Collection Summary

Creator: Low, Peter
Title: The Papers of Peter Low (Working Materials for the Commission on Constitutional Revision), 1968
Accession: MSS 78-12
Description: 4 boxes
Location: This collection is stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections before your visit to ensure your papers are available.
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Collection Description & Arrangement

This collection of four boxes consists of the research material Peter Low and one of his assistants, Nancy Bruc, gathered during the summer.  The papers take the form of memos and more formal reports, statements from the public hearings, correspondence, and notes; most of this material is electrostatic copy.

Biographical & Historical Information

In 1968 the General Assembly commissioned a group of 19 men to study the Virginia Constitution with the intent of revision.  University of Virginia law professor, A.E. Dick Howard was the Executive Director of the Commission, and Peter Low was a member of Counsel.  During the summer of 1968, Low worked as Chairman of the Legislative and Judicial subcommittee and was assisted in research by Virginia law students, Nancy Buc, Judith Ann Arlt, Richard Hogan, and Gail Marshall.  One of the primary questions they considered concerning the legislature was whether the General Assembly should continue on biennial sessions or switch to annual; some of the important judicial matters to be considered were the selection, disability and tenure of judges.

Research was carried out in libraries, in communications with people in other state governments, in interviews with Virginia legislators and judges, and through public hearings held throughout Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Date Received 1978
Donor Information Professor Peter Low donated these papers in 1978.

Content List

Box 1:

  • 1968 April-August, Commission on Constitutional Revision [CCR], General correspondence
  • 1968 February-July, CCR, Memos from Executive Director
  • 1968 April-September, CCR, Minutes of meetings of Commission, Counsel and Subcommittee
  • 1968 May, June, CCR, Legislative and Judicial Subcommittee
  • 1968 March-August, CCR, Legislative and Judicial Subcommittee, Staff Memos
  • 1968 April-September, CCR, Legislative and Judicial Subcommittee, Judicial Article
  • 1968 April-July, CCR, Legislative and Judicial Subcommittee, Legislative Article

Box 2:

  • 1968 June, July, CCR, Legislative and Judicial Subcommittee, local and special legislation
  • 1968 June, July, CCR, Bill of Rights Subcommittee
  • 1968 June, July, CCR, Executive and State Administration Subcommittee
  • 1968 August, CCR, Local Government Committee
  • 1968 August, CCR, Taxation and Finance Subcommittee
  • 1968, CCR, Research Material (2 folders)

Box 3:

  • Continuation of 1968, CCR Research Material (1folder)
  • 1968, CCR, Bibliography
  • 1968, CCR, Statements of Public views (4 folders)

Box 4:

  • Continuation of 1968, CCR, Statements of Public views (2 folders)
  • 1968, March, May, CCR, Memos regarding Maryland Constitution
  • 1967, 1968, CCR, Staff papers of the Maryland Constitutional Convention Commission (2 folders)

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