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Dorsey-Coupland Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 D73

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Scope and Contents

This inventory contains correspondence, chiefly 1843-1865, of John R. Coupland of Williamsburg, Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia with his wife Susan Henley Coupland. Some letters were written to Susan Henley Coupland while she was in Williamsburg and he was in Richmond working in Second Auditor's Office of Confederate States of America War Department. Letters written by Carter Coupland while serving on Confederate steamers are also included.

This inventory also contains correspondence of Juliana Ruffin Coupland Dorsey with members of the Edmund Ruffin family and with her sister Jane S. Ruffin Dupuy and members of the Dupuy family. Includes letters written by Edmund Ruffin, Jr.; one letter, June 20, 1864, written by Edmund Ruffin (1794-1865) and letters containing references to him. Juliana Ruffin Copeland Dorsey and Jane S. Ruffin Dupuy were sisters of Edmund Ruffin (1794-1865).


  • Creation: 1840-1876
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1843-1865

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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:

Arrangement: After being organized into Series, this collection is arranged chronologically by date.

Organization: This collection has been organized into three Series: 1. Letters, 2. Accounts, and 3. Miscellaneous Material.

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Processed by Karyl Goldstein in 2000.

Guide to the Dorsey-Coupland Papers
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