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Robert Skipwith Diaries, 1834-1898

Robert Skipwith Diaries, 1834-1898
Mss. 65 Sk4
14.0 Items
Scope and Contents

Diaries, 1834-1898, of Robert Skipwith kept in Goochland County, Va., Richmond, Va. and Powhatan County, Va. Much of Skipwith's life is documented by these 14 diaries and topics include weather, personal affairs (the loss of his wife, and his aging), farming, social life in his neighborhood, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Virginia politics. He often included genealogical information on individuals when he recorded their deaths.

Skipwith's 1862-1865 diary has been digitized and can be accessed by clicking on the "View associated digital content" link below.  The original is housed in the Special Collections Research Center.  Privately owned Skipwith diaries have also been digitized and made available in the same location with permission of the owner.

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Skipwith, Robert
Farm management--Virginia--History--19th century
Goochland County (Va.)--History--19th century
James River and Kanawha Canal (Va.)
Powhatan County (Va.)--History--19th century
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Richmond (Va.)--History--19th century
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Virginia--Politics and Government

Detailed Description

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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 publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library. Photocopying of these diaries is not permitted.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Mr. William Old of Chester, Va.
Related Materials

Robert Skipwith Papers (Mss. 74s Sk3), Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Robert Skipwith Diaries (Originals Privately Owned and Held Outside of Swem Library - Digitized Copies Available)

Preferred Citation
Robert Skipwith Diaries, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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