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Silas Totten Papers

Identifier: UA 6.031

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters, diaries, speeches, and other material written by Silas totten, a professor at the College of William and Mary. Included in the collection is a letter from Silas Totten to Ebenezer Faxon requesting him to come to the college and draw architectural plans for a new college building after the 1859 fire. Other letters in the collection were written by and to members of the Totten family. A certificate of Silas Totten's admission to the Holy Order of Priests and minutes from a meeting of students at the College of William and Mary are also included.


  • Creation: 1845-1916


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Conditions Governing Access:

This 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 publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library. Researchers are requested to provide a copy of any article that uses material from the Totten Collection to: John C. Chapman, 2021 Griffith Rd., Falls Church, VA 22043.

Biographical Information:

Silas Totten was a faculty member at William and Mary from 1849 until 1859, when he became the second president of the University of Iowa. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


0.40 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1977.007 acquired 02/03/1977 from Anne Chapman; Acc. 1979.021 acquired 05/17/1991 from Sarah Totten Chapman. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Related Materials:

University Archives Faculty-Alumni File Collection.

1977.007, a framed portrait of Silas Totten was moved to the University Archives Artifact Collection.

Separated Materials:

1977.007, a framed portrait of Silas Totten was moved to the University Archives Artifact Collection.

Processing Information:

Acc. 2012.371 and Acc. 2012.372 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in December 2012.


Guide to the Silas Totten Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository