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Guide to the Riggs family papers, 1839-1959 and undated

Abstract

The Riggs family lived in Washington, D.C. George Washington Riggs was the founder of Riggs and Company and the Riggs National Bank. The collection contains correspondence, legal papers, financial papers, pictures, and printed material of the Riggs family of Washington, D.C. Correspondence relates to the interest of George Washington Riggs, founder of Riggs and Company and of the Riggs National Bank, in collecting art objects, currency, and paintings, and to his investments in Washington real estate and to the various investments of his children and grandchildren. Legal papers relate principally to the settlement of the estates of various members of the family. Financial papers relate chiefly to Alice and Jane Riggs, daughters of G. W. Riggs, and a few bills of exchange. Printed materials include inaugural souvenirs representing the Cleveland through the Coolidge administrations. Among the pictures are photographs of the Riggs sisters, and autographed photographs belonging to G. W. Riggs.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Riggs family papers
Extent
4.0 Linear feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection contains correspondence, legal papers, financial papers, pictures, and printed material of the Riggs family. Correspondence pertains to the interest of George Washington Riggs (1813-1881), founder of Riggs and Company and of the Riggs National Bank, Washington, D.C., in collecting art objects, currency, and paintings, and to his investments in Washington real estate; the investments of his daughters, Jane Riggs (1853-1930) and Alice Riggs, in various companies; the settlement of the share of the estate of Katherine Shedden (Riggs) de Geofroy (d. 1881) belonging to her sons, George de Geofroy and Antoine de Geofroy; business correspondence between Jane Riggs and the children of Cecilia (Riggs) and Henry Howard, especially George Howard; and the stranding of Jane Riggs in Germany at the outbreak of World War I.

Legal papers, relating principally to the settlement of the estates of various members of the Riggs family, include estate papers of Elisha Riggs (1779-1853); will of George Washington Riggs, records of the division of the estate, and an accounting of the executor, Lawrason Riggs (1814-1888), brother of George Washington Riggs; papers pertaining to the lawsuit of Francis B. Riggs, William C. Riggs, and Mary G. Riggs, of the family of Elisha Riggs, Jr., against the remaining members of families of the children of Elisha Riggs, Sr., containing a listing of the members of the Riggs family and several wills; inventory of the estate of Thomas Lawrason Riggs, 1888; inventory of the estate of Jane Riggs, 1930-1931; guardianship papers for George de Geofroy and Antoine de Geofroy, 1893-1894; and title to a real estate lot in Washington, D.C., a legal matter involving former President Franklin Pierce.

Financial papers are chiefly the statements of Alice and Jane Riggs, and a few bills of exchange relating to the commercial transactions of George Peabody and his partner, Elisha Riggs. Printed materials include pamphlets on the suit of Elisha Francis Riggs (d. 1936) against Mary McMullen, companion of Jane Riggs, for possession of family treasures; and invitations and inaugural souvenirs from the White House representing the Cleveland through the Coolidge administrations. Among the pictures are photographs of the Riggs sisters, and autographed photographs belonging to George Washington Riggs, including those of the British commissioners who settled the Alabama claims in 1871.

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Contents of the Collection

Family tree, undated
Box 1
Correspondence, 1853-1919
Box 1
Legal Papers: Estates, 1853-1881
Box 1
Legal Papers: Estates, 1884-1931
Box 1
Legal Papers Concerning Lot Number 9, 1883-1885
Box 1
Legal Papers Regarding the Guardianship of George and Antoine De Geofroy, 1893-1896
Box 1
Financial Papers: Jane A. Riggs Accounts, 1912-1924
Box 1
Jane Riggs Financial Statements and Papers, 1885-1911
(2.0 folders)
Box 1
Financial Papers, 1839-1893
Box 2
Alice L. Riggs Financial Statements, 1898-1927
Box 2
Printed Material, 1894-Circa 1913
Box 2
Cards and Invitations, 1885-1925
(3.0 folders)
Box 2
Miscellaneous, 1881-1923 and undated
Box 2
Photographs of Furnishings from the Home of George W. Riggs on I Street (Duplicates from McMullen papers), 1936, 1953-1959 and undated
Box 2
Photographs of Riggs Family and Various Foreign Dignitaries, 1864-1870s and undated
Box 2
Financial Papers, Legal Papers Concerning Lot 9, Legal Papers: Estates, 1882-1888
Oversize-Folder 1
Printed Material, Photograph of Furnishings from the Home of George Riggs, 1867 and undated
Oversize-Folder 2

Historical Note

The Riggs family lived in Washington, D.C. George Washington Riggs was the founder of Riggs and Company and the Riggs National Bank.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Riggs family papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Riggs family papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a in 1971.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rubenstein Library Staff

Accessions described in this finding aid: 71-202