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Harrison Holt Riddleberger Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 R44 and Mss. Acc. 2003.60

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters and other papers, 1872-1902, of H. H. Riddleberger (1844-1890) of Woodstock, Virginia who retained the titles of member of the House of Delegates, 1871-1875; State Senator, 1879- 1882; and U.S. Senator, 1883-l889. Among the correspondents are: William Mahone, William E. Cameron, Winfield S. Hancock, Roscoe Conkling, Robert Toombs, Fitz-John Porter, John W. Daniel, and John Goode. There are letters from Riddleberger to his wife Emma Belew Riddleberger and to their children.


  • Creation: 1872-1902

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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:

Harrison Holt RIDDLEBERGER was a Senator from Virginia; born in Edinburg, Shenandoah County, Va., October 4, 1844; attended the common schools; served three years during the Civil War in the Confederate Army as second and first lieutenant of Infantry and as captain of Cavalry; returned to Edinburg and became editor of the Tenth Legion Banner; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Woodstock, Va.; member, State house of delegates 1871-1875; Commonwealth attorney of Shenandoah County 1876-1880; member, State senate 1879-1882; editor of the Shenandoah Democrat and later of the Virginian at Woodstock; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1876 and on the Readjuster ticket in 1880; elected as a Readjuster to the United States Senate in 1881 and served from March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1889; was not a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Forty-eighth through Fiftieth Congresses); died in Woodstock, Va., January 24, 1890; interment in Cedarwood Cemetery, Edinburg, Shenandoah County, Va.

Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: Holt Riddleberger


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Arrangement of Materials:

Organization: This collection has been organized into two Series: 1. Letters and 2. Miscellaneous Material. Arrangement: Series 1, containing the bulk of the collection, are a series of letters arranged in chronological order by date. Those items with no date or an unknown date are placed at the end of the series. Series 1, Subseries are separated by year. Everything else remaining in the inventory was then classified as miscellaneous papers and sorted into various Sub-series, found at the end of the finding aid.

Custodial History:

Harrison Holt Riddleberger Papers were maintained by the staff of Duke University Library, North Carolina, until they were transferred, at the family's request, to Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary in ca. 1950. An addition to the collection was made in 2003.

Acquisition Information:

In addition to the collection's custodial history (see below), between 1977 and 2003 numerous materials were donated to W&M and one purchase was made by W&M. Acc. 2003.60 Addition. Gift.

Related Materials:

See also:  Mss. Acc. 2003.60, Harrison Holt Riddleberger Papers Addition


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Guide to the Harrison Holt Riddleberger 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: Collection intellectually combined in 2009.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository