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Richard Brown Diary

Identifier: SC 00954

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Diary of the Reverent Richard Brown (1674-1732), of Massachusetts. 16 are diary entries and 12 are printed almanac pages, one for each month of the year.

Entries provide details of Brown's activities, comments on parishioners, etc. As on March 9, in part: "Tho. Nickols bid me beware of S.G. for he is a traitor and Briant's tool...". On May 28 Capt. Pool "dyed", and was buried on the 31st." In addition to the numerous entries, there are two pages of accounts and at the end, 4 staves of manuscript music, including a Psalm tune.


  • 1723

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 publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


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Custodial History

This collection was formerly identified as Mss. Acc. 2010.208.

Guide to the Richard Brown Diary
SCRC Staff, Karen King
June 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository