PACA, William, 1740-1799


Guide to Research Collections

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections
Durham, NC
Papers: 1782-1783, 4 items.
The collection consists of four letters addressed to William Paca. Most are requests from various persons, e.g., a British prisoner asking for his freedom and permission to settle in Annapolis with his family, a Maryland Representative writing on behalf of a woman seeking restitution for personal losses to the British, and a Baltimore man seeking an official pass to visit New York City on business. Another letter inventories the losses in the 1783 fire at the Annapolis armory.


The John Work Garrett Library Evergreen House
Baltimore, MD
Papers: In the Signers Collection, 1770-1826, 60 documents.
Subjects include William Paca. A container list is available in the repository.


Library of Congress
Manuscripts Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1784-1789, 2 items.
The two items are from William Paca.

Papers: In the George Washington Papers, 1741-1799, 215.2 linear feet.
Correspondents include William Paca. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Henry A. Willard II Collection, ca. 1743-1888, 0.8 linear foot.
Persons represented include William Paca. A finding aid is available in the library.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1774, 1 item.
A document signed by William Paca on June 26, 1774.

Papers: 1783, 1 item.
A letter from William Paca to Rev. William White, written on June 27, 1783.

Papers: 1787, 1 item.
A letter from William Paca to Rev. Dr. White, written on February 3, 1787.

Papers: In the W.C. Ford Collection, 1795, 1 item.
An document from William Paca to Mr. Aquila Brown, written on December 12, 1795.


The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1783, 1 item.
A petition from Thomas Church to the governor and Council of Maryland written on June 4, 1783.

Papers: 1784, 1 item.
A draft order for the Western Shore Treasurer to pay 300 pounds to Thomas Johnson, Jr., Paymaster, from funds appropriated for the defense of the Chesapeake Bay. The order is signed by Governor William Paca and members of his council on January 16, 1784. Thomas Johnson’s receipt is on the verso.

Papers: In the Signers of the Declaration of Independence Autograph Collection, 1756-1818, 56 items.
Other authors include William Paca.


University of Maryland
Archives and Special Collections
College Park, MD
Papers: In the State and Local Government Records, Maryland Manuscripts Collection, 1704-1949, 343 items.
Individuals represented include William Paca.


University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1776, 2 items.
A letter from Stephen Hopkins to the Committee of Observation at Amboy written on March 26, 1776. A modern reproduction of an engraving of Stephen Hopkins accompanies the letter. The letter is in the hand of William Paca and is co-signed by fellow Continental Congressmen Thomas Johnson and Stephen Hopkins.

Papers: 1782, 2 items.
A letter from William Paca to Joseph Harrison written on March 8, 1782. The letter also includes an engraving of William Paca. Also in the letter, William Paca requests that Joseph Harrison purchase a tombstone and William Paca will have the letters engraved in Philadelphia. He notes that the “England” is about to sail with a cargo of rum and that his [factor?], Mr. Crookshanks, believes there is enough stock on hand to pay the cost.