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Office of the President. Davis Young Paschall Records, 1942-1974

Office of the President. Davis Young Paschall Records, 1942-1974
UA 2.15
72.0 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents
This collection is composed of records from the Office of the President during the administration of Davis Young Paschall at the College of William and Mary. For the most part, headings assigned to folders in their office of origin have been maintained in the box list inventories available here.
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Paschall, Davis Young (1911-2001)
Office of the President (1693-)
Administrative/Biographical History

Davis Young Paschall was the twenty-second president of the College of William and Mary, from August 16, 1960 until his retirement in August 1971.

Paschall graduated from William and Mary in 1932 with a degree in history. While a student his activities including serving as treasurer of the Clayton-Grimes Biological Club (founded in 1921) in 1930-1931. (1931 Colonial Echo) He earned master's degrees in history and government from William and Mary as well, and completed a doctorate in education at the University of Virginia. Upon enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he trained at the Virginia Military Institute and the Naval School of Communications at Harvard.

After the war, Paschall served as principal of the high school in Victoria, Virginia, and held a position in the state Department of Education, directing teacher education programs. In 1957, Gov. Thomas B. Stanley appointed Paschall State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Virginia. He resigned that position in 1960 to become the president at his alma mater.

An ex officio member of the Board of Visitors of all state-supported colleges and universities in Virginia, Paschall was the recipient of many awards for service and dedication. They include the Alpha Beta Distinguished Service Award by the Division Superintendents of Virginia Public Schools in 1959, the William and Mary Society of the Alumni Medallion for Service in 1968, and the first William and Mary Omicron Delta Kappa Distinguished Lifetime Service Award in 1998. Paschall is also credited with establishing the Thomas Jefferson Award presented on Charter Day, and the Heritage Fellow Award - both of which recognize faculty excellence in teaching.

Paschall died on October 25, 2001 at his home in Williamsburg at the age of 90.

Associated and Branch Campuses--Christopher Newport College
Associated and Branch Campuses--Richard Bland College
Associated and Branch Campuses--Virginia Associated Research Campus
College of William and Mary--History--20th century
College of William and Mary. Board of Visitors
College of William and Mary. College of Arts and Sciences
College of William and Mary. Endowment Association
College of William and Mary. Office of the President
College of William and Mary. Swem Library
Development Office--Endowment Assocation
Eastern State Hospital (Va.)
Graves, Thomas Ashley, Jr
Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Paschall, Davis Young, 1911-2001
Self Study
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Summer sessions
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Detailed Description

Full Finding Aid/Box List

Administrative Information


Portions of accessions 1981.090 and 1982.074 may be restricted because they contain personnel, student, or other records covered by privacy laws and regulations. Contact a staff member for details.

Acc. 1999.027 is confidential and restricted. 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
Acc. 1981.090 received from President's Office 8/27/1981; Acc. 1982.074 and Acc. 1999.027 received from President's Office on 12/2/1982.
Related Materials
Davis Young Paschall Collection (UA 2.14); Office of the President. Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. Records (UA 2.16);  A film of Paschall's inauguration can be found in the University Archives Audio-Visual Collection (UA 58, Acc. 1983.061); Photographs are available in the University Archives Photograph Collection (UA 8).
Related Publications
College of William and Mary, The inauguration of Davis Young Paschall as the twenty-third president of the College of William and Mary in Virginia, LD6051 .W517 1961 A3. College of William and Mary, A Paschall portrait : Dr. Davis Y. Paschall, president of the College of William and Mary, 1960-71, LD6051 .W518 P37 1993. Wilford Kale, Davis Y. Paschall : a study in leadership, LD6051 .W518 K3 1990. Review Swem Library's online catalog for additional publications related to Davis Young Paschall.
Preferred Citation
Office of the President, Davis Y. Paschall Records, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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