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Theodore Roosevelt Dalton Papers

Identifier: Mss. 81 D17

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1933-1978, of Ted Dalton, Virginia state senator, 1944-1959; Republican candidate for governor of Virginia in 1953 and 1957; and U.S. District judge for the Western district of Virginia. Includes correspondence, speeches, news clippings, photographs, recordings, reels of film and legal opinions.

Subjects covered include Republican Party politics, the Virginia General Assembly, highways,compulsory automobile insurance, segregation, the Gray Commission Report (Commission on Public Education), the College of William and Mary, and Dalton's appointment as federal judge.

Prominent correspondents include J. Lindsay Almond, Howard Baker, Ezra T. Benson, Harry F. Byrd, Sr., Harry F. Byrd, Jr., John N. Dalton, Colgate W. Darden, Dwight D. Eisenhower,Gerald R. Ford, Mills E. Godwin, Albertis S. Harrison, A. Linwood Holton, J. Edgar Hoover, A. E. Dick Howard, Richard Nixon, Davis Y. Paschall, Richard H. Poff, Lewis F. Powell, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Thomas B. Stanley, A. E. S. Stephens, William M. Tuck, and Edward E. Willey.


  • Creation: 1933-1978
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1952-1959


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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:

Theodore Roosevelt Dalton was born 3 July 1901 in Carroll County, Virginia, the son of Currell and Lodoska Maritn Dalton. he received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary as well as his law degree. Dalton was Commonwealth's Attorney for Radford, Virginia and state senator from 1944-1960. He was the Republican Party candidate for governor in 1953 and 1957. Dalton was appointed federal judge for the Western District of Virginia. His adopted son was John N. Dalton who served as governor of Virginia. Ted Dalton died 30 October 1989. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Arrangement of Materials:

Arrangement: Each of the boxes in the collection is arranged chronologically by date. Each box or group of boxes included in one series is divided into four basic subseries, 1. Correspondence, 2. Speeches, 3. News Clippings, 4. Other Papers. Organization: This collection is arranged into 11 Series: 1. Papers, 2. Papers, 3. Gubernatorial Papers, 4. Papers, 5. Papers, 6. Papers, 7. Papers, 8. Papers, 9. Federal Judgeship, 10. Papers, 11. Photographs, Videotape, Etc.

Acquisition Information:

Gift: 6 cartons, 5/25/1981. Gift: 4 boxes, 1/11/1982. Gift: 50 items, 4/26/1982.

Related Materials:

Phonograph records and reel-to-reel tapes from this collection have been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Separated Materials:

All audiovisual material from this collection has been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Halftone Photo Woodblock (81D17.01) was removed from Box 15 and transferred to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection.


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Processing Information:

Processed by Edward M. Riley during 1982-83.

Guide to the Theodore Roosevelt Dalton Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Edward M. Riley.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository