As Director of Public Relations, Pinckney worked in a two-person office with office assistant Emily Sneed and includes much about campus experience from 1938-1942. The office did not cover sports publicity, which was handled by the Athletics Department. Pinckney and Sneed also oversaw the Wren Building Guides, a group of male students who interpreted and gave tours of the Wren Building. Pinckney’s records include correspondence with Deans Grace Landrum, J. Wilfred Lambert, and James W. Miller; the Colonial Williamsburg Restoration; and professors Althea Hunt and Martha Barksdale. Topics include admissions, alumni, guidebooks, honorary degrees, public inquiries, final exercises, reinternment of Thomas Roderick Dew, and World War II’s impact on William & Mary’s campus.
Press releases are compiled in Box 5, but researchers are encouraged to also look for them in individual subject folders.
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Biographical / Historical
Thomas Pinckney (1903-1993) was the Director of Public Relations at William & Mary from 1938-1942. He and his wife, Charlotte Kent Pinckney (mentioned in the records), moved to Williamsburg from Richmond, Virginia. Pinckney resigned from his position in 1942 and joined the United States Navy during World War II. After the war, Pinckney continued to work in public relations for the Veterans Administration and the Defense General Supply Center.
College of William and Mary, Thomas Pinckney Records, Special Collections Research Center, William and Mary Libraries. https://scrcguides.libraries.wm.edu/repositories/2/resources/4561 Accessed May 05, 2021.