 8
Catherine Blackley, 1945 box 11 folder 9
Chas Blackley, 1945 box 11 folder 10
Chas Blackley, 1946 box 11 folder 11
Chas Blackley, 1947 box 11 folder 12
Catherine Blackley, 1948 box 11 folder 13
Chas Blackley, 1948 box 11 folder 14
Chas Blackley, 1949 box 11 folder 15
Chas Blackley, 1950 box 11 folder 16
Chas Blackley, 1951 box 11 folder 17
Chas Blackley, 1952 box 11 folder 18
Chas Blackley, 1953 box 11 folder 19
May Day Pamphlets from Stuart Hall, Susan Blackley, 1954 box 11 folder 20
Transcription of Signalman Charles Coatesworth Phillips' 1864 diary and message book , 1955 box 11 folder 21
Chas Blackley, 1956 box 11 folder 22
Catherine Blackley, 1957 box 11 folder 23
Chas Blackley, 1957 box 11 folder 24
Glamour Manor - Beverly Hills, 1956, 1957-1961 box 11 folder 25
Belle Blackley Trust (Folder 1 of 3), 1958-1968 box 11 folder 26
Belle Blackley Trust (Folder 2 of 3), 1958-1968 box 12 folder 1
Belle Blackley Trust (Folder 3 of 3), 1958-1968 box 12 folder 2
Chas Blackley, 1961 box 12 folder 3
Associated Press Bulletin concerning JFK Assassination , 1963 box 12 folder 4
Chuck Blackley, 1964 box 12 folder 5
Shenandoah Discount Inc. Bankruptcy , 1964 box 12 folder 6
Susan Blackley, 1966 box 12 folder 7
Chuck Blackley, 1969 box 12 folder 8
Chuck Blackley, 1970 box 12 folder 9
Chas Blackley, 1971 box 12 folder 10
Chuck Blackley, 1971 box 12 folder 11
Pat Blackley, 1971 box 12 folder 12
Chuck Blackley, 1972 box 12 folder 13
Chuck Blackley, 1973 box 12 folder 14
Death Certificates, 1974, 1999, 2010 box 12 folder 15
A Salute to Senator Harry T. Byrd Jr., 1975 box 12 folder 16
Chas Blackley, 1976 box 12 folder 17
Chuck Blackley, 1980 box 12 folder 18
Chuck Blackley, 1981 box 12 folder 19
Chuck Blackley, 1982 box 12 folder 20
Chuck Blackley, 1983 box 12 folder 21
"I Remember It Well" Drafts, Catherine Matthews Blackley, 1983 box 12 folder 22
Chuck Blackley, 1984 box 12 folder 23
Pat Blackley, ca.1984 box 12 folder 24
Pat Blackley, 1985 box 12 folder 25
Chuck Blackley, 1986 box 12 folder 26
Pat Blackley, 1986 box 12 folder 27
Chuck Blackley, 1987 box 12 folder 28
Chas Blackley, 1989 box 12 folder 29
Chuck Blackley, 1989 box 12 folder 30
Chas Blackley, 1990 box 12 folder 31
Examples of projects undertaken under Charles P. Blackley Jr. PE, ca. 1990s box 12 folder 32
Chuck Blackley, 1992 box 12 folder 33
Chas Blackley, 1993 box 12 folder 34
Chuck Blackley, 1993 box 12 folder 35
Chuck Blackley, 1994 box 12 folder 36
Chuck Blackley, 1998 box 12 folder 37
Chuck Blackley, 1999 box 12 folder 38
Chuck Blackley, 2000 box 12 folder 39
Catherine Blackley, 2010 box 12 folder 40
Chuck Blackley, 2010 box 12 folder 41
Chuck Blackley, 2015 box 12 folder 42
Blackley Family Bios, 2016, undated box 12 folder 43
"Between Two Fires" Script, Chas Blackley, undated box 13 folder 1
Catherine Blackley, undated box 13 folder 2
Chas Blackley, undated box 13 folder 3
Chuck Blackley, undated box 13 folder 4
Drafts of Multiple Incomplete Manuscripts, Chas Blackley, undated box 13 folder 5
Duplicate of Blackley Family Bible, undated box 13 folder 6
John McNair and Associates, undated box 13 folder 7
Radio Broadcasting Scripts, undated box 13 folder 8
Notes of story of blind boy, Chas Blackley, undated box 13 folder 9
"The story about the war" by Catherine Blackley, undated box 13 folder 10

^ Top

Series 3: Ephemera, 1856-2004

Series 3: Ephemera, 1856-2004, houses many unique items such as hundreds of stamps (U.S., Confederate, and international), brochures, certificates, awards, diplomas, and pamphlets from events such as the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, and dance cards. The aforementioned diplomas and certificates document the Blackley family's achievements and graduations from various schools and universities, including the University of Virginia, the State Teacher's College at Harrisonburg, and Virginia Tech. Many of the manuals and booklets used in Chas' various military training can be found in this series.

There are also newspaper clippings that share stories directly related to family members or address significant events of the time. These include awards won by the family, news about new jobs or graduations, historic events like D-Day, and John F. Kennedy's assassination.

One of the more locally relevant pieces is a pamphlet entitled "Dedication of the Shenandoah National Park" (1936). It lists the planned dedication speech from President Franklin D. Roosevelt given at Big Meadows as the key event.

This series also includes one oversize box of 3D ephemeral objects. Objects of interest include a Kodak No. 2 Folding Autographic Brownie camera (1917-1926) owned by Chas Blackley and inscribed with the names of Blackley and the SS Gertrude Kellogg, Dr. Charles Coatesworth Phillips' small leather medicine case with glass bottles that he took on house calls, several pairs of glasses, a glass plate photograph of Susie E. Phillips, and assorted World's Fair ephemera.

Stored separately are multiple flags that are likely from Chas' 1930 voyage in the Pacific. There is a large and small Japanese flag, a small Chinese [pre-communist revolution] flag, and a small Philippine national flag. An additional flag dates to WWI and features the United States flag surrounded by smaller flags of all our allies from that conflict.

Title/Description Instances
Blackley Family Newspaper Clippings, 1856-2012, bulk 1932-1938 box 13 folder 11
Dance Cards, 1860, 1882, undated box 13 folder 12
Confederate States of America stamps, 1861-1865 box 13 folder 13
Phillips Family diploma, VMI class poster, New Market cadet poster, 1861-1907, undated Map Case 1:3 folder 1
Phillips Family certificates and diplomas (folder 1 of 2), 1866-1867 box 14 folder 1
Phillips Family certificates and diplomas (folder 2 of 2), 1866-1867 box OV1 folder 1
Currency, Bonds, and Certificates, 1861-1948, bulk 1861-1865 box 14 folder 2
Set of Flower Picture Cards, 1870 box 14 folder 3
George Washington Stamps, ca. 1880-1900 box 14 folder 4
Assorted keychains and trinkets, 1881, undated box 14 folder 5
Benjamin Franklin Stamps, 1881-1889 box 14 folder 6
United States Stamped Envelopes , 1801-1901 box 14 folder 7
Assorted 3D objects, 1884-1982, undated box OV2
Assorted Booklets (folder 1 of 2), 1886-1984 box 14 folder 8
Assorted Booklets (folder 2 of 2), 1886-1984 box 14 folder 9
Parker County, Texas Immigrants Guide, ca.1889 box 14 folder 10
Ulysses S. Grant Stamps , ca. 1890 box 14 folder 11
International Stamps, 1894-1974 box 14 folder 12
Labor Day Ribbon, 1897 box 14 folder 13
United States Commemorative Stamps, ca.1900 box 14 folder 14
Life Magazines, 1902-1903 box 14 folder 15
Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, 1907-1998 box 14 folder 16
Assorted medals and awards, 1910, 1954, undated box 15 folder 1
The first capital of Texas, Newspaper Clippings, ca. 1913 box 15 folder 2
Surety Coupon Collection Book, Mrs. E.J. Cushing, 1915 box 15 folder 3
Assorted flags, ca. 1918, 1930, undated Map Case 1:3 folder 2
Army and Training Regulations, 1922-1930 box 15 folder 4
Cigar Band Collection, Chas Blackley, 1922 box 15 folder 5
Assorted Maps, 1925-1982 box 15 folder 6
Catherine Matthews Blackley certificate and diplomas, 1927-1935 box OV1 folder 2
Chas Blackley certificates and diploma, 1927-1947 box OV1 folder 3
Military Manuals, Chas Blackley, 1928, 1941-1943 box 15 folder 7
Box of matches from Darlen, Manchuria or Keelung, Formosa, 1930 box 16 folder 1
Charles Blackley military hats, 1930, undated box 16 folder 2
Custom Christmas Cards, Chas Blackley, 1931, 1937, undated box 16 folder 3
Assorted Event Tickets, 1931-1935 box 16 folder 4
Airline Luggage Tags, 1932, undated box 16 folder 5
Assorted Brochures (Folder 1 of 2), 1932-1992 box 16 folder 6
Assorted Brochures (Folder 2 of 2), 1932-1992 box 16 folder 7
Assorted U.S. Destination Pamphlets and Cards, ca. 1932 box 16 folder 8
Christmas Card Puzzle, Chas Blackley, 1932 box 16 folder 9
Los Angeles Olympics Booklets and Brochures , 1932 box 16 folder 10
The Press Club Heckler, 1932 box 17 folder 1
Bert Cooklsey Poetry, Newspaper Clippings, 1933 box 17 folder 2
World's Fair, Chicago, Brochures and Pamphlets (folder 1 of 2), 1933 box 17 folder 3
World's Fair, Chicago, Brochures and Pamphlets (folder 2 of 2), 1933 box 17 folder 4
European Ephemera, 1934 box 17 folder 5
Pastel caricature, likely Chas Blackley, 1934 box OV1 folder 4
Dedication of the Shenandoah National Park Pamphlet, 1936 box 17 folder 6
WSVA Newspaper Clippings, 1936 box 17 folder 7
Miscellaneous pins, 1934, 1982-1984, undated box 17 folder 8
"Merry Christmas" charcoal drawing, Chas Blackley and Santa Claus, 1937 box OV1 folder 5
Military patches, ca. 1940s box 17 folder 9
Assorted military pins, 1943, undated box 17 folder 10
Chas Blackley Certificates, 1944, 1955 box 17 folder 11
Major of St. Lo, Newspaper Clippings, 1944 box 17 folder 12
Pass for Camp Crowder, MO, Catherine Blackley, 1944 box 17 folder 13
Pocket Service Prayer Book and Military Missal, 1944 box 17 folder 14
Stamp Collection, 1944-1988 box 17 folder 15
Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Sales Permit No. 2, Civilian Registrants, 1944, 1946 box 17 folder 16
Army Service Forces: Annual Report, 1945 box 18 folder 1
War Department Signal Center Printouts, 1945 box 18 folder 2
Campaign buttons, 1950, 1976, undated box 18 folder 3
Life Magazine, April 16, 1951 box OV1 folder 6
Pencil drawing, Blackley Family residence at 317 E. Beverley St. Staunton, 1959 box OV1 folder 7
Civil War related color posters, 1963, undated box OV1 folder 8
Chuck Blackley Certificates (folder 1 of 2), 1963-1998 box 18 folder 4
Chuck Blackley Certificates (folder 2 of 2), 1963-1998 box OV1 folder 9
Assorted Engineering Calculators used prior to Computers, ca. 1965 box 18 folder 5
Rotary International, Mexico City, 1968 box 18 folder 6
Assorted Tokens and Coins, 1969, undated box 18 folder 7
Program, Robert E. Lee High School Graduation Exercises, 1969 box 18 folder 8
Patricia D. Fry, Robert E. Lee High School Diploma, 1970 box OV1 folder 16
Pocket Circular Slide Rule, Chuck Blackley, ca.1970 box 18 folder 9
Reprint of "Shenandoah, I Long to Hear You" article from April 1970 National Geographic Magazine , ca.1970 box 18 folder 10
Patricia Fry Blackley Diplomas, Elizabeth Brant School of Business, Blue Ridge Community College , 1971, 1986 box 18 folder 11
Chuck Blackley Diploma, Virginia Tech, 1973 box 18 folder 12
Marble Valley Pumped Storage Project, ca. 1975 box 18 folder 13
Assorted Membership and Identification Cards , 1976-1997 box 18 folder 14
Patricia Blackley Certificates, 1986, 1988 box 19 folder 1
International Star Registry certificates and maps, 1990 box OV1 folder 10
Star Registry Documents and Maps, 1990 box 19 folder 2
Rotary Foundation Award, Chas Blackley, 1993 box 19 folder 3
Contents of Chas Blackley's Wallet, ca. 1999 box 19 folder 4
White House Press Pass for Submarine Texas Christening , 2004 box 19 folder 5
Assorted Business Cards, undated box 19 folder 6
Assorted Postcards, undated box 19 folder 7
Assorted United States Stamps, undated box 19 folder 8
Booklet of "The Eight Grand National Pictures in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol at Washington" , undated box 19 folder 9
Booklet of Washingtion Architecture , undated box 19 folder 10
Catherine Matthews Blackley sketch of monogrammed dinnerware, undated box OV1 folder 11
Charles Blackley Custom Bookplates and Stamp, undated box 19 folder 11
Chesterfield Cigarettes Tin, undated box 19 folder 12
Coasters, undated box 19 folder 13
Cunard Line Labels and Tags, undated box 19 folder 14
Dallas Opera House "The Humming Bird" Play Advertisement, undated box 19 folder 15
Mary Blackley Silhouette, undated box 20 folder 1
Military pins and dog tags, undated box 20 folder 2
Miscellaneous Ephemera , undated box 20 folder 3
Rapid City, South Dakota Advertisements, undated box 20 folder 4
Sketches of people by [Catherine?] Matthews, undated box 20 folder 5
Small Fan, undated box 20 folder 6
"Story of Appomattox" Newspaper Clipping , undated box 20 folder 7
Toy Town Post Office, undated box 20 folder 8
United States Numerical Stamps, undated box 21 folder 1
Valentine Writer Booklets, undated box 21 folder 2
West Virginia "Coal Country" 3D Cast, undated box 21 folder 3
WTON Sugar Bowl Advertisement, undated box OV1 folder 12

^ Top

Series 4: Photographs, ca.1861-1989

Series 4, Photographs, ca. 1861-1989, includes a large number of pictures from both of Chas Blackley's trips to Asia and the Pacific in 1930 and his journey through Europe in 1934.

There are also a number of rare pictures of the Civilian Military Training Camp (CMTC) experience at Ft. Eustis, Virginia, from 1928, and to our knowledge might be the only ones publicly available.

As Catherine Matthews Blackley was a graduate of the State Teacher's College at Harrisonburg (now JMU), there many pictures from her time on campus during the early 1930s in this collection.

Another rare item housed here is an ambrotype of an unidentified woman which is located in Miscellaneous, 1884-1993 (folder 3 of 4). The subject's identity is unknown, but the style of production dates the piece to around 1858. Given that date and the apparent age of the woman, it is plausible that the subject is Sarah Lane Scott, Sallie Scott Bassett's mother.

Title/Description Instances
R.H. Bassett, ca. 1861-1870 box 21 folder 4
Great Grandfather and Grandmother Gilkeson, ca. 1862 box 21 folder 5
Photo Album owned by Rev. Richard H. Phillips while in Civil War prison in Ohio, 1865 box 21 folder 6
Belle Bassett Blackley, 1883, 1891, undated box 21 folder 7
Miscellaneous (folder 1 of 4), 1884-1993 box 21 folder 8
Miscellaneous (folder 2 of 4), 1884-1993 box 21 folder 9
Miscellaneous (folder 3 of 4), 1884-1993 box 22 folder 1
Miscellaneous (folder 4 of 4), 1884-1993 box 22 folder 2
Assorted George W. Blackley, 1886, ca.1890, undated box 22 folder 3
Assorted C.T. Phillips, ca.1908, undated box 22 folder 4
Assorted Chas Blackley, 1910-1993, undated box 22 folder 5
Pictures sent to Mrs. M.E. Phillips, ca. 1914 box 22 folder 6
Chas Hoge portrait, 1919 box OV1 folder 13
Catherine Matthews Family, 1927, undated box 22 folder 7
Civilian Military Training Camp, Ft. Eustis, VA, 1928 box 22 folder 8
Chas Blackley, Regimental Color Bearer, Church in the grove (1928); Staunton-Augusta County Agricultural Fair (September 1956), 1928, September 1956 box OV1 folder 14
Catherine Matthews , ca. 1930s box 22 folder 9
Commonwealth Club, Staunton, VA, ca. 1930s box 22 folder 10
Dixie Theater Fire, Staunton, VA, ca. 1930s box 22 folder 11
Manila and Manchuria, 1930 box 22 folder 12
Negatives of SS Gertrude Kellogg, Panama Canal, China, Japan, Phillipine Islands, 1930 box 22 folder 13
Car Crash, 1931 box 22 folder 14
Catherine Matthews Blackley class photographs, 1931, 1938, undated box OV1 folder 15
Catalinia Island, ca.1932 box 22 folder 15
Chas Blackley, Olympic Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif., 1932 box 22 folder 16
Cheyenne, Wyo. , ca. 1932 box 22 folder 17
Cleveland, O. , ca. 1932 box 22 folder 18
Denver, Col. , 1932 box 22 folder 19
Detroit, Mi., ca. 1932 box 23 folder 1
Los Angeles, 1932 box 23 folder 2
Niagra Falls, ca. 1932 box 23 folder 3
Omaha, Neb., ca. 1932 box 23 folder 4
Postcards with pictures of Woodrow Wilson and Staunton, VA, ca. 1932 box 23 folder 5
Salt Lake City, 1932 box 23 folder 6
San Francisco, Calif. , ca. 1932 box 23 folder 7
Yellowstone, ca. 1932 box 23 folder 8
Yosemite, ca. 1932 box 23 folder 9
Bert, 1933 box 23 folder 10
Chicago, Ill. , ca. 1933 box 23 folder 11
Assorted European Cities, ca. 1934 box 23 folder 12
Assorted European Cities Negatives, ca. 1934 box 23 folder 13
Berlin and Brussels, 1934 box 23 folder 14
Catherine Matthews, 1934-1938 box 23 folder 15
Florence, Venice, Vienna, Munich, Oberammagon, Nuremberg, 1934 box 23 folder 16
London, Liverpool, Oxford, R.M.S. Laconia, ca. 1934 box 23 folder 17
Lucerne and Paris, ca. 1934 box 23 folder 18
Passport Photgraphs, Chas Blackley, 1934 box 23 folder 19
R.M.S. Laconia, ca. 1934 box 23 folder 20
Rome, Fontainebleau, Lucerne, ca. 1934 box 23 folder 21
Rome, Paris, Battlefields, 1934 box 23 folder 22
Staunton Airport, 1934 box 23 folder 23
Assorted Catherine Matthews Blackley, 1935-1968, undated box 24 folder 1
WSVA Antenna Tower, 1935 box 24 folder 2
Assorted Chas and Catherine Blackley, 1937, 1982, undated box 24 folder 3
Chas Blackley Car Crash, 1937 box 24 folder 4
A. David Khan, 1938, 1989, undated box 24 folder 5
Chas and Catherine Blackley Wedding, 1938 box 24 folder 6
Assorted Mary Blackley Taylor, 1939, 1964, undated box 24 folder 7
Blackley Family Homes, 1944, 1958, undated box 24 folder 8
Camp Crowder, MO and Washington, D.C. during WWII, 1944, undated box 24 folder 9
Assorted Fannie Blackley Cushing, 1947-1952, undated box 24 folder 10
Assorted Susan Blackley, 1947-1992, undated box 24 folder 11
Assorted Blackley Family Group Photos, 1948-1993, undated box 24 folder 12
Assorted Chuck Blackley, 1951-1984, undated box 24 folder 13
Virginia Association of Broadcasters, 1951 box 24 folder 14
WTON, 1951, 1970 box 24 folder 15
Stuart Hall, May Day, 1954 box 24 folder 16
Stuart Hall May Day, 1954 Cine-Kodak, Kodachrome Safety Color Film for 8mm roll cameras, 1954 box Freezer Storage
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960 box 24 folder 17
Assorted Patricia Fry Blackley, 1963-1987, undated box 24 folder 18
Catherine Matthews Blackley High School Reunion, 1971 box 24 folder 19
Chuck and Pat Blackley Wedding, 1971 box 24 folder 20
National Association of Broadcasters, 1973 box 24 folder 21
Chas and Catherine Blackley 40th Anniversary Party, 1978 box 24 folder 22
Leckie Smokeless Coal Company Aerial Photographs, 1980-1981 box 25 folder 1
Contact Prints for Patton, Harris, Rust, & Associates, 1986 box 25 folder 2
Assorted Francis Matthews Stewart, 1987, undated box 25 folder 3
Chas and Catherine Blackley 50th Anniversary Party, 1988 box 25 folder 4
Chas Blackley's 80th Birthday Party, 1989 box 25 folder 5
Assorted Albert Lemain Phillips, undated box 25 folder 6
Assorted Negatives, undated box 25 folder 7
Blackley Feed Store, undated box 25 folder 8
Catherine Matthews Negatives, undated box 25 folder 9
Chas Blackley Negatives, undated box 25 folder 10
Chas and Mary Blackley, undated box 25 folder 11
Dr. Chas C. Phillips, undated box 25 folder 12
John Matthews, undated box 25 folder 13
John Sewell Matthews, undated box 25 folder 14
Lillie Bennett Matthews, undated box 25 folder 15
Margaret Ester Dodson Matthews, undated box 25 folder 16
Mrs. C.C. Phillips, undated box 25 folder 17
Rev. Richard H. Phillips, undated box 25 folder 18
Robert and Mary Blackley Taylor Wedding, undated box 25 folder 19
Sallie Scott, undated box 25 folder 20
Slides of the Blackley Family, undated box 25 folder 21
Susie Phillips, undated box 25 folder 22
WSVA Office, undated box 25 folder 23

^ Top

Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1862-1931

Series 5: Scrapbooks, 1862-1931, is comprised of four scrapbooks. In the aftermath of his wounding and the conclusion of the American Civil War, R. H. Bassett found a calling to participate in local and state politics. The majority of the first scrapbook contains newspaper clippings of news relating to his exploits and proclamations.

The CMTC and VMI scrapbook highlights Chas Blackley's time with both of these organizations and places. The CMTC material is rare as the military's official website for the history of Ft. Eustis fails to even mention the fort's role during in that capacity.

Finally, there are two scrapbooks document the journey that Chas Blackley and childhood friend, George Earman, made upon the steamer SS Gertrude Kellogg in 1930. Both scrapbooks chronicle Blackley and Earman's travels through the Pacific and multiple Asian nations.

Title/Description Instances
R.H. Bassett Scrapbook, 1862-1869 box 26 folder 1
Chas Blackley, CMTC and VMI Scrapbook, 1928-1931 box 26 folder 2
Chas Blackley, S/S Gertrude Kellogg Scrapbook, 1930 box 26 folder 3
S/S Gertrude Kellogg Scrapbook, 1930 box 26 folder 4

^ Top