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Skipwith Family papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 Sk3

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains, business papers, correspondence, accounts and the farm notes of Sir Peyton Skipwith of Mecklenburg Co., Va., son Humberstone Skipwith and Humberstone Skipwith's wives and children, especially Fulwar Skipwith. Papers are primarily business in nature and reflect the management of "Prestwould."

Papers also concern the development of Lady Skipwith's library, the education of Fulwar Skipwith and his brother Grey Skipwith. Manuscript volumes concern farm accounts, gardening, the study of French and Fulwar Skipwith's lists of books.

Box VII, folder 5a oversize file: Feb 1, 1798 manuscript map entitled Sir Peyton Skipwith's land A.D. 1798, Joh Hill Cartographer.

Box XXI, Folder 33 medium oversize file, House Plans including photostat.

Skipwith Family Papers in Swem Library's microform area, 14 reels, call number HD 1471 .U5 R43 ser. L part 3


  • Creation: 1760-1977


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.


13.21 Linear Feet



Acquisition Information:

Donated to Special Collections Research Center in batches between 1947 and 1983 by Dr. and Mrs. John W. Price, Jr., J. Wilfred Lambert through Mrs. Louise Kale, and Mrs. William M. Reid, Jr.

Related Materials:

See also the manuscript volume of Peyton Horatio Skipwith, Jr.  (Mss. MsV Skipwith); Robert Skipwith Papers (Mss. 74s Sk3); Robert Skipwith Diaries (Mss. 65 Sk4).  A picture of the Skipwith Pianoforte is in the University Archives Photograph Collection (P2000.49).

2008.257 Lady Jean Skipwith Collection.

Separated Materials:

A portion of the library of Lady Jean Skipwith is in the Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Physical Description

approximately 7000 items

Processing Information:

Processed by Anne Lewis and Deborah W. Smith during 1977-1978.

Guide to the Skipwith Family papers
Anne Lewis and Deborah W. Smith.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository