LaMotte M. Blakely Papers

Manuscript Collection #456
Blakely, LaMotte M. (LaMotte Marcus), 1895-1941
Physical description
0.072 Cubic Feet, 8 items , including a typescript volume (dismantled), 5 pages of typescript, and two newspaper clippings.
Preferred Citation
LaMotte M. Blakely Papers (#456), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1937, undated) including a typescript volume, newspaper clippings, scripts of radio broadcast, Negro spirituals.

Biographical/historical information

LaMotte Marcus Blakely, son of LaMotte M. and Olivia Waters Blakely, was born near Washington, N.C., on November 22, 1895. His formal education was slight. In 1917 he began newspaper work in Richmond, as a reporter for the Virginian. Following service in the U.S. Army field service at Camp Lee, Virginia, during World War I, Blakely returned to the Virginian, then joined the staff of the Richmond Evening Dispatch, where he served for a time as city editor before becoming editor. When that newspaper ceased publication in 1923, Blakely began work for the Times-Dispatch. He held the position of editor of that paper from January, 1928, until 1931. During 1936-1937 he rejoined the staff of the Times-Dispatch as a reporter. In 1937 he worked for radio station WRTD in Richmond as an editorial commentator. Blakely died July 29, 1941, at his farm in Henrico County, Virginia.

Scope and arrangement

The dismantled typescript volume contains scripts for radio broadcasts Blakely delivered August 1, 8, 15, 22, and September 5, 22, 1937, on station WRTD for State-Planters Bank in Richmond. Some of the broadcasts pertain to local events and state politics, including a labor-related trial involving the Virginia "lynch law" (Aug. 1). Other topics include the Sino-Japanese War (Aug. 1, 15, 22, Sept. 5) and Franklin D. Roosevelt's appointment of Hugo Black to the Supreme Court (Aug. 15). Of interest also are Blakely's comments concerning Congress's likely passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act (Aug. 1) and the alleged inefficiency and sloth of Southern labor (Aug. 8).

Several pages of undated typescript contain Negro spirituals. Another typescript, "Negro Conversation," records brief examples of Negro dialect and philosophy.

Two newspaper obituaries provide details concerning Blakely's life.

Administrative information
Custodial History

November 8, 1982, 1 volume; Radio editorials (1937). Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Ross, Washington, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Ross

Processing information

Processed by T. McDustrell, August 1983

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Personal Names
Black, Hugo LaFayette, 1886-1971
Blakely, LaMotte M. (LaMotte Marcus), 1895-1941
Newspaper editors--Virginia--Richmond
Radio journalists--Virginia--Richmond
Radio scripts--Virginia--Richmond
Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945
Spirituals (Songs)
Virginia--Politics and government--20th century