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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 VI: Miscellaneous
Sub-Series A: Lucille Pearce
Box 10
Folder 1: "Frolics of 1935"
Folder 2: Maury High School Class of 1939-Reunion Roster, Sorority, and Club Rosters
Folder 3: Maury High School Graduation, June 1939
Folder 4: Maury High School Football, Songs, and Cheers
Folder 5: Miscellaneous Maury High School Mementos
Folder 6: Newspaper Clippings
Folder 7: Norfolk Society of Arts
Folder 8: Photos of Mrs. Pearce and Others, 1900-1950s
Folder 9: Photos of Mrs. Pearce and Others, 1960s
Folder 10: Scrapbook
Sub-Series B: Other Miscellaneous
Box 11
Folder 1: Autograph Book: WSYR Radio, 1922-1972
Folder 2: 18th Century Legal Papers (Photocopies)
Folder 3: "Facts about the Civil War" from the Stonewall Jackson Memorial
Folder 4: "Henry Clay Cocharane, 1841-1947," Marine Corps Museum, Quantico, Virginia
Folder 5: Historic Maps, Jamestown/Yorktown
Folder 6: Literary Club
Folder 7: Miscellaneous
Folder 8: Notes, Clippings, Drafts
Folder 9: Newspaper Clippings
Folder 10: "Old Ironsides" Booklet and "Treasure Map"
Folder 11: "Oral History and the Mythmakers"-Preservation Leaflet
Folder 12: Other Groups/Organizations
Folder 13: Photographs, December 24, 1967
Folder 14: Postcards: General Longstreet's Headquarters, Gettysburg, Pennslylvania
Folder 15: P.T. Boats/Lt. Snelling
Folder 16: "The South and the Midwest: Maps and Plans" (Catalogue)
Folder 17: "Virginia Credit Union League History", 1922-1954
Folder 18: "Virginia Librarian" Vol. 16, Spring 1969
Folder 19: "The Virginia Numismatist", November-December, 1967
Folder 20: Women's Suffrage
Box 12
Item 1: Index Cards

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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