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Calvert Walke Tazewell Papers, 1935-1994 | Special Collections and University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Calvert Walke Tazewell Papers, 1935-1994

ID: 00/MG 75

Primary Creator: Tazewell, Calvert Walke (1914-)

Extent: 4.8 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized alphabetically by topic with the exception of correspondence which is organized chronologically within series.

Date Acquired: 06/30/2000

Subjects: Boush-Tazewell-Waller House, MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964, MacArthur Memorial, Maury High School (Norfolk, Va.), Norfolk (Va.)--History--19th Century, Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century, Norfolk Historical Society (Va.), Tazewell, C. W.(Calvert Walke), 1917-, Virginia History Federation

Languages: English


Retired USAF lieutenant colonel, author, publisher, local historian. The collection includes papers from Tazewell’s years as President of the Norfolk Historical Society and Virginia History Federation. Also included is information on the Boush-Tazewell-Waller House and papers of Philip Brower, former archivist of the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk. Brower’s papers include research on General Douglas MacArthur, personal papers and papers regarding the MacArthur Memorial Archives.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Tazewell collection includes materials dated from 1935 to 1994. It includes correspondence, newsletters, press releases, meeting reports, and other papers relating to the Norfolk Historical Society, Virginia History Federation and the Friends of the Boush-Tazewell-Waller House. Also included is research material related to various aspects of Norfolk history, and index cards of contacts and organizations.

Mr. Tazewell was given the papers of Philip Brower, former archivist at the Mac Arthur Memorial in Norfolk. These papers include biographical and genealogical material about General Douglas Mac Arthur, research material about Mac Arthur's presidential ambitions in 1952, and material related to the Memorial and archive.

Included as well in this collection are the papers from Lucile Pearce, who was involved with the Norfolk Historical Society and Boush-Tazewell-Waller house. Her papers include mementos from Maury High School in the 1930s, a scrapbook of ephemera from amateur musical performances and photographs.

Collection Historical Note

Calvert Walke Tazewell was born in 1917 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was educated in public and private schools in Norfolk. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1937 and received a commission while overseas in World War Two. During the war he received the Bronze Star Medal for his service in the China Campaign. He reached the rank of Lt. Colonel, serving in communications and electronics and as commanding officer. He retired from active duty in 1959.

After the military, he worked as Civil Defense Coordinator for Dade County Florida, taught Civil Defense courses, worked for the Florida State Board of Health, and the Health-Welfare-Recreation Planning Council after returning to Norfolk.

Tazewell founded the Norfolk Historical Society, a group dedicated to preserving all aspects of local history, in 1965. He served as its president for two terms, then as Executive Vice President. He was also a co-founder of the Virginia History Federation, an organization that sought to link all history related groups in Virginia. He served as the Federation's first president in 1969. Tazewell was the founder and director of the Hampton Roads Central Library, an internet digital library and archive from 1993-1997. He also operated the W. S. Dawson publishing company until 1997.

Subject/Index Terms

Boush-Tazewell-Waller House
MacArthur, Douglas, 1880-1964
MacArthur Memorial
Maury High School (Norfolk, Va.)
Norfolk (Va.)--History--19th Century
Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century
Norfolk Historical Society (Va.)
Tazewell, C. W.(Calvert Walke), 1917-
Virginia History Federation

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 12 Hollinger document cases

Access Restrictions: The collection is 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: C.W. Tazewell

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A2000-5

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

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Norfolk Historical Society],
[Series II: Virginia History Federation],
[Series III: Norfolk History],
[Series IV: Boush-Tazewell-Waller House],
[Series V: Papers of Phillip Brower],
[Series VI: Miscellaneous],

Series III: Norfolk History
Box 4
Folder 1: Account of Life in Norfolk in the Late 18th Century by Mrs. Ritson
Folder 2: American Friends of Lafayette
Folder 3: "Ancient History of Norfolk in Ragtime"
Folder 4: Berkley
Folder 5: Bibliography Virginia State Library, Richmond, 1991
Folder 6: Boush, John (will), 1790
Folder 7: The Boush Plan, 1910
Folder 8: Brannan Bible
Folder 9: Chronology-Norfolk History
Folder 10: Chrysler Library/Museum
Folder 11: Crime History, Letters to Editor
Folder 12: Genealogy
Folder 13: German Club
Folder 14: The Gimlets Bridge Club
Folder 15: Glennan, Michael
Folder 16: Graham School
Folder 17: Grigsby, Hugh Blair
Folder 18: Grigsby, Hugh Blair-Oration, 1831
Folder 19: History of Norfolk
Folder 20: Hope, James Barron
Folder 21: Howard Association
Folder 22: Leache, Irene
Folder 23: Miscellaneous
Folder 24: Miscellaneous Articles
Folder 25: Monday Club
Folder 26: Negro Schools in Norfolk
Folder 27: Newspaper Clippings Re: Norfolk & Residents
Folder 28: Newspaper Clippings Re: Norfolk Landmarks
Folder 29: Newspaper Clippings: Tidewater Landfalls
Box 5
Folder 1: Norfolk Academy
Folder 2: Norfolk Bar
Folder 3: Norfolk Beacon (Photocopies), 1831
Folder 4: Norfolk City Council and Burning of Norfolk, 1776
Folder 5: Norfolk History/Bibliography
Folder 6: Norfolk Mace
Folder 7: Norfolk Maps
Folder 8: Norfolk Mayors
Folder 9: Norfolk on the Web
Folder 10: Norfolk Pamphlets
Folder 11: Norfolk Parks
Folder 12: Norfolk Post Office
Folder 13: Norfolk Stone Bridge
Folder 14: Norfolk Street Cars
Folder 15: Norfolk Street Names
Folder 16: Norfolk Tricentennial
Box 6
Folder 1: Ocean View
Folder 2: Old House in Norfolk, Photos and Negatives
Folder 3: "Poetical Picture of America" (photocopy), 1809
Folder 4: Ragtime Drafts
Folder 5: Raising the Merrimack & Congress
Folder 6: Russian Visits to Norfolk
Folder 7: St. Paul's Church
Folder 8: Songs about Norfolk
Folder 9: Squires, William
Folder 10: Street Lights
Folder 11: Union Occupation of Norfolk
Folder 12: Viett, George
Folder 13: Vignettes from the Shadows-Drafts
Folder 14: Vignettes-Maps and Other Illustrations
Folder 15: Virginian Pilot-75th Anniversary
Folder 16: The Weisiger Family
Folder 17: Samuel L. Wilson
Folder 18: Yellow Fever in Norfolk, 1855

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Norfolk Historical Society],
[Series II: Virginia History Federation],
[Series III: Norfolk History],
[Series IV: Boush-Tazewell-Waller House],
[Series V: Papers of Phillip Brower],
[Series VI: Miscellaneous],

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