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Alice Rice Jaffe Papers, 1807-1950

By Special Collections Staff

Collection Overview

Title: Alice Rice Jaffe Papers, 1807-1950

ID: 17/RG 17-2B1

Creator: Jaffe, Alice Rice

Extent: 0.8 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 06/01/1977

Languages: English [eng]


Includes assorted reports, newspaper articles and correspondence, etc. relating to Hampton Roads history and Old Dominion University's early history as Norfolk Division of William and Mary College. Contains material from Jaffe's family including her husband, journalist Louis I. Jaffe, her father, Colonel Henry Rice and ancestor, Captain Samuel Davis.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The material in this collection relates to people in Alice Jaffe's life, rather than to Alice Jaffe personally. These persons include: Louis I. Jaffe, her husband and editor of the Virginian Pilot from 1919 to 1950; Colonel Henry Rice, her father; and Captain Samuel Davis, an ancestor and ship's captain. A part of the collection includes materials on the first two decades of growth of the Norfolk Division of William and Mary which later became Old Dominion College and then Old Dominion University. These may have been collected by Louis Jaffe in his role as editor or through other Norfolk civic involvements. Materials related to her ancestor, Captain Samuel Davis whose papers date from 1807 to 1817. The remainder of the collection dates from 1919 to 1950.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additional accessions made in March 1980 and May 1981.

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 Hollinger document cases

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: Alice R. Jaffe

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A77-41

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

Box and Folder Listing

Series I: Norfolk Division of William and Mary, 1938-1948
This series includes correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, and brochures regarding the early formation and growth of the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary from 1938 to 1948. Many of the documents are addressed to or copied to Mr. Louis Jaffe, Alice Jaffe's husband and editor of the Virginian Pilot at the time. Materials are arranged chronologically.
Arrangement: Chronological
Box 1
Folder 1: Pamphlet: Some Facts about The Norfolk Division, College of William and Mary, and its Services to Parent College and Community, 1938
Folder 2: Miscellaneous news articles on William and Mary, 1939
Folder 3: Letter from Public Welfare Director H. G. Parker to Louis Jaffe, William D. Fawcett, and Col. James Mann, April 29, 1941
Folder 4: Letter from City Manager Charles B. Borland to Norfolk Council President Joseph D. Wood, with attached copy of committee report, 1941
Folder 5: Report of Charles J. Duke, Jr. to President John Stewart Bryan of the College of William and Mary, September 5, 1941
Folder 6: Booklet: Programs for Training the High School Graduate in Skills Valuable in Time of War, Norfolk Division, January 1942
Folder 7: Letter from Charles J. Duke, Jr. to Louis I. Jaffe, February 18, 1942, with accompanying report of Mr. Duke to President John Stewart Bryan of the College of William and Mary, February 5, 1942
Folder 8: News release on the establishment of a vocational school at the Norfolk Division, October 1, 1944
Folder 9: News release on appointment of Lewis Webb as Director of the Norfolk Division, May 27, 1946
Folder 10: Memorandum on the Progress of the Norfolk Division since June 1941, Presented to the Board of Visitors, June 4, 1946
Folder 11: Letter from Charles Duke to Governor William Tuck regarding the consolidation of the educational facilities of the St. Helena Extension and the Norfolk Division, March 22, 1948
Folder 12: Report of committee to study Extensions, to the Rector and The Board of Visitors, College of William and Mary, n.d.
Folder 13: Bulletin of Present Facilities and Plans for Future Development, Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and Virginia Polytechnic Institute, n.d.
Series II: Col. Henry Rice
This series relates to the building of a house for year round occupancy at Virginia Beach in 1936 by Alice Jaffe's father, Col. Henry Rice. Included are price estimates, brochures, bills, construction plans, and other related materials. This series is arranged alphabetically.
Arrangement: Alphabetical
Box 1
Folder 14: Construction Papers- Brochures
Folder 15: Construction Papers- Materials
Folder 16: Construction Papers- Methods of Construction and Plans
Folder 17: Construction Papers- Price Estimates & Bills
Series III: Captain Samuel Davis
This series relates to Captain Samuel Davis, a ship's captain, citizen of Norfolk, Virginia, and an ancestor of Alice Jaffe. The series is broken into two sub-series: A. Correspondence and B. Legal Documents.
Sub-Series A: Correspondence - Captain Samuel Davis, 1810-1817
This sub-series contains correspondence regarding U.S. trade with Britain and France. Material is arranged chronologically and dates from 1810 to 1817.
Arrangement: Chronological
Box 2
Folder 1: Correspondence - Captain Samuel Davis, 1810
Folder 2: Correspondence - Captain Samuel Davis, 1815
Folder 3: Correspondence - Captain Samuel Davis, 1817
Sub-Series B: Legal documents, 1807-1810
This sub-series contains legal documents including a ship's roster for the American Barque Petersburg, a letter from the Collector of Norfolk requesting safe overseas passage for Captain Davis, and a document regarding the sale of a slave to Samuel Davis. Material is arranged chronologically, and dates from 1807 to 1810.
Arrangement: Chronological
Box 2
Folder 4: Sale of Slave to Samuel Davis, September 22, 1807
Folder 5: Letter from the Collector of Norfolk requesting safe overseas passage for Captain Samuel Davis, January 14, 1809
Folder 6: Ship's Roster for the American Barque Petersburg, March 8, 1810
Series IV: Louis I. Jaffe, 1919-1950
This series contains a booklet with a compilation of articles and speeches by Alice Jaffe's husband, Louis Jaffe who was the editor for the Virginian Pilot from 1919 until his death in 1950. He won the Pulitzer Price for Editorial Writing in 1929 for An Unspeakable Act of Savagery, which condemned lynching. This compilation includes this editorial, and his other famous editorial The Baby Magnolia (1920). Other topics include: the press, the Virginian Pilot, Norfolk, anti-lynching laws and race relations, and introductions of speakers such as Robert Frost, World War II.
Arrangement: Chronological
Box 2
Folder 7: "Articles and Speeches by Louis I. Jaffe, Editor, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot", 1919-1950
Series V: Miscellaneous, 1938
This series contains a birthday card with an illustrated map of Virginia, a portrait of the presentation of the Norfolk Mace to the Corporation of Norfolk by Robert Dinwiddie, Governor of Virginia in 1754, and sheet music from the records of the ODU School of Arts and Letters. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Arrangement: Alphabetically
Box 2
Folder 8: Birthday card with illustration of the map of Virginia
Folder 9: Photo of Norfolk Mace, 1938
Folder 10: Sheet Music Covers
Folder 11: Sheet Music