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The Papers of Dr. Robert C. McClelland



Dr. Robert Crawford McClelland was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in 1901.  In 1914 he graduated from the Masontown public schools and went off to German Township High School where he graduated in 1918.  Afterwards he worked at the local coal mines for some time until he departed for college at the West Virginia University.  He graduated there in 1930 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  McClelland taught at College of William and Mary in Williamsburg from 1930 to 1937. While teaching there he also earned his Master’s degree. In 1937 he became a teaching fellow at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary. He taught Latin, Greek and history. In the summers from 1945 to 1950, he returned to WVU as a teaching fellow and earned his Ph.D. in history.  In 1948, Dr. McClelland became the Director of the Evening College at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary. He worked at the college until 1962.

Dr. McClelland was known for his involvement in preserving the history of Masontown in Pennsylvania.  He had compiled several histories of the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary including the Annals of The College of William and Mary in Norfolk (Norfolk: The College, 1930-60).  He also wrote and published a number of papers and poems.

Dr. McClelland died in Masontown, Pennsylvania in 1962.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials written by or about Dr. Robert C. McClelland and dates from 1941 – 1962.  Materials include publications on a court case, Masontown Pennsylvania, poetry, Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary, and newspaper clippings.

Series Descriptions

Series I:  General Publication Series.  This series contains bound publications organized alphabetically by subject.  In folder 1, publications are as followed:  Reflections on the Liberal Arts in the Academic Tradition; Education for Leadership in Plato’s Republic with Parallels; Some Aspects of the Arts and Science in Early China From Prehistoric Items Through the T’ang Dynasty; Notes on Jamestown and Early Virginia the Origins and Growth of their Government; Notes on Education in Colonial Latin America; The Emergent Bolshevik State 1917-1919; The Arts of Music and Poetry in Plato’s Republic. In folder 2, publications are as followed:  Woodrow Wilson and the Russian Revolution in Part, a Study in Calvinistic Ethics; President Roosevelt’s Recognition of the Soviet Union.

Series II:  In the Case of Bryan vs. Hodges.  This series contains a publication about the case between Bryan and Hodges from March to October, 1941.

Series III:  Masontown History.  This series contains materials related to Dr. McClelland’s pursuit to preserve the history of Masontown, Pennsylvania.  Materials include newsletters, addresses, and a pageant.  Materials range from 1960 to 1962.

Series IV:  Poetry.  This series contains a variety of poetry written by Dr. McClelland, some bound, some unbound, as well as a newspaper clipping.  Materials are organized by date of publication.

Series V:  Other Writings.  This series contains documents that do not fit in with any of the other series.  These include a short story, some written articles he wrote for newspapers, and a newspaper clipping.  The contents range from 1942 to 1961.


Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


1 Hollinger document case.

Collection Number

RG 17-5B3

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], Box [number], Folder [number and title], The Personal Papers of Dr. Robert C. McClelland, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Container Listing

Box 1

Series I: General Publication Series

Folder 1:  General Publications, 1954-1959
Folder 2:  Junior College Journal, 1954
Folder 3:  Russian-American Relations, 1955-1956

Series II:  In The Case of Bryan vs. Hodges

Folder 4:  In The Case of Bryan vs. Hodges, 1941

Series III:  Masontown History

Folder 5:  Historical Newsletter to Citizens of the Masontown Community, September 1960-February 1962
Folder 6:  Historical Notes on the Masontown Community: An Introduction, September 1960
Folder 7:  Flowers, Tree, and Economics -or- The Practical, the Beautiful, and the Good, September 1961
Folder 8:  The Klondike Heritage, May 1961
Folder 9:  A Sketch of Ephraim Walters: A Pioneer of Fayette County, PA., December 1961

Series IV:  Poetry

Folder 10:  Silhouettes: Poetry Born of the Hills, June 1958
Folder 11:  Substance and Shadow: More Poetry Born of the Hills, October 1958
Folder 12:  Under the Bo Tree: Poems of Reflection, November 1958
Folder 13:  Miscellaneous poems, [n.d.]
Folder 14:  Newspaper Clipping, July 10, 1958

Series V:  Other Writings

Folder 15:  The Professor Speaks -The High Hat, February 18, 1942
Folder 16:  Jose Ortega y Gasset -The Washington Post, October 22, 1955
Folder 17:  Der Veilchenstrauss (The Bunch of Violets) [n.d.]
Folder 18:  Newspaper Clipping, September 5, 1961


Revised 10/1/09