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G. William Whitehurst Congressional Papers, 1968-2016 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Stacey Broadwater, July 2007; Elisabeth Burgess, 2010; Sonia Yaco, 2011; Mel Frizzell, 2011

Collection Overview

Title: G. William Whitehurst Congressional Papers, 1968-2016

ID: 00/MG 86

Primary Creator: Whitehurst, G. William (1925-)

Extent: 21.6 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

The collection is broken down into the following series: I. Congressional Diaries, II. Congressional Scrapbooks, III. Campaign Scrapbooks, IV. Military Records, and V. Correspondence, medals and photographs.

Series I: Congressional Diaries. This series contains nineteen bound Congressional diaries dating from 1969 to 1986. These diaries are arranged in chronological order.

Series II: Congressional Scrapbooks. This series has six scrapbooks that contain news clippings, correspondence, invitations and programs, and photos. These scrapbooks primarily consist of news clippings related to Whitehurst’s congressional career. Articles highlight politics and legislation, reelection campaigns, and conservation. Materials date from 1970 to 1984 and are arranged chronologically.

Congressional Scrapbook One, 1970-72: Of note is correspondence with Presidents and Vice Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Spiro Agnew, as well as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Articles on Norfolk Slum clearance and Old Dominion University are also included.

Congressional Scrapbook Two, 1972-74: Of note are news articles related to Watergate.

Congressional Scrapbook Three, 1974-75: Of note are news articles on Watergate and the impeachment of President Nixon, Fort Story, Fort Monroe, Oceana jet noise, Whitehurst's net worth information, the extinction of the Strip on Hampton and Taussig Boulevard in Norfolk, Whitehurst’s trip to South Africa trip, and the construction of the Norfolk federal building.

Congressional Scrapbook Four, 1975-78: Of note is a photo of President Gerald Ford and news articles on America’s bicentennial, Fort Story, and Whitehurst’s visit to China.

Congressional Scrapbook Five, 1976: Of note are articles on Fort Story, the Old Dominion University Kaufman Mall dedication, and the revitalization of downtown Norfolk.

Congressional Scrapbook Six, 1978-1984: Of note are news articles on Whitehurst’s trips to Russia; Fort Monroe; Fort Story; False Cape; Oceana; Back Bay; Navy benefits; inmate benefits; energy, gas, and oil; Iran and the Iranian hostage crisis; German Nazi war art; the Norfolk zoo; and Janie Whitehurst.

Series III: Campaign Scrapbooks. This series has 12 scrapbooks that contain correspondence; greeting cards; invitations and programs photographs; certificates; itineraries; and newspaper clippings from the Virginian Pilot, the Ledger-Star, the Beacon, and the Washington Star. Much of the material relates to foreign trips, U.S. politicians including Presidents and Vice-Presidents, ambassadors, campaigns, and legislation. Additional materials include a collection of stamps and postcards and fact sheets regarding ship launchings and space program fact sheets from Rockwell International on various space craft and missions. The scrapbooks date from 1968 to 1986 and are arranged chronologically.

Campaign Scrapbook One, November 1968-October 1969 (green scrapbook): contains material related to Whitehurst’s election to and career in the House of Representatives during this time. Of note are correspondence and invitations from President Richard Nixon, First Lady Patricia Nixon, Minority House Leader Gerald Ford, and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover; a 1969 Inauguration program for President Richard Nixon; a 1970 Inauguration program for Abner Linwood Holton, Jr. Governor of Virginia; and articles on Janie Whitehurst.

Campaign Scrapbook Two, Campaign '74 (blue scrapbook): contains material related to Whitehurst’s 1974 campaign for re-election to the House of Representatives.

Campaign Scrapbooks Three and Four, 1969-75: Of note are correspondence and invitations from Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and First Ladies - Richard and Pat Nixon, Gerald Ford, Spiro Agnew, and Nelson Rockefeller; a 1976 holiday card from George and Barbara Bush; photos of Pat Nixon and Mamie Eisenhower; 1969 Inauguration programs for President Nixon and Vice-President Agnew; a Dwight Eisenhower funeral program; 1974 Inauguration program for Mills E. Godwin, Jr., Governor of Virginia; Whitehurst reelection brochures; and articles on Janie Whitehurst.

Campaign Scrapbook Five, 1972-78, 1983: Of note are correspondence and invitations from Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and First Ladies -- Richard and Pat Nixon, Gerald Ford, George and Barbara Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Walter Mondale; Senator Bob Dole; and Virginia Governors Mills Godwin, Jr. and John Dalton. Also included are a 1977 Jimmy Carter Inauguration program, a 1978 Inauguration program for John Dalton, Governor of Virginia, and photos of John Dalton.

Campaign Scrapbook Six, 1978-80: Of note are correspondence and invitations from Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and First Ladies -- Richard Nixon, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, George Bush, Sr., Gerald Ford, and Walter Mondale; Senator Bob Dole; and Virginia Governor John Dalton.  Photos include President Jimmy Carter, Virginia Governor John Dalton, and trips to the Soviet Union, Germany, France, and Turkey.

Campaign Scrapbook Seven, 1980-81: Of note are correspondence and invitations from Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and First Ladies -- Jimmy Carter, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, George and Barbara Bush; and Virginia Governor John Dalton. Also included is a 1981 Ronald Reagan Inauguration program.  Photos include President Ronald Reagan, Vice-President George Bush, Sr., and trips to Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Singapore, India, and Egypt.

Campaign Scrapbook Eight, 1981-82: Of note are correspondence and invitations from Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and First Ladies -- Ronald and Nancy Reagan and George Bush, Sr. Also of note are a 1982 Inaugural program for Charles Robb, Governor of Virginia, 1981 statement from Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr. that he will not seek reelection, and 1981 programs and memorabilia for the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown celebration. Photos include President Ronald Reagan and Vice-President George Bush. Campaign Scrapbook Nine, 1983-1984: Of note are correspondence and cards from President Ronald Reagan and Vice-President George Bush. Photos include trips to Germany, Nicaragua, Denmark, Korea, China, and Thailand.

Campaign Scrapbook Ten, 1983-1984: Of note are correspondence and cards from President Ronald Reagan and Vice-President George Bush. Photos include President Ronald Reagan; trips to Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and England; Whitehurst’s 1984 Campaign; and the 1984 Neptune Festival in Virginia Beach (where Whitehurst presided as King Neptune).

Campaign Scrapbook Eleven, 1984-1985: Of note are correspondence and cards from President Ronald Reagan, Vice-President George Bush, First Lady Nancy Reagan, and former President Richard Nixon. Also of note is a 1985 Inauguration program for Ronald Reagan and photos from trips to Yugoslavia, Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Taiwan, Croatia, Bosnia, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, and Denmark.

Campaign Scrapbook Twelve, 1986: Of note are correspondence and cards from President Ronald Reagan and Vice-President George Bush.  Photos include President Ronald Reagan, Vice-President George Bush, Virginia Senators Paul Trible and John Warner; the 1986 launching of the U.S.S. Newport News; trips to Turkey and Taiwan; and farewells from Whitehurst’s 18 year term in office.

Series IV: Whitehurst Military Records. This series contains Whitehurst’s military records including combat reports and dispatches; photographs related to his military service; Whitehurst’s aviation log book; World War II historical memorabilia; correspondence; and materials related to reunions of the VT-88 Squadron. The majority of the materials date from 1943-46, though the reunion material and some of the historical compilations post-date World War II. One letter in this series was written in 2005.

Series V: Political Memorabillia. This series includes letters from George H. W. Bush and Lloyd Bennett; campaign memorabilia; material related to a KGB medal and Whitehurst’s notes about it; a medal, scrapbook and correspondence related to Whitehurst returning; 10 naval paintings done by Claus Bergan to Germany; Chinese photo albums; campaign photographs; a newspaper advertisement; and oversized stamp sheets from scrapbook. Material in this series dates from 1968 to 2009.

Date Acquired: 03/27/2007. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Legislators--United States, United States--Politics and Government--1945-1989, United States. Congress. House, Whitehurst, G. William, World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945--Veterans

Languages: English

Abstract

G. William Whitehurst was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s Second District in 1968. Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Committee on Intelligence and Ethics Committee. Consists of nineteen bound Congressional dairies spanning from 1969 to 1986. Six scrap books consisting of newspaper clippings, magazines, pictures and other documents relating to Doctor William Whitehurst’s tenure in the House of Representatives.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of diaries and scrapbooks related to Whitehurst’s political and military career. The nineteen bound congressional dairies spanning from 1969 to 1986 are reproductions of the originals held at Washington and Lee University. Six scrapbooks consist of newspaper clippings magazines, pictures and other documents relating to Doctor William Whitehurst’s tenure in the House of Representatives. Twelve scrapbooks, dated, 1968 to 1986, document his political campaigns, and include some memorabilia related to his congressional career. The scrapbooks contain pictures, newspaper clippings, bumper stickers, buttons, magazines, cards, invitations and magazine articles. The military material includes a log book from bombing runs over Japan and Whitehurst’s own military records. Also included are correspondence and medals.

Collection Historical Note

George William Whitehurst, son of Calvert Stanhope and Laura Tomlinson Whitehurst, was born in Norfolk, Virginia on March 12, 1925.  He attended local elementary schools and graduated from Maury High School in 1942.  From 1943 to 1946 he served in the United States Navy, chiefly as an aviation radioman in the Pacific. After World War II he enrolled in Washington and Lee University, graduating with a B.A. in history in 1950.  The following year he received his M.A. in history from the University of Virginia and in 1962 he earned his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in American Diplomatic History.

Whitehurst joined the history faculty of the Norfolk Division, College of William and Mary, now Old Dominion University, in 1950.  From 1963 to 1968 he served as Dean of Students.  He also worked as a news analyst for WTAR-TV from 1962 to 1968.

In 1968 Dr. Whitehurst was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s second district, and he spent the next 18 years in Congress.  His principal congressional committee assignment was the House Armed Services Committee, but in addition he served a six-year term on the Select Committee on Intelligence, and two years on the Ethics Committee. He also served as a Delegate of the North Atlantic Assembly.

Dr. Whitehurst retired from Congress in 1987 and returned to teach at Old Dominion University where he was named the Kaufman Lecturer in Public Affairs.  He teaches courses in political science and political history and is a widely popular teacher.

During his years in Washington, Dr. Whitehurst published two volumes of his Diary of a Congressman in 1983 and 1985.

Dr. Whitehurst was married to the former Jennette Franks, and he is the father of two children, Frances and Cal.

Subject/Index Terms

Legislators--United States
United States--Politics and Government--1945-1989
United States. Congress. House
Whitehurst, G. William
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: Future accruals expected.

Alternate Extent Statement: 16 Hollinger Document Cases and 12 Oversize Boxes

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Dr. William G. Whitehurst

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A2007-03

Related Materials:

Diary of a Congressman, G. William Whitehurst

Call #: JK 1041.W47 1983

Oral histories in the Perry Library: G. William Whitehurst

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], G. William Whitehurst Congressional Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.


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[Series II: Congressional Scrapbooks],
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Series I: Congressional Diaries
Box 1
Item 1: Book One, January 3, 1969-October 29, 1969
Item 2: Book Two, October 30, 1969-December 31, 1970
Item 3: Book Three, January 1, 1971-December 26, 1971
Item 4: Book Four: January 18, 1972- December 30, 1972
Box 2
Item 1: Book Five, January 3, 1973-June 7, 1973
Item 2: Book Six, June 7, 1973-December 18, 1973
Item 3: Book Seven, January 21, 1974-December 20, 1974
Item 4: Book Eight, January 13, 1975-January 9, 1976
Item 5: Book Nine, January 10 1976-December 16, 1976
Box 3
Item 1: Book Ten, January 3, 1977-December 19, 1977
Item 2: Book Eleven, January 2, 1978-December 17, 1978
Item 3: Book Twelve, January 15, 1979-December 21, 1979
Item 4: Book Thirteen, January 22, 1980-December 10, 1980
Box 4
Item 1: Book Fourteen, January 5, 1981-December 19, 1981
Item 2: Book Fifteen, January 25, 1982-December 19, 1982
Item 3: Book Sixteen, January 3, 1983-November 29, 1983
Item 4: Book Seventeen, January 23, 1984-December 18, 1984
Box 5
Item 1: Book Eighteen, January 3, 1985-December 18, 1985
Item 2: Book Nineteen, January 22, 1986-November 8, 1986

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