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Theodore C. (Ted) DeLaney, Jr. Collection

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0525

Scope and Contents

The Theodore C. (Ted) DeLaney, Jr. Collection is composed of materials from Dr. Ted DeLaney’s personal and professional life including genealogy and personal history; historical research, correspondences, and papers as historian and professor at Washington and Lee University. The collection is arranged in three series. Of note are Dr. Delaney's research on school desegregation in Lexington, Virginia and in Southwest Virginia and a series of video interviews with Dr. DeLaney completed in 2018.

Series One consists of a small archive of Delaney’s personal life with genealogy and local history, papers about his professional career including the years before his tenure as historian and professor at Washington and Lee University. This series consists of correspondences, clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous materials.

Series Two of the Theodore C. (Ted) DeLaney, Jr. Collection consists of DeLaney’s research materials for his paper titled “Black Faculty Displacement During the Desegregation of Lexington Area Public Schools” written in 1985 and revised in 1988. Contents include research notes; bibliographical citations; correspondence; newspapers clippings; and journal articles. Also included are minutes and excerpts from Lexington (Va.) School Board and Lexington (Va.) City Council meetings, 1964 – 1965; recorded interviews of Alice Rabe Hartis and George Warren with transcriptions and related correspondence; the Lexington, Va. desegregation plan submitted by the Lexington School Board to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare on May 19, 1965; photocopies of “Displacement of Black educators in desegregating public schools,” by the U.S. Office of Education” [1972], and “Four decades of progress, 1897-1937” by Edmund Pendleton Tompkins [1937]; and four boxes of transcripts of oral history interviews done in 1988 and 2004 entitled Telling our stories: school desegregation in western Virginia.

Series Three is devoted to the physical aspect of a series of video interviews with Professor Ted DeLaney in advance of his retirement from Washington and Lee University (WLU) by a series of interviewers from within the WLU community. The interviews are in eight parts : Growing up in Segregated Lexington; Lexington in the 1960s; The Education of Ted DeLaney; From Student to Professor; Building an Africana Studies Program; Desegregation in Southwestern Virginia: An Oral History Project; Washington and Lee and Southern History; and Fond Memories and Final Thoughts. This series includes physical transcripts of the interviews. The videos themselves as well as the digital scans of the interview transcripts are accessible here: WLU DIGITAL REPOSITORY


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940 - 2020


Conditions Governing Use

The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.


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Repository Details

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

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA