Chiefly letters, 1916-1921, received by John Turner Henley, while a student at the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia Law School. The letters are from female and male friends from Williamsburg, The College of William and Mary, and The University of Virginia. They write about their studies, student life, fraternity activities, work, and social life. Other correspondents include Turner Henley's father, Novell L. Henley, Virginia Congressman and Williamsburg, Virginia lawyer, and his brother, Richardson Henley. Richardson Henley, who graduated from William and Mary in 1920, writes about his engineering training with the War Department and his social life while working for Dupont and others in Georgia. Letters written to Rich Henley and others are also included.
The collection includes Turner Henley's grades, exams. financial papers, and emphemera from William and Mary and The University of Virginia, advertisement ephemera, bank statements/checks, and life insurance statements. A small group of papers are from Richardson Leonard Henley's law practice in the Williamsburg, Virginia area. Most of the papers concern the estate of Mrs. William (Lavinia) L. McCaw and use the letterhead of Eastern Lunatic Asylum where Lavinia McCaw was possibly a patient.