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Herbert L. Ganter Papers

Identifier: Mss. 90 G15

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, clippings, photographs, publications, and other material collected by Herbert Ganter, W&M Class of 1927 and Archivist of the College of William & 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.


  • Creation: circa 1883-1979
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1915-1965


Language of Materials

English French

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.

Conditions Governing Use:

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.

Biographical Information:

Born in Galveston, Texas, Herbert Lawrence Ganter received a B. A. degree from the College of William and Mary in 1927 and a law degree from the College in 1930. Ganter was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the F.H.C. He served as assistant director of the sesquicentennial celebration at Yorktown and was archivist of the College from 1948 to 1974. He died in 1980 at the age of 76.


11.00 Linear Feet

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

The fragile nature of the contents inside of boxes 26 and 27 may limit handling.

Custodial History:

Acc. 1999.077, Acc. 2000.01; Acc. 2008.148; Acc. 2010.700; Acc. 2011.547; and Acc. 2011.595 were previously part of UA 6.068 in the University Archives and were added to this collection in September 2011.

Acquisition Information:

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)

Processing Information:

Minimally processed by Elizabeth Engelken in August 1990. Acc. 2010.700 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in November 2010; accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in August 2011; Acc. 2011.595 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in September 2011. Collection fully processed by Kim Sims, University Archivist, September 2016.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository