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Maury Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. 97 M44

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1777-1977, of the Maury Family of Virginia, New York City and Liverpool, Eng. Includes letters and business papers of James Maury (1746-1840), the first American consul to Liverpool, England, and the letters of his second wife, Margaret Rutson Maury (1805-1882), of Liverpool. A significant amount of the collection is comprised of letters, business papers, legal papers, and diaries of  the next two generations of the Maury family, including Ann Maury (1832-1890) of Liverpool and New York, Rutson Maury (1805-1882) of Liverpool and New York, and oceanographer Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873). Also includes genealogical material, several photographs and cookbooks. Subjects covered include tobacco and cotton trade, general discussions about the Civil War (from both the American and British perspective), travel, and gender studies.

In 2003 various material was obtained by Special Collections Research Center and added to this collection, including correspondence and letterbooks of James Maury (1808, 1819, 1831) and the correspondence of William Maury (1833, 1863-64).  In 2007 additional materials were purchased and added (Mss. Acc. 2007.63), including the correspondence of Rutson Maury, Ann Maury, Gen. Dabney Maury, Mathew Fontaine Maury, and Sarah Maurcy dating 1846, 1861, and 1865. Of special interest is a letter from Gen. Dabney H. Maury, dated 25 Aug. 1865, which expresses bitterness and anger concerning the war's conclusion. Also includes a typescript of Ann Maury's diary dating 1827-1832 and research papers. Correspondence received in 2007 has been arranged chronologically.


  • Creation: 1777-1977


Language of Materials

English French

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:

James Maury (1746-1840) appointed to serve, at Thomas Jefferson's request, as America's first consul to Liverpool, England; a position Maury held from 1790 to 1829, eventually quitting because of Jacksonian politics.


6.30 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Chronological.  Each addition is treated as a separate accession with one or more folders grouped together.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1995.48 purchase 700 items Aug. 1995; Acc. 1998.49 purchase 1 item on 12/3/1998; Acc. 1999.17 purchase of 2 items on 5/10/1999; Acc. 2002.27 purchase 1 item on 5/17/2002; Acc. 2002.28 purchase on 5/21/2002; Acc. 2003.42 purchase of 5 items on 5/26/2003; Acc. 2003.25, 2003.40, 2003.61 and 2003.70 purchased in 2003. Acc. 2005.25 purchase; Acc. 2007.63 purchase; Acc. 2008.05 purchase. purchase of 31 items on 3/29/2007.

Related Materials:

UA 6.046  (Small Collection) James Maury, Sr. Address, circa 1740

Processing Information:

Processed by Kathy Feeney during 1996-1997.


Guide to the Maury Family Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Kathy Feeney and Anne Johnson.
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • May 12th, 2017: Original Accession and additions physically and intellectually combined in 2009.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository