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William Lyne Wilson Papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0029

Scope and Contents

Includes letters from the American Civil War period; correspondence of Wilson while he was Congressman from West Virginia, Postmaster General under Cleveland, and President of Washington and Lee University; 3 bound, indexed volumes (not orginals) of Wilson's official correspondence as Postmaster General; 6 diaries; miscellaneous papers and printed speeches; 38 letters from the University of West Virginia collection (microfilm); photograph; correspondence with Isidor Straus concerning politics and events at Washington and Lee; 4 letters dated 1874-1875 from J.A. Lapham to her sister, Amelia H. Scorah. Includes three manuscript diaries, 1862-1863, which were written while Wilson was serving in the 12th Virginia Cavalry. Also includes reviews of books about Wilson, correspondence about Wilson by his biographers and descendants, genealogy information on Wilson's mother, and eight photocopied letters from Wilson to Waitman Barbe dated 1891-1899.Other correspondents include Edward Atkinson, William Campbell Preston Breckinridge, James B. Bryce, Fitzhugh Lee, Thomas Nelson Page, William E. Russell, Isidor Straus, Henry St. George Tucker.


  • Creation: Inclusive 1852-1980


Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.


2 Linear Feet (ca. 550 items (40 folders) )

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of the items in the collection were a gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Lyne Wilson II in 1969. 26 items were a gift of John Bowen in 1982.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original copies of the 38 letters available on microfilm are owned by the University of West Virginia. Additionally, xx owns the 3 bound, indexed volumes of Wilson's official correspondence as Postmaster General.

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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

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Lexington VA 24450 USA