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Accession 1985.15, 1978-1983

Identifier: id207790

Scope and Contents

These papers of Mills E. Godwin begin after he left gubernatorial office in 1978. Godwin remained a significant player in Virginia political circles, hoping to maintain the power of the coalition of conservative Democrats and Republicans which he headed. The papers concern the U. S. Senate campaigns of 1978 (Warner v. ), and 1982, the gubernatorial campaign of 1981 (Robb v. Coleman), investment policies of Virginia, affirmative action (quotas), public employee collective bargaining, Virginia Wesleyan College, Harry F. Byrd, Jr.'s decision to retire from the Senate, the Martin Luther King holiday in Virginia (federal and state), Republican Party of Virginia, General Assembly and local elections, the Virginia Community College System and the city of Suffolk. Correspondents include Gerald Baliles, Harry F. Byrd, Jr., J. Marshall Coleman, John N. Dalton, Gerald R. Ford, Albertis Harrison, Charles S. Robb, D. French Slaughter, and John Warner. There are also routine letters written by Godwin of sympathy, get-well wishes, recommendation as well as replies to requests for help. This addition continues with the box numbers of the larger collection that ended with Series 9. The series is arranged primarily by date.


  • 1978-1983

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Conditions Governing Access:

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.


From the Collection: 53.50 Linear Feet

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository