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Baird Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 B16

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Scope and Contents

Collection includes papers, 1656-1848, concerning Essex County, Va. including land records and wills, many of which relate to the Rowzee family. Many of the records date from the seventeenth century.

The collection also includes correspondence, 1830-1920, of members of the Baird family including letters, 1859-1911, of Edward R. Baird while attending the University of Virginia, serving in Pickett's Division and as superintendent of schools in Essex County.

There are also letters of William Baird while attending the University of Virginia and business correspondence of the family with publishers and with cigar manufacturers. The collection also includes papers, 1835-1897, of members of the Hunter family including R. M. T. Hunter.

1994.46 Addition: Copy of Baird-Rowzie genealogy chart and Samuel Barron I genealogy chart.

2008.271 Addition: "Letters to a Nineteenth Century Physician" paper by R.D. Jordan.  Papers concerns letters from owners of ailing slaves in Albemarle County, Virginia to Charles Brown, a Charlottesville physician.


  • Creation: 1656-1922
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1656-1848


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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:

Copyright to this collection was retained by the family and researchers should first contact the Special Collections Research Center.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.


8.01 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Deposit of 3,312 items by Elizabeth W. Baird, Imogen W. Baird, and Samuel B. Baird in 1942; and Acc. 1994.046 gift of 2 items by Lily Blackwell on 6/7/1994. 2008.271 addition a gift of R. D. Jordan.

Related Materials:

Dr. Richard P. Ludlow and Alexander Somervail Medical Accounts (Mss. Acc. 2005.35)


Guide to the Baird Family 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: Updated by Anne Johnson, Special Collections Assistant, in April 2010. Finding aid transcribed and added to database by Gabbie DeCuir, Special Collections Staff, in November 2013.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository