Calder Smith Sherwood, III Papers, 1899-1976, undated
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Brief Description: This collection documents the life of Calder Smith Sherwood, III and his family from 1899 to 1977.  Materials include personal correspondence from family members, faculty, students, and organizations, daily planners, wall calendars, pocket diaries, newsletters and newspapers, blueprints, speeches, faculty reports, department surveys, a recorded lecture, and photos.  Due to Sherwood’s involvement with summer camps, the collection also includes brochures, photos, and correspondence from several boys’ camps in North Carolina.  There is also much information on planetariums and projectors that Sherwood gathered in preparation for designing the Pretlow Planetarium of ODU.
Held at:
Special Collections and University Archives
Email: libspecialcollections [at]
Record Series Number: 22/RG 22-7B1
Created by: Sherwood, Calder Smith III (1911-1977)
Volume: 5.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 10/13/1977. Additional accessions made in November 1977 and 1979.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Personal; II. Navy Reserves; III. Professional; IV. Photos; V. Oversized Documents.  The subseries are organized alphabetically with the folders arranged in chronological order.

Series Descriptions

Series I. Personal – This series is divided into seven subseries: A. Alumni Papers; B. Camp; C. Clubs and Organizations; D. Education; E. Miscellaneous Correspondence; F. Parents’ Miscellaneous Documents; G. Records.

Subseries A. Alumni Papers – Includes bulletins, updates, and a book list from Woodrow Wilson High School, the College of William and Mary and the University of Chicago. There is also correspondence regarding the organization of the Fiftieth Anniversary Fund of the University of Chicago.

Subseries B. Camp – Includes information books and pamphlets on the Explorer Caravan trip and the Camps Sequoyah and Tsali, camp newsletters, a camp devotional booklet, and correspondence that Sherwood received while at camp the summer of 1927 and from Camp Illahee concerning his niece’s camp experience.

Subseries C. Clubs and Organizations – Includes correspondence and notes from the Baptist Student Union Conference, the schedule for a tour of Europe, essays and speeches for the Portsmouth Torch Club, publication entries for “Boys’ Life” magazine, minutes from the Boart of Christian Education meeting, involvement with Boy Scouts and Big Brothers, and a victory bond given by the Men’s First Aid class. Of note are Torch Club member Marshall Butt’s comments on Desegregation.

Subseries D. Education – Includes awards, programs, and newspapers from high school, a newspaper from the College of William and Mary, membership information to various chemistry and science fraternities and societies, physical chemistry lab experiments and reports, job correspondence before and after graduate school, as well as miscellaneous personal, scientific correspondence, and Sherwood’s masters’ thesis, diploma, and convocation program from the University of Chicago.

Subseries E. Miscellaneous Correspondence – Includes received Christmas cards and newsletters, Christmas mailing lists, newsletters from Fred B. Millett, correspondence with the author of “Where to Eat in America’s Cities,” and community college job applications and correspondence. Of note is the presidential reply to a sympathy letter on the occasion of the Kennedy assassination.

Subseries F. Parents’ Miscellaneous Documents – Includes Lessie Sherwood’s notebook from serving at the Red Cross Canteen, her daily planner from 1945, her stamp collecting book and notes, C.S. Sherwood Jr.’s record of receipts, and Hampton Roads defense procedures. Of note are food stamp books from World War II.

Subseries G. Records – Includes finance, automobile, and personal records of expense.

Series II. Navy Reserves – This series is divided into two subseries: A. Personal Documents; B. Teaching.

Subseries A. Personal Documents – Includes appointments of duty, submitted requests for leave, annual qualification questionnaires, promotion to Lt. Commander, and U.S. Navy Reserves inactive status lists.

Subseries B. Teaching – Includes teaching notes and class rolls, notes on cryptography, documents for sailing and yacht races and courses, and programs from events at the Navy Academy.

Series III. Professional – This series is divided into five subseries: A. Norfolk Division of William and Mary/ODU Administration; B. Organizations; C. Planetarium; D. Teaching.

Subseries A. Norfolk Division of William and Mary/ODU Administration – Includes departmental reports on faculty, correspondence and papers documenting the development of science degrees, departmental evaluations and self-study reports, and correspondence from visiting science programs. There are also several surveys that Sherwood composed for the Chemistry department faculty, their results, and their evaluations. There are also papers documenting Sherwood’s participation in student senate advising, revisions to the honor system, revisions to the faculty rules and regulations, the faculty senate, and preliminary sketches and photostats in preparation for the construction of the new science building.

Subseries B: Organizations – Includes speeches and organizational correspondence for the annual Chemical Progress Week, membership to the American Chemical Association, correspondence and brochures documenting the annual Virginia Academy of Science Conference and the Virginia Conference of American Association of University Professors.

Subseries C: Planetarium – Includes preliminary correspondence and planetarium research for the Pretlow Planetarium, materials from planetarium programs and lectures, with a notable amount of research and correspondence in astronomy in Indian myths.

Subseries D: Teaching – Includes thank you letters from students, student memorabilia, notes, and drawings, summer orientation involvement, teaching notes and notebooks, and curriculum from Sherwood’s involvement with local high schools.

Series IV. Photos – This series contains photographs and postcards of historical Norfolk, the Biltmore House, the Jamestown Exposition, Sherwood’s high school graduation, Camp Sequoyah, the Naval Academy, chemistry professors at ODU, astronaut Scott Carpenter, a lunar eclipse, and unidentified personages.

Series V. Oversized Documents – This series contains the high school diplomas of both C.S. Sherwood Jr. and C.S. Sherwood III, Sherwood’s graduating class photo, a certificate from the Virginia Society of Sons of the Revolution, membership of Phi Kappa Phi, Sherwood’s college diploma, certificate of membership to the U.S. Naval Institute, specifications for the Sherwood home in Glensheallah, Portsmouth, VA, blueprints for the Pretlow Planetarium and the new science building, and annotated wall calendars from the years 1959-1960 and 1962-1974.

Access Restrictions: Open to researches without restrictions.
Subject Index
College of William and Mary. Norfolk Division
College of William and Mary. Norfolk Division--Faculty
Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University--Faculty
Old Dominion University. College of Sciences
United States. Naval Reserve
United States Naval Academy
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/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 Notes: Estate of C. S. Sherwood III  Gift.
Related Materials: Oral Histories in the Perry Library: C.S. Sherwood III
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