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Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Papers, 1784-1934

Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Papers, 1784-1934
Mss. 39.1 Ew3
5.0 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials dated 1784-1934. It includes correspondence, legal papers, and accounts, chiefly 1830-1892, of Benjamin S. Ewell, professor at the U.S. Military Academy, Hampden-Sydney College, Washington and Lee College, and the College of William and Mary (which he served as acting president, 1848-1849, and president, 1854-1888). Also, letters from Ewell during the Civil War when he was assistant adjutant-general to Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. Among the correspondents are members of the Tyler, Ewell, Campbell, and Brown families of Virginia and Tennessee. Includes memorandum book on Ewell family by Elizabeth S. Ewell.

Addition (2008.196) includes:   Scrapbook of mostly newspaper clippings from mid to late 1800's.  Page 15 has an article, "A Yankee's description of Williamsburg."  Page 66 has a clipping, "The Old Garden" by Elizabeth J. Galt.  Page 155 has an article about lightning striking the home of Beverly S. Scott, son-in-law of Benjamin Ewell.  Some handwritten poems and many poems in the newspaper clippings.

Ewell Family Bible, published by Williams and Whiting in 1810, which is signed by Thomas Ewell. Family records are in the center of the Bible, first entry is the birth of Thomas Ewell in 1784 and  last entry is 1918.  Contains newspaper obituaries.  A few loose notes about births and deaths.

Acc. 2011.020 contains the diploma, 1832, of Benjamin Stoddert Ewell from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Organization: This collection has been organized into 3 Series. Series 1 includes letters arranged alpabetically by writer; Series 2 includes papers; and Series 3 includes an addition to the collection. Arrangement: This collection of papers is arranged alphabetically. A uniform entry has been adopted for each name, and persons of the same name have been identified and distinguished from each other by indicating their relationship to Benjamin S. Ewell or other persons. For example, the entry Brown (Harriot S.) is used for letters signed H. S. Brown and Hattie, and the entry Ewell (Elizabeth), daughter of Benjamin S. Ewell, is used for letters signed Lizzy Ewell or simply Lizzy.  Series 4 is addition 2008.196, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and the Ewell Family Bible. Series 5 is addition Acc. 2011.020, the diploma of Benjamin Stoddert Ewell from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Ewell, Benjamin Stoddert
Office of the President (1693-)
College of William and Mary--Alumni and alumnae
College of William and Mary--History--19th century
College of William and Mary. Office of the President
Ewell family
Hampden-Sydney College
History of the College
Legal documents
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Washington and Lee University--History--19th century
Williamsburg (Va.)--History--19th century
Williamsburg (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Bible records
Clippings (information artifacts)
Financial records

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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: 1,128 items of Mrs. R. M. Crawford, 12/31/1935. Gift: 100 items, Elizabeth S. Hamlin, 03/30/1936. Gift: 25 items, Mrs. C. Hughes Lyon, 05/1/1957. Gift: 1 item, Percy Hamlin, 04/1973. Gift: 1 item, Kenneth Lemley, 03/1973. Acc. No. 2001,14A, gift, 1 item, of Stan Aylor, 04/14/2001. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.
Related Materials

Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Papers in the Swem Library Special Collections' University Archives section (UA 2.06). See also a report (entitled 'diary') of B. S. Ewell, April-August 1864 (Box 5, Vol. 5) in the Joseph E. Johnston Papers for a discussion of Williamsburg during the War.

At the York County Heritage Trust:

-Folder 13416: Letter from George Hay Kain to Isabel Small, September  11, 1950 & September 14, 1950; reply from Isabel Small to George Kain, September 12, 1957 (Information on McIlwaine family residence location in York and recollections of Gen. Jubal Early's visit to the family at request of Gen. Richard Ewell, Julia's brother-in-law). -On  microfilm: The Republican newspaper, April 17, 1839, marriage announcement of Benjamin S. Ewell to Julia Ann McIwaine, April 16, 1839; also bound Marriage Index to York Newspapers 1783-1850 entry. -Folder 19684, The Jere Kere Carl Scrap Book, Vol. 19, pg. 160, obituary of Mrs. Julia Ewell.

Related Publications
Chapman, Anne W. "Benjamin Stoddert Ewell: A Biography" 1984. PhD Dissertation, College of William and Mary. Call Number: LD6051 .W5m Hist., 1984, C33
Preferred Citation
Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Updated by Anne Johnson in 2010. Acc. 2011.020 added by Benjamin Bromley in January 2011.
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