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Aylmer Family papers

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS200

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the correspondence of the Aylmer family of Petersburg, Virginia, written over the period 1833-1878 and spanning three generations. The correspondence provides us with a glimpse into what life was like for a family in a small Southern town during this time period. The bulk of the collection is comprised of the correspondence between Robert R. and his parents during the years he spent at Georgetown and Mt. St. Mary's College, detailing what life was like for the students who attended these colleges during this time period.


  • 1833-1878
  • Majority of material found within 1836 - 1840

Collection-level Access Restrictions

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical and Historical note

Henry Aylmer, who owned his own business, and his wife were Catholic and active in local church affairs. They sent their son Robert R. to Georgetown and Mount St. Mary's College to receive his education. Like his father, Robert went on to own his own business, and would have residences in both Petersburg, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Four of his sons, Joseph, Robert H., James, and Francis, would attend Georgetown, although we only have material related to Joseph and Robert H.


0.20 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger Slim Document Case)

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057