Brock Miscellaneous files, 1655-1908

The Brock Miscellaneous files, 1655-1908, are a collection of single and multiple documents arranged chronologically. Unlike the bulk of the Robert Alonzo Brock Collections, which were cataloged individually, the Miscellaneous files were cataloged as a group as maintained at the Huntington Library, with a database created to identify each document individually.

Included are a wide variety of business, organizational, personal, and military records collected by Robert Alonzo Brock. The records encompass not only Virginia, but many other East coast colonies and states. The collection includes accounts, affidavits, agreements, bills, bonds, correspondence, deeds, depositions, inventories, invitations, military records, orders, petitions, powers of attorney, promissory notes, receipts, reports, surveys, and warrants. Topics include agriculture, business, colonial history, genealogy, law suits, Native Americans, politics, slavery, social life, universities, and war.

Since the collection is so varied and covers such a wide range of material, the database was created to be searchable by a simple keyword search. The collection is available on microfilm in the West Reading Room and available through interlibrary loan at The Library of Virginia.

Search Examples:
Search by Name: (ie Lovell, Braddock, Ross)
Search by Geographic area: Can search by city name or state abbreviations. (ie Williamsburg, NH, PA, England)
Search by Subject: (ie Ships, Indians, Military, Slaves)

Note: It is best to use less specific searches in order to find the most results. A space may be required before a word to narrow down the search criteria, for instance Arrington brings up Carrington unless you put a space before Arrington. Also, the search will search all fields, for example a search on the name John will yield all records containing both given names and surnames containing "John," such as "Johnson" and "Johnston", unless you include a space after "John".


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