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Florence Barber Diary

Identifier: SC 00834

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Scope and Contents

This diary was formerly described as an unattributed diary and entitled: Diary (Portsmouth, Va.), 1901, but has now been attributed to Florence Barber of Norfolk, Virginia. In brief daily entries she talks about the weather, chores, and social life, trips to town, church, attending meetings, etc. In August she went to visit churches and schools in Georgia and Alabama, like Atlanta University and Spelman College, both historically black schools. She also mentions teaching music, attending educational meetings in Portsmouth and being elected president of the local YMCA. September 3 is the last entry in this diary.

Research conducted by William and Mary students in 2011 pointed to Florence Barber as the owner and author of this diary. Their research also corrected that the diary was actually from 1902, not 1901 and that the author lived in Norfolk, not Portsmouth, Virginia. The diary was transcribed and made available online in 2012.

For a more detailed description from staff as well as description and excerpts from the diary provided by the seller, please see the folder link below.


  • Creation: 1902


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. 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, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Florence Barber lived in Portsmouth, Virginia at the turn of the 20th century.


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Physical Description

1 volume.

Processing Information:

Accessioned and processed in October 2009 by Ute Schechter. Additional description provided by Pat Overton, SCRC Staff, in November-December 2009.

Guide to the Florence Barber Diary
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository