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Martha Barksdale Papers

Identifier: UA 6.004

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Scope and Contents

[NOTE: Since the Martha Barksdale diary is fragile, researchers are required to use either the digital verison, the photocopy, or the transcription of the diary.]

The papers include Martha Barksdale's diary for 1918-1919, recording her experiences as a member of the first class of women at William and Mary. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs that document student activities and women's sports at the college from her student years to her teaching career. The bulk of the photographs date from the 1920s-1940s.


  • Creation: 1918-1974
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1918-1922


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Conditions Governing Access

Since the Martha Barksdale diary is fragile, researchers are required to use either the digital verison,the photocopy, or the transcription of the diary.

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 publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Martha Elizabeth Barksdale, a native of Redlands, Virginia, entered the College of William and Mary in 1918 as a member of the first class to include women. Barksdale worked to establish an intercollegiate sports program for women as a student and continued this work as a faculty member. After graduating, Barksdale was appointed to teach in the newly-established Department of Women's Physical Education. She received her M.A. in Physical Education from William and Mary in 1929. Barksdale lived in Williamsburg for fifty-six years and was a founder of the Williamsburg Community Council. She was also an organizer of the Williamsburg Auxiliary for Patrick Henry Hospital and helped to establish the hospital's therapy program.


1.20 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1985.54 was received in 1985.

Related Materials:

Mildred Barksdale Papers (UA 5.060); Virginia Hinkins Scrapbook (UA 5.081); Catherine Dennis Papers (UA 5.004); Janet Kimbrough Interview in the University Archives Oral History Collection (UA 43).

Guide to the Martha Barksdale Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository