Papers, 1811-1954, of William Booth Taliaferro and his family of Gloucester County, Va. Taliaferro's papers consist of diaries, letterbook (while at Harpers Ferry), correspondence, speeches, memoirs and accounts. The collection also includes papers of his wife, Sally Nivison Lyons Taliaferro (including diaries), his ancestors, siblings and descendants, as well as photographs, genealogical notes and artifacts of the Taliaferro family.
There are papers of other people who are not related to the Taliaferro family including Julian Alvin Carroll Chandler. William Booth Taliaferro's papers concern his military service in the Mexican War and the Civil War and his career as a lawyer, judge and politician during Reconstruction; and reflect his service on the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary.
Collection includes a rough draft of a September 20, 1892 letter from Benjamin S. Ewell, possibly a response to an editorial, where he gives a short history of the transformation of The College of William & Mary from a private to a public school.
Descriptions of the 1991 to 2006 additions can be viewed using the Finding Aid/Inventory listed below the PDF links.
For Sally Nivison Lyons Taliaferro, see Southern Women and their Families in the 19th Century Papers and Diaries Series C Reel # 10-14. Typescripts of diaries 1859-1899 and undated on Reel 14. Located in Swem Library’s microforms area, call number HQ1438 .V5 S68