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Lenoir Chambers Papers, 1862, 1940-1969 | Sargeant Memorial Collection

By Sarah Osorio

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Title: Lenoir Chambers Papers, 1862, 1940-1969Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1950s-1960s

ID: 001/01/MSS 0000-009

Primary Creator: Chambers, Lenoir, 1891-1970 (1891-1970)

Extent: 3.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged by record type.

Date Acquired: 02/01/1965

Subjects: Norfolk (Va.), Norfolk (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, Norfolk (Va.)--Newspapers, Public schools--Virginia--Norfolk, School integration--Massive resistance movement

Forms of Material: Annual reports, Articles, Biographies (documents), Clippings (information artifacts), Indexes (reference sources), Manuscripts, Memorandums, Newspapers, Printed ephemera, Proclamations, Publications (document genre), Speeches (documents)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The unabridged circa 1967 manuscript Salt Water and Printer's Ink, along with speeches, writings, and other materials written or compiled by Lenoir Chambers of Norfolk, Virginia. Subject matter of the writings include the South, Stonewall Jackson, local newspaper history, and desegregation of Norfolk's public schools. There are also separate files of materials on Norfolk Academy and Norfolk Public Library. The collection also includes clippings about Lenoir Chambers from 1940-1968 and clippings about the South, Civil War, and Stonewall Jackson from 1948-1963. There is also one original 1862 proclamation forbidding the assembly of people for purposes of political discussion pasted onto a sheet of paper.

Biographical Note

Joseph Lenoir Chambers, Jr. was born on December 26, 1891 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army during World War I. Chambers married Roberta Burwell Strudwick on September 15, 1928 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He joined the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot in 1929 as associate editor. He became editor of the Ledger-Dispatch in 1944 and then the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot from 1950 until his retirement in 1961. Chambers won a Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 1960 for his articles on school desegregation. He also published a two-volume biography: Stonewall Jackson in 1959. Chambers published Salt Water and Printer's Ink in 1967. He died on January 10, 1970 in Norfolk, Virginia and was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia.

Subject/Index Terms

Norfolk (Va.)
Norfolk (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Norfolk (Va.)--Newspapers
Public schools--Virginia--Norfolk
School integration--Massive resistance movement

Administrative Information

Repository: Sargeant Memorial Collection

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions: The status of copyright for these materials is governed by Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. C.). Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Source: Lenoir Chambers by donation

Acquisition Method: Lenoir Chambers donated the June 28, 1862 proclamation on February 1, 1965. He donated the manuscript Salt Water and Printer's Ink on August 21, 1969.

Related Materials: Lenoir Chambers Papers #3827, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information please see https://finding-aids.lib.unc.edu/03827/.

Preferred Citation: Lenoir Chambers Papers, MSS 0000-009, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.

Processing Information: Processed September 3, 2020.

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Folder 1: Proclamation, Office of Military Governor, Norfolk, Virginia, 1862 June 28Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Manuscript, Salt Water and Printer's Ink (Folder 1 of 3), circa 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Manuscript, Salt Water and Printer's Ink (Folder 2 of 3), circa 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Manuscript, Salt Water and Printer's Ink (Folder 3 of 3), circa 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Speech, Cum Laude Society, Woodberry Forest School, 1956 March 31Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Speech, The South and Segregation: The First Three Years, Torch International, 1957 May 2Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Speech, Excellence in a Democracy, 1959 March 16Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Speech, Untitled Speech to American Legion, Post 35, Veterans Day, 1959 November 11Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Speech, The South and the Nation, UNC Commencement, 1961 June 5Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Speech, The South on the Eve of the Civil War, 1961 December 1Add to your cart.

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Norfolk Public Library
Slover Library
235 Plume Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
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