Virginia Norfleet Reminiscences

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Norfleet, Virginia
Virginia Norfleet reminiscences
circa 1900
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a typed transcript of the reminiscences of Virginia Norfleet which was written for her grandchildren. Mrs. Norfleet gives a highly moralistic account of life in the Tidewater area of Virginia from 1812 to 1894, with emphasis on the Civil War and its effects on living conditions. She discusses slavery and the freeing of her father's slaves after General Lee's surrender; describes the school she attended after the Civil War; and gives a brief history of Franklin, Virginia, following the war.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 1965

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  March 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Margaret Norfleet, 1960.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials

Virginia Historical Society: Norfleet, Virginia S. Camp, Memoir, ca. 1861–1894. 15 pp. Photocopy of typescript. Mss5:1N7625:1.

The Library of Virginia: Norfleet Family Papers, 1823-1874, Accession Number 21871.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Franklin (Va.)
  • Tidewater (Va. : Region)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Virginia

Personal Name(s)

  • Norfleet, Virginia


  • Education -- Virginia
  • Manners and customs -- 19th century
  • Slavery -- Virginia
  • Women -- Virginia

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Collection Inventory


Reminiscences circa 1900