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Brafferton Estate Collection

Identifier: UA 113

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents relating to the Brafferton Estate as it impacted the College of William and Mary such as accounts, decrees, correspondence, biographical material on Robert Boyle, 20th century material on the search for information about the Brafferton Estate, and other material. The collection includes both original documents and copies of documents.

There is also material related to the Brafferton Estate and the early history of the College of William and Mary from the Borthwick Institute at the University of York and the Lambeth Palace Library. Material may only be used in the Special Collections Research Center and may not be copied.


  • Creation: 1691-1935


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Conditions Governing Access:

This 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. Permission to use documents held by other institutions, including Lambeth Palace & Borthwick Institute, reproductions of which are part of this collection, must be granted by the repository holding the original document.


1.20 Linear Feet

Custodial History:

Acc. 2011.068 was previously part of the College Papers Collection.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1994.009 was transferred from the College Papers folders 286, 287, and 288. Acc. 1990.006; Acc. 2009.129 was received prior to 2007.  The will of Robert Boyle was originally Acc. 1939.36 and was a gift. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Related Materials:

University Archives Subject File Collection (UA 9); College Papers (UA 14); Historic Campus of the College of William and Mary Records (UA 228).

Information about related materials is available at

Processing Information:

Acc. 2009.129 accessioned by Steven Bookman in May 2009. Acc. 2011.069 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, on 2/14/2011. Acc. 2012.396 and 2012.397 accessiond and minimally processed by Benjamin Bromley, December 2012.

Guide to the Brafferton Estate Collection
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository