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William Massie papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 M39

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Scope and Contents

The William Massie papers includes letters and accounts belonging to William Massie, a farmer, miller and plantation owner. Massie lived in Pharsalia and Tye River Mills, Nelson County, Virginia. Letters include correspondence between Nathaniel Francis Cabell and Chiswell Dabney. Letters discuss life in Nelson County, agriculture, slavery, milling, and other subjects.


  • Creation: 1810-1870

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 a plantation owner and miller in Tyro, Nelson County, Virginia. He also served a term in the Virginia legislature.


2.83 Linear Feet (2 boxes)



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.

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Revision Statements

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

Repository Details

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