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A Guide to the Charles McDowell Papers, 1944-2004

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Accession Number 44427


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Repository
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Accession Number
44427
Title
Charles McDowell Papers, 1944-2004
Physical Description
17 cubic feet (36 boxes)
Language
English

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Preferred Citation

Charles McDowell Papers, 1944-2004. Accession 44427. Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ann McDowell, Alexandria.


Biographical Information

Charles Rice McDowell, Jr. was born in Danville, Kentucky on 24 June 1926. He is the son of Charles Rice McDowell, Sr. (1895-1968) and Catherine Frazier Feland (1904-1986). When he was young, the family moved to Lexington, Virginia, where the elder McDowell was a professor of law at Washington and Lee University. The younger McDowell was a student there, where he majored in English, and graduated in 1948. He then attended the Columbia University School of Journalism, and graduated the following year.

McDowell then moved to Richmond Virginia, and joined the staff of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he would remain his entire career, retiring in 1998. He covered local news, and was then assigned to the State Capitol, where he reported on the Virginia General Assembly and state politics. In 1954, McDowell began to write a syndicated column which appeared 3-4 times per week, and would span the remainder of his career. He was assigned to Washington, D.C. in 1965, and he relocated to Alexandria. McDowell wrote three books: "Campaign Fever," which was a journal of the 1964 presidential election, and two collections of humor columns entitled "One Thing After Another" (1960) and "What Did You Have in Mind?" (1963). He was also a panelist on PBS's "Washington Week in Review" for 18 years, beginning in 1978, and he was a writer, narrator, and host for other PBS programs, including "Summer of Judgement: The Watergate Hearings," "Richmond Memories," and "For the Record." McDowell also provided voice-overs for the productions "The Civil War" and "Baseball" by Ken Burns.

McDowell was inducted in the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 1988, and awarded the Fourth Estate Award by the National Press Club in 1996. He married Ann Rice of Ashland, Virginia. McDowell died on 5 November 2010.

Scope and Content

Papers, 1944-2004, of Charles McDowell (1926-2010) of Alexandria, Virginia, documenting his career as a reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, panelist on the PBS program "Washington Week in Review," and other journalistic activities. Includes columns, correspondence and subject files, books, and videotapes.

Contents List

Series I. Columns, 1946-1998.
Boxes: 1-9
Extent: 9 boxes.

The collection contains photocopies of McDowell's column which appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1954 until his retirement in 1998. The columns appeared 3-4 times per week, and were also syndicated by Media General News Service and the Scripps Howard News Service and appeared in other newspapers across the country. The earliest columns were titled "Charles McDowell Today" and "Capital Sidelights." McDowell wrote on a wide variety of topics of local, state, and national interest, including politics, history, personal news, society and popular culture, weather, and sports. Recurring fictional characters appeared in the column over the many years it ran, namely McDowell's relative Aunt Gertrude, his neighbor Mr. Bumbleton, Reliable Source, and Alfred the Capitol Square Squirrel. McDowell's columns were laced with satirical musings and political punditry. There are no copies of the column for the years 1986 to 1997, but there is an index which includes the title of the column, paper in which it appeared, date, and page number. This series also includes early articles written by McDowell while he was a student at Washington and Lee University entitled "Reporter-at-Large," and as a sports reporter for the Roanoke Times entitled "Time For Sports."

Chronological.

  • Box 1
    Folder 1-14
    3 November 1958-31 December 1962.
  • Box 2
    Folder 1-15
    1 January 1963-30 June 1966.
  • Box 3
    Folder 1-12
    1 July 1966-31 December 1970.
  • Box 4
    Folder 1-12
    1 January 1971-31 December 1973.
  • Box 5
    Folder 1-13
    1 January 1974-25 December 1977.
  • Box 6
    Folder 1-13
    1977-1980.
  • Box 7
    Folder 1-12
    1981-1998.
  • Box 7
    Folder 13-14
    Columns - Editorial Page .
  • Box 8
    Folder 1-2
    Columns - February, Seasons, Holidays .
  • Box 8
    Folder 3
    Columns - Free Lance, 1950's.
  • Box 8
    Folder 4
    Columns to Reprint (Maybe) .
  • Box 8
    Folder 5
    Good Columns .
  • Box 8
    Folder 6-7
    Op-Ed Columns, 1958-1959.
  • Box 8
    Folder 8
    Original Proposal for Column and Test Columns .
  • Box 8
    Folder 9
    Roanoke Times Columns ("Time for Sports") .
  • Box 8
    Folder 10-13
    Sunday Columns, 1954-1959.
  • Box 9
    Folder 1
    Sunday Columns, 1959.
  • Box 9
    Folder 2
    Sunday Columns, 1960.
  • Box 9
    Folder 3
    Washington and Lee Columns .
Series II. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1944-2004.
Boxes: 10-34
Extent: 25 boxes.

The correspondence contains letters written by readers of McDowell's column, and those who viewed his appearances on the PBS program "Washington Week in Review" and other programs. The correspondence includes reactions, both for and against, to McDowell's writings and viewpoints. There are also congratulatory letters relating to the many awards he received and upon his retirement in 1998, as well as invitations to make appearances and speeches, ideas for future columns, and resumes from prospective journalists. There is also correspondence between McDowell and literary agents and magazine editors.

The subject files contain a wide variety of materials relating to McDowell's nearly 40 years as a journalist and author. There are manuscript drafts and free-lance articles for various publications, reviews, publicity, and correspondence relating to books he wrote, including "One Thing After Another" (1960), "What Did You Have in Mind?" (1963), and "Campaign Fever" (1965). There is background information for his articles, columns, and speeches, especially on the subjects of Congress, television and political conventions, elections, inaugurations, and campaign finance reform.

McDowell did voice-overs for the Ken Burns productions, "The Civil War" (1990) and "Baseball" (1994), and the collection contains articles and reviews, notes, correspondence, clippings, and screening and final scripts. He also was a host on the program "For the Record," which aired on Central Virginia Public Television, which was devoted to public policy, politics, and history. The collection includes drafts of questions McDowell posed to his guests, working files, and background biographical information. Videotapes of some of the programs are also included in the collection. McDowell also a narrated the 1983 program on Watergate called, "Summer of Judgment: The Watergate Hearings," which was a production of WETA in Washington, DC. There are reviews, viewer mail, and a transcript of the program.

The subject files also include biographical information, copies of his daily news articles and special feature stories for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, get well cards, Gridiron Club dinner programs, speeches, scripts, clippings, and membership lists, information on the visit of Nikita Khrushchev to the United States in 1959, photographs, programs, speech notes and drafts, as well as information relating to his work with Paul Duke (1926-2005), and with the Virginia congressional campaign of Andrew McCutcheon.

Alphabetical.

  • Box 10
    Folder 1
    Academy Road House .
  • Box 10
    Folder 2
    Atlantic - Ideas, Correspondence, etc. .
  • Box 10
    Folder 3
    Atlantic - New Hampshire Primary, 1967.
  • Box 10
    Folder 4
    Atlantic - Television and the Convention, 1968.
  • Box 10
    Folder 5
    Atlantic - Virginia Politics, 1969.
  • Box 10
    Folder 6
    Automobile .
  • Box 10
    Folder 7-9
    "Baseball" by Ken Burns .
  • Box 10
    Folder 10-12
    "Baseball" by Ken Burns - Final Script .
  • Box 10
    Folder 13-14
    "Baseball" by Ken Burns - Screenings .
  • Box 11
    Folder 1-2
    "Baseball" by Ken Burns - Screenings .
  • Box 11
    Folder 3
    Biographical Information, Citations, etc. .
  • Box 11
    Folder 4
    Bolivia Trip, 1992.
  • Box 11
    Folder 5
    Book Project - "One Thing After Another" .
  • Box 11
    Folder 6-7
    Book Reviews .
  • Box 11
    Folder 8
    Bourbon .
  • Box 11
    Folder 9
    Mr. Bumbleton .
  • Box 11
    Folder 10
    "Campaign Fever" - Letters to Morrow .
  • Box 11
    Folder 11-12
    "Campaign Fever" - Reviews and Publicity .
  • Box 11
    Folder 13
    Campaign Finance Material for Speeches .
  • Box 11
    Folder 14
    Campaign Finance Reform .
  • Box 11
    Folder 15
    Campaign Reform .
  • Box 11
    Folder 16
    Capitol Building .
  • Box 12
    Folder 1
    Census .
  • Box 12
    Folder 2
    Center for the Book .
  • Box 35
    Certificates .
  • Box 12
    Folder 3
    Chestnut Blight .
  • Box 12
    Folder 4
    Cigarettes - Health .
  • Box 12
    Folder 5
    Cities .
  • Box 12
    Folder 6
    Civil Rights .
  • Box 12
    Folder 7
    "The Civil War" by Ken Burns .
  • Box 12
    Folder 8-9
    "The Civil War" by Ken Burns - Reviews, Artifacts, etc. .
  • Box 12
    Folder 10
    Civil War - Speech Notes .
  • Box 12
    Folder 11
    Clinton and the Press, 1992.
  • Box 12
    Folder 12
    Clinton Impeachment .
  • Box 12
    Folder 13
    Clippings, Drafts, Notes, 2001.
  • Box 12
    Folder 14
    Columbia School of Journalism 50th Class Reunion, 1999.
  • Box 13
    Folder 1
    Congress, 89th .
  • Box 13
    Folder 2
    Congress, 90th .
  • Box 13
    Folder 3
    "The Congress" by Ken Burns, 1989.
  • Box 13
    Folder 4
    Consular Treaty .
  • Box 13
    Folder 5
    Conventions, 1952, 1992.
  • Box 13
    Folder 6
    Conventions, 1960.
  • Box 13
    Folder 7
    Conventions, 1968.
  • Box 13
    Folder 8
    Conventions, 1984.
  • Box 13
    Folder 9
    Conventions, 1996.
  • Box 13
    Folder 10
    Correspondence, 1989.
  • Box 13
    Folder 11
    Correspondence, 1990.
  • Box 13
    Folder 12
    Correspondence, 1991.
  • Box 13
    Folder 13-16
    Correspondence, 1992.
  • Box 13
    Folder 17-18
    Correspondence, 1993.
  • Box 14
    Folder 1
    Correspondence, 1993.
  • Box 14
    Folder 2
    Correspondence, 1994.
  • Box 14
    Folder 3-5
    Correspondence, 1998.
  • Box 14
    Folder 6-7
    Correspondence, 1998-1999.
  • Box 14
    Folder 8-11
    Correspondence, 1999.
  • Box 14
    Folder 12
    Correspondence, 2000.
  • Box 14
    Folder 13
    Correspondence, 2001-2002.
  • Box 14
    Folder 14
    Correspondence, 2003-2004.
  • Box 15
    Folder 1-3
    Correspondence - Agents, Magazines, etc. .
  • Box 15
    Folder 4
    Crab Derby, 1962.
  • Box 15
    Folder 5
    D.A.R. Convention .
  • Box 15
    Folder 6-7
    Daily Stories, 1950-1951.
  • Box 15
    Folder 8
    Daily Stories, 1952.
  • Box 15
    Folder 9
    Daily Stories, 1953.
  • Box 15
    Folder 10-11
    Daily Stories #4, 1954-1957.
  • Box 15
    Folder 12
    Danville (KY) Progress Report, 2001.
  • Box 15
    Folder 13
    Debt Limit .
  • Box 15
    Folder 14
    Democratic Convention, 1952.
  • Box 15
    Folder 15
    Democratic Convention, 1968.
  • Box 16
    Folder 1
    Democratic National Convention - Columns, 1956.
  • Box 16
    Folder 2
    Democratic Primary, 1969.
  • Box 16
    Folder 3
    Democrats - Virginia .
  • Box 16
    Folder 4
    Dial - Twilight of a Presidency, 1984.
  • Box 16
    Folder 5
    Drug Hearings, 1970.
  • Box 16
    Folder 6-7
    Duke, Paul .
  • Box 16
    Folder 8
    Eisenhower .
  • Box 16
    Folder 9
    Elk (Bellwood) .
  • Box 16
    Folder 10
    Ephraim McDowell Foundation .
  • Box 16
    Folder 11
    Ethics .
  • Box 16
    Folder 12
    Facts, Statistics, etc. .
  • Box 16
    Folder 13-14
    Fairfax County - History, Geography, News, etc. .
  • Box 16
    Folder 15
    Fat Albert (School Bus) .
  • Box 16
    Folder 16
    Federal Grants - Virginia .
  • Box 16
    Folder 17
    Fiction Project .
  • Box 16
    Folder 18-20
    File "X" (Notes, Family Material, Correspondence, etc.) .
  • Box 16
    Folder 21
    File "Y" .
  • Box 17
    Folder 1
    Filibuster, 1965.
  • Box 17
    Folder 2
    Finnegan the Fire Chief .
  • Box 17
    Folder 3
    Fishback Lecture - Washington and Lee, .
  • Box 17
    Folder 4
    Flamingo Column .
  • Box 17
    Folder 5
    Flamingo Folklore .
  • Box 17
    Folder 6
    Flugelman-606 .
  • Box 17
    Folder 7
    "For the Record" .
  • Box 17
    Folder 8
    "For the Record" - Julian Bond .
  • Box 17
    Folder 9
    "For the Record" - Lee Hamilton .
  • Box 17
    Folder 10-11
    "For the Record" - Linwood Holton .
  • Box 17
    Folder 12
    "For the Record" - Jim Jones (Bad Blood) .
  • Box 17
    Folder 13
    "For the Record" - Gale Mattox .
  • Box 17
    Folder 14
    "For the Record" - Bobby Muller .
  • Box 17
    Folder 15
    "For the Record" - Timothy Naftali .
  • Box 17
    Folder 16
    "For the Record" - Kevin Phillips (The Cousins' Wars) .
  • Box 17
    Folder 17
    "For the Record" - John Sununu .
  • Box 17
    Folder 18
    "For the Record" - Kathryn Thornton .
  • Box 17
    Folder 19
    "For the Record" - Stansfield Turner .
  • Box 17
    Folder 20
    "For the Record" - Lech Walesa .
  • Box 17
    Folder 21
    "For the Record" - John Warner .
  • Box 17
    Folder 22
    "For the Record" - Margaret Warner .
  • Box 18
    Folder 1
    "For the Record" - Lowell Weicker .
  • Box 18
    Folder 2
    "For the Record" - Philip Zelikow .
  • Box 18
    Folder 3
    "For the Record" - Running File (Business, Planning, etc.) .
  • Box 18
    Folder 4
    Fourth Estate Award - Speeches, Letters, Clips, 1996.
  • Box 18
    Folder 5
    Henry Fowler .
  • Box 18
    Folder 5
    Fowler, Henry .
  • Box 18
    Folder 6
    Frazier, Emery L. .
  • Box 18
    Folder 7
    Funny Stories for Speeches .
  • Box 18
    Folder 8
    General Assembly, 1952.
  • Box 18
    Folder 9
    General Motors and its Detective (Ralph Nader), 1966.
  • Box 18
    Folder 10-13
    Get Well Letters, 1999.
  • Box 18
    Folder 14
    Glaser, Lewis - Quill Pens .
  • Box 18
    Folder 15
    Glassboro Summit, June 1967.
  • Box 18
    Folder 16
    G.O.P. - Chicago, 1952.
  • Box 19
    Folder 1
    G.O.P. Convention, 1996.
  • Box 19
    Folder 2
    Gridiron Club Artifacts .
  • Box 19
    Folder 3-6
    Gridiron Club Dinner, 1999.
  • Box 19
    Folder 7
    Gridiron Club Dinner, 2000.
  • Box 19
    Folder 8
    Gridiron Club Dinner, 2001.
  • Box 19
    Folder 9-10
    Gridiron Club Dinner (and Hawaii Speech), 2002.
  • Box 19
    Folder 11
    Gridiron Club Dinners, 2003-2004.
  • Box 19
    Folder 12-14
    Gridiron Club 100th Anniversary, 1985.
  • Box 20
    Folder 1
    Gridiron Club Photographs .
  • Box 20
    Folder 2
    Gridiron Speeches (Reagan, Gore, Clinton, etc.) .
  • Box 20
    Folder 3
    Gun Control Bill, 1968.
  • Box 20
    Folder 4
    Hardy, Porter, Jr. (Member of Congress) .
  • Box 20
    Folder 5
    Harvard Lecture, 16 December 1986.
  • Box 20
    Folder 6
    Hawaii, 1997 (and earlier).
  • Box 20
    Folder 7-8
    Hawaii, 2000 (Cancelled).
  • Box 20
    Folder 9
    Hawaii, 2001.
  • Box 20
    Folder 10
    Hawaii, 2002.
  • Box 20
    Folder 11
    Highways and Toll Roads .
  • Box 20
    Folder 12-13
    Holton, Linwood .
  • Box 20
    Folder 14
    Humor and Politics .
  • Box 20
    Folder 15
    Hunger .
  • Box 20
    Folder 16
    Hunting Creek Affair, 1968.
  • Box 20
    Folder 17
    Huntley Meadows .
  • Box 21
    Folder 1
    Inaugurations .
  • Box 21
    Folder 2
    Inaugurations - PBS Documentary, 1992.
  • Box 21
    Folder 3
    "The James: Revolutionary River" .
  • Box 21
    Folder 4
    Johnson, Lyndon B. .
  • Box 21
    Folder 5
    Kennedy, Robert .
  • Box 21
    Folder 6-7
    Khrushchev Trip to U.S., 1959.
  • Box 21
    Folder 8-9
    Last Wagon West .
  • Box 21
    Folder 10
    Lawyers Title News .
  • Box 21
    Folder 11
    Letters To and From Congress .
  • Box 21
    Folder 12
    Lexington .
  • Box 21
    Folder 13
    Lexington (McCrum) .
  • Box 21
    Folder 14
    "Littlest Bunny" - Haynie and McDowell .
  • Box 21
    Folder 15
    Magazine By-Lines .
  • Box 21
    Folder 16
    Magazine Stories .
  • Box 21
    Folder 17
    Mansfield, Mike .
  • Box 21
    Folder 18
    Manuscripts and Drafts .
  • Box 21
    Folder 19
    Markers .
  • Box 21
    Folder 20
    Martinsville Seven .
  • Box 21
    Folder 21
    Massive Resistance (Latimer History) .
  • Box 22
    Folder 1-2
    McCutcheon Campaign, 1968.
  • Box 22
    Folder 3
    McDowell, Catherine .
  • Box 22
    Folder 4
    Media General - Phone Directory .
  • Box 22
    Folder 5
    Media General Washington Bureau (Doster Memos) .
  • Box 22
    Folder 6
    Medicare .
  • Box 22
    Folder 7
    Memorabilia .
  • Box 22
    Folder 8
    Meredith, Henry .
  • Box 22
    Folder 9
    Moon (Space Exploration) .
  • Box 22
    Folder 10
    Morrow Correspondence - "Campaign Fever" .
  • Box 22
    Folder 11
    Morrow Publicity .
  • Box 22
    Folder 12
    The Names People Elect, 1975.
  • Box 22
    Folder 13
    "New Towns" - WETA, 1986.
  • Box 22
    Folder 14-15
    News and Features, 1965-1966.
  • Box 22
    Folder 16-17
    News and Features, 1967.
  • Box 22
    Folder 18-19
    News and Features, 1968.
  • Box 23
    Folder 1-2
    News and Features, 1969.
  • Box 23
    Folder 3-4
    News and Features, 1970.
  • Box 23
    Folder 5
    News and Features, January 1971-May 1972.
  • Box 23
    Folder 6
    News and Features, June-December 1972.
  • Box 23
    Folder 7
    News and Features, 1973.
  • Box 23
    Folder 8
    News and Features, 1974-1975.
  • Box 23
    Folder 9
    News and Features, 1976.
  • Box 23
    Folder 10
    News and Features Stories - Conventions, etc. 1970's.
  • Box 23
    Folder 11
    News-Leader Biographies .
  • Box 23
    Folder 12-13
    Newsweek .
  • Box 24
    Folder 1
    Newsweek Ad for "Washington Week in Review," 25 March 1991.
  • Box 24
    Folder 2
    Nixon, Richard M. .
  • Box 24
    Folder 3
    "No Higher Honor: Linwood Holton" .
  • Box 24
    Folder 4
    Northern Virginia Politics .
  • Box 24
    Folder 5
    Notes for President .
  • Box 24
    Folder 6
    "Nuclear War: A Guide to Armageddon," 1982.
  • Box 24
    Folder 7
    Numbers - Richmond and Hopewell (Gambling) .
  • Box 24
    Folder 8
    Nuts (Publications, Mail, Organizations, etc.) .
  • Box 24
    Folder 9
    Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) - Sargent Shriver .
  • Box 24
    Folder 10
    Old Speech Notes, 1961-1966.
  • Box 24
    Folder 11
    Oliver Hill .
  • Box 24
    Folder 12-13
    Outside Pieces - Free Lance .
  • Box 24
    Folder 14
    "Packaging American Wars" - Roanoke TV, 1982.
  • Box 24
    Folder 15
    Pennies and Dollar Coin .
  • Box 25
    Folder 1-4
    Personal Artifacts, 1981-1985.
  • Box 25
    Folder 5
    Personal Relics, etc. .
  • Box 25
    Folder 6
    Photographs .
  • Box 25
    Folder 7
    Plants .
  • Box 25
    Folder 8
    Politicians (Speech Topic) .
  • Box 25
    Folder 9
    Politics, 1960.
  • Box 25
    Folder 10
    Politics, 1992.
  • Box 25
    Folder 11
    Politics Poop .
  • Box 25
    Folder 12
    Pollard, Fred G. .
  • Box 25
    Folder 13
    Pollution - Ecology .
  • Box 25
    Folder 14
    Post Reprints .
  • Box 25
    Folder 15
    Poverty - Food Programs .
  • Box 25
    Folder 16
    Powell, Lewis F. .
  • Box 25
    Folder 17
    "Power Battle" Series, 1949.
  • Box 25
    Folder 18-19
    Power Companies - Utilities .
  • Box 25
    Folder 20-21
    Presidential Campaign, 1968.
  • Box 26
    Folder 1-2
    Presidential Campaign, 1968.
  • Box 26
    Folder 3
    Presidential Campaign, 2000.
  • Box 26
    Folder 4
    Presidential Campaign - Clippings, 2000.
  • Box 26
    Folder 5
    Presidential Humor .
  • Box 26
    Folder 6
    Press Conferences .
  • Box 26
    Folder 7-8
    Press - Dinners 1968.
  • Box 26
    Folder 9
    Press Passes .
  • Box 26
    Folder 10
    Project - People's "Papers" .
  • Box 26
    Folder 11
    P.T.A. .
  • Box 26
    Folder 12
    Public Broadcasting .
  • Box 26
    Folder 13
    Public Housing Series, 1949.
  • Box 26
    Folder 14
    Puns in Newspapers .
  • Box 26
    Folder 15
    Puzzles .
  • Box 26
    Folder 16
    Quotes and Anecdotes .
  • Box 26
    Folder 17
    Racoons .
  • Box 26
    Folder 18
    Rawlings, George C., Jr. .
  • Box 26
    Folder 19
    Reagan, Ronald .
  • Box 26
    Folder 20
    Reapportionment .
  • Box 26
    Folder 21
    Redistricting .
  • Box 26
    Folder 22
    Republican Convention, 1980.
  • Box 27
    Folder 1
    Republican Convention, 1988.
  • Box 27
    Folder 2
    Republican Right .
  • Box 27
    Folder 3
    Republicans - Virginia .
  • Box 27
    Folder 4
    Retirement .
  • Box 27
    Folder 5
    Retirement - Clippings .
  • Box 27
    Folder 6
    Retirement, July 1998.
  • Box 27
    Folder 7
    Richmond .
  • Box 27
    Folder 8
    "Richmond Memories" .
  • Box 27
    Folder 9
    Richmond Newspaper Guild .
  • Box 27
    Folder 10
    Roads .
  • Box 27
    Folder 11
    Robb, Chuck - Clippings .
  • Box 27
    Folder 12
    Robertson, A. Willis .
  • Box 27
    Folder 13
    Rockefeller, Nelson .
  • Box 27
    Folder 14
    Rockwell, George Lincoln - Nazi .
  • Box 27
    Folder 15
    Rogallo Kite .
  • Box 27
    Folder 16
    Romney, George .
  • Box 27
    Folder 17
    Rural Virginia .
  • Box 27
    Folder 18
    Sabato Analysis - 1994 U.S. Senate Election .
  • Box 27
    Folder 19
    Safe Deposit Box .
  • Box 27
    Folder 20
    Satterfield, David E. III .
  • Box 27
    Folder 21
    Section IV Light .
  • Box 27
    Folder 22
    Section IV News Background .
  • Box 27
    Folder 23
    Selected Clips .
  • Box 27
    Folder 24
    Sigma Delta Chi .
  • Box 27
    Folder 25
    Smith, Howard W. .
  • Box 27
    Folder 26
    Smoking .
  • Box 28
    Folder 1
    Social Security .
  • Box 28
    Folder 2
    Sold and Dead Pile .
  • Box 28
    Folder 3
    Speech - "A Good Word for Politicians" - UVA, 1985.
  • Box 28
    Folder 4
    Speech - Arizona Senior Academy, 2000.
  • Box 28
    Folder 5
    Speech in the Dark, 1983.
  • Box 28
    Folder 6
    Speech Material .
  • Box 28
    Folder 7
    Speech Notes and Drafts, 1997-1998.
  • Box 28
    Folder 8
    Speech Notes and Drafts, 2000-2001.
  • Box 28
    Folder 9
    Speech Prep - Recent Texts, 1997-1999.
  • Box 28
    Folder 10
    Speech Prep - Statistics, Quotes, Jokes, etc. .
  • Box 28
    Folder 11
    Speech Schedule and Texts, 1998-2001.
  • Box 28
    Folder 12
    Speeches, 1995.
  • Box 28
    Folder 13
    Speeches, 1996-1997.
  • Box 28
    Folder 14
    Speeches, 1998.
  • Box 29
    Folder 1-3
    Speeches, 1999-2000.
  • Box 29
    Folder 4
    Speeches, 2000-2001.
  • Box 29
    Folder 5
    Speeches, 2001.
  • Box 29
    Folder 6-9
    Spong, William B. .
  • Box 29
    Folder 10
    State of the World Global Conference, 1993.
  • Box 29
    Folder 11
    Stationary .
  • Box 29
    Folder 12-13
    "Summer of Judgment: The Watergate Hearings" .
  • Box 29
    Folder 14
    "Summer of Judgment: The Watergate Hearings" - Reviews, Mail .
  • Box 30
    Folder 1-2
    "Summer of Judgment: The Watergate Hearings" - Transcript .
  • Box 30
    Folder 3
    Sunday Magazine .
  • Box 30
    Folder 4
    Supreme Court .
  • Box 30
    Folder 5-7
    Sympathy Letters - Death of Catherine F. McDowell, 1986.
  • Box 30
    Folder 8
    Tax Cut Issue - Clippings, 1999.
  • Box 30
    Folder 9
    Tax Sharing .
  • Box 30
    Folder 10-12
    Television and Politics .
  • Box 30
    Folder 13
    Thanksgiving .
  • Box 30
    Folder 14
    Three Characters from Lexington .
  • Box 30
    Folder 15
    Times-Dispatch and Television .
  • Box 31
    Folder 1
    Tornado of 1951 .
  • Box 31
    Folder 2
    Train Wreck - R.F. & P., 1970.
  • Box 31
    Folder 3
    Tuck, Gov. Bill .
  • Box 31
    Folder 4
    Un-American Activities Committee .
  • Box 31
    Folder 5
    Uncle Billy .
  • Box 31
    Folder 6
    VEPCO .
  • Box 31
    Folder 7
    Veterans Administration .
  • Box 31
    Folder 8
    Vice-President, 1968.
  • Box 31
    Folder 9
    Vietnam .
  • Box 31
    Folder 10
    Virginia Museum .
  • Box 31
    Folder 11
    Virginia Politics .
  • Box 31
    Folder 12
    Voting Rights .
  • Box 31
    Folder 13
    Wallace, George C. .
  • Box 31
    Folder 14
    Warren Commission .
  • Box 31
    Folder 15
    Washington, D.C. - Tourism, Monuments, etc. .
  • Box 31
    Folder 16
    "Washington Week in Review" - Anniversaries .
  • Box 31
    Folder 17
    "Washington Week in Review" at 1992 Political Conventions .
  • Box 32
    Folder 1-5
    "Washington Week in Review" - Mail, 1982.
  • Box 32
    Folder 6-12
    "Washington Week in Review" - Mail, 1987.
  • Box 33
    Folder 1-7
    "Washington Week in Review" - Mail, 1989.
  • Box 33
    Folder 8-11
    "Washington Week in Review" - Mail, 1990.
  • Box 33
    Folder 12-13
    "Washington Week in Review" - Mail, 1992.
  • Box 34
    Folder 1-4
    "Washington Week in Review" - Mail, 1992.
  • Box 34
    Folder 5
    "Washington Week in Review" - Mail, 1995-1996.
  • Box 34
    Folder 6
    Washingtonian - William C. Battle, 1969.
  • Box 34
    Folder 7
    Washingtonian - Howell vs. Godwin, 1973.
  • Box 34
    Folder 8
    Washingtonian - The Political History of Virginia, 1977.
  • Box 34
    Folder 9
    Washingtonian - TV, Politics, 1986.
  • Box 34
    Folder 10
    Washingtonian - Article of Charles McDowell, 2000.
  • Box 34
    Folder 11
    Watergate Revisited - WETA, 1994.
  • Box 34
    Folder 12
    Watergate (Sam Ervin) .
  • Box 34
    Folder 13
    WETA Channel 26 .
  • Box 34
    Folder 14
    White House "Insiders" .
  • Box 34
    Folder 15
    Whitehurst, G. William .
  • Box 34
    Folder 16
    Wilson Wyatt Narration - Louisville PBS, 1994.
  • Box 34
    Folder 17
    Wiretapping - Fairfax Chief Durrer .
  • Box 34
    Folder 18
    Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Advisory Council .
  • Box 34
    Folder 19
    World Bank .
  • Box 34
    Folder 20-21
    Writing - Tips, Pointers, etc. .
  • Box 34
    Folder 22
    Young, Stephen M. .
  • Box 34
    Folder 23
    Zoo .
Series III. Books and Videotapes.
Boxes: 35-36
Extent: 2 boxes.

The collection contains numerous books presented to McDowell that contain inscriptions by the authors.

Videotapes in the collection include many of McDowell's appearances on "For the Record," as well as programs which he narrated, including "Summer of Judgment: The Watergate Hearings," "The James: Revolutionary River," and "Richmond Memories." There are also taped interviews with McDowell, speeches, and other appearances.

  • Box 35
    Red Barber. 1947: When All Hell Broke Loose in Baseball. (De Capo Press, 1982) .
  • Box 35
    Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Double Trouble: Vignettes from a Life in Politics and Newspapering (Harrisonburg, Va.: RR Donnelley and Sons, 2007) .
  • Box 35
    Bruce Chadwick. The Reel Civil War: Mythmaking in American Film. (New York: Knopf, 2001) .
  • Box 35
    Paul Duke, ed. Beyond Reagan: The Politics of Upheaval. (New York: Warner Books, 1986) .
  • Box 35
    Kent M. Keith. Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments. (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2001) .
  • Box 35
    C. Brian Kelly. Best Little Stories from the White House. (Charlottesville, Va: Montpelier Publishing, 1992) .
  • Box 35
    Florence Selden Peple. The Red and White Secret. (Richmond, Va.: Garrett & Massie, 1931) .
  • Box 35
    A.J.G. Priest. Old Hilarity. (Charlottesville, Va.: The Michie Company, 1965) .
  • Box 35
    William W. Pusey III. Washington and Lee University in Fiction. (1988) .
  • Box 35
    Parke Shepherd Rouse, Jr. [Collected Stories, 1997?] .
  • Box 35
    William D. Rouse. Plucked Again! (Writers Club Press, 2000) .
  • Box 36
    Cassette - David Broder, Julie Johnson, and Charles McDowell. "Election, '96: Let the Games Begin." Ford Hall Forum, Faneuil Hall, Boston, 3 November 1995.
  • Box 36
    Cassette - Toast to Hugh Haynie, Society of Professional Journalists, 26 June 1996.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - Gridiron Club Dinner (Beta), 1982.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "Summer of Judgment: The Watergate Hearings" (Two Copies) 1983.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "Outlook," Demo, Potomac Television Productions, Inc., Washington, DC, 1983.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - Gridiron Club Dinner (Beta), 1984.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "Free Speech and Advertising - Who Draws the Line?" Institute for Democratic Communication, Boston University, 1987.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - Charles McDowell Being Inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame, 1988.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - Centre College, Danville, KY Graduation, 1989.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "The James: Revolutionary River," 1990.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "Rally Behind the Virginians" with Charles McDowell (Program on land conservation/preservation), 1994.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "Washington Journal," Charles McDowell Interview, C-SPAN, 4 September 1995.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "Former Offenders: Breaking the Cycle of Violence," Across the River with Hedrick Smith, WETA, October 1995.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "Richmond Memories" WCVE, 1995.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Charles McDowell," Interview by Ken Thompson, 18 October 1996.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "Virginia Vote '96 with Paul Duke" WCVE/WHTJ, 24 October 1996.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "More Richmond Memories" WCVE, 1996.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Margaret Warner," 10 October 1997.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - Charles McDowell and Shelby Foote, Fredericksburg Form, University of Mary Washington, 28 October 1997.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Linwood Holton" Part I, 28 November 1997.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Linwood Holton" Part II, 19 December 1997.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Stansfield Turner," 23 January 1998.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Gale Mattox," 27 February 1998.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Julian Bond," 24 April 1998.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Lowell Weicker," 27 April 1998.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Lee Hamilton," 26 June 1998.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Kathryn Thornton," 25 September 1998.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Lech Walesa," 16 October 1998.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: John Sununu," 21 November 1998.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "Richmond Memories: School Days" WCVE, 1998.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Timothy Naftali," 8 January 1999.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Bobby Muller," 12 February 1999.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Philip D. Zelikow," 26 March 1999.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Jim Jones," 9 April 1999.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - Washington and Lee 250th Anniversary National Day of Celebration Television Special, 1 May 1999.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - Washington and Lee 250th Anniversary Cruise, 1999.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "For the Record: Charles McDowell" Interview by Charles Sydnor, 24 March 2000.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "The Great Campaign of 1960." Off Center Productions and WETA, 30 October 2000.
  • Box 36
    Videotape - "Judy Garland: The Concert Years" (1985); Candidate Bill Clinton at Georgetown University, 23 October 1991; Miscellaneous Clips; "The Civil War: Episode Three" (clip); Dan Quayle on the Rush Limbaugh Show; Wimbledon Coverage. .