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John L. Cecil Collection

Identifier: GTM-19891205

Scope and Contents

An assortment of documents collected by John L. Cecil. The collection includes the following:

Legal document on vellum, England, 2 September 1628. A conveyance of lands in the country of York from Emanuel, Earl of Sunderland and Baron Bolton, to four yeoman of the said country in return for a sum in excess of 2,500 pounds. With remnant of original seal.

10 manuscript antiphonal leaves on vellum, 14 inches by 20 inches each. Possibly of Spanish origin and dating from the 18th century.

Land grant on vellum, 1 August 1837, signed by a secretary for the President, Martin Van Buren, regarding property in Demopolis, Alabama owned by William Armistead of Clarke County, Alabama. With original seal.

Legal document from England, dated 1588.


  • 1588 - 1837


Conditions Governing Access

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.


0.2 Cubic Feet (4 oversized folders)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John L. Cecil, 1989-1990.

Processing Information

In 2024 the collection was rehoused into oversized acid-free folders.

John Zarrillo
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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