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Goodwin Family Papers, 1826-1959

Goodwin Family Papers, 1826-1959
Mss. 78 G63
1.85 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

Letters, memoirs, journals, sermons, monographs, genealogical material concerning the Goodwin, Archer, Silvester, Ballard and Smith families.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of the papers of Frederick Deane Goodwin, an Episcopal minister.  Bishop William Meade is a correspondent.  Correspondence between Frederick Deane Goodwin's immediate family is included and papers of his son, Edward Lewis Goodwin, an Episcopal minister and his granddaughter, Mary Frances Goodwin, a researcher for Colonial Williamsburg.

Much of the correspondence, journals and recollections concern the Goodwin Family and/or the Episcopal Church in Virginia and elsewhere.  Mary Frances Goodwin's letters are from her time in France at the end of World War I and her discovery of the Bodleian Plate in 1930.

Volumes include diaries, journals and registers of Edward Lewis Goodwin, correspondence between family members and letters to and from Mary Frances Goodwin during World War I while she was working with the YMCA in France as part of the American Expeditionary Force.  The Episcopal Church of Virginia is mentioned often in the correspondence by all family members.

Included is a memoir by Mary F. Goodwin on her discovery of the Bodleian Plate, a copper printing plate with buildings of 18th century Williamsburg, and a memoir of Wytheville, Va. during the Civil War.

Other URL
The collection is divided into Series, mainly by individual family names but also a few topical headings.
Goodwin family
Ballard, James William (1875-1920)
Goodwin, Benjamin Lewis (1819-1852)
Goodwin, Daniel LeBaron (1800-1867)
Goodwin, Edward Bryam (1810 -)
Goodwin, Edward Lewis (1855-1924)
Goodwin, Frederick Deane (1804-1881)
Goodwin, Hannah LeBaron (1814-1852)
Goodwin, Henry Bradford (1802-1859)
Goodwin, James Briggs (1806-1886)
Goodwin, Mary De Wolf (1812-1841)
Goodwin, Mary Frances (1883-1973)
Goodwin, Mary Frances (Archer) (1817-1900)
Lee, Mary Randolph Custis (1807-1873)
Meade, William (1789-1862)
Ribble, Fanny Archer Goodwin (1838-)
Ballard family
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation--History
Episcopal Church--Virginia--Clergy--19th century
Episcopal Church--Virginia--Clergy--20th century
France--Description and travel--20th century
Goodwin family
Personal narratives
Philippines--History--Philippine American War, 1899-1902
Smith family
United States--Slavery
United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Virginia--Religious history
World War, 1914-1918--France--Paris
World War, 1914-1918--War work--Young Men's Christian Association
World War, 1914-1918--War work--Young Women's Christian Associations
Wytheville (Va.)--History--19th century

Detailed Description

Full Finding Aid/Box List

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
 Source: Edward Goodwin Ballard.
Gifts; one box, 08/03/1978; one box, 10/10/1978; one box, 10/20/1978. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.
Preferred Citation
Goodwin Family Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Collection Material Type:
Other Note
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