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Swem Library acquires documents from the Sara Bonwell Hudgins Center

The Special Collections Research Center of the Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William & Mary, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the founding documents of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center, a forty-acre campus located in Hampton, Va. 

The collection, which covers the years 1963-1999, details the early days of the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Center.  The papers include letters from Chester F. Carlson (the founder of xerography and an early benefactor) and his wife, Dorris Hudgins Carlson, as well as correspondence from her sisters, Violet Greco and Jean Singleton. The three women were the daughters of Sarah Bonwell Hudgins, for whom the foundation was named. Most of the correspondence was with the executive director, Sylvia F. Zucker.

These documents were given by the Sarah Bonwell Hudgins Foundation in honor of James Clayton Windsor '57. Windsor, who also holds an EdD from the University of Virginia, joined Christopher Newport University as a professor of psychology in 1962. He served as dean of students and then as president (1970-1980), during the university's transition to a four-year independent college.

Established in 1967 by the Peninsula Association for Retarded Children, the center currently serves adults and children who have intellectual and/or physical disabilities in a setting that provides a safe and caring place in which to live and work.  Among the vocational activities are a document destruction business, a business fulfillment center, and a ceramics manufacturing facility.

The collection is available to researchers in the Special Collection Research Center, first floor, Earl Gregg Swem Library. 

For more information, contact Susan Riggs, Special Collections Research Center, or 221-3095.