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Thomas Calhoun Walker Autobiography

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2015.043

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Scope and Contents

Typed carbon copy autobiography of Lawyer Walker of Gloucester, entitled "Lawyer Walker of Gloucester (as told to two Northern friends)." There is a dedication page to Walker's wife. Carbon version used for the autobiography "The Honey-Pod Tree: The Life Story of Thomas Calhoun Walker," which was published in 1958. Includes a photograph and sheet music for "De Ole Sheep Done Know de Road." As a lawyer, he defended many African Americans in Gloucester County, Virginia, and eventually served as the Administrator and Consultant in Negro Affairs for the New Deal's Emergency Relief Administration in the 1930s. 350 pages.


  • Creation: undated


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Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


.25 Linear Feet



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source: Purchase--Gloucester County Friends of the Museum

Related Materials

"The honey-pod tree : the life story of Thomas Calhoun Walker," Swem Special Collections Research Center, Rare Books: E185.97.W133 A3.

Processing Information

This collection was previously known as the Thomas Calhoun Walker Manuscript. The title was changed to the Thomas Calhoun Walker Autobiography to more accurately reflect the content of material, 2020 June.

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