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Bright Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 1996.24

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Scope and Contents

Papers of the Bright Family of Williamsburg, Virginia and Philadephia, Pennsylvania.  Correspondence and business papers of Robert Anderson Bright of Williamsburg, Virginia and his son Robert Southall Bright, College of William and Mary class of 1891 and a Philadelphia lawyer.  Personal and professional correspondence, bills and receipts, photographs and legal papers.

Includes letters between Robert Southall Bright while a student at William and Mary to his father and letter describing trip to Switzerland.


  • Creation: 1876-1933


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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 Bright Family resided in Williamsburg, Virginia and Philadephia, Pennsylvania. They had family ties to the Southall of Virginia.


1.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Series arranged in alphabetical order by name of Bright Family member and related topics.

Acquisition Information:


Related Materials:

University of Delaware, Bright Family Papers, Mss. Collection Number 128.

Southall Papers, 1807-1904, Mss. 39.1 So8

Robert Southall Bright Papers, UA 5.131

Mss. MsV Ap 4-5 Samuel F. Bright Account Books, 1826-1861

Physical Description

300 items

Guide to the Bright Family Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Lauren Chapman and Anne Johnson.
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Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository