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Virginia Historical Society
428 North Boulevard

Richmond, Virginia 23220

Description:

Our research library, which provides access to an unrivaled collection of primary and secondary sources, is open to the public for historical and genealogical research. You can access the vast collections of the VHS in person or online.

http://www.vahistorical.org/your-visit/visiting-do-research

Categories: John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan,

Collections:
Henry Curtis Papers
Tyler Famly Papers, Part 1, 1723-1961
Papers : of the Robertson family, 1786-1930
Letterbooks : of John Y. Mason, 1853 November 4-1859 September 17.
Martha Waller Johnson Papers, 1864-1926
Archer Anderson Papers, 1852-1911
Mason Family Papers 1805-1886

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Henry Curtis Papers

324 items.
In the collections of the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Va. (Mss1/C9434/a).
Correspondence, medical and other accounts, bonds, muniments, and other legal and estate papers. Includes muniments and other material relating to Curtis's residences, Pucoon and Powhite, in Hanover County, and Piedmont, in Albemarle County, Va., and correspondence with Pres. John Tyler relating to Thomas Green and to the estates of Dr. Anthony Tucker Dixon and Ann Contesse (Tyler) Dixon.
Physician and justice of the peace, of Hanover County, Va.
Unpublished description available.
 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/30658857

Size
324 items

Presidential content includes:

- John Tyler

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Tyler Famly Papers, Part 1, 1723-1961

12,445 items.
In the collections of the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Va. (Mss1/T9718/a).
The description of this collection is continued in an additional entry.
Collection includes letters, 1845-1859, written by former United States president John Tyler (1790-1862) of "Sherwood Forest," Charles City County, Va., articles concerning him, and miscellaneous materials; and correspondence, ca. 1840-1877, of his son Robert Tyler (1816-1877) of Richmond, Va., and as a newspaper editor in Montgomery, Ala.
Also, includes correspondence, 1841-1895, of John Tyler (1819- 1896), lawyer and United States Assessor of Customs in Jacksonville, Fla., newspaper editor in several locations in Florida, and resident of Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Va., in part concerning William Mahone, Reconstruction in Virginia, Democratic and Republican state and national political parties, temperance, and the College of William and Mary. Also includes his account books and loose accounts, political records (especially as a candidate for the Virginia Senate), speeches, newspaper articles by and about him, records, 1877-1886, of the National Arbitration League of the United States of America, and miscellaneous papers.
Also includes personal and family correspondence, 1864-1899, of Letitia (Tyler) Semple (1821-1907) of the Eclectic Institute for Young Ladies, Baltimore, Md.; family correspondence, 1833-1865, and commonplace book of Martha Frances Blow (Rochelle) Tyler (1820-1867) of Jerusalem (now Courtland), Va.; and family correspondence, 1869-1924, of Letitia Christian Tyler (1842-1937) of Washington, D.C.
Members of the Rochelle, Shands, Thomas, Tyler, and related families lived primarily in Charles City and Southampton counties, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., and Washington, D.C.
Unpublished description available.
 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/31752200

Size
12,445 items

Presidential content includes:

- John Tyler

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Papers : of the Robertson family, 1786-1930

1, 051 items.
In the collections of the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Va. (Mss1/R5498/b).
The collection includes correspondence, 1848-1889, of Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart (1807-1891), a Staunton, Va., attorney who also served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Millard Fillmore. Correspondence primarily concerns Whig Party politics on the national and state levels and includes communications from John Jordan Crittenden, Edward Everett, Daniel Webster, and Robert Charles Winthrop, and fifteen letters, 1851-1853, from Millard Fillmore (in part, concerning Dorothea Dix and the U.S. Capitol).

 

Also, includes correspondence, 1881-1930, accounts, land records and miscellaneous materials of Staunton, Va., attorney Alexander Farish Robertson (1853-1938), concerning his personal life and professional career; and records, ca. 1900-1902, of Alexander Stuart Robertson (1884- 1973) as a student at the Woodberry Forest School and the University of Virginia.

 

Also, includes a diary, 1902-1904, of Susan Baldwin (Robertson) Cochran (b. 1887) of Staunton, Va., kept while a student at the Virginia Female Institute (later Stuart Hall, Staunton, Va.), correspondence, and a 1903 script for a play presented by the Orkney Springs Stock Company; and correspondence, ca. 1910, and a scrapbook kept by Mary Stuart (Robertson) Beard (1895-1963) while a student at Stuart Hall, Staunton, Va.

 

Also, includes account books, 1859-1869, and loose accounts concerning the law practice of George Moffett Cochran (1832-1900) of Staunton, Va.
Unpublished description available.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/30372655

Size
1,051 items

Presidential content includes:

- Millard Fillmore

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Letterbooks : of John Y. Mason, 1853 November 4-1859 September 17.

17 v.
In the collections of the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Va. (Mss5:2/M3815/1-17).
Mason corresponded with James Buchanan, Lewis Cass, Jefferson Davis, Matthew Fontaine Maury, Leonidas Polk, John C. Brigham (concerning the American Bible Society), Thomas Harding Ellis (concerning a painting by Paul Jean Balze for the University of Virginia), John Buchanan Floyd, Henry Alexander Wise, James Gadsden, and others.
Vols. J and Q (1857-1859) Also available on microfilm reel B61.
U.S. minister to France.
Unpublished description available.
Volumes are indexed.
 

Size
17 volumes

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

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Martha Waller Johnson Papers, 1864-1926

Johnson, Martha Waller. The personal correspondence, 1887-1924, of Martha (Waller) Johnson of Washington, D.C., consists primarily of letters from presidential spouses Frances (Folsom) Cleveland (1864-1947) and Edith Kermit (Carow) Roosevelt (1861-1948). There are also a few notes from Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) and presidents Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) and Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919).

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/32583976

Size
294 items

Presidential content includes:

- Theodore Roosevelt

- Grover Cleveland

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Archer Anderson Papers, 1852-1911

Anderson, Archer, 1838-1918. Richmond, Va., businessman. The collection contains correspondence, 1885-1911; speeches, 1852-1893 in Richmond, Va., and at the University of Virginia; letters, notes, and speeches, 1883, concerning the Democratic Party campaign to elect members of the Virginia General Assembly, and riots in Danville and South Boston, Va.; and a letter from Joseph Reid Anderson, 1859, to Dr. Froebel concerning land in Allegany County, Md. Correspondents include Philip Alexander Bruce, Isobel Lamont Stewart Bryan (concerning Joseph Reid Anderson), James Bryce, Algernon Sidney Buford, Richard Alexander Dunlop, Worthington Chauncey Ford, James Alfred Jones, Fitzhugh Lee, Dabney Herndon Maury, Andrew Jackson Montague, Thomas Taylor Munford, Thomas Potts, Sarah Nicholas Randolph (concerning a monument of Robert E. Lee in Richmond executed by Marius Jean Antonin Mercie), Leigh Robinson, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft. Campaign correspondents include William F. Drinkard (enclosing a letter of Isaac H. Christian), Charles Triplett O'Ferrall (including a letter of William Alexander Hudson), William Francis Rhea, and James Alexander Walker; letters written to George Douglas Wise (of Richmond) by Robert Elijah Jordan, Robert A. Martin, and Joseph Stebbins (enclosing a broadside "To the People of Halifax" issued by Robert Elijah Jordan, J.A. Phillips, Joseph Stebbins, and W.W. Ward); and a letter of Chauncey Mead to William Washington Baker.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/29391685

Size
51 items

Presidential content includes:

- William Taft

- Theodore Roosevelt

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Mason Family Papers 1805-1886

4, 175 items.
In the collections of the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Va. (Mss1M3816a).
Chiefly correspondence, 1817-1859 (1,742 items), and accounts, 1819-1855 (787 items), of John Young Mason, in residence at "Fortsville," Southampton County, Va., Richmond, Va., Washington, D.C., and Paris, France, while serving as U.S. Attorney General, Secretary of the Navy, and Minister to France. Correspondents include James Buchanan, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, James Knox Polk, and John Tyler. Also included are accounts, 1849-1865 (465 items), of his wife, Mary Ann (Fort) Mason, kept primarily in France, and accounts and correspondence of their daughter Mary Anne (Mason) Anderson while in Paris. Early papers are those of Edmunds Mason of "Homestead," Greensville County, Va., in particular correspondence, account books and loose accounts relating to the estate of William W. Maclin (d. 1831) and the guardianship of Susan D. (Maclin) Cook (d. 1851). Miscellaneous papers include correspondence, accounts, slave list, 1855, and other papers of Lewis Edmunds Mason (1822-1897) of "Fortsville.".
Mason family papers (Mss1M3816b-c), Virginia Historical Society.
Represented are John Young Mason (1799-1859) of "Fortsville," Southampton County, Va., U.S. representative from Virginia, U.S. Attorney General, Secretary of the Navy, and minister to France; his wife, Mary Ann (Fort) Mason (1803-1870); and his father, Edmunds Mason (1770-1849) of "Homestead," Greensville County, Va.
Unpublished description available.
 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/31752367

Size
4,175 items

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

- Franklin Pierce

- Zachary Taylor

- James K. Polk

- John Tyler

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