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Diehl and Zink Family Papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0122

Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal papers, manuscripts, and notes of Dr. George West Diehl, articles on local history, and the genealogical papers of Mr. and Mrs. Zink, who donated the collection. The collection consists of more than 1,000 folders on Rockbridge County genealogy and history arranged by subject. Charles E. Zink, Dr. Diehl's foster son, contributed additional material to some of the genealogical files after Diehl's death in 1975.The personal papers include manuscripts of Dr. Diehl's books and research notes, bulletins and other material relating to Oxford Presbyterian Church, sermons, lectures, notes and duplicated items from the Rockbridge County School Board, one box of Iva S. Diehl papers, certificates, diplomas, and plagues.Genealogies include general genealogical aids and research files on families from Rockbridge, Augusta, and Boutetourt counties, particularly Scotch-Irish and German lines. Local history includes research notes, pamphlet material on state and local history. Of particular interest are the Civil War Centennial ephemera and George West Diehl's unpublished history of Stonewall Jackson in Lexington, VA.


  • Other: 1905 - 1980


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for researcher use.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. George West Diehl, a member of the Washington and Lee University class of 1913, was a Presbyterian minister at the Oxford Presbyterian Church near Collierstown, Rockbridge County, Virginia; and served as president and genealogist of the Rockbridge Historical Society.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This material was a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Zink.

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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

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Lexington VA 24450 USA