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Hall Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. 90 H14

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of the Hall and Moore families of New York, Richmond, Va. and Williamsburg, Va. Includes wills, estate papers, legal and financial transactions, 1810-1915, of Jacob Hall, Sarah Hall and Cunningham Hall; and Bishop Richard Channing Moore, Virginia Moore, Harriet Glenworth Moore, Margaretta Moore and Louise Moore. Contains correspondence, 1854-1876, between Zebulon S. Farland and Ellen Douglas Gordon Farland; letters, 1906-1928, to Margaret (Farland) Hall, from her children, Emily Hall, Channing Hall, Joseph Hall, and John Lesslie Hall concerning education and World War I; and correspondence, 1887-1889, between Margaret (Farland) Hall and John Lesslie Hall, Sr. The collection also includes teaching notes, professional writings, and alumni correspondence with John Lesslie Hall, Sr. Prominent correspondents of Hall include Lyon G. Tyler, Thomas Nelson Page, Joseph Dupuy Eggleston and Basil Gildersleeve. Includes items removed from "The Writing of English"(PE1408 .M38 1929), a book owned by Emily M. Hall.

See staff for inventory of boxes 1-6.


  • Creation: 1810-2007 and undated


Language of Materials

English German

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:

The patriarch of the family was Jacob Hall who married Emily Glenworth Moore of New York who was the granddaughter of Bishop Richard Channing Moore of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Jacob and Emily Hall's son was Professor John Lesslie Hall (1856-1928) of the College of William and Mary. John Lesslie Hall, Sr. married Margaret Fenwick Farland (daughter of Zebulon S. Farland and Ellen Doughlas Gordon Farland) and had: Channing M. Hall, John Lesslie Hall, Jr., Joseph F. Hall and Emily M. Hall. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


7.70 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Some material has been transferred to the artifact collection.

Acquisition Information:

Gift; Sept. 1987 of 2659 items. Gift; 05/25/1999 of 1 item. 2005.18, gift via WHRA. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Related Materials:

Mss. 78 H14 Admiral John Lesslie Hall, Jr. Papers

UA 6.021  John Lesslie Hall Papers

Separated Materials:

Artifacts transferred to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss. 1.03), including U.S. Naval Academy Farewell Aide Mémoires (90H14.A18ab)

Physical Description

2659 items

Processing Information:

Processed by Tim Batule in 1990. Acc. 2013.103 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in June 2013.

Guide to the Hall Family Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Jim Batule.
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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