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James Whitehead Papers, 1975 - 1992

Identifier: WLU-RG-34

Scope and Contents

This series includes the persona papers of James Whitehead, former director of University Relations, assistant to the president, treasurer, and director of the Reeves Center at Washington and Lee University. These records are from his time as the director of the Reeves Center, and reflect different exhibitions, donor relations, and general correspondence during that time. Much of the collection is correspondence between Whitehead and other museum curators, directors of historical societies, and donors. Includes museum pamphlets, institutional publications, and photographs of collections, and occasionally Whitehead himself. Major subjects of interests covered in the records include matierals concerning the Bicentennial Celebration of American Independence, Foreign Advisory Services (i.e. repossession of Reeves Collection), the Reeves Center, the Morris House, Skylark, Wamsutta Hills, exhibitions of Louise Herreshoff's work, the Reeves Collection of fine China, and miscellaneous correspondence. Also includes some files from Tom Litzenberg, the successor for Whitehead's role as director of the Reeves' center.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1975 - 1992



8 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The bulk of this series is arranged alphabetically, using last names when referring to a specific person. Toward the end of the collection, especially in miscellaneous correspondence, the papers are organized chronologically.

Related Materials

Researchers might also use the Louise Herreshoff Papers for detailed correspondence and primary source records documenting her personal life, as well as those of her husband, Euchlin Reeves. Some of Whitehead's records and work on his biography of Louise Herreshoff, "A Fragile Union," are included in this collection. Washington and Lee University Record Group 34 also includes audio recordings of a presentation made by Whitehead on "A Fragile Union."

Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA