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Series 1: Family Papers

Identifier: id82830

Scope and Contents

The family papers, dating largely 1940-1851, contain family news of the Ritchie family, social news, and mention of many prominent 19th century Virginians. Of particular interst are Robert Ruffin Ritchie's letters from Mexico, 1847-1848; letters of George Ritchie while serving in the U.S. Navy, 1849-1860; Civil War letters reflecting social and economic conditions; and the considerable number of family letters to and from Brandon, home of Ritchie's daughter, Isabella Ritchie Harrison (Mrs. George Harrison). Included are single letters by Benjamin Ewell and John Tyler.


  • Creation: 1807-1938
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1830-1870


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Conditions Governing 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.


From the Collection: 6.50 Linear Feet

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository