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Thomas Staples Martin papers

Identifier: Mss. 98 M36

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Scope and Contents

Letters, receipts and legal papers of U. S. Senator Thomas S. Martin relating chiefly to his law practice in Charlottesville and Scottsville, Va.


  • Creation: 1855-1902
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1870-1889

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 / Historical

Thomas Staples Martin was born in Scottsville, Va. July 29, 1847. He served in the Virginia Military Institute Corps of Cadets in the Civil War. He practiced law and was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served until his death November 12, 1919.


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Mss. 98 M36 is arranged by topic, then chronologically.  Original two boxes have been combined into one box, with Acc. 2002.38 added at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase:  Acc. 1998.01 (Mss. 98 M36) - 717 items Purchase:  Acc. 2002.38B - 100 items

Physical Description

817 items.


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at

Processing Information

Processed by Kathey Feeney in 1998.


Guide to the Thomas Staples Martin papers
Kathey Feeney, Special Collections Research Center staff
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Revision Statements

  • May 12th, 2017: Accessions intellectually combined in November 2009 by Anne Johnson.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository