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Thomas Nelson Berkeley Noland papers

Identifier: MSS -16476

Content Description

This collection documents Thomas Nelson Berkeley Noland's time in Peru, and contains his journal, a typed transcript of the journal by Mary Noland Young, photographs (chiefly albumen prints) of items, places, and peoples in the Amazon, correspondence (including drafts and translations), and legal documents.

Also present are oversize blueprint maps of the Peruvian Amazon region drawn by Noland, a "Map of a Section of South America - Peru, a Vertical Cross Section of the Continent about the 2nd Degree South Latitude," and two spear points.

Noland’s journal records his travels on the Peruvian tributaries of the Amazon from 1873 to 1874. The journal documents his work, describing his travels, the geography, flora and fauna of the area, and his observations and interactions with the various indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon. It includes hand drawn illustrations.


  • Creation: 1872 - 2020
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1872-1906, 1964, 2020


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Nelson Berkeley Noland (1846-1913) was born in Hanover County, Virginia, the son of Colonel Callender St. George Noland (1816-1875) and Mary Edmonia Berkeley (1823-1901).

Noland was a student at the Virginia Military Institute, from 1863-1864 and 1867-1870, where he served as a private in Company C, participating in the Battle of New Market during the Civil War.

He was employed both as a civil engineer and a farmer. Noland was employed as a civil engineer by the Peruvian Hydraulic Commission 1873-1874. Noland and Elizabeth M. Mayo (1850-1883) were married in 1883.


.75 Cubic Feet (1 legal document box, 1 small artifact box, and one flat file folder (2 x 3 feet) )

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was given to the University of Virginia Special Collections Library on November 12, 2021, by Mary Noland Young and Lucy Burwell Young.

Condition Description

Fair to good

Content Warning

This material contains offensive or harmful language based on race and religion. Also present are a few descriptions of violence against Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

The purpose of this note is to give users the opportunity to decide whether they need or want to view these materials, or at least, to mentally or emotionally prepare themselves to view the materials. For archival materials, more specific information about these materials may be available in the finding aid.

Thomas Nelson Berkeley Noland papers
Sharon Defibaugh
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States