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A. Willis Robertson Papers, 1921-1971, 1988

A. Willis Robertson Papers, 1921-1971, 1988
Mss. 66 R54
380.0 Boxes
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This collection is housed off-site. At least 72 hours advanced notice is required for retrieval.

Papers, 1921-1967, of A. Willis Robertson, U. S. Congressman and Senator from Virginia. Chiefly his senatorial office files, 1946-1966. Robertson was a conservative Democrat, serving at the same time as Harry F. Byrd, Sr.

Subjects in the collection include national defense, agriculture, taxation, banking, government employees, the Moral Rearmament movement,anti- Communism, Vietnam, segregation, wildlife conservation, national parks, the humane slaughter of animals and the humane treatment of research animals. The papers were kept in the same order as they were in Robertson's office files. The legislative files consist of correspondence arranged by Congressional session. The miscellaneous subject files are arranged by year as are the invitations. The addressee copies which are Robertson's copies of letters sent to correspondents are indexed to the legislative files. They are arranged alphabetically by groups of years. The speech material is arranged by subject and contains background information on cities, counties and individuals within the commonwealth. The speech files are in chronological order. There are news releases in both the news release files and in the speech files.

A People magazine article about Pat Robertson, son of A. Willis Robertson, and a lawsuit over Pat Robertson's war record, dated March 14, 1988 is filed at the beginning of box 1.

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The collection is arranged into 15 series.
Robertson, Absalom Willis (1887-1971)
Agriculture--United States
Agriculture--Virginia--History--18th century
Animal welfare--United States
Banks and banking--United States--History
Civil service--United States
Communism--Post 1945
Democratic Party (U.S.)
National parks and reserves--Law and legislation
National parks and reserves--United States
National parks and reserves--Virginia
Taxation--United States
United States--Politics and Government
United States Congress
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Virginia--Politics and Government
Virginia State Senate
Wildlife conservation--United States
World War, 1914-1918
Agendas (administrative records)
Financial records
Resolutions (administrative records)
Sound Recordings
Vertical Files
Video recordings

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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 publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Librarian, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library. Series VII: Addressee Copies, 1944-1966, available only on microfilm.
Access Notes
Part or all of this collection is stored offsite. Consult a staff member for assistance.
Acquisition Note
 Source: A. Willis Robertson, Robert J. Faulconer, William Spong, and Palmer, Willson & Warden..
Related Materials
See; William Harris Gaines, III, "611 Votes: The 1966 Virginia Democratic Senatorial Primary (Honors Thesis, College of William and Mary, 1974).
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