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COLLECTION Identifier: A/B6364

Diaries of Valina Blake, 1934-1950


Collection consists of Valina Blake's European travel diaries.


  • Creation: 1934-1950

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Valina Blake, as well as, copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 folder

Collection consists of Valina Blake's travel diaries. One unbound diary consists mostly of pen drawings entitled "Daily Picshuas of Papagenie Blake and Mamalenie Blake," 1934, 1938. One bound diary is entitled "The Pictorial Diary of the World Conference Tour," 1948; and "The Pictorial Diary of a Trip through France," 1950. Included are lists of expenses, letters sent, gifts purchased, and what clothing she wore.


Valina (Lenie) Blake was the wife of Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, a prominent Presbyterian minister and general secretary of the World Council of Churches. The couple made four trips to Europe: in 1934 and 1938 to Great Britain and again in 1948 and 1950 to Great Britain and the continent.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2006-M202

The Diaries of Valina Blake were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Waiting for Godot Books in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed: November 2006

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: December 2020

By: Amber L. Moore

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by Patricia M. King/Schlesinger Library Director's Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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