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Maury Family Papers, 1777-1977

Maury Family Papers, 1777-1977
Mss. 97 M44
6.3 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

Papers, 1777-1977, of the Maury Family of Virginia, New York City and Liverpool, Eng. Includes letters and business papers of James Maury (1746-1840), the first American consul to Liverpool, England, and the letters of his second wife, Margaret Rutson Maury (1805-1882), of Liverpool. A significant amount of the collection is comprised of letters, business papers, legal papers, and diaries of  the next two generations of the Maury family, including Ann Maury (1832-1890) of Liverpool and New York, Rutson Maury (1805-1882) of Liverpool and New York, and oceanographer Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873). Also includes genealogical material, several photographs and cookbooks. Subjects covered include tobacco and cotton trade, general discussions about the Civil War (from both the American and British perspective), travel, and gender studies.

In 2003 various material was obtained by Special Collections Research Center and added to this collection, including correspondence and letterbooks of James Maury (1808, 1819, 1831) and the correspondence of William Maury (1833, 1863-64).  In 2007 additional materials were purchased and added (Mss. Acc. 2007.63), including the correspondence of Rutson Maury, Ann Maury, Gen. Dabney Maury, Mathew Fontaine Maury, and Sarah Maurcy dating 1846, 1861, and 1865. Of special interest is a letter from Gen. Dabney H. Maury, dated 25 Aug. 1865, which expresses bitterness and anger concerning the war's conclusion. Also includes a typescript of Ann Maury's diary dating 1827-1832 and research papers. Correspondence received in 2007 has been arranged chronologically.

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Chronological.  Each addition is treated as a separate accession with one or more folders grouped together.
Maury, James (1746-1840)
Maury, Ann (1803-1876)
Maury, Anne Fontaine (1832-1890)
Maury, Dabney Herndon (1822-1900)
Maury, James, Sr. (1718-1769)
Maury, Margaret Rutson (1764-1830)
Maury, Mathew Fontaine (1806-1873)
Maury, Rutson (1805-1882)
Maury, Sarah M.
Maury, William
Maury, William Lewis
Cookery, American
Cotton trade--Southern States--History--19th century
France--Foreign relations--1792-1815
Legal documents
Liverpool (England)--History--19th century
Maury family
New York (N.Y.)--History--19th century
Oceanography--19th century
United States--Foreign relations--France
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Virginia--Cotton Farms--19th century
Virginia--History--18th century
Virginia--History--19th century
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

Acc. 1995.48 purchase 700 items Aug. 1995;

Acc. 1998.49 purchase 1 item on 12/3/1998;

Acc. 1999.17 purchase of 2 items on 5/10/1999;

Acc. 2002.27 purchase 1 item on 5/17/2002;

Acc. 2002.28 purchase on 5/21/2002;

Acc. 2003.42 purchase of 5 items on 5/26/2003;

Acc. 2003.25, 2003.40, 2003.61 and 2003.70 purchased in 2003.

Acc. 2005.25 purchase;

Acc. 2007.63 purchase;

Acc. 2008.05 purchase.

purchase of 31 items on 3/29/2007.

Related Materials
UA 6.046  (Small Collection) James Maury, Sr. Address, circa 1740
Related Publications

While many books about Mathew Fontaine Maury have been written, some include; Miles P. DuVal, "Mathew Fontaine Maury: benefactor of mankind" ([Washington] Naval Historical Foundation, 1971), Howard J. Cohen, "Matthew Fontaine Maury: 2003 pathfinder of the seas" ([Bethesda, Md.?] : NIMA, [2003?]), Chester G. Hearn, "Tracks in the sea: Matthew Fontaine Maury and the mapping of the oceans" (Camden, Me. : International Marine/McGraw-Hill, c2002), Janice J. Beaty, "Seeker of seaways; a life of Matthew Fontaine Maury, pioneer oceanographer" ([New York] Pantheon Books [1966]), Patricia Jahns, "Matthew Fontaine Maury & Joseph Henry, scientists of the Civil War" (NY: Hastings House [1961]), and Jaquelin Ambler Caskie, "Life and letters of Matthew Fontaine Maury" (Richmond, Va., Richmond press, inc., 1928).

See also; Anne Fontaine Maury, "Intimate Virginiana; a century of Maury travels by land and sea" (Richmond, Va., The Dietz press, 1941).

Preferred Citation
Maury Family Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:

Additional materials have been added to this collection since its original processing, primarily in 2003 and 2007.

Original Accession and additions physically and intellectually combined in 2009.

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