Guide to the Armistead L. Boothe collection, 1920-1983

Armistead L. Boothe C0168


Published by George Mason University Libraries

Contact Information:

Fenwick Library (2FL)

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4444

USA

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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center
Creator Boothe, Armistead L.
Title Armistead L. Boothe collection
Date 1920-1983
Physical Characteristics 1.0 linear feet2 boxes
Abstract This collection documents the life and career of Armistead Boothe, an Alexandria, Virginia, lawyer, state legislator, and trustee of Colonial Williamsburg.
Collection Number C0268
Language English

Biographical Information

Armistead Lloyd Boothe (1907-1990) was a lawyer and state legislator from Alexandria, Virginia. Boothe attended Episcopal High School, the University of Virginia, and Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He and his wife, Elizabeth Peele Boothe, were married in 1934. Boothe served as a Democratic Virginia state legislator from 1948-1963. He was a prominent member of a group of legislators known as the "Young Turks" who opposed the entrenched establishment politicians of Virginia government. Boothe also served as a trustee of Colonial Williamsburg. A lifelong Episcopalian, he left politics and the law in 1970 to serve as the Director of Development at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. Boothe died in 1990.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection documents the life and political career of Armistead L. Boothe from his school days in Alexandria, Virginia, in the early 1920s to his role as Director of Development at Virginia Theological Seminary in the 1970s and his retirement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Included are certificates, a few photos, and a letter from Boothe's time as a student at Episcopal High School and the University of Virginia, travel and bank documents from his time in England in the 1920s and 1930s, and newspaper articles, speeches and writings, press releases, campaign materials, and correspondence from his days as a lawyer, politician, and director of development at Virginia Theological Seminary. Of particular interest is a letter from 1969 to the parents of Mary Jo Kopechne, who was killed in the accident at Chappaquiddick in Ted Kennedy's car. Also included in the collection are Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia briefs dating from the 1940s to the 1960s, as well as correspondence, agendas, news articles, etc, from Boothe's role as a trustee of Colonial Williamsburg.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the order in which it was received. Photos and travel/school documents were grouped together by the processing archivist.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Armistead L. Boothe collection must be obtained from Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Boothe, Armistead L.
Boothe, Armistead L.

Geographical Names:

Virginia--Politics and government--20th century.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Armistead L. Boothe collection, C0268, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated to George Mason University Libraries before 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections and Archives staff. Processing completed by Elizabeth Beckman in June 2015. EAD markup completed by Elizabeth Beckman in June 2015.

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Related Material

The University of Virginia's Special Collections holds additional Armistead L. Boothe papers.

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Bibliography

Smith, Douglas. " 'When Reason Collides with Prejudice': Armistead Lloyd Boothe and the Politics of Desegregation in Northern Virginia, 1948-1963." The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 102:1. Jan, 1994, 5-46. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4249409.

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Contents List

Box Folder
1 1 Colonial Williamsburg correspondence, news articles etc. 1952-1972
2 Speeches 1973-1980
3 Virginia Theological Seminary job correspondence, speeches 1970-1973
4 Virginia Theological Seminary correspondence, press releases, news coverage 1969-1970
5 Newspaper Articles 1964-1976
6 Articles, speeches, correspondence 1953-1983
7 Correspondence, articles, Virginia plan 6, public schools 1954-1976
8 8th District Prince William presidential delegates, articles, button 1976
9 Articles, notes,speeches 1955-1983
10 News articles, writings, etc. on public school funding desegregation 1954-1955
Box Folder
2 1 News articles, political campaign, "Civil Rights in Virginia" correspondence 1949-1973
2 Episcopal High School of Virginia certificates, school-era letter 1922-1924
3 Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia briefs, "The Adequacy of the Virginia Constitution of 1902" 1930s-1968
4 Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia briefs 1930s-1950s
5 Photographs c1910s-1950s
6 Travel documents: passports, tickets, invoices from UK, etc. 1920s-1930s
7 Government/Virginia related documents (onionskin) c1990s
8 School Certificates and memorabilia, Gardiner Boothe documents 1926-1950s
9 Bank documents 1929-1931
10 Questionnaire to Virginia General Assembly 1954
11 Agenda and seating for Queen Mother's visit to Williamsburg c1950s-1960s
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