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Spotswood Hunnicutt Jones Papers

Identifier: Mss. 80 J72

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Papers, 1951-1976, of Spotswood Hunnicutt Jones concerning the state-commissioned elementary school textbook, "Virginia: History, Government, Geography" (New York: Scribner, 1957), which Hunnicutt Jones co-authored. Used in 7th-grade instruction, this textbook aided in the dissemination of the pro-Confederacy "Lost Cause" ideology.

Includes correspondence with Earl Gregg Swem, Francis Butler Simkins and others, as well as typescripts, revisions and galley proofs.

Addition 1997.28A consists of the correspondence of Jones with Ludwell Lee Montague; and papers relating to the history of Gloucester County, Virginia, especially the correspondence of the Gloucester County Bicentennial Celebration Committee and a manuscript by Jones about Harriotte Lee Taliaferro Montague.


  • Creation: 1951-1981

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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.

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To be used only with the permission of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian. Thereafter, before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Librarian, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Spotswood Hunnicutt Jones (1925-2006) received her B.A. from Farmville Teacher's College (now Longwood University), and her M.A. from William & Mary. She was a teacher at Smithfield High School, Mathew Whaley School and James Blair High School in Williamsburg, and served as an adminstrator at the Gloucester County Day School (now Ware Academy). She was active in the APVA and a member of the Susan Constant Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. Jones, with Francis Butler Simkins, Professor of History at Longwood College and Sidman P. Poole of the Univerity of Virginia co-authored a textbook which was adopted for the use of Virginia seventh grade students. The textbook was Virginia: History, Government, Geography. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Acquisition Information:

Gifts in 1980 and 1997.

Related Materials

Simkins, Francis Butler. Virginia: History, Government, Geography [by] Francis Butler Simkins, Spotswood Hunnicutt [and] Sidman P. Poole. New York: Scribner, 1957. Swem Library Stacks F226 .S5 See:

Guide to the Spotswood Hunnicutt Jones Papers
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