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Robert Morton Hughes Papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss. 65 H88
Papers, 1871-1933, of Robert Morton Hughes of Norfolk, Virginia, concerning his law practice; his interest in maritime law; his biography of Joseph Eggleston Johnston; his influence in Virginia politics; and the College of William and Mary. Correspondents include Joseph Eggleston Johnston, Fitzhugh Lee, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Thomas Nelson Page, Woodrow Wilson, Flora (Cooke) Stuart and Theodore Roosevelt. There is also an autograph collection, 1715-1924, which includes signatures of Frances Hodgson Burnett, Mark Hanna, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Samuel L. Clemens and presidents of the United States.

 

Addition to Box 1, Folder 4

"Genesis of the F.F.V.," a typed draft of a letter to the editor by Robert M. Hughes (with footnotes), "Horse-Power in History" by Robert M. Hughes, a typed draft, a February 4, 1935 letter from Mae White (Mrs. William) Freeman to Robert M. Hughes thanking him for their visit to his library and a tax receipt for Charles C. Johnston of Abington, Virginia.

Dates

  • 1715-1940
  • Majority of material found in 1871-1933

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Physical Description

240 items

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.

Extent

1.50 Linear Feet

Biographical Information:

Robert Morton Hughes was an alumnus of the College of William and Mary (1870-1873) and also attended the University of Virginia Law School. He was the son of Robert William and Eliza M. (Johnston) Hughes. He practiced law in Norfolk, Virginia. Hughes was the president of the Virginia Bar Association; biographer of Joseph Eggleston Johnston; a member of the Virginia Board of Education; and served as a member and as rector of the Board of Visitors (1893-1918) of the College of William and Mary. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:

Arrangement of Materials:

Organization: This collection has been organized into 2 series: Series 1 includes Personal and Business Correspondence, and Series 2 includes an Autograph Collection. Arrangement: This collection is arranged into 2 series which are then broken down into subseries. Series 1 is arranged by date and Series 2 is arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition Information:

Gift: 237 items, 1940.

Related Materials:

There are five collections within the Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary that relate to this collection. They include the John B. Floyd Papers, the Robert W. Hughes Papers, the Joseph E. Johnston Papers, the Preston Family Papers, and the Virginia Bar Examination Papers. The Library of Robert William Hughes is also available in the rare book section.

John B. Floyd Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. John Buchanan Floyd Papers, 1831-1863, 1850- 1863. 72 items. Collection number: Mss. 65 F59

Robert W. Hughes, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Robert W. Hughes Papers, 1818-1900. 103 items. Collection Number: Mss. 39.2 H87

Joseph E. Johnston Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Joseph E. Johnston Papers, 1825-1891. 264 items. Collection number: Mss. 39.1 J63

Preston Family Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Preston Family Papers, 1755-1836. 90 items. Collection Number: Mss. 39.1 P91

Virginia Bar Examination Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. Virginia Bar Examination Papers, 1900- 1923. 1,306 items. Collection Number: Mss. 39.1 V81ba

The library belonging to Robert William Hughes is located at the Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Another related collection is the Robert Morton Hughes Papers, located in Special Collections, Perry Library, Old Dominion University. This collection in significant because of the correspondence and other papers originally belonging to several of Hughes' relatives including Judge Robert W. Hughes, Governor John B. Floyd, and General Joseph E. Johnston. The collection also contains personal and political correspondence regarding Robert Morton Hughes' legal practice, involvement in Virginia politics, activities in support of education, longtime association with the College of William and Mary, and service on the State Board of Education and the Board of Directors of the Norfolk Public Library. The William and Mary collection of Robert Morton Hughes Papers compliments and does not duplicate the Robert Morton Hughes Papers at Old Dominion University.

Papers of Robert Morton Hughes, Special Collections, Perry Library, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. Papers of Robert Morton Hughes, 1767- 1959.39 Hollinger Flat Boxes; 5 Hollinger Oversized Boxes and Additional Bound Volumes. Collection number: MG-7

Physical Description

240 items

General

Other Information:

Additional information may be found at http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/wm/viw00087.frame
Title
Guide to the Robert Morton Hughes Papers
Author
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
Date
2007-06-20
Language of description
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository

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