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Blake family letters

Identifier: AC-153

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of letters belonging to the Blake family. The majority of the letters were sent to Henry St. John Blake (1885-1938) and his father, William “Bub” Burdine Blake Sr. (1852-1938). Henry St. John Blake and his brothers, Robert “Russell” Blake (1887-1968) and Edward L. Blake (1891-1973), served in the military and World War I. The letters reference the brothers’ military training, base life, and a flu epidemic at camps. Most of the incoming letters to William “Bub” Burdine Blake Sr. (1852-1938) are from his brother Daniel F. Blake (1854-1934), who was employed in bankruptcy court. Other letters are incoming and outgoing from extended family members and friends. Also included in this collection are insurance policy correspondence, an application to the Civil Service Committee, two Trotty Veck Messengers booklets, ephemera, newspaper clippings, an illustration of a pedigree dog’s bloodline, and a Justice Court notice.


  • 1907-1919


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The materials from Appalachian State University Libraries' Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The nature of these collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. As a result, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Conditions Governing Use

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 Appalachian State University assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

William “Bub” Burdine Blake Sr. (1852-1938) and Alice Mary Horne Blake (1850-1942) moved to the Dayton, Virginia area in the early 1870s and later moved to Ronceverte, Greenbrier County, West Virginia. While in the Dayton area, Blake worked at the publishing house Ruebush-Kieffer. After relocating to Ronceverte, Blake was a publisher of two newspapers, the Valley Messenger and News and the West Virginia News. William and Alice had seven children: Bessie Mabel Blake (1881-1885); Henry St. John Blake (1885-1938); Robert Russell Blake (1887-1968); Mary Ellen Blake Bell (1889-1971); Edward Lester Blake (1891-1973); Charles Stanley Blake, and William Burdine Blake, Jr.


0.42 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by the recipient/ sender and chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was purchased from Between the Covers in 2022. It was accessioned as AC.2022.005.


Some correspondents' identities are unclear or unknown.

Processing Information

Angela Ocuto Howell, 2022

Blake family letters
Angela Ocuto Howell
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository