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Garrett Family Papers, 1786-1928

Garrett Family Papers, 1786-1928
Mss. 69 G19
2.0 Boxes
Scope and Contents

Correspondence of the Garrett family of Williamsburg, Va., concerning family and social news, politics, and the Civil War. Earlier letters deal mainly with business and political news, as several Garrett family members, including Richard R. Garrett, Alexander C. Garrett, and Dr. Robert M. Garrett, were involved in the politics of 19th century Virginia. Correspondence of Dr. Robert M. Garrett and his brothers Alexander C. Garrett and B. F. Garrett concerning the sale of "Yardley," Northampton County, Va. There are letters written to Dr. Robert M. Garrett's daughter, Lottie Garrett, by David E. Cronin concerning his memoir of the Vest Mansion and the Civil War occupation of Williamsburg and portraits owned by Lottie Garrett.

Includes letters, dated from 1897 to 1911, written to Miss Lottie Garrett by American novelist Mary Johnston (1870-1936). Also includes a letter, 25 December 1863, written by Asa Hartz, a Confederate soldier held at Johnson's Island Federal Prison, describing the everyday life of a prisoner during the Civil War. Collection contains certificate, 1832, of services of a black Revolutionary War soldier.

Organization: This collection is organized into six series: 1. Letters 2. Accounts 3. Legal Documents 4. Writings 5. Calling and Place Cards 6. Printed Matter. Arrangement: This collection is arranged chronologically by date with those items lacking a date located at the end of each series. Series 1 is divided into subseries by ten or twenty year increments depending on the amount of letters.
Garrett, Robert M. (1807-1885)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--Politics and Government
Williamsburg (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Detailed Description

Full Finding Aid/Box List

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.
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Acquisition Note
Gift: Ca. 200 items, March 1969.
Related Materials

Materials related to this collection is the account book, 1842-1849, of B. F. Garrett, attorney, Williamsburg, Va. It includes accounts with John Tyler, Jr.

B. F. Garrett Account Book, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. B. F. Garrett Account Book, 1842-1849.158 p. bound volume 32 cm.Collection number: Mss. MsV Al6

Artifacts transferred to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss. 1.03) include: Harrison & Reform Political Ribbon (Mss 69G19.01).

Preferred Citation
Garrett Family Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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