Old Dominion University Libraries

Special Collections & University Archives

Events & Exhibits

Search Special Collections

Hours

Monday - Friday:
9 am - 4:30 pm

Other times by appointment

Location

The Special Collections is located on the east side of the Library at the front of the 3rd floor.

Contact Information

Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry Library
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0256
telephone (757) 683-4483
fax (757) 683-5954

 

The Papers of Calvert Walke Tazewell

Scope and Contents - Series Descriptions - Access - Contents Listing

Biography

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 WWII. During WWII 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.

Scope and Contents

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.


Also included are 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 1930's, a scrapbook of ephemera from amateur musical performances and photographs.

Organization

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

Series Descriptions

This collection is divided into 6 series:


Series I: Norfolk Historical Society includes material dating from 1965 to 1997 with the bulk of the material dating between 1965 and 1968. This series includes business papers, correspondence, press releases and newsletters.


Series II: Virginia History Federation includes material dated from 1967 to 1992 with the bulk of the material from 1967 to 1970. This series includes business papers, grant proposals, correspondence, press releases, copies of the Virginia Phoenix.
Series III: Norfolk History includes research material relating to Norfolk landmarks, residents and events. Also included are drafts of some of Tazewell's historical writings.


Series IV: Boush-Tazewell-Waller House includes legal and business papers and correspondence of the Friends of the Boush-Tazewell-Waller House, Inc. Also included is a report on the architecture and history of the house written by Lucile Pearce. Note: additional recent photos of the house can be found in the control folder for the Cook Collection, MG 46.


Series V: Papers of Philip Brower includes biographical and genealogical information about Douglas Mac Arthur, research materials regarding Mac Arthur's presidential ambitions in 1952, papers and correspondence dating from 1965 to 1993 regarding Mr. Brower's tenure as archivist at the Mac Arthur Memorial archive.


Series VI: Miscellaneous includes mementos of Maury High School from the 1930's given by Lucile Pearce to Tazewell, photos and other historical information not related to Norfolk, index cards containing addresses and other information.

Related Materials

C. W. Tazewell created a website containing local history and family information that can
be found at http://www.marquiswhoswho.net/CSTAZEWELL

Provenance

Gift of C. w. Tazewell, June 2000

Access

The collection is open to researchers without restrictions. Questions about literary property
rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.

Size

12 Document cases, 5 linear feet

Contents Listing

BOX 1

Series I: Norfolk Historical Society
Sub series A: Business


Folder:
1. Board of directors
2. Contributions and expenses
3. Forms and form letters
4. Meeting reports 1965,1968
5. Meetings
6. Membership drive
7. Office management, procedures

Sub series B: correspondence

8. Not dated
9. 1965
10. January -October 1966
11. November -December 1966
12. National historic preservation 1967
13. January -March 1967
14. April 1967
15. May-June 1967
16. July 1967
17. September 1967
18. October 1967
19. November-December 1967
20. 1968 - 1994
21. Emails and memos to members of the Norfolk Historical Society 1997


BOX 2

Sub series C: Miscellaneous

Folder:
1. Fort Norfolk
2. Fort Norfolk courier and update 1992-1994
3. Genealogical bulletin
4. History of NHS
5. Invitations and event announcements 1966 - 1981
6. News releases 1966 - 1968
7. News letter 1965 - 1987
8. Newspaper clippings
9. Photographs of EXPO and office
10. Proposals
11. Old Christ Church newspaper clippings
12. Save Old Christ Church campaign 1966 - 1967

Series II: Virginia History Federation:
Sub series A: Business

13. Business papers, budget
14. Constitution
15. Forms, brochures, mailings
16. Grant applications
17. Mailing lists
18. Meetings and conferences
19. Press releases
20. Proposals
21. Purpose of Virginia History Federation

Sub series B: Correspondence

22. Not dated
23. September 1967 - August 1968
24. October 1968

BOX 3

Folder:
1. November 1968
2. December 1968
3. January 1969
4. February 1969
5. March - June 1969
6. July 1969
7. August 1969
8. September -December 1969
9. 1970 - 1992

Sub Series C: Miscellaneous

10. Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities
11. Biography committee
12. Commissioning of the USS Richard L. Page (DEG -5)
13. Historic building preservation
14. Lineage societies - info. and correspondence
15. Newspaper Clippings
16. Presentations / speeches
17. Travel industry
18. The Virginia Phoenix 1968 - 1974

BOX 4

Series III: Norfolk History

1. Account of life in Norfolk in the late 18th century by Mrs. Ritson
2. American friends of Lafayette
3. "Ancient history of Norfolk in Ragtime"
4. Berkley
5. Bibliography Virginia State Library, Richmond 1991
6. Boush, John 1790 (will)
7. The Boush plan 1910
8. Brannan Bible
9. Chronology - Norfolk history
10. Chrysler library / museum
11. Crime history, letters to editor
12. Genealogy
13. German club
14. The Gimlets Bridge Club
15. Glennan, Michael
16. Graham school
17. Grigsby,Hugh Blair
18. Grigsby,Hugh Blair - oration 1831
19. History of Norfolk
20. Hope, James Barron
21. Howard Association
22. Leache, Irene
23. Miscellaneous
24. Miscellaneous articles
25. Monday club
26. Negro schools in Norfolk
27. Newspaper clippings Re: Norfolk & residents
28. Newspaper clippings Re: Norfolk landmarks
29. Newspaper clippings: Tidewater landfalls

BOX 5

Folder:
1. Norfolk academy
2. Norfolk Bar
3. Norfolk Beacon ( photocopies), 1831
4. Norfolk city council and burning of Norfolk, 1776
5. Norfolk history / bibliography
6. Norfolk Mace
7. Norfolk maps
8. Norfolk mayors
9. Norfolk on the web
10. Norfolk pamphlets
11. Norfolk parks
12. Norfolk post office
13. Norfolk stone bridge
14. Norfolk street cars
15. Norfolk street names
16. Norfolk tri centennial

BOX 6

Folder:
1. Ocean view
2. Old house in Norfolk , photos and negatives
3. "Poetical picture of America" (photocopy) 1809
4. Ragtime drafts
5. Raising the Merrimack & Congress
6. Russian visits to Norfolk
7. St. Paul's Church
8. Songs about Norfolk
9. Squires, William
10. Street lights
11. Union occupation of Norfolk
12. Viett, George
13. Vignettes from the Shadows - drafts
14. Vignettes - maps and other illustrations
15. Virginian Pilot - 75th anniversary
16. The Weisiger family
17. Samuel L. Wilson
18. Yellow fever in Norfolk , 1855

Series IV: Boush-Tazewell-Waller House

19. Articles of incorporation of Friends of the Boush-Tazewell-Waller House, Incorporated
20. Board of directors - correspondence 1983 - 1987
21. Board of directors - lists and miscellaneous
22. Board of directors - meeting minutes
23. Draft of report on B-T-W House by Lucile W. Pearce
24. Report by Lucille Pearce
25. Brochures
26. By Laws


BOX 7

Folder:
1. Financial papers
2. Mailing list
3. Newsletter: Tazewell talk 1979-1988 and 1990
4. Post cards and invitation cards
5. Proposal Re: preserving old buildings
6. Publicity: news paper articles, pamphlets
7. Restoration
8. Tazewell Hall
9. Tazewell library

Series V: Papers of Philip Brower
Sub series A: 1952 Presidential Election

10. Articles Re: election of 1952
11. Book chapter: " The Coming to power: Critical presidential elections in American history"
12. Book chapter : " Eisenhower: Captive hero"
13. Book chapters : "Political misadventure"
14. Footnotes/draft: Mac Arthur's last chance: His presidential ambitions 1952
15. Mac Arthur & Eisenhower
16. Mac Arthur and the presidency 1948-1952
17. Notes, 1952 elections I
18. Notes, 1952 elections II
19. Notes, 1952 elections III

BOX 8

Folder:
1. Philip LaFollette papers
2. Presidency 1952
3. Presidency 1952 : letters & speeches
4. Republican convention 1952
5. Speaking tour
6. Speeches

Sub series B: Mac Arthur Miscellaneous Information

7. Book chapter : "Six president's, too many wars"
8. Bonus march
9. Book chapter: "Franklin D. Roosevelt launching the new deal"
10. Book chapter: "A long row of candles"
11. Book chapter : "The Mac Arthur controversy"
12. Certificate of Americanism
13. "Darling baby girl"
14. Mac Arthur biographical info.
15. Mac Arthur genealogy
16. Newspaper clippings: 1964, 1968, 1982
17. Notes, bibliographical Re: Mac Arthur
18. Notes: Japanese repatriation & Philippine invasion
19. Notes: Mac Arthur opinions

BOX 9

Folder:
1. Post War Mac Arthur correspondence (copies)
2. Pre World War II Mac Arthur Correspondence (copies)

Sub Series C: Mac Arthur Archives

3. Brower's Speeches
4. Correspondence 1965-1971
5. Correspondence 1972-1993
6. Miscellaneous papers
7. Newspaper clippings
8. Photographs
9. Storage on shelves

Sub series D: Mac Arthur Memorial

10. Brochures
11. Jean Mac Arthur
12. Mac Arthur Memorial Foundation
13. Newspaper clippings

Sub series E: Brower - Personal

14. Correspondence 1962-1979
15. Mac Arthur stamp
16. Miscellaneous papers

Series VI: Miscellaneous
Sub series A: Lucille Pearce

BOX 10

Folder:
1. "Frolics of 1935"
2. Maury H. S. Class of 1939 Reunion Roster & Sorority & Club rosters
3. Maury H. S. Graduation, June 1939
4. Maury H. S. Football, Songs and Cheers
5. Miscellaneous Maury H. S. Mementos
6. Newspaper Clippings
7. Norfolk Society of Arts
8. Photos of Mrs. Pearce and others, 1900-1950's
9. Photos of Mrs. Pearce and others, 1960's
10. Scrapbook

Sub series B: Other miscellaneous

BOX 11

1. Autograph book: WSYR Radio 1922-1972
2. 18th Century Legal Papers (Photocopies)
3. "Facts about the Civil War" from the Stonewall Jackson Memorial
4. "Henry Clay Cochrane, 1841-1947" Marine Corps Museum, Quantico VA
5. Historic Maps, Jamestown/Yorktown
6. Literary Club
7. Miscellaneous
8. Notes, clippings, drafts
9. Newspaper clippings
10. "Old Ironsides" booklet and "Treasure Map"
11. "Oral History and the Mythmakers" Preservation leaflet
12. Other groups/organizations
13. Photographs, Dec. 24, 1967
14. Postcards: General Longstreet's Headquarters, Gettysburg, PA
15. P. T. boats/ Lt. Snelling
16. "The South and the Midwest: Maps and Plans (Catalogue)
17. "Virginia Credit Union League History, 1922-1954
18. "Virginia Librarian", Vol. 16, Spring 1969
19. "The Virginia Numismatist" Nov-Dec 1967
20. Women's Suffrage

BOX 12

Index cards

Revised: 7/14/08