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Luke family papers

Identifier: MSS 14066

Scope and Contents

Luke Family papers, MSS 14066, 1 cubic foot, contains family correspondence, financial, legal, and personal papers of a late Nineteenth century family from Berryville, Virginia. Topics include slavery, politics, farming, and the health of family and friends. There is also a brief mention of John Hopkins Hospital as well as World War I. There are a few items from other families including Frye, Zirkle, Geary, Rupp, and Harlow. They may have been friends or relatives of the Luke family.


  • Creation: 1853-1946

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

The Luke family of Berryville, Virginia during 1853 to 1946 consists of John Whelan Luke, a farmer, a Clarke County school trustee, and a member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1851), his wife Ann Louisa Grantham, and several of their children, Edwin Clifford Luke, a store salesman in New York City, James Luke, a local bank teller, Pattie Lucille Luke, a music and school teacher, Elizabeth "Bessie" Luke, Samuel Luke (who died from sickness in 1893), and Anna Clayton Luke.

Source: History of the Lower Shenandoah Valley Counties of Frederick, Berkeley, Jefferson, and Clarke.


1 Cubic Feet (2 legal document boxes and one oversize folder.)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a purchase from Charles Apfelbaum by the Small Special Collection Library at the University of Virginia on November 19, 2007.

Luke family papers
Ellen Welch
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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