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Whittle Family Papers

Collection ID: MG 95

Scope and Contents

The collection includes diaries, speeches and essays about the Confederacy during the Civil War, old newspapers, and other material related to the Whittle family. In addition to the Whittle family, the collection also contains material from the Page, Loyall, Dabney, and Gordon families. Of particular note are Camilla Frances Loyall's first hand accounts of Norfolk during the Civil War, and its capture by General Wool and the Union in 1862.


  • circa 1812-1943, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/26/1978



1.40 Linear Feet

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Biographical or Historical Information

Elizabeth Calvert Page Dabney is a former Professor of English at Old Dominion University and a descendant of an old Norfolk family. The history of Elizabeth Calvert Page Dabney's family includes the histories of the Dabneys, the Pages, the Gordons, the Whittles, and the Loyalls. The Pages are an old and well-known Virginia family historically distinguished for their devotion to the Episcopal Church. They are related by marriage to the famous Revolutionary War General "Light Horse Harry" Lee and General Robert E. Lee. A known member of the Page family, Richard Lucien Page, served the United States Navy in the War of 1812 and in the Mexican War. When Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, he resigned his commission to the Union and was commissioned in the Navy of the Confederacy. He was later captured as a prisoner of war, and released after the Civil War. The Gordon family came to Virginia from Scotland in the 1700s. Samuel and Basil Gordon, and Samuel's nephew, were the first of their family in Virginia. The three men married three sisters who were the daughters of William Knox of Culpepper County, Virginia. They settled near Fredericksburg. In 1812, after the death of their father, the Gordons returned home to Scotland. Samuel and Agnes Knox Gordon remained in Scotland and England for the next twenty years before returning to Virginia. The Loyalls lived in Norfolk during the Civil War. Camilla Frances Loyall kept a diary of her experiences during this time. Her accounts include the capture of Norfolk by the Union in 1862.

Note written by Special Collections Staff

Language of Materials



This collection contains diaries, personal accounts, certificates, proceedings, receipts, literary magazines, and newspapers documenting the Whittle, Page, Loyall, Dabney, and Gordon families.

Custodial History

Prior to September 2020, the collection was known as the Elizabeth Calvert Page Dabney Papers.

Source of Acquisition

Elizabeth Calvert Page Dabney

Method of Acquisition

Gift. Accession #A78-8

Accruals and Additions

Additional accesions made in June 1978 and January 1979.

Related Materials

Warren Spencer Collection (MG 121) also contains information about the Whittle family.

A Guide to the Whittle Family Papers
Special Collections Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 09099999: The finding aid was revised by Steven Bookman, University Archivist, in September 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the ODU Community Collections Repository

3000 Perry Library
4427 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk VA 23529 US