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Coleman-Wilson Papers

Identifier: Mss. 96 C67

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Scope and Contents

Letters, chiefly 1919-1964, written by Mary Haldane Begg Coleman (1875-1967) of Williamsburg, Virginia, to Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson (1881-1965), of Charlottesville, Virginia. Diaries of Mary Haldane Begg Coleman and Isabella Haldane.

Other correspondents include Janet Coleman Kimbrough, Mary H.B. Coleman's daughter and Alida Wilson Davidson, the daughter of Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson.

Scrapbooks containing information on John Tyler, Tyler descendants, and the Tucker family. Photographs mainly of Coleman family and friends; collection of medals awarded to James Southall Wilson, husband of Julia Tyler Wilson. Also included in collection are a letter from Princeton University President Woodrow Wilson and two Virginia pound notes dated 1775.

Subjects covered in the collection include the Restoration of Colonial Williamsburg, the College of William and Mary, World War I and II, Begg and Tucker genealogy and life in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson was the daughter of Lyon Gardiner Tyler and the granddaughter of President John Tyler. Mary Haldane Begg Coleman was the wife of George Preston Coleman, mayor of Williamsburg. George P. Coleman was a direct descendant of St. George Tucker.

Mary Haldane Begg Coleman Diaries. 75 volumes. January 1893 to March 1965. Mary Haldane Begg Coleman is the Mother of Janet C. Kimbrough.  All volumes have been microfilmed and are located in the Microform area, Swem Library, CS71 C692 2006 Mary Haldane Begg Coleman Diaries.

Isabella Haldane Diaries. 4 volumes. January 1883 to November 1888.  Isabella Haldane is the Aunt of Mary Haldane Begg Coleman and lived with the Begg Family in Campbell County, Virginia during the period the diaries were written.  All volumes have been microfilmed and are located in the Microform area, Swem Library, CS71 C692 2006 Isabelle Haldane Diaries.


  • Creation: 1775-1989
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1883-1964


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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.


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Arrangement of Materials:

Organization: This collection is organized into six series:

Series 1 contains letters, Series 2 contains material relating to various material, Series 3 contains miscellaneous material, Series 4 contains photographs, Series 5 contains awards and medals, and Series 6 contains scrapbooks. Series 7 contains diaries.

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into series which are then primarily arranged chronologically by date. Those folders with multiple dates are located at the end of each series. 

Acquisition Information:

Gift: 1,602 items, 6/19/1991. Gift.  Diaries, 1993.

Related Materials:

Microforms, Swem Library, CS71 C692 2006 Mary Haldane Begg Coleman Diaries. Volumes 1 - 40. 8 reels.

Physical Description

1602 items and 79 diaries.


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Processing Information:

Processed by Stacy Malgee in 1996.  Diaries processed by Anne Johnson in 2012.

Guide to the Coleman-Wilson Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository