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George Fraser Black Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 82-2

Scope and Contents

Bibliographies, correspondence, research notes, clippings, manuscripts, and publications documenting Dr. George Fraser Black's research on Scottish history and genealogy, witchcraft, and other subjects.


  • Created: 1737-1962
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/01/1982

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

George Fraser Black was born in Stirling, Scotland. Black attended Edinburgh University, and was associate director of the Scottish National Museum of Antiquities. In 1896, Black moved to the United States and joined the staff of the Astor Library in New York (later the New York Public Library). Black retired from the New York Public Library in 1931.

Black was recognized as an authority on gypsy lore, witchcraft, and Scottish history. Notable publications authored or edited by Black include Surnames of Scotland, American Gypsies, and many contributions to the New York Public Library Bulletin.

Black died at home in Lyndhurst, New Jersey on September 7, 1948.

Source: Dr. George Black, Historian, Is Dead. (September 7, 1948). New York Times.

Note written by R. Grennan


7.75 Linear Feet

965 Items other_unmapped

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Arrangement Note

Arranged in 5 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material - arranged by material type

Series 2: Subject Files - arranged by material size, and alphabetically by subject thereunder.

Series 3: Visual Materials - arranged by material size, and alphabetically by subject or title thereunder.

Series 4: Scrapbooks - arranged alphabetically by scrapbook title or subject

Series 5: Collected Publications - arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Access Requirements

Rolled items in Box 17 are fragile.

Source of Acquisition

Misses Mary and Florence Black

Method of Acquisition

Materials donated in June 1982 and December 1982.

Related Materials

George Fraser Black Collection on Witchcraft, Special Collections & University Archives, Drew University Library, Madison, New Jersey.

Separated Materials

Additional donated publications have been added to the Scottish Collection, Special Collections & Archives, Florida State University Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed January 1983. Finding aids for MSS 82-2, MSS 82-2a, and MSS 82-11 combined here in December 2017.

George Fraser Black Papers
Paige Downey & Rory Grennan
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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