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MSS 86-2

Papers of Clarence B. Pearce


The papers of Clarence B. Pearce consist of correspondence, photographs and memorabilia of his years as a University of Virginia law student (1917-1921).

1916-1920 [Inclusive]
1 Cubic Feet

Scope & Contents

The Papers of Clarence B. Pearce consist primarily of letters written by Pearce to his mother as well as photographs of Pearce and the University of Virginia grounds while Pearce was a law student (1917 - 1921). His college activities included participation in the debating society and service on the editorial board of Virgina Law Review.

Collection Description

    Physical Description

    This collection consists of 80 items.<extent>1 arbitrary_unit</extent>

    Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions.

    Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions.

    Preferred Citation

    Papers of Clarence B. Pearce, 1916-1920, MSS 86-2, Box Number, Special Collections, University of Virginia Law Library.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The papers of Clarence B. Pearce were given to the Law Library in 1986 by his son-in-law and daughter, Judge and Mrs. James E. Lehan.

    Biographical / Historical

    Clarence B. Pearce of Kirkwood, Georgia, enrolled at the University of Virginia in 1917 when he was about 19 years old. His father, who apparently was a soldier in World War I, had died in 1916, and Pearce's education was interrupted by a brief stint in the Army just before the Armistice in 1919. Far away from home while at the University, Pearce wrote his mother frequently, at least for the periods represented by the letters in this gift. Early in his academic career he was active in the debating society, and later was selected for the editorial board of the<em>Virginia Law Review</em>, at that time a publication in serious financial difficulty. In these letters Pearce does not mention any of his professors by name, but he does discuss the books he is using for some of his courses, the amount of studying he does, and the strain and tension surrounding the exam period. For most of the time he was at the University he lived on Dawson's Row. The collection contains snapshots of Pearce and his friends around the Grounds.

file1 TL (typed letter),____ to C. B. Pearce (CBP): notification of University of Virginia scholarship award, 1916 June 9MSS 86-2, Box 1
Clarence B. Pearce
file3 ALS (autographed letter signed), CBP to "Mother" [Mrs. James R. Pearce], 1917 OctoberMSS 86-2, Box 1
file3 ALS, CBP to "Mother", 1918 JanuaryMSS 86-2, Box 1
file1 ALS, CBP to "Mother", 1918 April 11MSS 86-2, Box 1
file1 ALS, CBP to "Mother" , 1918 May 16MSS 86-2, Box 1
file1 ALS, CBP to "Mother", 1918 July 20MSS 86-2, Box 1
file2 ALS, CPB to "Mother", 1918 Sept. & OctMSS 86-2, Box 1
file6 ALS, CBP to "Mother", 1919 JanuaryMSS 86-2, Box 1
file5 ALS, CBP to "Mother", 1919 FebruaryMSS 86-2, Box 1
file9 ALS, CBP to "Mother", 1919 MarchMSS 86-2, Box 1
file7 ALS, CBP to "Mother", 1919 AprilMSS 86-2, Box 1
file1 ALS, CBP to "Mother", 1919 May 14MSS 86-2, Box 1
file2 ALS, CBP to "Mother", 1919 Aug. & Sept.MSS 86-2, Box 1
file2 ALS, CBP to "Mother" , 1919 OctoberMSS 86-2, Box 1
file1 TLS (typed letter signed), "Charlie" to "Hon" [CBP], 1919 November 5MSS 86-2, Box 1
file1 ALS, "Mother" to "My Darling Boy", 1919 November 30MSS 86-2, Box 1
file1 ALS, CBP to "Mother", 1919 December 14MSS 86-2, Box 1
file1 TLS, "Charlie" to "Hon" [CBP], 1920 January 31MSS 86-2, Box 1
file2 ALS, CBP to "Mother", 1920 Feb. & Mar.MSS 86-2, Box 1
file1 ALS, CBP to "Mother", 1920 June 2MSS 86-2, Box 1
file1 ACS, CBP to Mrs. JRP: picture postcard of Dawson's Row, n.d.MSS 86-2, Box 1
fileMiscellaneous military service documents , 1916-18MSS 86-2, Box 1
fileLaw School records and clipping re graduation , 1918-20MSS 86-2, Box 1
filePrograms of events and activities at the University of Virginia, including a Phi Delta Phi libel show program , 1918-[1920?]MSS 86-2, Box 1
fileProgram for "Sleeping Partners" performed at The Jefferson theatre in Charlottesville , 1920 March 26MSS 86-2, Box 1
seriesPhotographs, [Ca. 1917-20]
file18 photographs taken while Pearce was a student at the University; includes a shot of him and his friends, Minor Hall, the Commons, Dawson's Row, and the Grounds covered in snow (see Pearce in photo files), Ca. 1917-1920Law Special Collections photographs cabinet