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Anna Whitehead Kenney Papers

Identifier: Ms-1991-022

Scope and Contents

Papers consist of the files she created while Kenney worked at Smithfield, with historical and biographical information about the Preston family and other pioneer families of Blacksburg.


  • 1965 - 1972


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Permission to publish material from the Anna Whitehead Kenney Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical Note

Anna Whitehead Kenney was a resident of Blacksburg, Virginia and curator of Smithfield Plantation from 1965 to 1972.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)


The Anna Whitehead Kenney Papers contains a collection of biographical information about local families compiled by Kenney during her time as a curator at Smithfield Plantation.

Source of Acquisition

The Anna Whitehead Kenney Papers were donated to Special Collections prior to 1992.

Related Archival Materials

Special Collections is home to several collections relating to branches of the Preston family from Blacksburg, Montgomery County, and Abingdon, Virginia, including:

Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, Montgomery County Branch Papers, 1754-1996. Ms1962-001. Finding aid available online.

George Green Shackelford Papers, 1899-1990. Ms1983-008. Finding aid available online.

John Preston Deed, 1826. Ms2005-014.

John Preston Papers, 1806-1830, 1844, n.d. Ms1994-034. Finding aid available online.

Preston Family (Alice Preston Moore Collection) Papers, 1745-1882. Ms1962-004.

Preston Family (Charles Peale Didier Collection) Papers, 1747-1897. Ms1985-020. Finding aid available online.

Robert Taylor Preston Papers, 1829-1871, n.d. Ms1992-003. Finding aid available online.

Smithfield Preston Foundation Papers, 1784-1881. Ms1997-002. Finding aid available online.

William Preston Land Grant, 1773. Ms1994-027.

Willard Preston Genealogy, c.1998. Ms2009-121. Finding aid available online.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Anna Whitehead Kenney Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

Some initial processing, arrangement, and description of the Anna Whitehead Kenney Papers was completed prior to 1992. A folder list and additional description were completed in October 2012.

Anna Whitehead Kenney Papers, 1965-1972
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-09-14: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US