A Guide to the Papers of Lewis Preston Collins, ca. 1862, 1918-1952 Collins, Lewis Preston, Papers 10615, -a

A Guide to the Papers of Lewis Preston Collins, ca. 1862, 1918-1952

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Accession Number 10615, -a


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Accession number
10615, -a
Title
Papers of Lewis Preston Collins ca. 1862, 1918-1952
Physical Characteristics
This collection consists of ca. 8,370 items.
Language
English

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Lewis Preston Collins, Accession #Papers of Lewis Preston Collins, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information

The main portion of the Lewis Preston Collins, II Collection, accession #10615, was made a gift to the Library by Lewis Preston Collins, III, of Marion on October 17, 1984. The scrapbook of photographs, accession #10615-a, was lent to the Library by Mr. Collins for the purpose of making copies to be placed with the main collection.


Biographical/Historical Information

1896: Lewis Preston Collins, II, born on December 25, in Lynchburg to Lewis Preston and Ella Bolling (Moorman) Collins.

1918: Served as a sergeant in World War I.

1920: Received B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University.

1921: Received law degree from Yale University; admitted to the Virginia State Bar.

1921-1952: Practiced law in Marion, Virginia.

1926: Married Pauline Staley on January 2.

[1928] Dec 17: Son, Lewis Preston Collins, III, born.

1936-1946: Member of the Virginia Legislature.

1946-1952: Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, under governors William Munford Tuck and John Stewart Battle.

1950-1952: Director and President of Marion National Bank.

1952: Died of a heart attack on September 20 in Wytheville, aged fifty-six.

Scope and Content

This collection of ca. 8,370 items (22 Hollinger boxes and eight sound recordings (ca. 7.5 linear shelf feet), ca. 1862, 1918-1952, consists of correspondence, papers, printed material, photographs, and sound recordings, chiefly pertaining to Lewis Preston Collins, a prominent citizen of Marion, Virginia, member of the Virginia Legislature, and Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, as well as to his family and personal life. In addition, there is material concerning his brother, Harold Moorman Collins, U.S. Consul in Tampico, Mexico.

Collins was involved in civic activities in and around Smyth County, working with many projects, such as the Marion-Chilhowie airport, the Civil Aeronautics Administration Intermediate Field at Chilhowie, the Wytheville Diagnostic Center, a Marion elementary school proposal, and an apartment project in the county, as well as assisting Marion in acquiring appropriations from the Department of Highways, regarding obtaining the best possible rural route delivery system, and other activities.

As a member of the House of Representatives in the Virginia General Assembly, Collins represented the Smyth County area with concern for its growth and development. Correspondence with constituents and other legislators show that citizens approached Collins for assistance and guidance in local matters. He was also active in Democratic party conventions, including the 1984 State Democratic Convention where he delivered the keynote address and the 1952 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and in campaign, and Saxon W. Holt's campaign for lieutenant governor in 1937. In addition, he was elected as the permanent chairman for the Young Democratic Clubs.

During his lieutenant governorship, Collins was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and collected much material from its budget hearings, such as exhibits, estimates, reports, and letters. As lieutenant governor he maintained contact with constituents, often addressing various organizations or attending dedications. Excerpts from his speeches are included.

Topics of interest include family news, the construction of Collins' house in Marion, the Kiwanis Club, the Marion National Bank, management of the Moorman Farm, the divorce of Harold Moorman and Mary (Proctor) Collins, Smyth County civic and political concerns, Southwestern State Hospital, Democratic party campaigns, conventions, and platforms, state appropriations, Booker T. Washington Industrial Training Center, the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Virginia.

Items of interest include an Exemption Notice, March 14, 1862, for James B. Collins (Legal Papers of the Collins Family); a letter, November 4, 1918, from Collins in France describing the last days of the Meuse Argonne offensive; a letter, April 1, 1942, from Collins to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt offering his services in a war emergency (Military Service); a plat of Lot #3 of the H.L. Moorman property surveyed in 1934 (Moorman Farm); Harold Moorman Collins' Patent for a drink mixer; "Memoir and Analysis of Virginia's Participation in the Chicago National Democratic Convention" by Collins (Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 1952); photographs from an album regarding Collins' inauguration as lieutenant governor; and recordings of speeches by Collins and tributes to him.

Collins corresponded with many prominent persons, particularly Virginians. Among the more important correspondents are Virginia governors James Lindsay Almond, Jr., John Stewart Battle, Harry Flood Byrd, Sr., Colgate Whitehead Darden, Jr., Albertis Sydney Harrison, Jr., George Campbell Peery, John Garland Pollard, James Hubert Price, Thomas Bahnson Stanley, and William Munford Tuck. Lewis also corresponded with many of the members of the Virginia Assembly during his political career. Specific correspondents, including family members, are listed in the contents list.

Organization

The material in this collection arrived at the Library in twenty-two boxes of varying sizes, including eight letter boxes. Its alphabetical arrangement has been maintained and most folder headings have been retained, being modified only where necessary. Other folders have been interfiled with similar material.

This collection has been arranged into six series: I. Correspondence; II. Personal Papers with two subseries, 'Lewis Preston Collins' and 'Harold Moorman Collins'; III. Political Papers; IV. Legislative Papers; V. Photographs; and, VI. Non-Print Media Material. Items are arranged chronologically.

The papers and other material from Collins' legal practice have been transferred to the University of Virginia Law Library (MSS 85-6) where they will be made available to researchers.

Contents List

Series I. Correspondence
  • Correspondence 1918, 1925-1943
    Box: 1
  • Correspondence: A-Z 1946
    Box: 1
    3 folders
  • Correspondence: A-B 1947-1949
    Box: 1
    2 folders
  • Correspondence: C-R 1947-1949
    Box: 2
    15 folders
  • Correspondence: S-Z 1947-1949
    Box: 3
    4 folders
  • Correspondence: A-Z 1948 Jan-Mar
    Box: 3
    2 folders
  • Correspondence: A-Z 1950 Jan
    Box: 3
    2 folders
  • Correspondence: A-Z 1950 Feb
    Box: 4
    2 folders
  • Correspondence: A-Z 1950 Mar
    Box: 4
  • Correspondence: A-C 1950-1952
    Box: 4
    3 folders
  • Correspondence: D-O 1950-1952
    Box: 5
    12 folders
  • Correspondence: P-Z 1950-1952
    Box: 6
    6 folders
Series II. Personal
  • Lewis Preston Collins
    • Abbott, Proctor, and Paine 1938-1941
      Box: 6
    • Accounts (Payments) 1926-1948
      Box: 6
    • Appalachian Electric Power Company 1933-1935
      Box: 6
    • B.F. Buchanan Memorial Highway 1933-1937
      Box: 6
    • Biggs Antique Company 1933
      Box: 6
    • Branch, Cabell, and Company 1938-1949
      Box: 7
    • Central Antique Shop 1933
      Box: 7
    • Collins Family Genealogy 1939
      Box: 7
    • Defense Speakers Bureau 1943
      Box: 7
    • Estate of John S. Collins 1934-1941
      Box: 7
    • E. Asher Ford 1934-1935
      Box: 7
    • T. McCall Frazier 1934-1937
      Box: 7
    • Dr. Leslie N. Gay re Pauline Collins 1937-1938
      Box: 7
    • House building - Collins Property-Marion 1930-1931
      Box: 8
    • Infantile Paralysis Campaign 1939
      Box: 8
    • Inter-Mountain Telephone Company 1933-1935
      Box: 8
    • Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Co. 1933-1941
      Box: 8
    • Kiwanis Club 1933-1942
      Box: 8
    • Kiwanis Club Committees 1944-1947
      Box: 8
    • Kiwanis Club National Service and Public Affairs 1942-1949
      Box: 8
    • Kiwanis Country Store 1934
      Box: 8
    • Legal Papers of the Collins Family 1862, 1925-1933
      Box: 8
    • Livingston and Company 1934-1935
      Box: 8
    • Lee Long 1933-1936
      Box: 8
    • J. William McCallum 1933-1934
      Box: 8
    • Marion College Annual Reports 1950
      Box: 8
    • Marion High School: Resolution to Reelect W. L. Allen as Principal 1936
      Box: 8
    • Marion Library 1935
      Box: 8
    • Marion National Bank 1938-1941
      Box: 8
    • Military Service 1942
      Box: 9
    • Lindsay L. Moore 1934
      Box: 9
    • Moorman Farm 1936-1938
      Box: 9
    • National Recovery Administration Compliance Board 1933
      Box: 9
    • Charles A. Osborne re Chapter 231 of the Acts of Assembly 1936
      Box: 9
    • Samuel T. Rhoades & Son 1933-1934, 1942
      Box: 9
    • Richardson-Wayland Electrical Corp 1934-1935
      Box: 9
    • Love B. Rouse 1935
      Box: 9
    • Rural Route #1 of Chilhowie 1935
      Box: 9
    • The Salvation Army 1944
      Box: 9
    • Peter Saunders 1933-1938
      Box: 9
    • Sugar Grove Post Office 1935
      Box: 9
    • United States Army Ambulance Service Association 1933
      Box: 9
    • Virginia Academy of Science 1941-1942
      Box: 9
    • Virginia Lincoln Corporation Flag Raising Ceremony 1943
      Box: 9
    • Virginia Military Institute 1937
      Box: 9
    • Washington and Lee Alumni 1934-1942
      Box: 9
    • Washington Baseball Club 1933
      Box: 9
  • Harold Moorman Collins
    • Accounts 1936-1942
      Box: 9
    • Condolences for death of Harold M. Collins 1942
      Box: 9
    • Correspondence of Harold Moorman Collins 1923, 1934-1940
      Box: 10
    • Correspondence of Harold Moorman Collins 1941-1942, n.d.
      Box: 10
    • Miscellaneous 1936-1942
      Box: 10
    • Patent for Drink Mixer 1935-1942
      Box: 10
    • Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service 1938-1942
      Box: 10
Series III. Political
  • The American Assembly 1951
    Box: 11
  • Harvey B. Apperson 1933-1938
    Box: 11
  • Harry Flood Byrd, Sr. 1934-1935
    Box: 11
  • Campaign for Election to the House of Delegates 1935
    Box: 11
  • Campaign for Re-election to the House of Delegates 1939 & 1941
    Box: 11
    2 folders
  • Campaigns General 1932-1942
    Box: 11
  • C.S. Carter 1935-1943
    Box: 11
  • Everett Randolph Combs 1934-1943
    Box: 11
  • Correspondence re the Campaigns 1932, 1937
    Box: 11
  • Colgate Darden Campaign for Governor 1941, n.d.
    Box: 11
  • Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois 1952
    Box: 12
  • Democratic Organization for the State of Virginia 1950
    Box: 12
  • Democratic State Central Committee: Campaign of 1940 1936-1941
    Box: 12
  • Horace H. Edwards 1937-1943
    Box: 12
  • Saxon Holt Campaign for Lieutenant Governor 1937, n.d.
    Box: 12
  • Hungry Mother Park: Right of Way for John S. Airheart 1938
    Box: 12
  • Invitations and Engagements 1937-1951
    Box: 12
    3 folders
  • Invitations and Engagements 1937-1951
    Box: 13
    6 folders
  • Keynote Address of Lewis Preston Collins delivered at the State Democratic Convention 1944
    Box: 14
  • Letters of Congratulations for the Election 1937
    Box: 14
  • Mail Votes 1931-1941
    Box: 14
    3 folders
  • Precinct Lists 1934-1941
    Box: 14
    3 folders
  • Printed Miscellaneous 1929, 1949, 1951
    Box: 15
  • Printed re the Campaign 1937, n.d.
    Box: 15
  • Speeches by Lewis Preston Collins 1947-1951
    Box: 15
  • William Munford Tuck 1936-1949
    Box: 15
  • Washington Memorial Monument Dedication 1950
    Box: 15
  • J. Frank Wysor 1936-1938
    Box: 15
  • Young Democratic Clubs 1936-1940
    Box: 15
Series IV. Legislative
  • Budget Hearings 1947-1951
    Box: 16
    6 folders
  • Budget Hearings 1951
    Box: 17
    4 folders
  • Budget Hearings 1951
    Box: 18
  • Commission Appointments 1950-1952
    Box: 18
  • Commission on Reorganization of State Government 1947
    Box: 18
  • Commission to Study Foundation Program in Education in Virginia 1950-1951
    Box: 18
  • Constituent Letters 1937-1938
    Box: 18
  • Constituent Letters 1938
    Box: 18
  • Constituent Letters 1942
    Box: 19
    2 folders
  • Correspondence with Senators 1952
    Box: 19
  • Burt Lincoln Dickinson 1933-1937
    Box: 19
  • District Attorneyship 1932-1934
    Box: 19
    2 folders
  • Endorsements for Legislative Positions 1937
    Box: 19
  • John W. Flannagan, Jr. 1933-1943
    Box: 19
  • J. Tyler Frazier, Jr. 1933-1937
    Box: 19
  • Game and Inland Fisheries Commission 1936-1941
    Box: 19
  • Gas Rationing 1943
    Box: 19
  • Judgeships of 21st Judicial Circuit 1937
    Box: 19
  • Legislative Bulletin 1940
    Box: 19
  • Legislative Correspondence 1937-1939
    Box: 20
    3 folders
  • Legislative Correspondence 1940-1943
    Box: 20
  • Legislative Correspondence 1950-1952, n.d.
    Box: 20
  • Legislative Miscellaneous 1936-1951, n.d.
    Box: 20
  • Lieutenant Governor 1950-1951, n.d.
    Box: 21
  • Lieutenant Governor 1950-1951
    Box: 21
  • Lieutenant Governor: Commission Appts. 1950
    Box: 21
  • George Alvin Massenburg 1936-1938
    Box: 21
  • Benjamin Muse 1936
    Box: 21
  • George Campbell Peery 1933-1936
    Box: 21
  • John Garland Pollard 1933-1934
    Box: 21
  • Proposed Legislation 1941-1942
    Box: 21
    2 folders
  • Reports to the Governor 1951
    Box: 22
  • Resolution Commending John S. Battle, William M. Tuck, & Harry F. Byrd, Sr. 1952
    Box: 22
  • Sales and Use Tax 1944
    Box: 22
  • Special Session of the General Assembly 1952
    Box: 22
  • Southwestern State Hospital Investigation 1936-1937
    Box: 22
  • Tuck's Bill to Amend Chapter 13 of the Code of Virginia 1948
    Box: 22
  • Virginia State Bar Association 1938-1949
    Box: 22
  • Virginia State Library Building 1938-1940
    Box: 22
  • John Jordan Wicker, Jr. 1933
    Box: 22
  • Williamsburg Sessions of the General Assembly 1950-1952
    Box: 22
  • George A. Wright 1933-1934
    Box: 22
Series V. Photographs
  • Inauguration of Lieutenant Governor Lewis Preston Collins 1950
    Box: 22
VI. Non-Print Material and Audio Recordings
  • Campaign speech by Lewis Preston Collins, Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor [1946]
    Box: 22
    T 827. Cassettes (2) 15 minutes
  • Lt. Gov. Lewis Preston Collins: comments with Walter R. Bishop, WRVA Radio, Richmond 1949 Aug 2
    Box: 22
    P 608 12-inch phonodisk 78 rpm
  • Lewis Preston Collins: speech 1949 Sep 14
    Box: 22
    P 609 12-inch phonodisk 78 rpm
  • "Legislative Forum" program by George Passage: Nominations of Lt. Gov. Lewis Preston Collins as Valued Senate Leader recorded by WRVA Radio, Richmond 1952 Mar 4
    Box: 22
    P 610 12-inch phonodisk 78 rpm
  • Tributes to Lewis Preston Collins: 1) VA Gov. John Stewart Battle; IL Gov. Adlai Stevenson 2) George Passage (WRVA) 1952 Sep 20
    Box: 22
    P 611 recorded by WRVA Radio, Richmond P 611 10-inch phonodisk 78 rpm
  • Tributes to Lewis Preston Collins: 1) Lt. Gov. A.E.S. Stephens 2) Gov. John Stewart Battle 1952 Dec 2
    Box: 22
    P. 612 recorded by WRVA Radio, Richmond 12-inch phonodisk 78 rpm
  • Lt. Gov. Lewis Preston Collins: speech dedicating Bluefield, VA Municipal Building recorded by Preston Recording Corporation, Paramus, NJ n.d.
    Box: 22
    P 613 a, b