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Henry Ruffner Papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0102

Scope and Contents

This collection includes three romances written by Ruffner, transcripts of Ruffner's lectures (c.1815), a typed copy of his pamphlet on slavery (1847), and an 1867 land grant letter relating to his estate, which is signed by Laura Ruffner. It also includes a bound volume of his manuscript for Early History of Washington College (c.1840), including notes. There is also a letter dated January 20, 1897 from a Union soldier to Washington College library in which he states that he took a book from campus during General Hunter's Raid and says that he will gladly return it if they confirm it originated from their library.


  • Creation: Inclusive c.1815(?)-1867


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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.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Ruffner was president of Washington College, 1836-1848 as well as a professor, minister, and author.


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Separated Materials

The letter dated January 20, 1897 and the manuscript bound copy of Early History of Washington College (c.1840) with notes are housed in the Secure Cabinet.

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Repository Details

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

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA