Arrangement of Materials:
This collection is divided into four series. Series 1 contains materials related to Rodney Taylor's high school, the Matthew Whaley School in Williamsburg, Virginia. This includes historical materials and ephemera from the school, as well as printed matter and photographs relating to class reunions and service projects. Series 2 contains material relating to the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), including newsletters, newspaper clippings, and copies of SAR Magazine. There are also materials relating to Pembroke L. Thomas, an officer in the SAR and a cousin of Rodney Taylor. Series 3 contains materials relating to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA). This includes meeting agendas and minutes, financial records, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, and photo negatives. It also includes materials relating to Ellen M. Bagby, chair of the Jamestown Committee of the APVA. Series 4 contains assorted materials relating to Virginia history, with an emphasis on Jamestown, which were assembled by Rodney Taylor. These include newspaper clippings, postcards, photographs, and photo negatives. Included are materials relating to Lady Astor and Sam Robinson. The Jamestown materials include informational pamphlets, event programs, and a monograph authored by Rodney Taylor.
Two reel to reel tapes containing an oral history with Sam Robinson, recorded cira 1956 and re-recorded in 1964, are described in Series 4 but have been physically separated from the bulk of the collection.