Guide to the Nan Netherton Reston history collection, 1962-1989

Nan Netherton Reston history C0147


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. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Nan Netherton, 1925-2003
Title Nan Netherton Northern Virginia history collection
Date 1962-1989
Physical Characteristics 12 linear feet (20 boxes)
Abstract The Nan Netherton Northern Virginia history collection contains Netherton's research and notes from her book "Reston: A New Town in the Old Dominion: A Pictorial History" (1989), as well as "Arlington County in Virginia : A Pictorial History" (1987) and "Fairfax County in Virginia : A Pictorial History," coauthored with Ross Netherton. Within the collection there are outlines for chapters, the copies of all the illustrations for the book, and the sources that Nan Netherton used during the writing process. The collection also contains oral histories, reports, brochures, photographs, executive budgets, and newsletters on historic sites in Northern Virginia.
Collection number C0147
Language English

Biographical Information

Nan Netherton was an author and historian who wrote books about the origins, growth and customs of communities in Northern Virginia. The books include pictorial and narrative histories of a dozen Virginia counties. Some of the books that she wrote are "Fairfax County Virginia: A History" (1978), "Clifton: Brigadoon in Virginia" (1980), and "Books and Beyond: Fairfax County Public Library's First Fifty Years" (1990). She died on June 9, 2003 in Arlington, Virginia.

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Scope and Content

The Nan Netherton Northern Virginia history collection contains Netherton's research and notes from her book "Reston: A New Town in the Old Dominion: A Pictorial History" (1989), as well as "Arlington County in Virginia : A Pictorial History" (1987) and "Fairfax County in Virginia : A Pictorial History," coauthored with Ross Netherton. Within the collection there are outlines for chapters, the copies of all the illustrations for the book, and the sources that Nan Netherton used during the writing process. The collection also contains oral histories, reports, brochures, photographs, executive budgets, and newsletters on historic sites in Northern Virginia.

Materials include brochures on the Woodlawn Plantation and Calvin Run Mill; comprehensive reports on plans for the Fairfax County Park Authority; audio tapes and transcripts of interviews with curators and historical preservationists, including an interview with former Gunston Hall curator Benny Brown and another with former Reston land developer Robert E. Simon, Jr.; newsclippings and an essay on Gunston Hall and a pamphlet calling for public opposition to the cutting of funding for Gunston Hall and the privatization of the Virginia Museum of Natural History; and eight boxes of images used in Netherton's pictorial histories of Fairfax and Arlington.

Series one is comprised of Nan Netherton's writings. The documents in this series are the outlines for her book in chapter format. There are ten chapters in order in the series. The books begins with the founding of Fairfax and ends with Reston, following the take over by the Gulf Oil Corporation in the late 1960s.

Series two contains the illustrations from Nan Netherton's book. Like the chapters, the illustrations are in order with pages numbers on the folders that correspond with the page numbers they would be placed in the book. Some of the illustrations are copies of documents from the 18th and 19th centuries. There are also slides and photographs from the 1960s and 1980s.

Series three is a general series of the sources that Nan Netherton used in her research. The series is organized in alphabetical order. The sources in this series are the more contemporary sources that deal primarily with Reston from the 1960s to the 1980s. Some of the sources include directories and maps from the Reston area.

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Arrangement

Organized into three series.

Series 1: Writings, 1960s-1980s (Boxes 1-2)
Series 2: Illustrations, 1960s-1980s (Boxes 2-4)
Series 3: Subject Files, 1960s-1980s (Boxes 4-6)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center also holds the Planned Community Archives and other personal papers and organizational records that document Reston, Virginia, and other planned communities.

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Index Terms

Persons:

Netherton, Nan.

Geographical Names:

Fairfax County (Va.)--History.
Reston (Va.)--History.

Subjects:

Housing--Virginia--Reston.
Planned communities--Virginia--Reston.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nan Netherton Northern Virginia history collection, Collection #C0147, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nan Netherton on November 16, 1989 and by Nan and Ross Netherton in 2001, 2002, and 2007.

Processing Information

Processed in January 2009 by Emily Martin. The Nan Netherton Reston history collection was originally attached to the larger Planned Community Archives collection currently in the Special Collections Research Center. In 2009 the documents were removed and organized into a separate collection still housed in the Special Collections Research Center at George Mason University Libraries. The old box and folder numbers are also included as part of the new arrangement. Later, fourteen more boxes of materials donated by Nan and Ross Netherton on other areas of Northern Virginia were added to the six boxes containing research materials and transcripts on Reston. Thus the finding aid does not yet list the folders in boxes 7-20, but a new finding aid will be forthcoming.

Processed in January 2009 by Emily Martin.

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Contents List

Series 1: Writings 1960s-1980s (1.5 boxes)
The documents in this series are the outlines for her book in chapter formate. There are ten chapters in order in the series which outlines the history of Reston beginning with the founding of Fairfax County.
Box Folder
1 1 Reston Study: First Increment 1981
172.1
2 Chapter 1: Reston Great Falls Manor 1980s
172.2
3 Chapter 2: Thornton, (1852-1886) 1960s-1980s
172.3
4 Chapter 3: Wiehle Traum, (1886-1908) 1960s-1980s
172.4
5 Chapter 4: Dr. Hugh B. Hutchison, (1908-1927) 1960s-1980s
172.5
6 Chapter 5: Bowmans and Sunset Hills, (1927-1961) 1960s-1980s
172.6
7 Chapter 6: Robert E. Sunon, Jr. and "Reston", (1961-1967) 1960s-1980s
172.7
8 Chapter 7: A Dream Becomes a Nightmare, (1967) 1960s-1980s
172.8
9 Chapter 8: Reston-Gulf, (1967-1978) 1960s-1980s
172.9
10 Chapter 8: Reston-Gulf, (1967-1978) 1960s-1980s
172.10
11 Chapter 9: Mobilization, (1978-1989) 1960s-1980s
173.1
Box Folder
2 1 Chapter 9: Mobilization, (1978-1989) 1960s-1980s
173.2
2 Chapter 9: Mobilization, (1978-1989) 1960s-1980s
173.3
3 Chapter 10: New Designs for Living 1960s-1980s
173.4
4 Chapter 10: New Designs for Living 1960s-1980s
173.5
5 Chapters 1-6 1960s-1980s
12.11
6 Chapter 7-11 1960s-1980s
12.12
7 Notes and Appendixes, Index 1960s-1980s
12.13
Series 2: Illustrations 1960s-1980s (2 boxes)
Series two is the illustrations from Nan Netherton's book. The illustrations are in the order they appear in the book with page numbers. Included are slides, photocopies and photographs.
Box Folder
2 8 Reston Book Illustrations p.5-7 1970s
175.1
9 Reston Book Illustrations p.8 1980s
175.2
10 Reston Book Illustrations p.15 1980s
175.3
11 Reston Book Illustrations p.16 1960s-1980s
175.4
12 Reston Book Illustrations p.20-22, (1802) 1960s-1980s
175.6
13 Reston Book Illustrations p.25, (1860) 1960s-1980s
175.7
14 Reston Book Illustrations p.28 1980s
175.9
Box Folder
3 1 Reston Book Illustrations p.31-32, (1892) 1960s-1980s
175.10
2 Reston Book Illustrations p.44-46 1960s
175.14
3 Reston Book Illustrations p.49-51 1980s
175.15
4 Reston Book Illustrations p.53-55 1960s
175.16
5 Reston Book Illustrations p.57-61 1970s
175.17
6 Reston Book Illustrations p.63-65 1960s
175.18
7 Reston Book Illustrations p.67-69 1966
175.19
8 Reston Book Illustrations p.70-75 1960s
175.20
9 Reston Book Illustrations p.77-79 1960s
175.21
10 Reston Book Illustrations p.81-83 1960s
175.22
11 Reston Book Illustrations p.85 1960s
175.23
12 Reston Book Illustrations p.91-93 1960s
175.24
13 Reston Book Illustrations p.95-99 1960s
175.25
14 Reston Book Illustrations p.101-107 1960s
175.26
15 Reston Book Illustrations p.108-111 1969
175.27
16 Reston Book Illustrations p.116-117 1980s
176.2
17 Reston Book Illustrations p.118-121 1983
176.3
18 Reston Book Illustrations p.123-125 1981
176.4
19 Reston Book Illustrations p.132-135 1988
176.6
20 Reston Book Illustrations p.136-138 1988
176.7
21 Reston Book Illustrations p.141-143 1981
176.8
22 Reston Book Illustrations p.144-147 1988
176.9
23 Reston Book Illustrations p.148-151 1980s
176.10
24 Reston Book Illustrations p.152-155 1987
176.11
25 Reston Book Illustrations p.156-158 1980s
176.12
26 Reston Book Illustrations p.163-165 1980s
176.13
27 Reston Book Illustrations p.167-169 1984
176.14
28 Reston Book Illustrations p.171-173 1976
176.15
Box Folder
4 1 Reston Book Illustrations p.174-177 1980
176.16
2 Reston Book Illustrations p.178 1987
176.17
3 Reston Book Illustrations p.180-183 1967
176.18
4 Reston Book Illustrations p.184-186 1980
176.19
5 Reston Book Illustrations p.187-190 1980s
176.20
6 Reston Book Illustrations Negatives 1980s
176.21
Series 3: Subject A-Z 1960s-1980s (2.5 boxes)
This series is organized in alphabetical order. The documents in this series are the sources from Netherton's book and are the contemporary sources that deal primarily with Reston from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Box Folder
4 7 "A Place Called Reston" 1984-1985
179.4
8 Appendix-reston Design Awards 1973
174.9
9 Business Directory 1989
179.6
10 Bylaws of the Reston Homeowner Association 1970
177.4
11 Correspondence and Notes 1989
178.1
12 Directory of Business and INdustry 1987-1988
179.5
13 "Dispersing Population" by James L. Sundquist 1975
179.1
14 Greater Reston Arts Center, Incorporated 1980s
178.4
15 Handbook, Reston Residents 1968
177.8
16 Homeowners Associations in Reston 1969
177.1
17 Houe Beautiful "Best Small House" 1984
178.2
Box Folder
5 1 Information on "The Builders' House" Correspondence 1985
178.2
2 Maps of Washington D.C. 1980s
178.7
3 "Naturescaping: Your Guide to Reforestation and Meadowmaking" 1980
177.6
4 Newsletter: "Reston Realtor Alert" 1987-1988
178.5
5 Northern Virginia Legal Directory 1984
179.3
6 Notes 1981-1984
12.10
7 Publicity and Newsclippings 1987
177.10
8 Program Budget for the Reston Homeowners Association 1982
177.5
9 Promotional Material-Reston Realtors 1985
178.8
10 Robert E. Simon Letter 1989
13.9
11 Reston Appendix 1960s-1970s
174.5
12 Reston Business Directory 1983
179.2
13 Reston Chapter Notes 1960s-1970s
174.8
14 "Reston Express Bus" 1969
177.7
15 Reston Geographic Society 1980
178.10
16 Reston-List of Sources 1981
174.7
17 Reston Maps 1989
174.3
18 Restonian Magazine 1988
178.6
Box Folder
6 1 Reston Neighborhoods 1989
178.9
1. Reston Neighborhoods 1989
Image
Box Folder
6 2 Reston Music 1960s-1970s
174.1
3 Reston Promotional Material 1987
178.2
4 "Reston 1970-1975"-Report for Reston Homeowners Association 1975
177.3
5 Reston Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Note Paper 1986
174.2
6 Role and Structure-Report 1972
177.2
7 Space Station Program Offices in Reston 1988
178.11
8 Updates 1988
174.6
9 Urban Land Magazine 1976
177.9
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