Guide to the Nancy Lee Frye Reynolds Diary, 1935-1943

Summary Information

Title: Nancy Lee Frye Reynolds Diary, 1935-1943
Collection: AC.538
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 small book box)

This collection is a five-year diary of Nancy Lee Frye (Reynolds) of Rural Retreat, Virginia. The entries began in 1935 and ended in 1943.

Creator: Reynolds, Nancy Lee Frye

Biographical/Historical Note

Nancy Frye lived in Rural Retreat, Virginia, where her father kept a store, and she may have become a teacher. Her almost daily entries indicated many dates with James Reynolds, her future husband who was from Blackburg, Virginia. Nancy was born September 7, 1912 and died January 25, 1988.

One Wythe County genealogy website stated that James and Nancy Frye Reynolds operated a grocery store in Rural Retreat, Virginia. (

Scope and Contents

This diary began with a 23-year old young lady's daily entries from her life, with the last entry made on Mothers Day May 9, 1943.

The diary itself shows wear, the lock is broken, the back is faded.


It is a single-item collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish January 18, 2001. Accession number is AC.2001.046

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.538: Nancy Lee Frye Reynolds Diary, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Diary, 1935-1943 Box 1