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Fay Parr Papers

Identifier: Mss. Acc. 2008.50

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains papers documenting the lives of the Fay Parr family. The collection also includes Williamsburg ephemera and memorabilia. Other materials contained in the collection includes family photograph albums, press photographs of Williamsburg residents as well as buildings, newspaper clippings of events in Williamsburg, Virginia as well as publications from Williamsburg and other places.


  • Creation: 1920-2002


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:

Fay Parr was born in 1913 on Spotswood Street next to the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia and is one of Williamsburg's oldest residents. She was a journalist with the Daily Press and also an editor with the Napa Daily Record in California, and has written stories about many of the people and places she loved.

Fay was married to James Erwin Dula in 1929, to Macbaeth Danel Dula in 1960 in Vallejo, California and Harold Hudson Fox in 1972. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


2.50 Linear Feet



Arrangement of Materials:

Arranged into five series: Series 1: Personal Papers, Series 2: Photographs, Series 3: Newspaper clippings, Series 4: Printed material, Series 5: Williamsburg related ephemera.

Acquisition Information:


Separated Materials:

The following books have either been transferred to Swem Stacks, Rare Books, Archives or deaccessioned.

Growing Up in Williamsburg, Ed Belvin, 1981; History of Public Schools in Williamsburg, Rawls Byrd, 1968; Williamsburg, Facts and Fiction, 1900-1950, Ed Belvin, undated; History of the Williamsburg Baptist Church, 1828-1978, Susie Dorsey, 1976 (2 copies); History of James City and James River Baptist Churches, Jesse E. Bowman, undated; Colonial Williamsburg, Its buildings and Gardens (moldy, deaccessioned. Others in stacks); Garden Flowers, Galahad Books, New York City, 1973; An Eighteenth-Century Garland, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1951; New World Science Series, Primer of Sanitation by Ritchie, World Book Company, State Edition. Undated; Stories of Great American Heroes, American Patriot’s Series, Rand McNally and Company; A Plan for Individualizing Study Remedial English, Walter Scribner Guiler and Ralph L. Henry, Ginn and Company, 1942 ; The Williamsburg Collection of Antique Furnishings, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1973; The Parson’s Page, Thomas E. Pugh, 1977; Telephone Almanac, 1957, Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Virginia; Twenty-five lessons in Citizenship by D.L. Hennessey, Ninety-third Edition, 1985-86; The Ports of Virginia, published by Virginia State Ports Authority, 1955 (?); I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes; To Lift the Spirit, selections made by Julia Oxrieder for Fay Lionel Parr, May 1, 1995; Kiss the Door Knob: Folkways and Folklore of Floyd County, Virginia, Julia Woodbridge Oxrieder, 1996 and Spices and Herbs, Lore and Cookery by Elizabeth S. Hayes, 1961.


Guide to the Fay Parr papers
Anne Johnson and Patricia Sanabria.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository