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James Barron Hope Papers (I)

Identifier: Mss. 65 H77

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Scope and Contents

Papers, chiefly 1847-1887, of James Barron Hope. Correspondence includes letters to his mother Jane A. Barron Hope while on a naval cruise to the Caribbean and letters to his wife, Annie Beverley Whiting Hope written during the Civil War. There are letters between Jane A. Barron Hope and her friend, Caroline Matilda Campbell. Prominent correspondents in the collection include Jubal A. Early, Benjamin S. Ewell, Hugh Blair Grigsby, Fitzhugh Lee, W. H. F. Lee, Thomas Nelson Page, John Tyler and Robert Charles Winthrop. The collection also includes editorials, atories, a play, manuscript poems of Hope including his address at the Yorktown Centennial, as well as articles and letters concerning his death and his involvement in dueling.


  • Creation: 1790-1965
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1847-1887


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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 / Historical

James Barron Hope was born 23 March 1829 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was the grandson of Commodore James Barron (1769-1851) and son of Wilton Hope and Jane Armistead (Barron) Hope (1791-1862).

James Barron Hope attended and graduated from the College of William and Mary (1846-48). He practiced law and was the commonwealth's attorney for Norfolk.

He married Annie Beverley Whiting (1825-1920) in 1857. The couple had two daughters, Jane ("Janey" or "Jennie") Barron Hope (b. 1859?) and Ann ("Nanny") Hope.

James Barron Hope is known primarily for his poetry, serving as the official poet of the 250th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement. He published several volumes of writings and also edited newspapers. Hope died in 1887.


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Organization: This collection is organized into 9 series; Series 1 contains the papers of James Barron Hope; Series 2 contains certificates and scrapbooks; Series 3 contains Literary and artistic works of James Barron Hope; Series 4 contains newspaper and periodical articles written by or concerning James Barron Hope; Series 5 contains compositions and other literary materials; Series 6 contains items collected by Ann W. Marr, the granddaughter of James Barron Hope; Series 7 contains items collected by Janey Hope Marr, the daughter of James Barron Hope; Series 8 contains miscellaneous items; and Series 9 contains various issues of newspapers.

Arrangement: This collection is arranged chronologically by date within each series. The series are arranged according the various dates which the materials were acquisitioned or added to the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift: 933 items, 1945-1961.

Related Materials

There are three collections within the Special Collections Research Center, William & Mary Libraries, that relate to this Collection. They include the James Barron Hope Paper (II), the Samuel Barron Papers and the James Barron Papers.

The James Barron Hope Papers (II), Special Collections Research Center, William & Mary Libraries; including correspondence and literary works, chiefly 1861-1874, of James Barron Hope (1829-1887), soldier, author (poet, orator, and novelist), and newspaper editor, of Norfolk and Williamsburg, Virginia. James Barron Hope Papers (II), 829-1887. 195 items. Collection number: Mss. 93 H77

The Samuel Barron Papers, Special Collections Research Center, William & Mary Libraries; include papers and correspondence of three generations of Samuel Barrons, all of whom were involved in naval affairs. Samuel Barron Papers, 1793-1942. 538 items. Collection number: Mss. 65 B29

The James Barron Papers, Special Collections Research Center, William & Mary Libraries; include correspondence and papers of Commodore James Barron relating to his career in the United States Navy, and especially relating to the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair in 1807 and to his duel with Stephen Decatur. James Barron Papers, 1776-1899. 2,759 items. Collection number: Mss. 65 B27

Physical Description

933 items


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Additional information may be found at

Guide to the James Barron Hope Papers (I)
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository