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Collection Overview

Title
John Marshall Papers, 1755-1835
ID
Mss. 39.1 M34
Extent
434.0 Items
Primary Creator
Marshall, John (1755-1835)
Arrangement
Organization: This collection is organized into 4 series. Series 1 contains correspondence and papers of John Marshall, family members and other individuals; Series 2 contains printed material, poems and charts; Series 3 contains prints, engravings, and artifacts; and Series 4 contains manuscript volumes. Arrangement: This collection is primarily arranged chronologically by date.
Date Acquired
01/11/1935
Forms of Material
Correspondence
Languages
English

Restrictions

Access
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.
Use
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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Original letters and copies of letters from other repositories, chiefly 1788-1835, of John Marshall's correspondence with his wife, Mary Willis (Ambler) Marshall, other family members, James Monroe, Joseph Story, Bushrod Washington, and others. The correspondence reflects Marshall's wide range in interests including law, Virginia and U. S. politics, international affairs, agriculture and social events. Also included are letters by family members and descendants; a charcoal sketch and copies of visual representations of John Marshall; and places and events associated with him.

All papers in this collection have been published in the Papers of John Marshall.

Biographical Note

John Marshall (1755-1835) was born near Germantown, Prince William (currently Fauquier) County, Virginia on 24 September 1755 to parents Thomas Marshall and Mary Randolph Keith. From 1775-1781, Marshall served in the Continental Army and fought in the Revolutionary War. During the spring and summer of 1780, Marshall attended classes at the College of William and Mary and received his license to practice law. After the war, he moved to Richmond, Virginia and began his practice. Marshall married Mary Willis Ambler in 1783. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href-="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/John_Marshall">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/John_Marshall</a>.

Subject/Index Terms

Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence and Papers of John Marshall, Family Members and Other Individuals],
[Series 2: Printed Materials, Poems, and Charts, 1789-1959, No date],
[Series 3: Prints, Engravings, and Artifacts, 1825-1937],
[Series 4: Manuscript Volumes, 1780-1795],
[All]

Series 4: Manuscript Volumes, 1780-1795
Boxes 5-8
Box 5
Folder 5
Item 1: Political scrapbook composed by Frank G. Ruffin for the benefit of Governor William E. Cameron, March 1884

19 pages. Manuscript Volume.

It consists of a 26 February 1884 memorial to the General Assembly of Virginia, a 25 February letter to the Editor of The State, and handwritten commentary. Ruffin states the reasons why he is opposed to passage of the Richmond Dock and Dry dock bill.

Box 6
Item 1: Ledger of James Markham Marshall, including his account with his brother, John Marshall, and surveyor's notes made from 1870-1885 in an unknown hand, [1794-1809]
252 pages. Manuscript Volume.
Box 7
Item 1: A transcription of law notes, pages 1-253, from John Marshall's "Accounts and Law Notes", 1780
Item 2: A transcription of pages 1-423 of journal of personal business accounts kept by John Marshall, 1783-1795
423 pages. Copy Manuscript Volume.
Item 3: Presentation folder for letters of John Marshall to his wife, No date
Box 8
Item 1: Leaves of account book of John Marshall's which were used as padding beneath the covers of his "Accounts and Law Notes,", [1776]

80 pages. Manuscript Volume.

This account book has been microfilmed. See Marshall, John M-104. 1 reel of negative microfilm.

Item 2: Journal of personal business accounts kept by John Marshall; also bound with them is a commonplace book of different legal authorities made while Marshall was a student at the College of William and Mary in the Spring of 1780

See Box 7 for 2 vols. Copy and Typewritten Copy of Manuscript Volume.

423 pages. Manuscript Volume.

This journal of accounts and law notes has been microfilmed. See M-105, M-105a, and M-105b for 3 copies of positive microfilm. See M-l05c for 1 reel of negative microfilm.

Category Other: M-106
Item 1: Jounal in Paris, 17 September 1797 - 11 April 1798

Original is located in the Pickering Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

This journal is available only on microfilm. See Marshall, John M-107. 1 reel of negative microfilm.

Reprint is avilable in The Papers of John Marshall, 1796-1798 (vol. 3);edited by Herbert A. Johnson, Charles T. Cullen, Nancy G. Harris, Charles F. Hobson, et. al. Call Number: E302 .M365 v.1 - v.10


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence and Papers of John Marshall, Family Members and Other Individuals],
[Series 2: Printed Materials, Poems, and Charts, 1789-1959, No date],
[Series 3: Prints, Engravings, and Artifacts, 1825-1937],
[Series 4: Manuscript Volumes, 1780-1795],
[All]

Administrative Information

Repository
Special Collections Research Center
Physical Access Note:
When available, photocopies, digital surrogates, or other reproductions must be used in place of original documents. All of the papers in this collection have been published in the Papers of John Marshall. The originals may not be photocopied, but users may capture images using personal cameras.
Acquisition Source
Various donations and purchases.
Acquisition Method
This collection is comprised of materials obtained in numerous batches between 1935 and 1984 by donation and purchase. Acc. 1986.02 was purchased and received on 1/17/1986. Acc. 1986.30 was received on 6/30/1986. Acc. 1987.16 was purchased and received on 3/6/1987.
Separated Materials

Books owned by John Marshall have been removed from this collection. For more detailed information about the books please see the Library's Catalog as well as the Association Collection in the Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library.

Newspapers have been transferred from this collection to the rare books collection in the Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library.

All audiovisual material from this collection has been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Related Materials

The majority of the copies, comprising approximately 50% of this collection, are from the Marshall House in Richmond, Virginia; the Library of Congress; or the Massachusetts Historical Society, but other depositories are also represented. For information concerning the location of original materials please see the components listing below.

See also John Marshall file in the University Archives Faculty/Alumni File.

Some manuscript volumes located at the end of the collection are also available in microform in the Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. [Reels M-104, M-105(a-c), and M-106]

DVDs from this collection have been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Related Publications
The Papers of John Marshall
Preferred Citation
John Marshall Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Other URL
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/wm/viw00076.frame