Inventory of the Harrison Holt Riddleberger Papers 1874-1902 Riddleberger, Harrison Holt Papers 1872-1902. Mss. 65 R44

Inventory of the Harrison Holt Riddleberger Papers 1874-1902

A Collection in the
Manuscripts and Rare Books Department
Collection Number Mss. 65 R44


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Special Collections, College of William and Mary
Collection number
Mss. 65 R44
Harrison Holt Riddleberger Papers, 1872-1902.
689 items.
Harrison Holt Riddleberger.
Papers, 1872-1902, of and concerning Harrison Holt Riddleberger, a federal and state political figure, including correspondence, newspaper clipping, speeches, and notes for speeches.

Administrative Information


Collection is open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Director of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Preferred Citation

Harrison Holt Riddleberger Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Acquisition Information

Gift: 576 items, 1950.

Purchased: 1 item, 07/28/1977.

Gift: 110 items 2003.

Custodial History

Harrison Holt Riddleberger Papers were maintained by the staff of Duke University Library, North Carolina, until they were transferred, at the family's request, to Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary in ca. 1950. An addition to the collection was made in 2003.

Biographical/Historical Information

Harrison Holt Riddleberger was born in Edinburg, Shenandoah County, Virginia in October 1844. He served in the Confederate cavalry. Riddleberger was a newspaper editor, studied law and practiced in Woodstock, Virginia. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1871-1875; Commonwealth's attorney of Shenandoah County; a Democratic Party elector; and was elected as a Readjuster to the United States Senate where he served from 1883-1889. Riddleberger died 24 January 1890.

Scope and Content Information

This collection contains letters and other papers, 1872-1902, of H. H. Riddleberger (1844-1890) of Woodstock, Virginia who retained the titles of member of the House of Delegates, 1871-1875; State Senator, 1879- 1882; and U.S. Senator, 1883-l889. Among the correspondents are: William Mahone, William E. Cameron, Winfield S. Hancock, Roscoe Conkling, Robert Toombs, Fitz-John Porter, John W. Daniel, and John Goode. There are letters from Riddleberger to his wife Emma Belew Riddleberger and to their children.



This collection has been organized into two Series: 1. Letters and 2. Miscellaneous Material.


Series 1, containing the bulk of the collection, are a series of letters arranged in chronological order by date. Those items with no date or an unknown date are placed at the end of the series. Series 1, Subseries are separated by year. Everything else remaining in the inventory was then classified as miscellaneous papers and sorted into various Sub-series, found at the end of the finding aid.

Index Terms

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

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Significant Places Associated With the Collection

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Components List

Letters, 1874-1893, n.d.. 1-2, Box 1-29, Folder
Series 1: Letters
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Miscellaneous Material . Box: 3,
Series 2: Miscellaneous Material
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Harrison Holt Riddleberger Addition .
Harrison Holt Riddleberger Addition, 2003.60
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