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Blacknall family scrapbooks, ledgers and other materials

Identifier: NCC-0006

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two scrapbooks created by Sadie Blacknall between 1875 and 1933 and two ledgers used in the office of her brother-in-law J. R. Blacknall, the first sheriff of Durham County.


  • Creation: 1875 - 1933

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical Information

Sadie Fuller Blount Blacknall (1862-1933) grew up in Durham, the daughter of R.H.J. Blount and his wife Sarah E. Blount. In 1881 she married Richard Doak “Dick” Blacknall (1847-1900), the first pharmacist in Durham. Richard Doak Blacknall was the son of Dr. Richard Blacknall (1809-1881), a physician. Together they established Blacknall’s Drugstore, which stood on North Corcoran Street from its establishment in 1873 until it was destroyed by fire in 1914. Blacknall’s Drugstore moved into the new building constructed after the fire at the same location. The company remained a tenant until 1932, when it moved west on West Main Street and became Durham Drug Company, which existed until 1986. Sadie and Richard Doak Blacknall were prominent members of the Presbyterian Church. Richard, his father, and brother established the Presbyterian congregation in West Durham in 1892 as a mission, based from First Presbyterian downtown. This collection also contains the ledgers of James “JR” Blacknall (1843-1923), Richard Doak Blacknall’s brother, who became the first sheriff of Durham in 1881.


1 Linear Foot (2 flat boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Access Restrictions

Some of our materials are stored offsite. These items are not available for same day access and require advance notice to retrieve. Contact North Carolina Collection staff at to plan your visit.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anonymous through Steve Massengill

Collection Name

The name of this collection was changed in Summer 2022. Boxes and folders in the collection may be labeled with the previous name, which was Sadie Blacknall Papers. The current title should be used when referring to or citing the collection.

Finding Aid for the Blacknall Family Scrapbooks, Ledgers and Other Materials
Lori Neumeier
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2019 July: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace by Stephanie Barnwell.

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States