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Office of the President. James Blair Records

Identifier: UA 2.01

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Scope and Contents

Acc. 1980.128 contains papers of and relating to James Blair, first president of the College of William and Mary.  The collection contains two original manuscripts: a funeral bill by Blair dated 1701, and a sermon erroneously attributed to Blair dated 1747.  The bulk of the collection consists of copies collected for research purposes, mostly in 1940-1941.  Includes biographical material; extracts and copies from official records; copies of correspondence; sermons; notes on paintings of Blair and his wife owned by the College of William and Mary; notes on their graves.

Acc. 2002.073 contains minutes of the Council of Virginia from 1695, including a resolution of the Governor's Council drawn up by Governor Edmund Andros and signed by all the Council members documenting the differences between Rev. James Blair and Andros and announcing the suspension of Rev. Blair from the Council.


  • Creation: 1695-1747


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Conditions Governing Access:

The 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.


1.00 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2002.073 purchased from H.P. Kraus Rare Books and Manuscripts, NY, NY.


Acc. 1980.128 acquired 11/18/1980; Acc. 2002.073 acquired 10/22/2002.


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at,%20james.pdf

Guide to the Office of the President. James Blair Records
Finding Aid Authors: SCRC staff
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository