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Galt Papers (I)

Identifier: Mss. 78 G13

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Scope and Contents

Professional and personal papers; 1745-1892; of the Galt family of Williamsburg, Virginia. Papers primarily concern the Galt family's work at the Eastern State Hospital, including apothecary shop daybooks, account books, medical daybooks, clinical notebooks, weather diaries, commonplace books, reports, medical notes, lecture notes, correspondence, and other. The personal papers consist of diaries, letters, scrapbooks, school notes, financial papers, memoirs, and other material.

The collections documents life in colonial, revolutionary, antebellam, and post-Civil War Williamsburg, Virginia. Papers also concern wider Virginia issues and relations with England, such as the Alexander D. Galt Diary (Msv 14a) which was written while in London during 1792-1793.

Additions, filed in first folder of Galt Papers (1):

Acc. 1938.28 "Verses for the Year 1900", handwritten poem from the January 18, 1855 Virginia Gazette which was also published in the September 13, 1937 Virginia Gazette. Author unknown.

Acc. 2008.285 Miniature photograph of a seated man found in Galt Books Collection, QA37.H99 1818 v. 2.

Letter from Aunt Emily to Miss Sue Galt; mentions Ella, Estelle and Emona. Aunt Emily is caring for a family. Undated.


  • Creation: 1745-1892


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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.

Family History:

The Galt family of Williamsburg, Virginia operated the Eastern State Hospital. Galt family members include John Minson Galt II, A. D. Galt, Jr., Sarah Maria Galt, Elizabeth J. Galt, and others.


129.00 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Gift; ca. 10,000 items, March 1978, Anne G. K. Black. Purchase, 1 item, June 1, 1979, John Curtis Book Press. 1983-31 purchased on 6/16/1983; 1989-27 transferred on 5/25/1989.

Related Materials:

See also Galt Papers (II), (III), and (V), Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary, and the Galt Family Papers (MS 78.3), Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. See also the John Minson Galt II library cataloged and arranged at Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Separated Materials:

Artifacts transferred to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss. 1.03) include:

Manicure Set Case (Mss 78G13.01); Needlework Bookmark (Mss 78G13.02); Floral Paper Cutouts (Mss 78G13.03)

Guide to the Galt Papers (I)
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Revision Statements

  • May 24th, 2018: Description of Boxes 21 to 24 added in 2014.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository