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Edward Miles Riley Papers

  • MS 2007.8
  • .5 linear feet

A series within the 20th Century Collections, the Dr. Edward Riley Papers have been divided into two subseries: Assorted and Gooch Notes. The Assorted subseries contains documents donated by Riley’s widow, Annette, to Riley’s successor, Cary Carson. Several boxes were given to Carson, and the Historical Research Department sorted through before transfering the papers to Special Collections. Riley’s research on William Gooch comprises the other subseries. Per CW Historian Linda Rowe, Riley intended to publish Gooch’s letters.

Dr. Riley was Director of Research at Colonial Williamsburg. He was appointed in 1954 and retired in 1976.


Folders 1, 3 and 7 contain original 18th- and 19th-century items.

Contents Folder
Baylor Family Papers (1858–1887 and n.d.) 1
Robert R. Thruston Papers, Filson Club, Louisville, KY (CW M-1318) 2
Letter: D. Lockwood, Smyrna, DE, to Gov. Peter F. Causey (Nov. 28, 1857) 3
Letter: George Reese to Riley (May 10, 1974) re Gooch letters re Rev. James Scott 4
Manuscripts, Photocopies 5
Memo: N.M. Merz to Riley (Sept. 11, 1974) re mss. at Boston and LC 6
Musical transcripts (Antonin Kammell, Planche, etc.) 7
Broadside: Tennessee Emigration Society (ca. 1869) with town plat 8
Ordinance to dissolve union between Louisiana and the United States (ca. 1811) 9
Speech: Helen Bulloch, “History of the City Plan of Williamsburg” (1938) 10
Transcript of letter: Earl of Dunmore to Earl of Dartmouth (March 18, 1774) 11
Gov. Gooch Notes
Dates of 18th-c. American play performances 12
Assorted topics 13
Books 14
Dates of 18th-c. American comedic play performances 15
Entertainments 16
Miscellaneous notes 17
Non-transcribed material (1727–1735) 18
“Old Houses” in VA counties 19
Dates of 18th-c. American tragic play performances 20
Transcribed material (1727–1728) 21
Transcribed material (1729–1731) 22
Transcribed material (1732–1734) 23
Transcribed material (1735–1736) 24
Transcribed material (1737–1738) 25
Transcribed material (1739) 26
Transcribed material (1740–1747) 27