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MSS 2005-03

Papers of George Gilmer,1936-1977


This collection (1936-1977) consists of correspondence, memorabilia and letters of condolence acknowledging Gilmer's life.

.3 Cubic Feet (1 archival box, 10 folders.)

Scope & Contents

Collection Description

    Biographical / Historical

    George Gilmer was born on 13 April 1888 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was the son of Frank Gilmer, a prominent member of the Charlottesville and Albemarle Bar, and Rebecca Singleton Haskell of South Carolina. He graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1910. From 1910 to 1917, he practiced law with his father and founded the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association in 1916. He served in the U.S. military from April 1917 to 1918. Afterward, he practiced law in Charlottesville with John S. Graves, Roderick E. Smith, Richard H. Barrick, Carl E. Hennrich, and John A. Dezio.

    Mr. Gilmer was appointed Commonwealth Attorney between 1913 and 1917, and Commissioner in Chancery and Assistant Commissioner of Accounts for both the city and the county in 1920. He was President of the Bar Association twice, and secretary for twenty years. He was vice-president and director of the Cassco Corporation.

    George Gilmer was very active in the Alumni Association of the University of Virginia, and was a generous alumnus. He was elected to the Lawn Society, was a member of the Red Land Club, and was asked to serve on the Board of Trustees of the University of Virginia Medical School Foundation. He was an accomplished horticulturalist and member of the American Horticulturist Society, the American Hemerocallis Society, and The Men’s Garden Club of Charlottesville. Mr. Gilmer died on February 16, 1977, in Charlottesville, Va.


    The collection retained Mrs. Tremain’s original organization. The folders are chronological (1936-1977) and primarily consist of letters and notes acknowledging Mr. Gilmer’s life.

    Physical Location

    SC - Basement

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The George Gilmer Collection was donated to the University of Virginia School of Law Special Collections in September of 2005 by his daughter Betsy Gilmer Tremain.

fileMiscellaneous documents, 1936-1951MSS 2005-03, Box 1
fileDiagram of the United States Supreme Court seating arrangement, 1936MSS 2005-03, Box 1
filePledge letter from The University of Virginia Alumni Fund, 1941-04-16MSS 2005-03, Box 1
fileGeorge Gilmer’s Application for Supplemental Gasoline Ration Books, 1942MSS 2005-03, Box 1
fileThank you note from John S. Battle, Governor of VirginiaMSS 2005-03, Box 1
fileRecognition from the Alumni Association of The University of Virginia for fifty years of service, 1960-06-11MSS 2005-03, Box 1
fileVirginia State Bar Certificate of Appreciation for Fifty Years of Service, 1969-05-17MSS 2005-03, Box 1
fileCharlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association Certificate of Appreciation, 1970-10-07MSS 2005-03, Box 1
fileUniversity of Virginia School of Medicine. Citation and letters of recognition for gifts, 1973-1974, 1982-1983MSS 2005-03, Box 1
fileGeorge Gilmer’s letter of resignation as County of Albemarle attorney for collection of delinquent taxes, 1976-07-14MSS 2005-03, Box 1
fileUnited States Honor Certificate to George Gilmer signed by President Jimmy Carter, 1977MSS 2005-03, Box 1
fileResolutions upon George Gilmer’s death, 1977, 1980MSS 2005-03, Box 1
fileLetters of condolence, 1977MSS 2005-03, Box 1