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Davis Young Paschall Collection

Identifier: UA 2.14

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Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of material collected by and about College of William and Mary President Davis Y. Paschall including articles and speeches, biographical material, material related to his inauguration as College President, news clippings, and subject files. The collection documents Paschall's life from his days as a student at the College of William and Mary, his tenure as Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Commonwealth of Virginia (1957-1960) and President of the College of William and Mary (1960-1971), and his life after he resigned as president up through his death in 2001


  • Creation: 1931-2001
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1931-2001


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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:

Davis Young Paschall was the twenty-second president of the College of William and Mary, from August 16, 1960 until his retirement in August 1971. Paschall graduated from William and Mary in 1932 with a degree in history. While a student his activities including serving as treasurer of the Clayton-Grimes Biological Club (founded in 1921) in 1930-1931. (1931 Colonial Echo) He earned master's degrees in history and government from William and Mary as well, and completed a doctorate in education at the University of Virginia. Upon enlisting in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he trained at the Virginia Military Institute and the Naval School of Communications at Harvard.

After the war, Paschall served as principal of the high school in Victoria, Virginia, and held a position in the state Department of Education, directing teacher education programs. In 1957, Gov. Thomas B. Stanley appointed Paschall State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Virginia. Paschall resigned as Superintendent of Public Instruction in Virginia in 1960 to become the president at his alma mater. An ex officio member of the Board of Visitors of all state-supported colleges and universities in Virginia, Paschall was the recipient of many awards for service and dedication. They include the Alpha Beta Distinguished Service Award by the Division Superintendents of Virginia Public Schools in 1959, the William and Mary Society of the Alumni Medallion for Service in 1968, and the first William and Mary Omicron Delta Kappa Distinguished Lifetime Service Award in 1998. Paschall is also credited with establishing the Thomas Jefferson Award presented on Charter Day, and the Heritage Fellow Award - both of which recognize faculty excellence in teaching. Paschall died on October 25, 2001 at his home in Williamsburg at the age of 90.


35.70 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is currently arranged into two series: Series 1: Collection of Davis Young Paschall Materials, 1960-1982; Series 2: Davis Young Paschall Papers, 1931-2001. Note that original arrangement and folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

Custodial History:

Series 2, Acc. 2011.728, was previously held by the Wolf Law Library, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary until 12/21/2011.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1982-35A, gift, was received on 8/25/1982; Acc. 1993.21 was received sometime in 1993; Acc. 2011.728 was given to the William and Mary Law School by the donor sometime prior to his death, and was transferred to the SCRC by Jim Heller, William and Mary Law School librarian, on 12/21/2011.

Related Materials:

Office of the President. Davis Young Paschall (UA 2.15); Office of the President. Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. Records (UA 2.16);  A film of Paschall's inauguration can be found in the University Archives Audio-Visual Collection (UA 58, Acc. 1983.061); Photographs are available in the University Archives Photograph Collection (UA 8).

Separated Materials:

Several copies of publications related to Davis Y. Paschall concerning the College of William and Mary were removed from the Davis Y. Paschall Papers, Acc. 1982-35A, and were added to this collection on 1/26/2010.

Processing Information:

Acc. 2011.728 accessioned and minimally described by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in January 2012. Further processing by Lauren Wallace, March 2012.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository