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Schuyler Otis Bland Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 B61

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Scope and Contents

Chiefly office files and personal correspondence, 1918-1950, of S. O. Bland while serving as member of U. S. Congress from First Virginia District. Collection includes newspaper clippings on topical and geographical areas of interest to Bland, speeches and talks given by Bland as Congressman, and general papers and personal working files he maintained. Included in the general papers is Bland's voting record.

As a representative of the First District, Bland focused a significant amount of his attention and efforts in Congress toward Marine and Commercial fishing laws and regulations in an effort to represent a large portion of his constiuency. Because Bland was a Congressman during the 1920's he was heavily involved in attending the opening of or dedication to National and State monuments that were created during this time. He was also heavily involved with Prohibition.

The scrapbooks in this collection consist chiefly of newspaper clippings relating to Bland or his Congressional District but also include a scrapbook of a trip he took, along with his wife and other Congressmen, to Puerto Rico and Mexico. There are also photographs of Mrs. Bland christening the S.O. Bland, a comercial vessel named after the Congressman.

Unprocessed material includes mostly loose newpapers clippings and some photographs, Congressional papers, and publications.


  • Creation: 1862-1950

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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.

Biographical Information:

A Representative from Virginia; born near Gloucester, Gloucester County, Va., May 4, 1872; attended the Gloucester Academy, Gloucester, Va.; attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; teacher; lawyer, private practice; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative William A. Jones; reelected to the Sixty-sixth and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (July 2, 1918-February 16, 1950); chair, Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Seventy-third through Seventy-ninth Congresses and Eighty-first Congress); died on February 16, 1950, in Bethesda, Md.; interment in Greenlawn Cemetery, Newport News, Va. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


30.5 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:


Related Materials:

Phonograph records from this collection have been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Separated Materials:

Several medals were transferred to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss 1.03): Yorktown Sesquicentennial Commission (65B61.01), Southern Cross of Honor (65B61.02), American Legion Award for Outstanding Heroism (65B61.03), Lafayette Centennial Commemorative Medallion (65B61.04), United States George Washington Bicentennial Commission Medal (65B61.05), Yorktown Sesquicentennial Commemorative Medallion (65B61.06), William & Mary Alumni Award Medallion (65B61.07), Elk's Club Medal (65B61.08), Gallaudet College 75th Anniversary Commemorative Medal (65B61.09)

All audiovisual material from this collection has been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection. Papers relating to Bland's father, Archer, have been removed from this collection and are now listed under Archer Bland Papers MS 00271. Additionally, papers relating to John White, of Murphfreesboro, NC have been removed from this collection and are now listed under John White Papers, MS 00125.


Guide to the Schuyler Otis Bland Papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2018 January 12: Updated by Anne Johnson in 2010. Updated by Christina R. Luers, CA, 2018.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository