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Thomas A. Graves Papers

Identifier: UA 2.21

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes the personal papers of Thomas Graves mostly in the form of appointment books, travel diaries, and personal correspondence. Box 1 holds appointment books of Thomas Graves from the 1960s through the 1990s. Box 2 holds cards, personal notes, and a travel diary of Andrew Graves. Box 3 holds scrapbooks from Graves' time as president of the College of William and Mary. Box 4 holds travel diaries beginning in the 1960s. Finally, the contents of box 5 books and miscellaneous items.


  • Creation: 1961-2000


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Conditions Governing Access:

This 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:

Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. was the twenty-third president of the College of William and Mary. He served from September 1, 1971 until January 9, 1985. Upon his resignation George R. Healy acted as interim president until Paul R. Verkuil assumed the role of president on July 1, 1985.

Graves graduated from Yale University in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in economics, after suspending his studies after his freshman year to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He then went on to Harvard University, completing a master's in business administration in 1949 and a doctorate in 1958.

From 1950 to 1960, Graves held a faculty position at the Harvard business school. In 1960, he moved to Lausanne, Switzerland to become the director of the IMEDE Management Deveopment Institute. He was named the associate dean of the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University in 1964, and also served as the director of Stanford's International Center for the Advancement of Management Education. Graves returned to Harvard from 1967 to 1971 as the associate dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration.

Graves served on advisory boards for a variety of schools and businesses, including Transylania University, Clark University, Reynolds Metals Company, and Life Insurance Company of Virginia. He is also the author of many articles on the management of education and management education.

After leaving William and Mary, Graves became the director, CEO and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Winterthur Museum and Garden in Wilmington, Delaware until 1992. From there, he served as the director of the Grand Opera House in Wilmington as well as a member of the Educational Board of MBNA America Bank. Graves retired in 2004, and moved back to Williamsburg with his wife, Zoe.


4.33 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is not fully rehoused.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2008.161 received from Thomas A. Graves prior to 2007.

Related Materials:

Office of the President. Thomas A. Graves, Jr. (UA 2.16)

Separated Materials:

Two cameras from Acc. 2008.161 have been removed from the collection and have been integrated into the University Archives Artifact Collection (UA 13).

Processing Information:

Accessioned from the backlog 12/12/2008 by Amy C. Schindler.

Guide to the Thomas A. Graves Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Amy C. Schindler.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository