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Walter Herman Bell Papers, 1962-1970 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Kathleen Smith

Collection Overview

Title: Walter Herman Bell Papers, 1962-1970

ID: 17/RG 17-4B1

Primary Creator: Bell, Walter Herman (1900-1982)

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by topic.

Date Acquired: 03/07/1980

Subjects: Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University--Faculty

Languages: English

Abstract

Walter Herman Bell was the Director of Counseling and professor of Counseling 1957-1967 and French, 1967-1970. This small collection includes 1962 correspondence related to this gift and photographs of labeled "Cecil B. Smith."

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Walter Herman Bell was the Director of Counseling and professor of Counseling 1957-1967 and French, 1967-1970. This small collection includes 1962 correspondence related to this gift and photographs of labeled "Cecil B. Smith." Bell donated photographs of Herbert Cecil Smith and his wife in the Dutch East Indies. Dr. Bell and his wife Florence were friends with Herbert Cecil Smith and his wife. Smith was a British ornithologist and naturalist who donated a collection of bones and skins of animals native to Burma to Old Dominion College.

Collection Historical Note

Walter Herman Bell was born on July 9, 1900 in Clark County, Virginia. Bell attended Randolph-Macon College majoring in Latin and minoring in French. After graduating in 1922, he attended the Graduate School of Romance Languages at John Hopkins University on scholarship. Bell's first teaching job was professor of modern languages at Hampden-Sydney College, a position that he held for twenty years.

During World War II, Bell served as an American Red Cross Field Director with the Second Infantry Division in Europe. After the war, Bell moved to Norfolk to head the Norfolk Regional Consultations Service, a counseling service for adults who were mostly veterans. In 1952, he became the Director of Guidance for the Portsmouth School System. Five years later, Bell accepted the post of Assistant Professor and Director of Counseling at the College of William and Mary in Norfolk (later Old Dominion College) and held this position till 1967, when he became Professor of French. Bell retired from academic service in 1970.

Walter Herman Bell passed away on September 27, 1982.

Subject/Index Terms

Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University--Faculty

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 half-size Hollinger case

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restriction.

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: Walter Herman Bell

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A77-81

Related Materials: Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Walter Herman Bell

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


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1
Folder 1: Letter, February 25, 1962
Folder 2: Two-page ditto on Excavations at South Cadbury Castle, 1966-1970
Folder 3: Letter with two unidentified photographs, September 7, 1962
Folder 4: Four photographs and one negative of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil B. Smith, undated

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