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Herbert L. Ganter Papers, circa 1883-1979 and undated (bulk 1915-1965)

Herbert L. Ganter Papers, circa 1883-1979 and undated (bulk 1915-1965)
Mss. 90 G15
11.0 Linear Feet
Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, clippings, photographs, publications, and other material collected by Herbert Ganter, class of 1927 and Archivist of the College of William and Mary from 1948-1974. Included in the collection are correspondence, photographs, and journals written by and collected by Ganter while a student at William and Mary, correspondence and clippings about information from Swem Library's holdings while Ganter was College Archivist, and correspondence pertaining to the restoration of Williamsburg in the 1930s.

A large portion of the correspondence is between Hebert L. Ganter and his parents, while he was a student at the College of William and Mary.  Many of the clippings concern the restoration of Williamsburg, the 1928 Presidential election, and the sesquicentennial celebration at Yorktown.  Of particular note is a scrapbook kept by Ganter while a student at William and Mary as well as numerous photographs from his trip to Europe in 1926 as well as an album of postcards (predominantly French) that he collected while on that trip.

The bulk of the collection is Ganter's research notes regarding William Small, Virginia History, and the history of the College of William and Mary, obtained from a variety of sources, including primary sources in London.

Ganter, Herbert Lawrence (1904-1980)
College of William and Mary--History--20th century
College of William and Mary--Students
Europe--Description and travel--20th century
Williamsburg (Va.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Conservation and restoration
Williamsburg (Va.)--History--20th century

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.
Access Notes
The fragile nature of the contents inside of boxes 26 and 27 may limit handling.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Estate of Herbert L. Ganter.

Mss. 90 G15 Gift of estate of Herbert Ganter, purchases, and transfer from the Development Office on 10/9/1981 and 2/11/1987; Mss. Acc. 1985.53 somtime in 1985; Acc. 2000.1 was transferred via Wilford Kale on 1/17/2000; Mss. 2003.75 gift via Frances Robb; Acc. 2008.148 was transferred along with other materials by Jeb Stuart Rosebrook when he left the employ of the Society of the Alumni sometime prior to 2007. A note on the paper the items were wrapped in indicates it was acquired from Ganter's estate after his death.; Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.


Related Materials
University Archives Photograph Collection (UA 8); F.H.C. Society Collection (UA 7.042)
Preferred Citation
Herbert L. Ganter Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Updated by Anne Johnson in 2010. Both Manuscripts and University Archives records were merged and updated by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in September 2011.
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