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Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry Library
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0256
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James Walker Roberts was born on December 2, 1891, in Alexandria, Virginia and was educated at the Friends (High) School in Washington, D.C. Roberts served in the U.S. Army in World War I and attained the rank of Captain in the Field Artillery. He returned to uniform during World War II as a Lt. Colonel commanding a Virginia State Guard Battalion. His service earned Col. Roberts the First Citizen Award of Norfolk Cosmopolitan Club in 1943.

Roberts enjoyed a successful business career in Norfolk which saw him become president and then chairman of the board of the Henry B. Gilprin Co., wholesale drug firm. His political career was equally successful. From 1948-1968 Roberts represented Norfolk in the Virginia General Assembly where he came to occupy a powerful position on the Appropriations Committee. Roberts also served on the Norfolk City Planning Commission and was appointed to several Governor's advisory committees.


Col. Roberts represented Norfolk from 1948 to 1968 in the Virginia House of Delegates. His papers consist principally of legislative correspondence for the period 1963-1964. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically according to its source. In addition there are two boxes of publications issued by agencies of state government and one box of other publications. Also included is the two volume study, Debates Constitutional Convention 1901-1902 Virginia.


Gift of James W. Roberts August 21, 1975


Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


8 Hollinger Documents Cases


MG 2


Box 1 Legislative Study Commission Reports; Legislative Correspondence: A - J

Folder 1 "Reorganization of the Division of Ports," Legislative Study Commission Report, 1951
Folders 2-11 Legislative Correspondence, 1963-1964

Folder 2 A
Folder 3 B
Folder 4 C - Part I
Folder 5 C - Part II
Folder 6 D
Folder 7 E
Folder 8 F
Folder 9 G
Folder 10 H, I, J - Part I
Folder 11 H, I, J - Part II

Box 2 Legislative Correspondence (1963-1964): K- R

Folder 1 K, L
Folder 2 M
Folder 3 N, O - Part I
Folder 4 N, O - Part II
Folder 5 P, Q
Folder 6 R

Box 3 Legislative Correspondence (1963-1964): S-W

Folder 1 S - Part I
Folder 2 S - Part II
Folder 3 T, U, V - Part I
Folder 4 T, U, V - Part II
Folder 5 W

Box 4 Publications

Folder 1 Did the Court Interpret or Amend? - A commentary prepared by the Commission on Constitutional Government
Folder 2 Question and Answer - Citizens Committee for the Hoover Report
Folder 3 Suggested State Legislation: Program for 1961 - Committee of State Officials on suggested State Legislation of the Council of State Governments
Folder 4 Virginia Corporation Law - issued by the State Corporation Commission
Folder 5 Virginia Tax Laws: A Brief Digest for Taxpayers
Folder 6 We The States: An Anthology of Historic Documents and Commentaries thereon. Expounding the State and Federal Relationship--issued by the Virginia Commission on Constitutional Government

Box 5 Publications--State Government

Folder 1 Supplement To the Regulations of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
Folder 2 Opinions of the Attorney General and Report to the Governor of Virginia, 1952-1953
Folder 3 Annual Report of the Auditing Committee of the General Assembly 1959
Folder 4 Virginia Election Laws 1960
Folder 5 Annual Report--Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, 1963
Folder 6 Motor Vehicle Laws of Virginia, 1952
Folder 7 Manual on the Planning and Execution of State Capital Outlays, 1944
Folder 8 Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-1955
Folder 9 Annual Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1951-1952

Box 6 Publications - State Government

Folder 1 Annual Report of the State Corporation Commission--Appendix I, 1948
Folder 2 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts, 1959
Folder 3 Department of Conservation and Development - The Board of Directors, The Director, Commissioners and Division Programs, 1956
Folder 4 Report of the Treasurer of Virginia, 1956
Folder 5 Virginia Retirement Plan For Public Employees, 1960
Folder 6 Virginia Welfare Bulletin - June 1953
Box 7
Debates Constitutional Convention 1901-1902 Virginia, Vol. I

Box 8
Debates Constitutional Convention 1901-1902 Virginia, Vol. II

Revised 6/10/09