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Maupin-Washington Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 M44

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1732-1932, of the Maupin and Washington families. The bulk of the papers, 1850-1870, are letters received by Peter Grayson Washington who served as Assistant Secretary of the U. S. Treasury from 1853- 1857. Most of the letters relate to political patronage, Democratic Party politics and the various responsibilities of the Treasury Department. Later letters relate to Washington's work as a claims agent in Washington, D. C. and to his investments in New York City. The collection also includes letters written to Socrates Maupin (1809-1871), professor of medicine at the University of Virginia, including letters to him and correspondence of his son Chapman Maupin (1846- 1900), during the American Civil War and while studying in Europe. Letters and ephemera relating to Chapman Maupin's interest in his Washington forbearers are included as well. There are also land records, autographs and a carte-de-visite of Edwin Booth.


  • Creation: 1732-1932

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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.


3.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is organized into five series. Series 1 contains the personal and business correspondence of Peter Grayson Washington. It is divided into subseries by years. Series 2 contains correspondence of the Maupin family. Series 3 contains genealogical information. Series 4 contains deeds and other items relating to the exchange of land. Series 5 contains miscellaneous material.; Series 6 contains photographs. This collection is arranged chronologically by date within each series.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of 271 items


Additional information may be found at

Guide to the Maupin-Washington Papers
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository