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Robert Saunders Letters

Identifier: MS 00270

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 66 letters written by Robert Saunders of Williamsburg, Virginia to his wife Lucy Burwell Saunders (60 letters) and his daughters Lucy Page Saunders (three letters) and Roberta P. Saunders (two2 letters) from 1829-1867. There is also a letter written on May 4, 1847 to Overton Bernard, the father of College of William and Mary student Jesse Talbot Bernard.


  • Creation: 1829-1867


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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.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical Information:

Robert Saunders was born January 25, 1805 in Williamsburg, Virginia. He attended the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia. Saunders served as professor of mathematics at William and Mary from 1833 to 1848 and was president of the college 1847-1848. He was a captain in the Confederate States Army, head of Eastern State Hospital, mayor of Willamsburg, vestryman of Bruton Parish and served in the Virginia State Senate. Saunders married Lucy Burwell Page in 1828 and had, among other children, Roberta Saunders and Robert Page Saunders. He died 11 September 1868. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Arrangement of Materials:

The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History:

Mss. Acc. 2007.109. A portion of this collection was previously part of the University Archives Faculty-Alumni File Collection. It was rehoused 1/21/10.

Acquisition Information:


Physical Description

65 items.

Processing Information:

Addition to this collection accessioned and minimally processed by Mindy Gipson, SCRC volunteer, in January 2010.

Guide to the Robert Saunders Letters
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository