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Richard J. Davis Papers

Identifier: Mss. 86 D27

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1975-1985, of Richard J. Davis, mayor of Portsmouth, Virginia and lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The papers pertain primarily to his administration as lieutenant governor and include correspondence with politicians and constituents, personal correspondence, campaign material, speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs and a videocassette of Davis and his family discussing his years as a student at William & Mary, and his career.


  • Creation: 1975-1985

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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:

Richard Joseph Davis was born 7 August 1921 in Portsmouth, Va. He graduated from the William & Mary and served in the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a law degree. Davis was elected mayor of Portsmouth, chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party and served as lieutenant-governor from 1982-1986. Davis has been an unsuccessful candidate for U. S. Senate and for governor.


15,533.00 Items

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is arranged chronologically. There is very little subject access and the names of correspondents are not listed in the inventory.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of 15,332 items in Jan. 1986 and gift of 1 item in March 1986.

Related Materials:

Videocassettes 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.


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at

Processing Information:

Processed by Tom Scott in 1988.


Guide to the Richard J. Davis Papers
Tom Scott.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository