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Armand J. Galfo Papers

Identifier: UA 6.019

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials related to Dr. Armand J. Galfo's teaching in the School of Education, service to the College of William and Mary, and scholarship throughout his career, his teaching and scholarly activities, awards and achievements, and service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves.

The materials consist of correspondence, news clippings, photographs, pamphlets, publications by Dr. Galfo, research materials of Armand and Mary Galfo, teaching notes, photocopies of articles, overhead transparencies, DVDs of speeches, an audio cassette tape of a radio interview, and personal items of Armand and Mary Galfo.

Acc. 2007.63, includes material from the mid-twentieth century including items from Dr. Galfo's Air Force service, letters from his future wife Mary, and other material. It is not yet fully described in this finding aid.


  • Creation: circa 1940-2008
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1958-1995


Language of Materials

English German

Conditions Governing Access:

The 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:

Dr. Armand J. Galfo received his degrees from the University of Buffalo: a B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics in 1948, an Ed. M. in the Teaching of Science in 1952, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Curriculum Development in 1958, from the University of Buffalo. He joined the College of William and Mary faculty as an Assistant Professor in the School of Education in 1958, and became Associate Professor of Education and Director of Secondary School Teaching in 1966. He acted as an Assistant Dean to the School of Education in 1965-1966. In 1985, Dr. Galfo was appointed the first Heritage Professor of Education. He was reappointed in 1989, and given Emeritus status the same year. During his time at the College, Dr. Galfo also served in the Air Force Reserves as an Educational Research Consultant for almost sixty years, becoming Outstanding Reserve Officer of the Year and achieving the rank of Colonel in 1971. Dr. Galfo was also a prominent figure in the Alpha XI Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society in Education, into which he was initiated in 1961. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


8.20 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is arranged in nine sees: Biographical Materials, Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society and the Air Force, Research, Publications, Teaching, College Committees, and Career-Related Materials, Additions, and Artifacts.

Acquisition Information:

The collection was given to the Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library by Dr. Armand and Mary Galfo on June 14, 1998 (1998.031), November 19 and December 23, 1999 (1999.098), June 27, 2006, February 2, 2007 (2007.001), September 10, 2007 (Acc. 2007.63); and July 25, 2008 (2008.71). Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Separated Materials:

A copy of Colin Powell's autobiography, i>, signed by Powell to Dr. Galfo, was separated from the collection and is available in the Special Collections Research Center's book collection.]

Items added to the University Archives Artifact Collection (UA 13) include:

Silk Map of Europe (UA 2007.063.01), Silver Dollar Belonging to Armand Galfo (UA 2007.063.02) Oath of Office Card (UA 2007.063.03), 1908 Fifty Cent Piece (UA 2007.063.04), Pocket Knife (UA 2007.063.05), Air Force Academy Patch (UA 2007.063.06), Air Force Epaulets (UA 2007.063.07a-b), Eighth Air Force Patch (UA 2007.063.08), Army Air Force Communication Specialist Patch (UA 2007.063.09), Armand Galfo Uniform Name Badge (UA 2007.063.10),  1 ZaÏre  (UA 2007.063.11), 1000 Yugoslavian Dinara (UA 2007.063.12a-b), 500 Yugoslavian Dinara (UA 2007.063.13), 100 Yugoslavian Dinara (UA 2007.063.14a-b), 50 Yugoslavian Dinara (UA 2007.063.15a-e), 20 Yugoslavian Dinara (2007.063.16), 401st Bombardment Group Emblem (UA 2007.063.17),  WWII Honorable Service Lapel Button (UA 2007.063.18), U.S. Air Force Enlisted Man Cap Insignia (UA 2007.063.19), AFA Army Air Force Insignia Lapel Pins (UA 2007.063.20a-b), U.S. Air Force Collar Insignia (UA 2007.063.21a-c), U.S. Air Force Rank Insignia for 1st Lieutenant (UA 2007.063.22), U.S. Air Force Rank insignia for Captain (UA 2007.063.23a-c), Large Air Force Colonel Cap Rank Insignia (UA 2007.063.24a-b), Medium Air Force Colonel Cap Rank Insignia (UA 2007.063.25a-c),  Small Air Force Colonel Cap Rank Insignia (UA 2007.063.26a-c), St. Christopher Pendant (UA 2007.063.27), St. Christopher Medal (UA 2007.063.28),  Williamsburg Golden Horseshoe Inn Golf Markers (UA 2007.063.29), Army Air force Insignia Lapel Pin (UA 2007.063.30a-d)

Processing Information:

A portion of this collection was initially arranged and described prior to 2007. The collection description was revised in March 2007 by Zach Hilpert to add additional material received from the donor. Machine-readable finding aid derived from MS Word, created by Zach Hilpert. Acc. 2010.738 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman in December 2010.

Guide to the Armand J. Galfo Papers
In Progress
Special Collections Staff, Zach Hilpert.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository