Guide to the Virginia historical documents collection, Late 16th century-1958

Virginia historical documents C0034

Published by George Mason University Libraries

Contact Information:

Fenwick Library (2FL)

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444


Phone: (703) 993-2220

Fax: (703) 993-8911



Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator George Mason University
Title Virginia Historical Documents Collection
Date 16th Century-1958
Physical Characteristics 2.25 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract This collection contains historical documents relating to Virginia families and citizens. Documents range from pre-Revolution colonial documents to early 20th Century documents.
Collection Number C0034
Language English. Contains one document in French.

Historical Information

Special Collections Research Center staff created this collection from small donations of historical documents.

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Scope and Content

The Virginia Historical Documents collection was created out of many small donations of materials that were accessioned by the Special Collections Research Center over the course of many years. Documents range from late 16th and early 17th century Raleigh family letters, court documents from the 18th and 19th centuries, which include summons and slave receipts, and material from the Fairfax family. Also included are Mason family documents and Civil War letters. Lastly, there are 20th Century postcards depicting Colonial Virginia and a request answered by Senator Harry Byrd about attending the 1945 Presidential Inauguration.

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Organized chronologically.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from Virginia Historical Documents must be obtained from Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center also holds the Northern Virginia Civil War Images Collection.

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Index Terms


Cook, Peyton
Fairfax, Denny Martin, 1725?-1800


Virginia--History--18th century.
Virginia--History--19th century.
Virginia--History--20th century.


Slavery--Virginia--Loudoun County.

Document Types:


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Virginia historical documents collection, C0034, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Susan J. Brennan in 1985 and Dartmouth College Library in 1993. Additional documents acquired from various sources between 2005-2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections and Archives staff. EAD markup completed by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty in August 2009. Updated by Zac Greenfield in July 2017.

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Contents List

Box Folder
1 1 George Wyley to Daniel Clarke, Undated
2 Raleigh Family Letters, 1595-18th Century
Contains one letter in French.
3 Fairfax County Bail Bonds, 1714
4 Lord Fairfax Land Survey, 1739
5 John Park vs William Hall, 1746
Settlement of debt.
6 Mary Tarbuck vs John Doones Court Summons of Witnesses, 1754
William Lyndin, John Lynnston, and Mary Bradford on behalf of Tarbuck.
7 David Hughes vs Joseph Stevens, 1763
8 Joseph Janney, Leesburg, 1773
Merchant's letter concerning the pre-Revolution shipping of goods.
9 Denny Fairfax Land Lease Document, December 4, 1790
100 Acres of Fairfax land leased to Alexander White of Hardy County.
10 William Alexander to Washington, December 21, 1790
Rent of Land from Alexander by Washington.
11 Indenture of Hugh Ogden, Loudoun County, Spring 1815
Hugh Ogden entered into the service of a miller as his apprentice.
12 Calvin Jewett New Year's Resolutions, December 29, 1841
13 James H. Reid Slave Holding, May 22, 1850
14 Slave Deed of Gift Maynadier Mason, March 29, 1853
Mason granting a "negro slave woman" to a maternal aunt of his deceased wife.
15 Peyton Cook Slave Receipt, January 14, 1860
Receipt transferring ownership of Peyton Cook. Written on lined paper.
16 James M. Mason Letter to President James Buchanan, 1860
17 Rhode Island soldier Civil War Letter, July 15, 1861
Letter by a soldier identified only as Frank at Camp Clarke, addressed to his brother and discusses orders to march, President Lincoln, being photographed, the Fourth of July, etc.
18 James M. Mason Letter on Trent Affair, 1861
19 Letter from unidentified Confederate Soldier to his Mother, January 29, 1863
Location is listed as "Camp Burton's Farm."
20 Jamestowne Exposition Postcard, 1907
21 Postcard with Capt. John Smith and Pocahontas, 1907
22 Harry F. Byrd Letter about Presidential Inauguration, December 18, 1944
23 Envelope with Anniversary Gunston Hall Stamp, 1958
Box Folder
2 1 Fairfax County Sun Echo, September 1964
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