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Carter Family Papers, 1667-1862

Carter Family Papers, 1667-1862
Mss. 39.1 C24
8609.0 Items
Scope and Contents

The collection includes: correspondence and land records of Robert "King" Carter; correspondence and land records of his sons Robert Carter (1704-1731) and Landon Carter (1710-1778); correspondence, accounts, land records and the appointment to the Virginia Council of Robert Carter (1728-1804), son of Robert Carter (1704-1731); correspondence, diaries, land records and accounts of Robert Wormeley Carter (1734-1804), son of Landon Carter of Sabine Hall; and correspondence and land records and papers concerning the estate of Robert Carter's grandson, Landon Carter (1757-1820).

The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of Robert Wormeley Carter (1792-1861) including his correspondence with Robley Dunglison, John Tyler, John Tayloe Lomax, Edmund Ruffin, Robert Young Conrad and members of the Tayloe family as well as his diaries and accounts arranged by subject.    [Note:  in May 2012, the diaries of Robert W. Carter (Subseries 6, Folder 91) were removed and catalogued as Rare Books].

Subjects covered in the collection include plantation life, horse-racing, land, nineteenth-century Virginia politics, slavery, and tobacco. In addition, there are miscellaneous eighteenth-century land and legal documents.

Carter Papers 1667-1862 in Swem Library’s microforms area, 1 reel, call number HD1471 .U5 R43 ser.L Part 1.

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Arrangement: All papers which could be definitely identified with a person of some importance are grouped under the name of that person. These groups are arranged by alphabetical order. Persons of the same name are distinguished by dates of birth and death, or by their relationship to other persons whose dates are known.The general files (Folder 103-109) are placed after this alphabetical series (Folders 1-102). These files are separated into categories using appropriate classifications. Letters and papers belonging to estates, suits, etc., are filed with their respective groups. Likewise other letters and papers are listed either in the alphabetically arranged groups mentioned above, or in the general files.

Organization: This collection is organized into the following series and subseries:Series 1: People Files, Subseries 1: Carter, Miss Subseries 2: Carter, (Miss C.) Subseries 3: Carter (Charles) of Cleve, 1707-1764. Subseries 4: Carter (Charles) of Shirley, 1732-1806. Subseries 5: Carter (Elizabeth) [wife of Landon Carter, 1710-1778] Subseries 6: Carter (Elizabeth) [daughter of Robert W. Carter, 1792-1861] Subseries 7: Carter (Elizabeth L.) [sister of Robert W. Carter, 1792-1861] Subseries 8: Carter (George) [son of Robert "Councillor" Carter] Subseries 9: Carter (George B.) estate Subseries 10: Carter (John Armistead) guardianship Subseries 11: Carter (Kate) Subseries 12: Carter (Landon) 1710-1778 Subseries 13: Carter (Landon, Jr.) [son of Landon Carter, 1710-1778] Subseries 14: Carter (Landon) 1756-1820, estate Subseries 15: Carter (Landon, Jr.) [half-brother of Robert W. Carter, 1792-1861] Subseries 16: Carter (Robert "King") 1663-1732 Subseries 17: Carter (Robert) of Nomini, born c. 1704, died 1731 Subseries 18: Carter (Robert "Councillor") of Nomini, 1728-1804 Subseries 19: Carter (Robert Wormeley) 1734-1797 Subseries 20: Carter (Robert W.) 1792-1861 Subseries 21: Carter (Robert W.) 1792-1861 Subseries 22: Tayloe (John) estate, Series 2: General files, Subseries 1: Accounts, invoices, receipts Subseries 2: Letters Subseries 3: Other papers Subseries 4: Printed matter Subseries 5: Unidentified pieces and fragments Subseries 6: Labels, covers and envelopes

Carter family
Carter, Landon (1710-1778)
Carter, Robert (1704-1731)
Carter, Robert "King" (1663-1732)
Carter, Robert Wormeley (1734-1797)
Conrad, Robert Young (1805-1875)
Dunglison, Robley (1798-1869)
Lomax, John Tayloe (1781-1862)
Ruffin, Edmund (1794-1865)
Tyler, John (1790-1862)
Agriculture--Virginia--History--18th century
Horse racing--Virginia
Legal documents
Plantation life--Virginia
Slavery--Virginia--18th century
Slavery--Virginia--19th century
Tobacco--Virginia--History--18th century
Tobacco--Virginia--History--19th century
Tyler, John, 1790-1862
United States--Politics and Government
Virginia--Politics and Government--18th century
Virginia--Politics and Government--19th century
Financial records
Receipts (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.
Access Notes
When available, microfilm, photocopies, digital surrogates, or other reproductions must be used in place of original documents.
Acquisition Note
Purchased: 8,602, 12/31/1935. Purchased: 2 items, 11/00/1938.
Related Materials
This current finding aid is also available in the microfilm format at the Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. An additional index can be found at: National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States available from Chadwyck-Healey, Inc., 1021 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314.
Preferred Citation
Carter Family Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
In May 2012, the diaries of Robert W. Carter (Subseries 6, Folder 91 Diaries of Robert W. Carter) were removed from the Carter Family Papers and catalogued as Rare Books under: AY 326.R5 W3 1836 AY 326.R5 W3 1844 AY 326.R5 W3 1846 AY 35.R5 C6 1838 AY 35.R5 C6 1859
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