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Early American History Resources in the Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center has extensive holdings of manuscripts and rare books dealing with early American history. This guide describes the bulk of those holdings, although it is not a comprehensive list.

Miscellaneous SCRC Collections

Consult the Special Collections Research Center Access Tools to see further descriptions of many of these collections.

Baker, William A.; recipe book for beer, wine, liquors, varnishes, medicines, inks, dyes, plus pen and ink sketches showing the construction of a piano; Winchester, 1806-1815, Mss MsV R1

Cabell Family Papers, accounts and correspondence of Cabells of Albemarle and Amherst Counties, including field survey and entry survey books for Goochland and Albemarle Counties and surveys of Amherst County, 1693-1913, 3,192 items, Mss 65 C12

Collman, Mary; watercolor mourning picture, ca. 1820, in memory of William Collson (1799-1820), Mss Acc 1996.44

Dupuy, Asa; notebook with surveying notes and plats, Prince Edward County, 1819-1821, Mss MsV Ns2

Guerrant, Henry E.; play, 1823, Mss MsV Li1

Hamman, Phillip; logbooks and accounts of schooner Hopewell and other vessels, captained by Hamman of Ipswich, Massachusetts, 1768-1787, Mss 39.1 H17

Hoban, ?; Law digest, 1801-1835, Mss MsV

Rust, Bushrod; treatise of the materia medica, Upperville, Fauquier County, post-1807-post-1813, Mss MsV Nme2

Shelden, Harriet P.; recipe book of Shelden of Williamsburg and Mary B. Curtis, Wilson’s Creek, Gloucester County, 1820-1900, Mss MsV R9

Staunton Fire Company, minute book, 1790, Mss MsV Mil9

Stuart, Fannie D.; recipe book, Staunton, 1800-1830, Mss MsV R11

Unidentified physician or pharmacist, notebook with formulae for medicines, households remedies, inks, and dyes, 1820-1840, Mss MsV Nme12

Wiley, John B.; recipe book of doctor’s home remedies, Gerrardstown [later WV], 1825-1835, Mss MsV R3

Access Tools

Special Collections Research Center Access Tools: There are a variety of tools available to guide you in finding materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Don't forget that you also may come into the SCRC in person and consult with the staff member on duty for guidance.