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Ritchie-Harrison Papers, 1807-1938

Ritchie-Harrison Papers, 1807-1938
Mss. 65 R51
6.5 Cubic Feet
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856 items
Scope and Contents

Papers, 1807-1938, but mainly 1830-1870, of the Ritchie and Harrison families. Includes letters, documents and a diary of members of the family of Thomas Ritchie, his wife Isabella (Foushee) Ritchie and ten of their twelve children of Richmond, Va., "Brandon,"  Prince George County, Va. and Washington, D.C.

There are letters, 1847-1848, of Dr. Robert Ruffin Ritchie in Mexico and letters, 1849-1860, of George Ritchie while serving in the United States Navy. Many prominent nineteenth century Virginians are mentioned in the letters. Some concern the actress Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie and others reflect conditions during the Civil War.

The collection also includes professional papers of Thomas Ritchie, chiefly letters, 1845-1851, written to him as editor of the Union, the official organ of the Democratic Party. Topics covered include the slavery issue; the annexation of Texas; military and political aspects of the Mexican War; internal improvements; the Wilmot Proviso; the Compromise of 1850; Oregon; and the presidential elections of 1844-1848. The mechanics of publishing a newspaper and Ritchie's problems as Congressional printer are also reflected.

Folders 1-312 are a part of Southern Women and their Families in the 19th Century Papers and Diaries Series C Reels 8 and 9 in Swem Library’s microforms area, call number HQ1438 .V5 S68.

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The collection is divided into two series: series I are the family papers of the Ritchie and Harrison families; and series II are the professional papers of Thomas Ritchie while editor of the Washington Union.
Ritchie, Thomas (1778-1854)
Harrison family.
Ritchie family.
Compromise of 1850
Harrison family
Legal documents
Newspapers--History--19th century
Oregon History To 1859
Presidents--United States--Election--1844
Presidents--United States--Election--1848
Printers--District of Columbia
Ritchie, Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt, 1819-1870
Ritchie family
Slavery--Virginia--19th century
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Mexican War, 1845-1848
Virginia--Politics and Government
Wilmot proviso, 1846
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.
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Access Notes
When available, microfilm, photocopies, digital surrogates, or other reproductions must be used in place of original documents.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Mrs. Edward R. Cocke of Cartersville, Va..
Related Materials
Additional Thomas Ritchie Papers are in the Library of Congress.
Preferred Citation
Ritchie-Harrison Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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