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Dew Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 D51

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1794-1895, of the Dew family. Mostly correspondence of Thomas Roderick Dew, faculty member and president of the College of William and Mary and his brother Benjamin Franklin Dew, a lawyer of Newtown, King and Queen County, Va.

Correspondents include William Boulware, Edward Everett, and Andrew Stevenson.

Includes documents, 1838-1858, relating to Thomas Roderick Dew's estate such as his will, inventories of personal property, court degrees, and accounts.

Certificate of pardon to Benjamin F. Dew signed by William H Seward stating that Benjamin F Dew took the prescribed oath of allegiance. Oversize

This collection is available on microfilm in the library microforms collection on the ground floor of Swem Library. See call number LD6051 .W517 1836 D49.


  • Creation: 1794-1895


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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.

Family History:

Thomas Roderick Dew was the son of Thomas Dew. Thomas Roderick Dew graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1820. He was appointed professor in 1827. Dew became president of the College in 1836, serving until his death in 1846. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


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Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

When available, microfilm, photocopies, digital surrogates, or other reproductions must be used in place of original documents.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of 161 items by Mary Sue Due on 2/2/1951. Purchase of 1 item from Jacob Kisner on 9/16/1981. Acc. 1981.21 was purchased and received on 9/16/1981.

Alternate Extent Statement

162 items

Guide to the Dew Family Papers
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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository