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John D. Weaver Papers

Identifier: 01/Mss. 77 W37

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

Collection contains genealogy of the Poulton Family, published stories, articles, book reviews, books, correspondence with family and friends and news clippings by and relating to John D. Weaver, author, novelist, biographer and West Coast editor of  "Travel and Leisure Magazine".


  • Creation: 1906-1997


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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:

John Downing Weaver was born 4 February 1912 in Washington, D. C. He attended Georgetown University and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1932. He received his M. A. degree from George Washington University in 1933. He worked for the National Recovery Administration, and as a reporter, feature writer, book reviewer and copy editor for the Kansas City Star, 1935- 1940. Since 1940, he has been a freelance writer.

Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: John Downing Weaver


7.52 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection contains 19 boxes.  Inventories for boxes 1-16 are on the PDF document located:

The inventory for boxes 17-19 are in the Finding Aid/Inventory section. 

When the collection was physically grouped together, some accessions on the original PDF inventory are now repeated on the Finding Aid/Inventory.

Acquisition Information:

These papers were donated by John D. Weaver in numerous batches between 1981 and 2000.

Related Materials:

Microfilm of Weaver's Kansas City Star scrapbooks (1936-1940) available at Special Collections.


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at

Guide to the John D. Weaver Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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Script of description
Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository