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James Barron Papers (I), 1766-1899

James Barron Papers (I), 1766-1899
Mss. 65 B27
7.52 Cubic Feet
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1043 items
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Correspondence and papers of Commodore James Barron relating to his career in the United States Navy, and especially relating to The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair in 1807 and to his duel with Stephen Decatur. Collection includes photocopies of patents issued to Barron for his inventions and a typescript of William Oliver Stevens' An Affair of Honor, a biography of Barron. Correspondents include John Adams, Jesse Duncan Elliott, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Amos Kendall, Duff Green and Abel P. Upshur.  753 items.

Two Additions:

Mss. 87 B28  (Acc. 1987.29)

Archives of the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair, 1807-1808.  300 pages of correspondence, attorneys' interrogations, court testimony of court material of Commodore James Barron.  Rough drafts of published material, and some material not published.

Mss. Acc. 1999.44

ALS from Thomas Truxton, Norfolk, Virginia, to Capt. James Sever, 26 April 1800 regarding sending the Chesapeake (ship) to sea.  Mention of James Barron Sever is to turn over his crew to the Chesapeake, Chesapeake heading towards Craney Island, court of inquiry no hinderance to "this business".

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Arrangement: This collection is arranged mostly by date with certain subjects and materials being grouped together. These subjects include: The Leopard-Chesapeake Affair, Box-folder: 1:50-82; Undated Material, Box-folder: 12:1-35; Letters and drafts sent by James Barron, Box-folder: 12: 27-50; Manuscripts, Box-folder: 12:51-81; Accounts, Box-folder: 12:82-87; Papers connected with the inventions of James Barron, Box-folder: 14:1- 15; Pictorial Images, Box-folder: 14:16-22; and Newspaper Articles, Box: 15. Organization: This collection is organized into fifteen series, one series for each of the fifteen boxes in this collection.
Barron, James (1769-1851)
Adams, John (1735-1826)
Elliott, Jesse Duncan (1782-1845)
Green, Duff (1791-1875)
Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)
Kendall, Amos (1789-1869)
Stevens, William Oliver (1878-1955)
Upshur, A. P. (Abel Parker) (1790-1844)
Adams, John, 1735-1826
Chesapeake-Leopard Affair, 1807
Courts-martial and courts of inquiry--United States
Decatur, Stephen, 1779-1820
Elliott, Jesse D. (Jesse Duncan), 1782-1845
Green, Duff, 1791-1875
Inventions--History--United States
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Kendall, Amos, 1789-1869
Patents--United States
Stevens, William Oliver, 1878-1955
Tripolitan War, 1801-1805
United States. Navy--History--19th century
United States. Navy--History--Tripolitan War, 1801-1805
Upshur, A. P. (Abel Parker), 1790-1844
Manuscripts (document genre)

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Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Acquisition Note

Gift: 2,739 items, 04/24/1945.

Purchased: 1 item, 05/00/1969.

Purchased: 1 item, 04/00/1970.

Purchased: 1 item, 08/13/1979.

Purchased:  300 items, 05/27/1987.

Purchased: 1 item, 09/15/1999.

Related Materials

Materials related to this collection can be found under the James Barron Hope Papers and the Samuel Barron Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Samuel Barron Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Samuel Barron Papers, 1793-1942.538 items.Collection number: Mss. 65 B29.

James Barron Hope Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. James Barron Hope Papers, 1790-1965, 1847-1887.  993 items.  Collection number: Mss. 65 H77.

Preferred Citation
James Barron Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Updated by Anne Johnson in January 2010.
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