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Office of the President. Alvin Duke Chandler Records

Identifier: UA 2.12

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Scope and Contents

This collection is stored off-site. A minimum of 72 hours advanced notice is required for use.

The collection includes material from Alvin Duke Chandler's terms as president of the College William and Mary and later chancellor of the Colleges of William and Mary. The collection documents the administration of William and Mary in the mid-twentieth century and includes the routine hiring and resignation of faculty, student matters, alumni relations, and related matters. William and Mary was a small college at the time and many matters passed through the Office of the President.

The collection also reflects changing norms in the United States at the time as seen through applications by African Americans for admission and rules enforced by the administration on students.

For the most part, headings assigned to folders in their office of origin have been maintained in the box list inventories available here.


  • Creation: 1951-1960
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1951-1960


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Conditions Governing Access:

Acc. 1984.034 and 1985.083 are restricted. 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:

Alvin Duke Chandler, 84, president emeritus and former chancellor of the College of William and Mary and retired vice admiral in the Navy, died May 26, 1987, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Chandler served as president of the College of William and Mary from October 9, 1951 through May 1960, when he became chancellor of the Colleges of William and Mary system. Chandler stayed on as Chancellor, then Honorary Chancellor of the system until 1974. Chandler was born in Richmond and his father, J.A.C. Chandler was also president of the College of William and Mary. Chandler was survived by his wife Louise Michaels Chandler.


45.00 Linear Feet

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored offsite. Consult staff for assistance.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1983.11 transferred prior to 3/13/1983 from the Office of the President.

Related Materials:

Office of the President John Edwin Pomfret Records (UA 2.11); Office of the President Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. Records (UA 2.16); University Archives Photograph Collection; University Archives Audiovisual Collection: Acc. 1982.033: 16 mm. color film of Chandler's inauguration; Acc. 1983.043: five copies of a film of Chandler's inauguration.

Guide to the Office of the President. Alvin Duke Chandler Records
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository