Guide to the Annie Lois Newkirk Blakely Papers, 1870-1988

Collection Overview

The Annie Lois Newkirk Blakely Papers, 1870-1988, contain chiefly correspondence and diaries but also include legal papers, pictures, and clippings. The collection primarily documents the life of Blakely as a Clinton, S.C. housewife and mother, and of her children, Florence Ella Blakely and Ann Newkirk Blakely McLeod. Much of the Correspondence Series consists of personal letters by family members and friends written to Annie Lois Newkirk Blakely, her husband Ralph Royd Blakely, daughters Florence Ella Blakely (a Duke University librarian), and Ann Newkirk Blakely McLeod. A large portion of this series contain correspondence (1921-1978) between Annie and Ralph Blakely before they were married. Although the Diaries Series (1927-1978) contains primarily the journals of Annie Lois Newkirk Blakely, other family members Florence Ella Blakely and Inez Robertson Blakely, are also included. The Pictures Series contains family photographs of vacations, holidays, and weddings. The Legal Papers Series primarily contains banking and investment correspondence, as well as personal legal Items, such as Annie Blakely's discharge papers from the U.S. Army and Ralph Blakely's discharge papers from the U.S. Navy after World War I. The Miscellaneous Series includes War Ration Books from the 1940s and photocopied newspaper clippings that pertain to the Blakely and Newkirk families.

Descriptive Summary

Annie Lois Newkirk Blakely papers 1870-1988
Blakely, Annie Lois Newkirk, 1891-1984
7.2 Linear Feet, 4,700 Items
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Contents of the Collection

Includes personal letters of Annie Lois Newkirk Blakely, Florence Ella Blakely, Ralph Blakely, Ann Newkirk and letters addressed to both Mr. and Mrs. Blakely. Correspondence between Annie Lois and Ralph Blakely while dating during the early 1920s is most prominent. Arranged by recipient in chronological order by day, month and year.

Blakely, Annie Lois Newkirk, 1921-1922, Aug.
(6 folders)
Box 1
Blakely, Annie Lois Newkirk, 1923-1969
(7 folders)
Box 2
Blakely, Annie Lois Newkirk, 1970, undated
(2 folders)
Box 3
Blakely, Florence Ella, 1934-1972
(7 folders)
Box 3
Blakely, Florence Ella, 1972-1983
(7 folders)
Box 4
Blakely, Florence Ella, 1984, Feb. 1-1988, undated
(7 folders)
Box 5
Blakely, Ralph,. 1918-1922, Apr. 17
(8 folders)
Box 6
Blakely, Ralph, 1922, Apr. 18-1958, undated
(5 folders)
Box 7
Blakely, Mr. and Mrs., 1942-1954
(2 folders)
Box 7
Blakely, Mr. and Mrs., 1946-1948
(6 folders)
Box 8
Blakely, Mr. and Mrs., 1949-1955
(9 folders)
Box 9
Blakely, Mr. and Mrs., 1956-1959, Aug.
(7 folders)
Box 10
Blakely, Mr. and Mrs., 1959, Sept.-1966, undated
(5 folders)
Box 11
Blakely, Ann Newkirk, 1940-1969, undated
Box 11
Other, 1923-1974, undated
Box 11

Primarily contains diaries of Annie Lois Blakely and other family members including Florence Ella Blakely and Inez Robertson Blakely. Annie Lois Blakely's diaries disclose information recording her day to day activities. Entries vary from detailed writings to a few short sentences. Arranged in chronological order.

Blakely, Annie Lois Newkirk, 1927-1949
(4 folders)
Box 12
Blakely, Annie Lois Newkirk, 1950-1961
(5 folders)
Box 13
Blakely, Annie Lois Newkirk, 1962-1968
(4 folders)
Box 14
Blakely, Annie Lois Newkirk, 1969-1974
(4 folders)
Box 15
Blakely, Annie Lois Newkirk, 1975-1978
(3 folders)
Box 16
Other, 1933-1943
(2 folders)
Box 16

Contains papers regarding the legal affairs of Annie and Ralph Blakely and their children. Includes papers including bank and investments statements. Also contains War Ration Books from World War II and information regarding Annie's reserve and active service in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 1918-1922 . Contains discharge of Yeoman 1st-Class Ralph Blakely, U.S.S. Hartford, U.S. Navy, 1919 .

Blakely, Ann Newkirk, 1942-1985, undated
(2 folders)
Box 17
Blakely, Annie Lois Newkirk, 1918-1985, undated
Box 17
Blakely, Florence Ella, 1942-1984
Box 17
Blakely, Ralph, 1911-1958, undated
(2 folders)
Box 17
Miscellaneous, 1917-1960, undated
Box 17

Includes family, vacation, and wedding photographs. Arranged chronologically.

ca. 1870's-1984
(2 folders)
Box 18
Negatives, undated
Box 18

Includes acid-free photocopies and originals of newspaper clippings.

1935-1990, undated

Includes miscellaneous items including an address book, calendar, and other items. Arranged in chronological order.

1919-1984, undated
(4 folders)
Pictures, 1870's-1968
Oversize Box 15

Historical Note

1891, Nov. 11Born in Wilmington, N.C.
ca. 1910Attended Women's College, University of North Carolina (Greensboro, N.C.)
1918-1922Served as Nurse, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Greenville S.C.
1922, Aug. 24Married Ralph Royd Blakely in Clinton, S.C.
1923, Sept. 3Daughter, Florence Ella Blakely, born
1926, May 18Daughter, Ann Newkirk Blakely, born
1984, Oct. 16Died in Durham, N.C.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Annie Lois Newkirk Blakely Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Annie Lois Newkirk Blakely Papers (1870-1988) were donated to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by: John Gribble; Assisted by: Brent Johanson, Rachel Pottinger, Rachel Sullivan

Completed February 15, 1994

Encoded by Stephen D. Miller

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.