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Stanley Clay Walker Papers, 1950-2000 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Kathleen Smith; Felicia Farrow; Susan Catlett

Collection Overview

Title: Stanley Clay Walker Papers, 1950-2000

ID: 00/MG 28

Primary Creator: Walker, Stanley Clay (1923-2001)

Extent: 35.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into nine series: Series I: Correspondence; Series II: Legislative Papers; Series III: Legislative Files; Series IV: Virginia State Crime Commission; Series V: Political Files; Series VI: Speeches; Series VII: Clippings; Series VIII: Scrapbooks; and Series IX: Miscellaneous.

Date Acquired: 04/06/1978. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Civic leaders--Virginia--Norfolk, Equal rights amendments--United States, Virginia--Politics and government., Virginia. General Assembly, Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates, Virginia. General Assembly. Senate, Virginia. State Crime Commission

Languages: English

Abstract

Served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1964 to 1971, and had been a State Senator since 1972. Papers chiefly relate to his service in the General Assembly, notably his service as Chairman of the State Crime Commission.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection deals primarily with the legislative duties of Stanley Clay Walker as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and his service as a member of the Virginia Senate. Walker represented Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The papers consist of personal and legislative correspondence, legislative papers and files, speeches, copies of bills introduced, news releases, statistical data, clippings, maps, a poster, and scrapbooks, among others.

Collection Historical Note

Stanley Clay Walker was born July 2, 1923, in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended public schools in Norfolk and graduated from Fork Union Military Academy and the Norfolk Business College. When World War II began he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the European Theater, as part of an ordnance unit of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Following his discharge from service, Walker returned to Norfolk and became a partner in a steel fabricating and engineering firm. He married Sybil Bruce Moore, and had two daughters: Susan Gray Walker Meslang, who is one of the founders of the CHANCE educational program for disabled adults at Old Dominion University and Elizabeth Tray Walker, who is currently an attorney and government relations lobbyist for based in Alexandria, Virginia. Mrs. Walker served on the Board of Visitors, Old Dominion University, from March 30, 1990 to June 30, 1994. Walker served as President of Stanley Walker Associates, Inc. Walker resided in Norfolk, until his death in 2001.

Walker, a Democrat, began his career in public service as a member of the Norfolk City School Board in 1959. This was shortly after the public schools reopened following the "Massive Resistance" program, which tried to thwart desegregation. Throughout his political career, Walker was a strong advocate for education on all levels. For his support of Old Dominion University throughout the years, when the school was transitioning from a college to a university, the Board of Visitors at the college awarded Walker as a resolution of appreciation, on September 17, 1992. The technology building at the Norfolk Campus of Tidewater Community College is named after him.

As one who wanted to reform the Democratic Party, he became active in a group known as "The Young Turks." Walker was elected to a seat in the House of Delegates in 1964 as a Representative of the consolidated 5th, 6th, and 7th districts of Norfolk. He took the oath of office on January 8, 1964, and served four terms there to 1971. In 1971, the Federal Court combined the senatorial districts into one multimember district and Walker took the oath of office as Senator on January 12, 1972. He served from that date until January 2000, representing parts of Norfolk and parts of Virginia Beach in the Sixth Senatorial District (Walker lost his bid for reelection in 1999). One aspect of Walker's distinguished career was his service on the Virginia State Crime Commission. He became its first chairman in 1966 and served in that position to 1979. He was also a strong advocate for the protection of children, in which he was chairman for the Commission on Early Childhood and Child Day Care Programs.

Stanley C. Walker passed away on January 15, 2001.

Subject/Index Terms

Civic leaders--Virginia--Norfolk
Equal rights amendments--United States
Virginia--Politics and government.
Virginia. General Assembly
Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates
Virginia. General Assembly. Senate
Virginia. State Crime Commission

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: Second accession from Sybil Moore Walker, September 12, 2005.

Alternate Extent Statement: 80 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: Stanley Clay Walker

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A78-24

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Stanley Clay Walker Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Correspondence, 1965-1999],
[Series II: Legislative Papers, 1960s to 1990s],
[Series III: Legislative Files, 1964-2000],
[Series IV: Virginia State Crime Commission, 1966-1992, undated],
[Series V: Political Files, circa 1950-2000, undated],
[Series VI: Speeches, circa 1950-2000, undated],
[Series VII: Clippings, circa 1950-2000, undated],
[Series VIII: Scrapbooks, 1957-1997],
[Series IX: Miscellaneous, 1966-1999, undated],
[Series X: Oversize Items Located in Map Case, 1965-1969, undated],
[All]

Series VI: Speeches, circa 1950-2000, undated
This series consists of speeches that Walker and others made in regards to campaigns and issues within the state of Virginia.
Arrangement: chronological
Box 72
Folder 1: Speeches, undated
Folder 2: Speeches, circa 1950-1969
Folder 3: Speeches, 1963
Folder 4: Speeches, 1964
Folder 5: Speeches, 1965
Folder 6: Speeches, 1966
Folder 7: Speeches I, 1967
Folder 8: Speeches II, 1967
Folder 9: Speeches III, 1967
Folder 10: Speeches IV, 1967
Box 73
Folder 1: Speeches I, 1968
Folder 2: Speeches II, 1968
Folder 3: Speeches, 1969
Folder 4: Speeches, 1970
Folder 5: Speeches, 1971
Folder 6: Speeches I, 1972
Folder 7: Speeches II, 1972
Folder 8: Speeches, 1973
Folder 9: Speeches, 1974
Folder 10: Speeches, 1975
Folder 11: Speeches, circa 1990-2000

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Correspondence, 1965-1999],
[Series II: Legislative Papers, 1960s to 1990s],
[Series III: Legislative Files, 1964-2000],
[Series IV: Virginia State Crime Commission, 1966-1992, undated],
[Series V: Political Files, circa 1950-2000, undated],
[Series VI: Speeches, circa 1950-2000, undated],
[Series VII: Clippings, circa 1950-2000, undated],
[Series VIII: Scrapbooks, 1957-1997],
[Series IX: Miscellaneous, 1966-1999, undated],
[Series X: Oversize Items Located in Map Case, 1965-1969, undated],
[All]

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