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William Massie Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 M39

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Scope and Contents

Letters and accounts of William Massie, farmer, plantation owner, slave owner, and miller of Pharsalia and Tye River Mills, Nelson County, Virginia. Correspondents include Nathaniel Francis Cabell and Chiswell Dabney. Letters discuss life in Nelson County, agriculture, slavery, milling, and other subjects.


  • Creation: 1810-1870

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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.

Biographical Information:

William Massie (1795-1862) was plantation owner and miller at Tyro, Nelson County, Virginia. He also served a term in the Virginia legislature.


2.00 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:


Related Materials:

William Massie Papers, 1747-1919, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin.

William Massie Papers, Duke University Library.

Massie Family Negro Books, 1823-1863, Accession #12705, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library.

Miscellaneous Virginia letters, 1807-1911, Accession #11490, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library.

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

Revision Statements

  • May 24th, 2018: Box and Folder List compiled by Kassia Halcli, SCRC staff, in September 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository