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Matthew Whaley School Collection

Identifier: 0/2 Mss. 1.11

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Scope and Contents

This is an artificial collection of material from and about Matthew Whaley School in Williamsburg, Virginia including material from the annual fifty year reunions. The school newspaper, The Powder Horn, 1930-1937 and 1946-1948, is available in Rare Books call number AN47 .W54 P68.


  • Creation: 1850-2012 and undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1880-1960


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.

Historical Note:

Williamsburg High School became the Matthew Whaley School in 1931, named after the son of a colonial woman who, after his death at age nine, financially supported a free school named in his honor. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


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Arrangement of Materials:

Arranged by accession number additions.

Acquisition Information:

Gifts via the Williamsburg Historic Records Association. Mss. Acc. 1990.42 Gift of Mrs. Thelma Pedersen. Mss. Acc. 1990.43 Gift of Jeanne Etheridge Mss. Acc. 1993.14 Gift of James W. Clark. Mss. Acc. 1994.50 Gift of Lola Creasey. Mss. Acc. 1994.61 Gift of Jeanne Etheridge. Mss. Acc. 1996.04.01  Gift of Julia Oxrieder. Mss. Acc. 1998.55 Gift of Nell Gilley Taft. Mss. Acc. 2001.20 Gift of Jane Ayers Davis. Mss. Acc. 2003.11 Gift of Mary Lib Geiger (through Frances Robb). Mss. Acc. 2003.31 Unknown. Mss. Acc. 2003.49 Gift of Helen Langton. Mss. Acc. 2005.61 Gift of Mary McGinnis White. Mss. Acc. 2007.95 Gift of Sue Godson. Powder Horns: Transferred from many WHRA Collections, but also include the following accessions: Mss. Acc. 1990.42 Gift of Mrs. Thelma Pedersen (1925-1939 issues) Mss. Acc. 1996.19 Gift of S.F. Royall (1928-30, 1938) Mss. Acc. 2002.51 Will Molineux for donors including Turner Richardson and Linda Bowe. Mss. Acc. 2006.43 Merle Kimball, 3 issues, 5/53, 1/55 and 11/55.


Future accruals are expected.

Related Materials:

See also: Mss. 1.01 Williamsburg Reunion Collection.

Robb-Bernard papers (Mss. 65 R54), Series 24 (Acc. 2010.353) contains Matthew Whaley high school yearbooks, 1948-1950.

Separated Materials

Issues of the school newspaper, The Powder Horn, have been transferred to the Newspaper Collection in Rare Books, under AN47 .W54 P68.

Guide to the Matthew Whaley School Collection
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Anne Johnson.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository