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Skipwith Family Papers, 1760-1977

Skipwith Family Papers, 1760-1977
Mss. 65 Sk3
13.21 Cubic Feet
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approximately 7000 items
Scope and Contents

Business papers, correspondence, accounts and farm notes of Sir Peyton Skipwith of Mecklenburg Co., Va., son Humberstone Skipwith and Humberstone Skipwith's wives and children, especially Fulwar Skipwith. Papers are primarily business in nature and reflect the management of "Prestwould."

Papers also concern the development of Lady Skipwith's library, the education of Fulwar Skipwith and his brother Grey Skipwith. Manuscript volumes concern farm accounts, gardening, the study of French and Fulwar Skipwith's lists of books.

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Box VII, folder 5a oversize file: Feb 1, 1798 manuscript map entitled Sir Peyton Skipwith's land A.D. 1798, Joh Hill Cartographer.

Box XXI, Folder 33 medium oversize file, House Plans including photostat.

Skipwith Family Papers in Swem Library's microform area, 14 reels, call number HD 1471 .U5 R43 ser. L part 3

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Skipwith Family
Skipwith, Fulwar (1836-1900)
Skipwith, Humberston (1791-1863)
Skipwith, Jean Miller (1748-1826)
Education--Virginia--History--19th century
Farm management--Virginia--History--19th century
French language--Study and teaching
Prestwould (Virginia : Estate)
Virginia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Financial records
Receipts (financial records)

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.
Acquisition Note
Donated to Special Collections Research Center in batches between 1947 and 1983 by Dr. and Mrs. John W. Price, Jr., J. Wilfred Lambert through Mrs. Louise Kale, and Mrs. William M. Reid, Jr.
Related Materials

See also the manuscript volume of Peyton Horatio Skipwith, Jr.  (Mss. MsV Skipwith); Robert Skipwith Papers (Mss. 74s Sk3); Robert Skipwith Diaries (Mss. 65 Sk4).  A picture of the Skipwith Pianoforte is in the University Archives Photograph Collection (P2000.49).

2008.257 Lady Jean Skipwith Collection.

Related Publications
Available in microfilm University Publications of America. See also; Herbert A. Elliott, "Sir Peyton Skipwith and the Byrd Land," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 80, pp. 52-59; Susan McNeil Turner, "The Skipwiths of Prestwould Plantation," Virginia Calvacade, Vol. X, pp. 42-47;" The Garden Notes of Lady Jean Skipwith," Garden Gossip, Vol. X, Nos. 2, 4, and 6 (1935); Lisa Flick, "Stretching the Bounds: Lady Jean Skipwith . . . (M.A. Thesis, College of William and Mary, 1987); and Mildred K. Abraham, "The Library of Lady Jean Skipwith", Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 91, pp. 296-347.
Preferred Citation
Skipwith Family Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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