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Francis Burton Harrison Papers

Identifier: 01/Mss. 65 H26

Scope and Contents

Papers, 1786-1932, collected by Francis Burton Harrison. Chiefly typescripts of letters, 1786-1840, of members of the Harrison family, includes notes for The Harrisons of Skimino.

This group of typescripts, letters, and notes was collected by Francis Burton Harrison for the publication of The Harrisons of Skimino edited by his brother Fairfax Harrison. Box 1 contains typescripts of Harrison family letters and a few original manuscripts. Box 2 includes notes for The Harrisons of Skimino, correspondence between Fairfax and Francis Burton Harrison, material relating to the Gale family and to Pocahontas.


  • 1873-1957


Language of Materials


Physical Description

579 items

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 Information:

Francis Burton Harrison was born in New York City 18 December 1873. He was the son of Burton Harrison and Constance (Cary) Harrison and the brother of Fairfax Harrison. He graduated from Yale University in 1895 and from the New York Law School. He served in the Spanish-American War and in Congress from 1907-1913. Harrison was governor-general of the Philippines 1913-1921. He lived in Scotland from 1921-1934. He served as advisor to the governors of the Philippines. Harrison died in Flemington, New Jersey, 21 November 1957. He was the author of Archibald Cary of Carysbrook, Aris Sonis Focisque (The Harrisons of Skimino), Burton Chronicles of Colonial Virginia, The Corner-stone of Philippine Independence, and a Selection of the Letters of Fairfax Harrison. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Arrangement of Materials:

Organization: This collection is organized into series. Series 1 includes typescripts of Harrison family letters; Series 2 includes original manuscripts for The Harrisons of Skimino; Series 3 includes notes on source material for The Harrisons of Skimino; Series 4 includes miscellaneous notes and materials. Arrangement: This collection is arranged in chronological order by date.

Acquisition Information:

Gift: 579 items, 12/15/1941, 2/3/1942.

Related Materials:

The papers of Fairfax Harrison, who is the brother of Francis Burton Harrison, are also located within Swem Library. These papers, 1736-1945, were produced and collected by Fairfax Harrison, and include his correspondence with individuals and institutions concerning his interest in Virginia History.

Fairfax Harrison Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Fairfax Harrison Papers, 1736- 1945.6,116 items.Collection number: Mss. 65 H25

Physical Description

579 items
Guide to the Francis Burton Harrison Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository