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Lester J. Cappon Papers, 1809-1981

Lester J. Cappon Papers, 1809-1981
Mss. 90 C17
14.01 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

Papers, chiefly 1923-1981, of and collected by Lester Jesse Cappon, historian and formerly the archivist for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Director of the Institute of Early American History and Culture, and Senior Research Fellow at the Newberry Library.

Includes personal diaries (1954-1981), correspondence, photographs, and publications, as well as collected primary source material, typescripts, notes, drafts of articles, critiques, maps and historical journals. Topics concern the Southern iron industry, the journals and writings of Jard Sparks, Benjamin Franklin, and Henry Howe, and early American maps. Papers and articles showing Cappon's involvement with archival procedures and principles are also included.<p>

Addition 1989.12 contains a brief sketch of Lester J. Cappon by Walter C. Holzbog  for his autobiography.  Concentrates on Cappon as his College roommate.

Addition 2008.203 contains photographs, possibly of Lester Cappon's daughter (none of photographs are identified) and members of the Institute.  Letter from "JCW" about a note on a 1939 "The Collegian" about a new publication "The Virginia Lyceum."

Two copies of a reprint from the October 1951  "The American Archivist" entitled "Comprehensive Historical Indexing:  The Virginia Gazette Index" by Stella Duff Neiman and Lester J. Cappon are filed in Box 13, Folder 14.

The following additions have been added to Box 13 as folders 17, 18 and 19:  Minutes for Colonial Williamsburg - Interpretation (Presentation) Division, 1961-1969, Colonial Williamsburg - Presentation Division Minutes,1964-1969 and Library of Congress reports on the National Union Catalog of Mss Collections.

The following addition has been added to Box 17 as folder 33:  Reprint of  "The Royal Society of London:  Retailer in Experimental Philosophy" as a gift of the author, Raymond P. Stearns; pamphlets for "Archives of University of Wyoming" 1946, "University Archives and Western Historical Collections, University of Wyoming" 1948, "Radcliffe Women's Archives" 1953, "The Women's Archive at Radcliffe College" 1954, 1958, 1960 and undated and "Publications of the National Archives and Records Service" 1966; report of the Ad Hoc Committee of Manuscripts of the American Historical Association in 1951; brochure "The Print Collector" from Kenneth Nebenazahl, Inc. of Chicago; Library of Congress "News from the Center: No. 2, Fall 1967; "Library Journal", October 15, 1965 and two American Philosophical Society publications, "Dr. Rush to Governor Henry on the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Constitution" as a gift of the author, Lyman H. Butterfield and "Franklin and the 'Wagon Affair,' 1755 by Whitfield J. Bell and Leonard J. Labaree.

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Cappon, Lester Jesse (1900-1981)
Archival Institute (Radcliffe College)
Archivists--United States
College of William and Mary--History--20th century
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation--History
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Howe, Henry
National Archives (U.S.)
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Society of American Archivists
Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866
United States. National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Manuscripts (document genre)

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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.
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Access Notes
Portions of this collection are stored offsite. Consult a staff member for assistance.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Estate and will bequest of Lester J. Cappon, Walter Holzbog and John Haskell..

Gifts in 1981 and 1982.

1989.12  gift of Gift of Walter C. Holzbog through Thad Tate.

2008.203  gift of John Haskell.

Preferred Citation
Lester J. Cappon Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Updated with additions by Anne Johnson in 2010 and 2011.
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