E. Vale Blake papers, 1880-1901

Call number: 1977.050

Extent: 0.75 linear feet in one oversize manuscript box

The collection includes short essays on folklore in New England and miscellaneous notes and news clippings on folklore. Also included are also two manuscripts on Royal Families and heraldry and a typescript manuscript titled “Shakespeare Index of Six Thousand Quotation Lines.” Euphemia Vale Blake was a Brooklyn author who wrote under the name E. Vale Blake.

Euphemia Vale Blake was born in Hastings, England, in 1824. She immigrated to the United States with her father, Prof. Gilbert Vale, when she was six years old. In 1844, she married Dr. Mayo Gerrish Smith and moved to Newburyport, Massachusetts, where she began her literary career. The couple divorced by 1856, when Blake remarried and relocated to Brooklyn, New York. She continued to write in Brooklyn, where her work was published in various newspapers and magazines under the name E. Vale Blake. She published a history of Tammany Hall in 1901. Blake died in 1904 and is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.

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  • Blake, E. Vale, (Euphemia Vale), 1817-1904
  • Lowell, Sidney V., 1844-1931
  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616


  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • New England


  • Authors and publishers — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Authors, American — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Folklore — New England
  • Royal houses
  • Women authors, American — New York (State) — Kings County

Types of Materials:

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Typescripts

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