Inclusive dates
  • Papers, 1855-2000, of William Henry Kiblinger (1918-2001) of Mineral, Louisa County, Virginia. The bulk of the collection dates from 1940-2000. Includes historical files on the town of Mineral and Louisa County, Virginia, family research files, notebooks, correspondence and subject files, photographs, oversize material, and other items
  • The MINERAL/LOUISA COUNTY HISTORY FILES contain information accumulated by Kiblinger during his research on local history. The files include drafts of articles he wrote and published, and research on prominent individuals, places, and events. There is material on mines and the mining industry, schools, including a run of graduation announcements and programs, churches, and local businesses. There is also a substantial amount of information on the Davis, Harper, Hendrick, Sims, Walton, and Whitlock families. This series contains abstracts of census, deed, and marriage records, tombstone inscriptions, maps, published sources, and other materials
  • The FAMILY RESEARCH FILES include information gathered by Kiblinger on the genealogy of the Butler, Kiblinger, and allied families. Of particular note in this series are papers relating to the Civil War service of William Carpenter Kiblinger (1831-1908) who served in the 10th Virginia Infantry. Included are letters written to his wife describing camp life and battles, a furlough pass, amnesty oath, currency, and other items. This series also contains abstracts of census records, deeds, orders, and wills, as well as correspondence, tombstone inscriptions, and plats and surveys. There are copies of a family newsletter he published for a short time, and also a genealogy he compiled with Earl R. Savage in 1998. This series documents lines of his family which settled in Rockingham County and Louisa Counties, Virginia, and Indiana, Ohio, and Texas
  • The NOTEBOOKS series contains notes which Kiblinger accumulated during his research on local history and genealogy. They are arranged alphabetically by topic, although many of the notebooks contain numerous subjects. Among the more prominent topics are the Butler, Hendrick, Keller, and Kiblinger families, and notes on Contrary Creek and various local mines. Data contained in the notebooks included abstracts of census records, marriage records, information from deed and will books, and tombstone inscriptions
  • The CORRESPONDENCE AND SUBJECT FILES are basically Kiblinger's personal files. The correspondence is family related. There are many letters written by him to his sister and parents while he was in the service during World War II. Also included in this series are accounts and receipts, information on amateur radio, his Army service, the Civilian Conservation Corps, clippings, funeral programs, invitations, report cards, and other miscellaneous family-related materials
  • The PHOTOGRAPHS are the largest series in the collection. They are organized alphabetically by topic. There are a substantial amount of photographs of various mines, CCC camps, trains and railroad depots, as well as the Church of the Incarnation, Cross Keys farm, flowers, bushes, and trees, buildings in Mineral, Virginia, and the town's centennial celebration and its high school, a county right-of-way construction project, and images taken while he was in the service during World War II. There are also a large amount of photographs of the Butler, Kennedy, Kiblinger, Safley, and Sims families. The researcher should consult the finding aid to the collection for a complete list of topics in this series
  • The OVERSIZE AND OTHER ITEMS series includes much of the same types of material contained in the rest of the collection, but are housed elsewhere because of their size. There are files on Armenius Mines, census records, Contrary Plantation, court records, deeds, diplomas, railroad plans and specifications, maps and plats, marriage records, military service records, photographs, and publications. Also included in this series is ephemera, unused postcards, publications, and ledgers. There are numerous ledgers of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, including block registers, car reports, freight claims, monthly time books, way bills, and loose papers. There is also a ledger of Pleasants Cash Store in Bumpass, a time roll of the Grasselli Chemical Company, and day books belonging to John H. Kennedy
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Biographical or historical data
William Henry Kiblinger was born on 29 January 1918 in Mineral, Louisa County, Virginia. He was the son of George Edgar Kiblinger (1877-1948) and Maggie May Lavinia Butler (1879-1951). During World War II, Kiblinger served as a Master Sergeant in the 246 Coast Artillery Corps at Fort Monroe and Fort Story, Virginia, and later with the 3169 Signal Service Group in New Guinea, the Philipines, and Okinawa. After the war, he worked in communications for the federal government. He never married. During his retirement, he worked on family genealogy, researched local history, pursued photography, and was an amateur radio operator. Kiblinger died on 23 January 2001.
Cataloging source
Form designation
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
  • 26.5
  • 4
Immediate source of acquisition
Abercrombie, Janice L.
Organization method
Organized into the following six series: I. Mineral/Louisa County History Files; II. Family Research Files; III. Notebooks; IV. Correspondence and Subject Files; V. Photographs; VI. Oversize and Other Items.
Reproduction note
photocopies and photographs.
Type of unit
  • cu. ft.
  • v.

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