Albertis Sydney Harrison, Jr. (1967-1981)

Further reading:

Virginius Dabney, “Albertis Harrison, Jr.: Transition Governor,” The Governors of Virginia, 1860-1978 (1982).

Virginius Dabney, Virginia, the New Dominion: A History from 1607 to the Present (1971), 544; 548-556.

Ronald L. Heinemann, John G. Kolp, Anthony S. Parent, Jr., and William G. Shade, Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007 (2007), 347-352.

James R. Sweeney, ed., Race, Reason, and the Diary of David J. Mays, 1954-1959, (2008). David Mays was counsel to the Gray Commission, established to craft “Virginia’s response to federal mandates concerning the integration of public schools.” May’s diary sheds light on Harrison’s part in the response to the Brown v. Board of Education decision.


Research collections:

College of William and Mary (Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library)
Williamsburg, Va.
Jay Winston Johns, Jr. Papers, 1918-1974, series 1, personal correspondence, 1930-1974.
Correspondence; represented. Inventory available.

Library of Virginia (Personal Papers Collection)
Richmond, Va.
James H. Latimer Papers, 1864-2000.
Transcript of Latimer’s interview with Harrison for “The Living History Makers,” produced by Central Virginia Educational Television and the Richmond Times-Dispatch; also papers relating to the program (background material, clippings, correspondence, notes, and clippings Richmond Times-Dispatch); finding aid available.

WRVA Radio Collection, 1925-2000 (accession 38210).
Sound recordings and photographs of Harrison running for governor and as governor, 1961-1966. Includes sound recording, “1963, Year of Contrasts,” with clips from Harrison’s press conference about the reopening of Prince Edward County schools and his announcement of a special session of the General Assembly to find a substitute for the poll tax. Finding aid available.

Library of Virginia (State Records Collection, Office of the Governor)
Richmond, Va.
Governor Harrison Executive Papers, 1962-1966, 97.30 cu. ft.;  item-level inventory available at repository.

University of Virginia (Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library)
Charlottesville, Va.
Harry Flood Byrd, Sr. Papers, (accession 9700, 9700-b)
Correspondence, 1957-1965; 4 folders; finding aid available.

Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, Va.
J. Lindsay Almond, Jr. Papers, 1850-1987, 2800 items.
Non-official correspondence, 1925-1983, about Democratic Party politics in Virginia; finding aid available.