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Robb-Bernard Papers

Identifier: 01/Mss. 65 R54

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  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

Papers, 1800-1901, of and relating to John Hipkins and John Hipkins Bernard (mostly accounts); of and relating to members of the Hipkins, Bernard and Robb families; and relating to the Hipkins-Bernard-Robb home "Rose Hill," Caroline County, Va. (later renamed "Gay Mont") and to Bernard's lands in Alabama, Texas and Arkansas. Includes diaries, correspondence, poems, accounts and account books of women (Elizabeth Hipkins, Jane Gay Robertson Bernard, and Helen Struan Bernard Robb); and legal documents and letters of John Taylor of Caroline. Of special interest are the diaries of Eugenia D. Robb while serving with the American Red Cross in Germany and Japan during and after World War II (1999.56A).

Additions include other material on the Robb, Bernard, Upton and Hipkins families from the 19th century through the 20th century.

Check the Finding Aid/Inventory and the PDF Inventory for descriptions and/or folder lists of original accession and all additions.


  • Creation: 1665-2001
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1850-1950


Language of Materials

English French Dutch;Flemish

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.

Family History:

John Hipkins Bernard was the son of William Bernard and Fannie Hipkins Bernard. His grandfather was John Hipkins. Bernard inherited "Rose Hill,"Caroline County, Va. from his grandfather and renamed it "Gay Mont" in honor of his wife Jane Gay Robertson Bernard, the sister of Governor Wyndham Robertson. Bernard's daughter Helen Struan Bernard Robb bought her siblings' interest in "Gay Mont." Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


26.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

See the Finding Aide/Inventory for a brief description.

Original Accession of 14 boxes grouped by type of material, then chronologically within these groups.

Most of the additions to this collections are not yet processed.

Acquisition Information:

The materials in this collection were donated to William & Mary Special Collections Research Center by Miss Fannie B. Robb of Caroline County, Virginia, James S. Patton, Frances Robb, and Eugenia Robb in various batches between 1940 and 2007.   1940-28D, 1947.28, 1947.33  - Gift of Fannie B. Robb 1983.28 - Gift of William Y.C. White, Jr. 1983.35 - Gift of Madge G. Baya. 1975.18, 1976.02, 1979.18, 1985.41, 1986.32, 1987.42, 1996.58 - Gift of James Samuel Patton 1999.34, 1999.43, 1999.56, 2000.47, 2000.61, 2002.33 - Gift of Eugenia V. Robb 1993.65, 2005.34, 2005.49, 2007.93 - Gift of Frances Robb 2008.78 - Gift of Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities 1985.40 - Gift of James S. Patton via Williamsburg Historic Records Association. 2010.353 and 2010.385 are gift of Frances Robb. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.


Original Accession and additions physically and intellectually combined in 2009.


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at

Processing Information:

Original Accession and additions physically and intellectually combined in 2009.

Most additions to this accession have not been processed nor an inventory created.  Please see the short descriptions under each Series in the Box and Folder listing.

Acc. 2012.112 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in April 2012. Acc. 2013.052 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in March 2013.

Guide to the Robb-Bernard Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository