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Gustavus A. Myers Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.2 M99

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Scope and Contents

Letters written to Gustavus A. Myers, lawyer in Richmond, Va. Includes letters, 1858-1861, from John Augustine Washington, concerning his sale of "Mount Vernon" to Mount Vernon Ladies' Association; and Washington's Civil War service. The collection includes letters written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Park Benjamin, and Conway Robinson.


  • Creation: 1834-1869


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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.

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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.

Biographical Information:

Gustavus Adophus Myers was born August 9, 1801, the son of Samuel Myers and Judith (Hays) Myers. He was a lawyer in Richmond and served as president of Richmond Publishing Co., and director of Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad and Mutual Assurance Society. He was member of Richmond City Council. He married Anne Augusta (Giles) Conway and was father of artist, William Barksdale Myers. Myers died August 20, 1869 and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery. He was considered Richmond's most prominent Jewish citizen. xlink:href="" xlink:title="Gustavus Adophus Myers"/>.


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Acquisition Information:

Purchase (1935) and gift (1972).

Related Materials:

See also; Samuel Myers Papers, 1796-1845, Myers-Burrage-Graham Papers (I) Groups A-C, and Myers Papers II, all at Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Processing Information:

Box and folder list compiled by Meredith Ramey, SCRC staff, in January 2012.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository