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Archibald F. Ward, Jr. Papers

Identifier: MS 00210

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, clippings, notebooks, and other material related to Archibald F. Ward, Jr. Included in the collection are notebooks and articles pertaining to Ward while he was the Chaplain at Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia, biographical material related to Ward, a notebook describing Ward's experience at Magruder and Camp Peary, correspondence with various members of the Rockefeller family, and correspondence related to the 250th anniversary celebration of the founding of Williamsburg, Virginia.

The collection also includes correspondence concerning local issues while Ward was chairman of the Williamsburg Citizens Association in the 1940's, the Platform for Democracy talk in 1949 (including speeches), correspondence between Ward and James W. Miller, professor of philosophy at William and Mary, and correspondence and speeches with and by Thomas Verner Smith.

Box 4, Accession 2017.042 includes sermans by A.F. Ward, Jr. and material from the various places he worked.

Lastly, the collection includes film and soundscriber recordings, which have been digitized.


  • Creation: 1939-2007
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1945-1960


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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 / Historical

Archibald F. Ward, Jr. was born in Lumberton, North Carolina in 1912, received his Masters of Divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1937 and moved to Williamsburg, Virginia in 1942. He was involved in the Magruder Neighborhood whose lands were being acquisitioned by Camp Peary, felt strongly about the treatment of blacks, was Minister of the Williamsburg Baptist Church and accepted a position of the first full-time chaplain at Eastern State Hospital.

Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: " F. Ward, Jr." Archibald F. Ward, Jr.

Administrative History: Archibald Floyd Ward, Jr. was born in Lumberton, North Carolina, and he was a minister of the Calvary Baptist Church then later the Williamsburg Baptist Church.  In addition, he became the president of the Williamsburg Rotary Club, and he later joined the staff of Eastern State Hospital as a chaplain.


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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audiovisual material has been digitized and is available to view in the reading room. At least 72 hours advanced notice required for access.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 2004.32 and Acc. 2004.42 gift via the Williamsburg Historic Records Association. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.

Processing Information:

Acc. 2013.106 accessioned and minimally described by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in June 2013. Fully described by Phillip Nicholas in September 2014. Accession 2017.042 described by Anne Johnson in 2021.


Guide to the Archibald F. Ward, Jr. Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Anne Johnson; Updated by Phillip Nicholas in 2014.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository