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Franklin L. Riley Papers

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 1988.41

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Scope and Contents

Personal and professional papers of Dr. Franklin Riley, Southern historian, teacher of history at University of Mississippi and Washington and Lee, and author.  Papers date 1843-1930.  Formerly on deposit at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill under the accession number 1533.


  • Creation: 1843-1930
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1890-1918


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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:

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Biographical Information:

Franklin L. Riley was professor at University of Mississippi and Washington and Lee University. He was born in Hebron, Lawrence County, Miss., graduated from Mississippi College and did his graduate work at Johns Hopkins University. He married Fanny T. Leigh in 1891 and had seven children, including Edward Miles Riley, Director of Research at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


1.33 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Chronological.  Folders renumbered when transferred from the University of North Carolina.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Paper is very brittle.

Acquisition Information:


Physical Description

2 boxes

Processing Information:

Some of the mimeographed papers are fragile.

Guide to the Franklin L. Riley Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Susan A. Riggs.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository