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Goodwin Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. 78 G63

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Scope and Contents

Letters, memoirs, journals, sermons, monographs, genealogical material concerning the Goodwin, Archer, Silvester, Ballard and Smith families.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of the papers of Frederick Deane Goodwin, an Episcopal minister.  Bishop William Meade is a correspondent.  Correspondence between Frederick Deane Goodwin's immediate family is included and papers of his son, Edward Lewis Goodwin, an Episcopal minister and his granddaughter, Mary Frances Goodwin, a researcher for Colonial Williamsburg.

Much of the correspondence, journals and recollections concern the Goodwin Family and/or the Episcopal Church in Virginia and elsewhere. Mary Frances Goodwin's letters are from her time in France at the end of World War I and her discovery of the Bodleian Plate in 1930.

Volumes include diaries, journals and registers of Edward Lewis Goodwin, correspondence between family members and letters to and from Mary Frances Goodwin during World War I while she was working with the YMCA in France as part of the American Expeditionary Force. The Episcopal Church of Virginia is mentioned often in the correspondence by all family members.

Included is a memoir by Mary F. Goodwin on her discovery of the Bodleian Plate, a copper printing plate with buildings of 18th century Williamsburg, and a memoir of Wytheville, Virginia during the Civil War.


  • Creation: 1826-1959


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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 Goodwin family moved from Massachusetts and members settled in Virginia and Maryland. Three generations of Goodwin men served as Episcopal ministers. Frederick Deane Goodwin served parishes in Virginia. Edwin Lewis Goodwin was born in Nelson County, Va. and studied at the University of Virginia and at the Virginia Theological Seminary. He served parishes in Virginia and South Carolina, was historiographer of the Diocese of Virginia and author of The Colonial Church in Virginia. His son, Frederick D. Goodwin was Bishop of Virginia, 1944-1961. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is divided into Series, mainly by individual family names but also a few topical headings.

Acquisition Information:

Gifts; one box, 08/03/1978; one box, 10/10/1978; one box, 10/20/1978. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Processing Information:

Acc. 2013.114 accessioned and minimally described by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in June 2013.   Acc. 2013.114 was interfiled with the original accession and the series were rearranged in August 2014 by Anne Johnson.

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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository