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titleCollection and papers of R. A. Brock, 1582-1914 (bulk 1800-1900)
repositoryThe Huntington Library
descriptionBrock's collection of papers and manuscripts relating to political, military, economic, religious, social, and genealogical history of the state of Virginia. Included are papers of prominent Virginia families, business firms and businessmen, religious and fraternal organizations, government offices and departments, politicians, statesmen, and administrators. The large group of individual items described by a misnomer Miscellaneous File and Miscellaneous Manuscripts apparently constituted the core of Mr. Brock's collection. Most materials concern history of Virginia, with items relating to other Southern States, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New York, etc

Brock's own voluminous private and official correspondence, and papers of the Virginia Historical Society and the Southern Historical Society

Biographical note
Robert Alonzo Brock, historian, antiquarian, and collector, was born in Richmond, Va. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in the 21st Virginia Regiment, transferring later to a hospital unit with which he remained for the duration of the war. Brock later served as associate editor of the Richmond Standard (1879-1882), corresponding secretary of the Virginia Historical Society (1875-1892), and secretary of the Southern Historical Society (1887-1914). He also edited the societies' papers. An avid collector of Virginiana, Brock started his collection before the Civil War and added materials up to the time of his death in 1914, accumulating nearly 50,000 manuscripts relating to Virginia and the history of the South
extentApprox. 50,700 pieces; 389 boxes; 700 bound volumes
accessContact repository for restrictions and policies.
bibliographyGuide to American historical manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, Calif. : H.E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, 1979)
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finding aidThe unpublished finding aid is available in the library
acquisition informationPurchased from Elizabeth Brock, through the agency of Robert O. Schad, 1922
updated03/16/2023 10:30:00

titleA Guide to the Robert Alonzo Brock Correspondence, ca. 1880-1910
repositoryLibrary of Virginia
descriptionCorrespondence, ca. 1880-1910, to Robert Alonzo Brock, written while he served as secretary for the Virginia Historical Society and Southern Historical Society. Topics include membership to the Virginia Historical Society, dues, subscriptions to the Southern Historical Society Papers, purchases of archival manuscripts and publications for the society, loans of books, and general Virginia historical and genealogical research inquiries. Also included are letters regarding Brock's participation and involvement in many historical boards and associations.

Many of the letters relate to genealogy, requesting Brock's assistance in researching family histories. The letters include some Bible records and genealogical notes for the family the correspondents were researching, making these letters a great source for genealogists. Often the correspondents were researching their last name, although included are some requests for other family names. Therefore a thorough checking of all family names may be required to find genealogical information relating to a specific family name.

extent81 microfilm reels
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acquisition informationThe Robert Alonzo Brock Collection was filmed by The Huntington Library in cooperation with The Library of Virginia with funding provided by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation. Microfilm received April 2005.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:13