Guide to the Richard L. Maury papers, 1824-1940 and undated


Confederate soldier and lawyer, of Richmond, Virginia. Collection comprises correspondence, diaries, journals, booklets, maps, bills and receipts, legal papers, genealogical material, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and other records relating to Richard Maury's business and personal affairs, and the history of the Maury family. Includes material on his Civil War experiences, including a Civil War scrapbook, his attempt to establish a settlement of southerners in Mexico after the Civil War, life in Mexico and Nicaragua, Confederate veterans' views on prominent battles of the Civil War, and student life at the University of Virginia in the 1880s. Correspondents include his father, Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873) and members of the Maury family.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Richard L. Maury papers
1824-1940 and undated
Maury, Richard L. (Richard Lancelot), 1840-1907
10.8 Linear Feet, Approx. 5731 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises the papers of Richard Launcelot Maury (1840-1907), his wife, Susan Gatewood (Crutchfield) Maury, and his son, Matthew Fontaine Maury III (b. 1863), and papers relating to many other members of the Maury family, including Richard L. Maury's father, Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873). Correspondence contains letters written in 1824 by Dabney M. Herndon and his family, especially his daughter, Ann Hull Herndon, who became the wife of Matthew F. Maury (1806-1873); correspondence, 1856, 1858, 1860, of Matthew F. Maury concerning his investments in land in Minnesota; a few letters and papers of Richard L. Maury, Matthew F. Maury, and John H. Maury from the period of the Civil War, mainly concerning Richard's service with the 24th Virginia Regiment and John's experiences in Mississippi; copies of letters, 1865, of Matthew F. Maury concerning the post of "Imperial Commissioner of Colonization" which he accepted from Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico; and letters from 1865 to 1868 describing life in Mexico and Nicaragua.

Later correspondence includes letters, 1881 to 1885, from Matthew F. Maury III (b. 1863), as a student at the University of Virginia and at the Columbian University Law Department in Washington, D.C.; letters, 1886, of Matthew F. Maury III, while on a European tour, correspondence of the law firm of Richard L. Maury and Matthew F. Maury III; correspondence of Richard L. Maury with Civil War veterans concerning battles in which he fought, and letters pertaining to Confederate veterans' organizations; and letters relating to Huguenot ancestors.

Legal papers contain land deeds of various members of the Maury family; Mexican land grants and legal papers; papers related to legal cases involving the Universal Life Insurance Company of New York and Euqenia M. Horde v. Wheeling Lands; survey reports and maps; and the wills of Matthew F. Maury and Richard L. Maury. Financial papers include records of Maury and Letcher, 1869-1874; papers concerning the financial affairs of C. W. Maury and Company, New York stockbrokers Richard L. Maury, 1873-1907; and financial records of Matthew F. Maury.

Collection also contains genealogical material on the Maury family and several related families, and a history of the Maury family by Richard L. Maury; a number of Confederate bonds; school reports of Matthew F. Maury III; clippings, published speeches, and pamphlets, for the most part dealing with the Civil War, including Richard L. Maury's In Memoriam, a tribute to Matthew F. Maury; journal from 1886 of the European tour of Matthew F. Maury III; a notebook of Matthew F. Maury III on the sermons of Dr. Charles Minnigerode of St. Paul's Church, Richmond, Virginia; the journal of Richard L. Maury kept while on a trip to London, England, 1873; expense account for European trips taken by Richard L. Maury's family, 1890, 1892; Richard L. Maury's expense accounts, 1869-1907; diary of Richard L. Maury, 1866-1867; diary of Ann Maury, 1889; and a scrapbook of clippings, 1861-1865, mainly from the Richmond Enquirer and the Richmond Whig, concerning the Civil War.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1824-1869
Box 1
Correspondence, 1870-1877
Box 2
Correspondence, 1878-1881
Box 3
Correspondence, 1882-1884
Box 4
Correspondence, 1885-1890
Box 5
Correspondence, 1891-1896
Box 6
Correspondence, 1897
Box 7
Correspondence, 1898-1900
Box 8
Correspondence, 1901-1906 (1902-1906 folder relates to Mary Werth, et al.)
Box 9
Correspondence, 1907-1940 and undated
Box 10
Letters and other materials relating to Marye vs. Parsons, 1850-1899
Box 11
Addresses and articles, notes and maps on the Battles of Seven Pines and Drewry's Bluff
Box 12
Letters and legal papers related to the South Salem Land Company, 1894-1899
Box 13
Legal papers, 1854-1908 and undated
Box 14
Legal papers: Hodge vs. Wheeling Lands; Universal Life Insurance Company
Box 15
Bills, receipts, etc., 1859-1899
Box 16
Miscellany, pictures, genealogy
Box 17
Bills and receipts, 1900-1909 and undated
Box 18
Bills and receipts (Thomas Branch and Co., 1890-1905)
Box 19
Bills and receipts (Thomas Branch and Co., 1890-1905)
Box 20
Bills and receipts (Thomas Branch and Co., 1890-1905), canceled checks, volumes
Box 21
Box 22
Volumes - sermons, etc
Box 23
Box 24
Volumes - Civil War scrapbook
Box 25
Printed material and clippings
Box 26
Bills and receipts, Letcher and Maury papers, financial papers, C.W. Maury and Co. papers, 1869-1907
Box 27

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The Richard L. Maury Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1964.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, 1964

Encoded by Elizabeth Shesko, May 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 64-115

Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.