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Thomas E. Pugh Papers, 1914-2001

Thomas E. Pugh Papers, 1914-2001
MS 00005
15.5 Linear Feet
Scope and Contents

The papers of Rev. Thomas E. Pugh, who was the minister of the Williamsburg Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia from 1952-1981.

Collection includes both personal and ministerial related material.  Early photograph albums show Pugh's childhood but his correspondence and papers begin with his student days at the University of Richmond in 1940.  He attended Crozer Theological Seminary and Harvard University Chaplain School before becoming an Army Chaplain in 1944.  His first pastor posting after World War Two was Hephzibah Baptist Church in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.  Material includes correspondence, photograph albums, scrapbook, sermons, church bulletins and newsletters, marriage and death records, diaries, memorabilia, ephemera and more.  Thomas E. Pugh married Mary Decker in 1941 who also attended Crozer Theological Seminary.  Scrapbooks and seminary research papers for Mary Decker Pugh are included.  Includes letters from their son, Thomas Nelson Pugh, while serving in the United States Air Force from 1967-69 and Sympathy cards for his untimely death in 1992.  Some papers deal with Pugh Family genealogy and inheritances from Decker and Pugh Families.  His diaries contain mostly appointments.

Before the donation of his papers, Rev. Pugh reviewed the material, often adding notes to clarify the importance of items and creating folders to keep certain items together.

Arranged into series: Correspondence; Ministry Related (subseries: sermons, Williamsburg Baptist Church, Marriages, Funerals, Pastorates...);  Personal and Family (subseries:  Community Involvement, Personal Matters, Academic, Vacations, Military Service as Chaplain, Family); Diaries and Photographs/Scrapbooks.
Pugh, Thomas E. (1917-2006)
Baptist Church--Virginia--History
Baptists--United States--Clergy
Chaplains, Military--United States--20th century
Crozer Theological Seminary
Pugh family
Research Papers
United States--Armed Services--Medical Care
University of Richmond. Richmond College--History
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Williamsburg (Va.)--History--20th century
Williamsburg Baptist Church (Williamsburg, Va.)
World War, 1939-1945--Chaplains
Church bulletins
Clippings (information artifacts)

Detailed Description

Full Finding Aid/Box List

Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Thomas Pugh and Mark Pugh..
Gifts of Rev. Thomas Pugh via the Williamsburg Historic Records Association (  Accessions 1999.07, 1999.30A, 1999.57A, 2000.32, 2004.38, 2006.62A). Accession 2007.33 was a gift from Rev. Thomas Pugh and Mark Pugh.  Accession 2015.211 was a gift from Mark Pugh.
Preferred Citation
Thomas E. Pugh Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary
Finding Aid Revisions:
Revised by Anne Johnson in 2009.  Collection processed and inventory completed by Anne Johnson in June 2015.
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