The collection consists of a variety of French, English, and American documents that span from the late thirteenth century to the year 1950.
Series 1 contains medieval French and English land sale and grant documents on vellum written primarily in Latin from c.1290-1396. The French documents are from Caylus and Espinas, while the English documents are from Yorkshire.
Series 2 contains English land transfer, indenture, and last will and testament documents on vellum primarily from Yorkshire from the years 1577-1698. Some are written in Latin, while others are in English.
Series 3 contains early eighteenth century English manorial documents written in Latin, two from 1701 and one from 1713.
Series 4 consists of two nineteenth century English documents, an 1828 indenture and a mid-nineteenth century patent for “improvements in steam engines,” both from Lancashire.
Series 5 contains copies, dated 1832, of American land patents from the years 1798-1800 and refer to American Revolutionary War veterans.
Series 6 consists of a variety of nineteenth century American pamphlets and an 1873 New York Tribune newspaper.
Series 7 is a collection of American certificates of loans issued by the City of Philadelphia between the years 1854-1889.
Series 8 contains several American railroad company stock certificates from primarily the nineteenth century.
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.
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Chester McNerney was born October 21, 1914 in Indiana to parents Thomas and Shirley and died in November 1983 just prior to his collection’s donation. The Chester McNerney Collection (Mss.Acc.1984.57) was donated to Swem Library in 1984 by Shirley McNerney in honor of her father, Chester McNerney.
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Gift, donated to Swem Library in 1984 by Shirley McNerney in honor of her father, Chester McNerney. Chester McNerney was born October 21, 1914 in Indiana to parents Thomas and Shirley and died in November 1983 just prior to the collection’s donation.
Accessioned by Benjamin Bromley in March 2011. Collection processed and finding aid created by Austin W. Smith in April 2011.
The folder numbering for Box two has been updated to begin with a numberical number of 1. It's former numbering for the first folder used to be 24.