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Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg, Va.) Records, 1662-[ongoing]


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Collection Overview

Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg, Va.) Records, 1662-[ongoing]
Mss. 91 B38
89.0 Cubic Feet
Primary Creator
Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg, Va.)

This collection includes the following series:

Series 1: Administrative Records,

Series 2: Diocese, Ministers and Other Personnel,

Series 3: Church Programs and Services,

Series 4: Buildings and Grounds,

Series 5: Church History,

Series 6: Artifacts, Blueprints, Photographs and Newspaper Clippings, and

Series 7: Manuscript Volumes including registers, vestry minutes. The printed books belonging to the Bruton Parish Church Collection are cataloged in the Swem Library online catalog;

Series 8: Additions received from 2010 onward

Date Acquired
00/00/1991. More info below under Accruals.
Forms of Material
Marriage registers, Negatives, Photographs, Publications, Slides (photographs)


The Bruton Parish Church Archives are deposited in Swem Library. Except for some confidential material, they are open to the public. Only the microfilm of the eighteenth-century parish register may be used. It is suggested the Manuscripts and Rare Books Librarian at Swem Library be contacted before coming to use the collection. 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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Records of Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, Va.

Biographical Note

Bruton Parish Church is located in the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia. It was established in the 17th century in the Virginia Colony, and is an active Episcopal parish. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg, Va.)">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg, Va.)</a>.

Subject/Index Terms

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative Records],
[Series 2: Diocese, Ministers, and Other Personnel],
[Series 3: Church Programs and Services],
[Series 4: Buildings and Grounds],
[Series 5: Church History],
[Series 6: Artifacts, Blueprints, Photos, and Newspaper Clippings],
[Series 7: Book Volumes],
[Series 8: Additions, 1968-2010 and undated],

Series 8: Additions, 1968-2010 and undated
Subseries 1: Acc. 2013.246, circa 1920-2007
The accession contains directories, drawings, photographs, and audiovisual material related to Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Included in the accession are prints, negatives, and slides of the inside of the church, its grounds, as well as Rev. Cotesworth Lewis and Craighill; church directories from circa 1990-2007; and signs from the inauguration service of Tim Kaine as Governor of Virginia in 2005.
Box 75
Item 1: Acc. 2005.44, 1997
December 6, 1997 Daily Press news clipping on Rev. C. Charles Vache, photograph of Bruton Parish youth choir, circa 1955 and typed copy of will of Robert Hyde Saunders (died 1834/35) who is buried in the Bruton Parish Churchyard.
Item 2: Acc. 2006.48, 2004
Research material by Susan H. Godson, Bruton Parish Historian,  on Adam Empie and correspondence with Major Kenneth Lawson.  Includes a draft of a book chapter  by Kenneth E. Lawson, "Religion and the U.S. Army Chaplaincy in the Florida Seminole Wars."
Item 3: Acc. 2008.04, 2005
"The Peter Pelham Manuscript of 1744, An Early American Keyboard Tutor" edited by H. Joseph Butler, published by Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc.
Item 4: Acc. 2008.255, 1963
Office papers including time cards, a serman, pledge cards, petty cash receipts and reports, invoices, list of new parishioners and alter guild schedules.
Item 5: Acc. 2008.256, 1961, 2003, 2009 and undated

"Historian's Notes" articles published in "The Chronicle" the newsletter of Bruton Parish Church.  Susan H. Godson is the Historian.  Includes an August 2009 issue with photographs by Karen McCluney. 

Lay Reader's License for Lloyd Williams, Williamsburg, Va. dated December 16, 1948.

Typed photocopy of 2003 Christmas Eve sermon by The Reverend Herman Hollerith IV.

May 27, 2003 email from "hcooley" about Rev. Hollerith's sermon on Iraq.

January 1961 issue of "The Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity."

Photostat copy of "American Ecclesiastical History" with chapter on Bruton Parish Church by Rev. John C. McCabe.

Item 6: Acc. 2008.263, 1928 and 1938

Two 1928 blueprints of locations of graves and gravestones in the Bruton Parish Churchyard and one 1938 blueprint of the old foundations of the Bruton Parish Churchyard per Mei Sel's plan.

Shelved with other blueprints in oversize.  Box 72.

Item 7: Acc. 2010.036, 1991 and undated
Letter of Tudor Graphic Systems regarding Burton vault
Item 8: Acc. 2010.037, 2008-2009
Aitken Bible subject file.
Item 9: Acc. 2010.229, 1968
Preliminary Report of the Bruton Parish Self-Study Committee.
Item 10: Acc. 2010.480, 1940-1977
This accession includes a program for Church services, dated 6 October, 1940; color copy of undated Bruton Parish postcard; and a commemorative booklet of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rochester, N.Y., dated 1977, which includes biographical information on Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, who was rector at St. Paul's from 1909-1923.
Item 11: Acc. 2011.650 addition, circa 1986-2010
Contains photographs of Bruton Parish Church's biblical herb garden, a program relating to the installation of Bishop Herman Hollerith IV as Episcopal Bishop of Southern Virginia, and programs from weekly Bruton Parish Church services.
Item 12: Acc. 2012.219, 1932-2011
This accession contains various programs produced by Bruton Parish Church. Included in the accession are church programs from 1968-2011; The Celebration of a New Ministry program from December 18, 2011; and copies of A Lenten Devotional from 1993-2001. Also included is a postcard of the George Wythe House with an envelope signed by W.A.R. Goodwin from 1932.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Administrative Records],
[Series 2: Diocese, Ministers, and Other Personnel],
[Series 3: Church Programs and Services],
[Series 4: Buildings and Grounds],
[Series 5: Church History],
[Series 6: Artifacts, Blueprints, Photos, and Newspaper Clippings],
[Series 7: Book Volumes],
[Series 8: Additions, 1968-2010 and undated],

Administrative Information

Special Collections Research Center
Additional deposits are made on an ongoing basis.
Acquisition Source
Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, Va.
Acquisition Method
Separated Materials

The following was separated from Acc. 2013.246 and are now part of the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection:

A Williamsburg Recital, played on the organ of Bruton Parish Church, James Darling, organist. CD. Acc. 2013.246.001

Exploring Bruton Steeple, PBS Woodwright, January 1993. VHS. Acc. 2013.246.002

Exploring Bruton Steeple, PBS Woodwright, January 1993. DVD. Acc. 2013.246.003

A Concert of Eighteenth-Century Music performed by J.S. Darling on the Wren Chapel Organ at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Phonograph. Acc. 2013.246.004

Related Materials
Bruton Parish Church Parish Aid Society Minute Book (Mss. MsV Ch7), Bruton Parish Church Account Book (Mss. MsV Ac18). Mansucripts Audiovisual Collection (Mss. 1.04)
Preferred Citation
Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg, Va.) Records, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Processing Information
The collection was previously processed by various members of the Special Collections Research Center staff prior to 2008. In 2008-2009 Nichole Lidstrom arranged and described the records of Bruton Parish Church bringing together the various accessions into a single record group. Acc. 2013.246 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in October 2013.