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William Booth Taliaferro Papers, 1811-1954

William Booth Taliaferro Papers, 1811-1954
Mss. 65 T15
61.1 Cubic Feet
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Over 7700 items.
Scope and Contents

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

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The collection is arranged by groups. Group I are the papers of William Booth Taliaferro. Group II are his wife's papers. Group III are his ancestors' papers. Group IV are his siblings' papers. Group V are his descendants' papers. Group VI is printed material, genealogical notes and photographs. Group VII is material not relating to the Taliaferro family and oversize material is in Group VIII.
Taliaferro, William Booth
Saunders, Nina Taliaferro
Taliaferro family.
Barbour County (W. Va.)--History, Military--19th century.
Booth family
College of William and Mary--Alumni and alumnae
College of William and Mary--History--19th century
Gloucester County (Va.)--Genealogy.
Gloucester County (Va.)--History
Gloucester County (Va.)--History--19th century
Gloucester County (Va.)--History--20th century
Harpers Ferry (W. Va.)--History--John Brown's Raid, 1859
Legal documents
Longwood University
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Slavery--Virginia--19th century
Taliaferro, Sally Lyon
Taliaferro family
Todd family
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Maps
United States--History--Mexican War, 1845-1848
United States--Politics and Government
United States--Slavery
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Virginia--Politics and Government
Virginia Military Institute--History--19th century
Whittle (Bishop)
Women--Virginia--Social life and customs
Agendas (administrative records)
Financial records
Manuscripts (document genre)
Receipts (financial records)
Technical reports

Detailed Description

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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
 Source: Gifts and purchases..
The bulk of the collection was donated by Mrs. H. O. Sanders between 1947 and 1961, and additional donations were made by Wellford Marshall, John Dann, Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Field, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Hunter, Jr. Acc. 1991.17 was purchased from Mark R. Wenger; Acc. 1991.54 was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Field; Acc. 1994.19  was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Hunter, Jr.; Acc. 2003.15, Acc. 2004.58, and Acc. 2006.34  were purchased.
Related Materials
Sally Nivison Lyons Taliaferro's Papers Available in microfilm University Publications of America.
Related Publications
William Booth Taliaferro's letters from Mexico were printed in "Virginia Magazine of History and Biography" 73 (October 1965), 455-473.
Preferred Citation
William Booth Taliaferro Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Additions (1991 to 2006) physically and intellectually combined by Anne Johnson, Special Collections Assistant, in 2009.
Collection Material Type:
Other Note
Inventory available at Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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