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Parke Shepherd Rouse, Jr. Papers

Identifier: Mss. 71 R75

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Scope and Contents

Professional and personal papers of Parke Shepherd Rouse, Jr. who was a newspaper writer and columnist and an author of books on Virginia.

His personal correspondence covers his college years at Washington and Lee University; his years in the Navy during World War II; his early career while working in Richmond, Virginia and Newport News, Virginia; and his business affairs. His college and Navy letters include not only the letters he wrote home, but the letters he received from family and friends. Memorabilia, articles and official papers from his time in the Navy are also included. His personal papers include material on his leadership roles in the Jamestown Festival and Colonial Records Project, among others. Sixty-four playbills from the 1930’s and 1940’s are also part of this collection.

His professional papers include his notes, research, drafts, transcripts, notecards, photographs, clippings, correspondence, financial material and copies/drafts of his books, articles and columns. The material includes copies of his Sunday feature column in the Daily Press which were vignettes of people, places and the history of Virginia, mostly in the Williamsburg and Tidewater area from the 17th to the 20th century. Some notes and research are for books and articles that he never wrote or published, mostly about late 18th century and early 19th century famous people, places and events in Virginia.


  • Creation: 1930-1998


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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:

Information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: Rouse, Jr.


18.50 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Gifts: 12/1/1971; 03/01/1976; 02/21/1978; 3/22/1982; 11/17/1982; 05/19/1998; 07/07/1998; 12/16/1998; 03/01/1999 1998.19 and 1998.31 Gifts of Mrs. Parke Rouse.

Other Parke Rouse Gifts

Jamestown Festival Park Scrapbooks (Mss 1996.48). Scrapbooks of newsclippings and some photographs about Jamestown Festival Park beginning in 1955 for the 350th anniversary of Jamestown.

Other Parke Rouse Gifts

David Edward Cronin's "The Vest Mansion", 1908-1910 Mss. Acc. 1996.32 and Acc. 1997.11.

Guide to the Parke Shepherd Rouse, Jr. Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Anne Johnson and Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository