The collection includes: correspondence and land records of Robert "King" Carter; correspondence and land records of his sons Robert Carter (1704-1731) and Landon Carter (1710-1778); correspondence, accounts, land records and the appointment to the Virginia Council of Robert Carter (1728-1804), son of Robert Carter (1704-1731); correspondence, diaries, land records and accounts of Robert Wormeley Carter (1734-1804), son of Landon Carter of Sabine Hall; and correspondence and land records and papers concerning the estate of Robert Carter's grandson, Landon Carter (1757-1820).
The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of Robert Wormeley Carter (1792-1861) including his correspondence with Robley Dunglison, John Tyler, John Tayloe Lomax, Edmund Ruffin, Robert Young Conrad and members of the Tayloe family as well as his diaries and accounts arranged by subject. [Note: in May 2012, the diaries of Robert W. Carter (Subseries 6, Folder 91) were removed and catalogued as Rare Books].
Subjects covered in the collection include plantation life, horse-racing, land, nineteenth-century Virginia politics, slavery, and tobacco. In addition, there are miscellaneous eighteenth-century land and legal documents.
Carter Papers 1667-1862 in Swem Library’s microforms area, 1 reel, call number HD1471 .U5 R43 ser.L Part 1.
Arrangement: All papers which could be definitely identified with a person of some importance are grouped under the name of that person. These groups are arranged by alphabetical order. Persons of the same name are distinguished by dates of birth and death, or by their relationship to other persons whose dates are known.The general files (Folder 103-109) are placed after this alphabetical series (Folders 1-102). These files are separated into categories using appropriate classifications. Letters and papers belonging to estates, suits, etc., are filed with their respective groups. Likewise other letters and papers are listed either in the alphabetically arranged groups mentioned above, or in the general files.
Organization: This collection is organized into the following series and subseries:Series 1: People Files, Subseries 1: Carter, Miss Subseries 2: Carter, (Miss C.) Subseries 3: Carter (Charles) of Cleve, 1707-1764. Subseries 4: Carter (Charles) of Shirley, 1732-1806. Subseries 5: Carter (Elizabeth) [wife of Landon Carter, 1710-1778] Subseries 6: Carter (Elizabeth) [daughter of Robert W. Carter, 1792-1861] Subseries 7: Carter (Elizabeth L.) [sister of Robert W. Carter, 1792-1861] Subseries 8: Carter (George) [son of Robert "Councillor" Carter] Subseries 9: Carter (George B.) estate Subseries 10: Carter (John Armistead) guardianship Subseries 11: Carter (Kate) Subseries 12: Carter (Landon) 1710-1778 Subseries 13: Carter (Landon, Jr.) [son of Landon Carter, 1710-1778] Subseries 14: Carter (Landon) 1756-1820, estate Subseries 15: Carter (Landon, Jr.) [half-brother of Robert W. Carter, 1792-1861] Subseries 16: Carter (Robert "King") 1663-1732 Subseries 17: Carter (Robert) of Nomini, born c. 1704, died 1731 Subseries 18: Carter (Robert "Councillor") of Nomini, 1728-1804 Subseries 19: Carter (Robert Wormeley) 1734-1797 Subseries 20: Carter (Robert W.) 1792-1861 Subseries 21: Carter (Robert W.) 1792-1861 Subseries 22: Tayloe (John) estate, Series 2: General files, Subseries 1: Accounts, invoices, receipts Subseries 2: Letters Subseries 3: Other papers Subseries 4: Printed matter Subseries 5: Unidentified pieces and fragments Subseries 6: Labels, covers and envelopes