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Sheldon Business Papers and Accounts

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 Sh4

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1826-1857, (including accounts and memorandum books) of various mercantile firms with which Jacob D. Sheldon was associated in Williamsburg, Virginia, such as Jacob Sheldon & Co.; Cole & Sheldon; Sheldon & Maupin; Peachy & Sheldon; Thomas G. Peachy & Co.; and W. W. Webb & Co. Also includes papers of Jacob C. Sheldon and of Roscow Cole. The collection includes accounts with professors and students and staff at William & Mary; with Eastern State Hospital; and with other Williamsburg residents. William & Mary correspondents include Thomas Roderick Dew, Adam Empie, William Barton Rogers, and Robert Saunders.


  • Creation: 1826-1857


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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 Information:

Jacob D. Sheldon was a Williamsburg, Virginia businessman. He owned, operated, or was involved with multiple businesses, including Jacob Sheldon & Co., Cole & Sheldon, Sheldon & Maupin, Peachy & Sheldon, Thomas G. Peachy & Co., and W. W. Webb & Co. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


1654.00 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:


Separated Materials:

This collection was donated with the Tucker-Coleman Papers, Special Collections Research Center, William & Mary Libraries.

Processing Information:

Box and folder list compiled by Andrew Cavell, SCRC staff, in January 2012.

Guide to the Sheldon Business Papers and Accounts
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