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Grace Warren Landrum Papers

Identifier: UA 6.013

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, notebooks, scrapbooks, and other material related to former College of William and Mary Dean of Women Grace Warren Landrum from 1890-1995. Also included in the collection are dance and banquet programs; information about the dedication of Landrum Hall; and programs, news clippings, and photographs relating to the Matthew Whaley School from 1931-1932.


  • Creation: 1890-1995


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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:

Grace Warren Landrum, a prominent figure in the history of William and Mary, was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 18, 1876. After receiving a B.A. from Radcliffe in 1898 and a Masters degree from the University of Chicago in 1915, she began teaching English at Westhampton College. In 1927, after nine years at Westhampton, she came to the College of William and Mary. She held two positions, Dean of Women and professor of English. When she retired in 1947, she received an honorary Doctorate in Literature from the University of Richmond. After leaving William and Mary, she taught for a year at Redlands College in California.

Landrum was a member of many organizations including the American Association of University Women and Phi Beta Kappa. She studied several literary figures, but concentrated on Chaucer and Spenser. She was known for her love of nature and English literature as well as the care and attention she gave to each student she taught.

In 1951, after being hospitalized in Columbus, Ohio for several months due to an illness she had for almost a year, she passed away. A memorial service was held for her at The College of William and Mary in the Wren Building on April 27 of that year.

Landrum Hall, a women's dormitory at the College of William and Mary, was named in honor of Grace Warren Landrum on February 9, 1959. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is arranged into four series: Series 1: Personal Papers, 1890-1995 and undated; Series 2: Course Notebooks, 1927-1946; Series 3: Writings, 1921-1950 and undated; and Series 4: Young Women's Club of Williamsburg, Virginia Scrapbook, 1952-1954.

Acquisition Information:

Gifts received from Richard L. Morton on 08/10/1956 and Mrs. Robert (Elizabeth) Matthews on 07/27/1964. This material was assigned Acc. 1980.125 when it was transferred to the University Archives. Additional material was donated by Mrs. Duncan E. Weatherill on 3/11/1959.

Related Materials:

Hugh Jones Papers (UA 6.010); University Archives Artifact Collection (UA 13); Althea Hunt Papers (UA 6.028); Gladys Monroe Papers (UA 5.084); University Archives Photograph Collection (UA 8).

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Patricia Sanabria, SCRC Staff, in October 2009. Other unknown SCRC staff previously arranged and described the collection as well.

Guide to the Grace Warren Landrum Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository