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Alvin Duke Chandler Papers

Identifier: UA 2.13

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains material personally collected by College of William and Mary President Alvin Duke Chandler and his wife, Louise Michaels Chandler. The collection consists of photographs, diplomas, news clippings, and correspondence of the Chandlers.  Among the topics in the collection are documents pertaining to the Inauguration of Alvin Duke Chandler as President of the College of William and Mary, the Jamestown Foundation, visits to Williamsburg by dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, photographs of various activities on campus, the associated branches of William and Mary, and material from other family members including father, Julian Alvin Carroll Chandler, and brother Herbert Chandler. One of the several photographs of notable visitors to William and Mary is a color photograph of Winston Churchill at a banquet in the Wren Building during Churchill's 1955 visit. Colonial Williamsburg presented Churchill with a bell.


  • Creation: 1896-1984
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1950-1960


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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:

Alvin Duke Chandler, 84, president emeritus and former chancellor of the College of William and Mary and retired vice admiral in the Navy, died May 26, 1987, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Chandler served as president of the College of William and Mary from October 9, 1951 through May 1960, when he became chancellor of the Colleges of William and Mary system. Chandler stayed on as Chancellor, then Honorary Chancellor of the system until 1974. Chandler was born in Richmond and his father, J.A.C. Chandler was also president of the College of William and Mary. Chandler was survived by his wife Louise Michaels Chandler.


2.00 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1991.082 was received sometime in 1991.

Related Materials:

Office of the President, Alvin Duke Chandler (UA 2.12); University Archives Faculty/Alumni File (UA 9); University Archives Photograph Collection (UA 8).

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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository