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R. Harvey Chappell, Jr. Papers

Identifier: 01/Mss. 83 C36

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Scope and Contents

Mss. 83.C36: Papers, 1950-1982, of R. Harvey Chappell, Jr., relating particularly to his tenures as president of the Virginia State Bar and the Richmond Bar Association and as a member of the council and executive committees of those organizations. Includes correspondence relating to philanthropic endeavors as well as to certain legal cases. The collection includes numerous legal briefs and documents as well as printed volumes.

Subjects covered by the papers include advertising by lawyers, contingency fees, the unauthorized practice of law, legal aid, legal ethics, lawyer referrals, legal assistants (paralegals) and the "Crippled Children's Hospital of Richmond, Va."

Addition 1992.044 contains 20 boxes of professional papers relating to the American Bar Association, American College of Trial Lawyers, and the W&M Law School. 

Addition 1994.087 contains correspondence of Chappell as president of Eta Circle, Omicron Delta Kappa and as president of the Wythe Law Club at the William & Mary. Includes constitution of the Wythe Law Club.

Addition 1999.019B contains correspondence between Chappell and Supreme Court Justices Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, John Paul Stevens, and Bryan R. White, as well as other individuals, among them Brian Dickson, Kenneth Starr, Charles Robb..


  • Creation: 1950-1982


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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:

Robert Harvey Chappell, Jr. was born 28 November 1926 in Clarksville, Va. He was the son of Robert Harvey Chappell and Edna Kathryn Lumpkin Chappell. He served in the U. S. Air Force 1944-1946. He graduated from the College of William and Mary. He was a lawyer, President of the Richmond Bar Association (1969-1970) and President of the Virginia State Bar Association (1977-1978). He was a student at William and Mary from 1945-1950 and a member of the Board of Visitors from 1970-1976. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: Harvey Chappell (Robert Harvey)


34.70 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged in accession number order.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1983.40 gift of 12,836 items on 8/1983; Acc. 1992.41 gift of 20 record cartons in 1991; Acc. 1994.87 gift of 35 items on 12/06/1994; and Acc. 1999.19 gift of 125 items on 05/18/1999.

Related Materials:

Records of the Board of Visitors (UA 1)

Separated Materials:


Vol. I, No. 1 of the William and Mary Review of Virginia Law was transferred to the Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Tom Scott in 1987. For later additions, a box and folder listing was compiled by Jennifer Quirnbach, SCRC staff, in 2010.

Guide to the R. Harvey Chappell, Jr. Papers
Tom Scott.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository