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Office of the President. W. Taylor Reveley, III Records

Identifier: UA 2.23

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, subject files, prepared remarks, and other material from the administration of William & Mary's twenty-seventh president, W. Taylor Reveley, III.


  • 2008-2018


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This collection contains material which may be restricted related to personnel matters, student records, or other reasons. A Special Collections Research Center staff member must review the collection for restricted material before any researchers may use the collection. Consult a staff member for assistance. 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 William & Mary assumes no responsibility.

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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 William & Mary Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

W. Taylor Reveley, III (Walter Taylor Reveley, III) was the twenty-seventh president of William & Mary. He served as the interim president of William & Mary from the resignation of President Gene R. Nichol on February 12, 2008, until being appointed President by the Board of Visitors on September 5, 2008. Reveley is the first interim president since Benjamin S. Ewell to be named President of William & Mary. Previously, he was the dean of the William & Mary's Marshall–Wythe School of Law for almost a decade, serving from August 1998 until being named the university's interim president. He is the John Stewart Bryan Professor of Jurisprudence at the Law School.

Reveley received his A.B. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1965. Afterward, he attended law school at the University of Virginia, receiving his J.D. in 1968, and clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. in 1969. He has extensively studied and written about the constitutional division of the war powers between the President and Congress. Reveley is the author of War Powers of the President and Congress: Who Holds the Arrows and Olive Branch? (University of Virginia Press, 1981).

Before joining William & Mary, Reveley practiced law for many years at Hunton & Williams, specializing in energy matters, especially those involving commercial nuclear power. He was the managing partner of the firm for nine years. Reveley has also spent a significant amount of time on non-profit organizations, serving on many education and cultural boards, including those of Princeton University (where he is a trustee emeritus), Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, St. Christopher's School, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JSTOR, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Richmond Symphony, and the Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation.


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This collection is currently being processed. Consult a staff member for assistance.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acc. 2010.425 was transferred to the SCRC by the donor via Facilities Management on August 4, 2010. Acquisition information for material received after 2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Acc. 2020.007 was transferred to the SCRC by the donor on January 17, 2020.

Related Materials

Office of the President. Gene R. Nichol (UA 2.20).

Processing Information

Acc. 2011.425 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in August 2010. Acc. 2011.484 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in August 2011. Acc. 2012.153 and Acc. 2012.214 were accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in June 2012.

Acc. 2020.007 accessioned by Jacob Hopkins, Archives & Collections Specialist, in January 2020.

Guide to the Office of the President. W. Taylor Reveley, III
Finding Aid Authors: Steven Bookman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository