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James H. Willcox, Jr. Personal Papers (SC-20)

Identifier: SC-20


The collection is comprised of one bound volume entitled "Silver in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts". It includes photographs from an installation of Willcox’s silver on loan in the Thalhimer Gallery in 1989, as well as clippings, research, and photographs related to his collection.


  • circa 1989

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright, beyond that allowed by fair use, requires the researcher to obtain permission of copyright holders.

Biographical Note

Born in 1940 in Darlington, South Carolina, James Haskell Willcox, Jr. graduated from Clemson University in 1962 with a chemical engineering degree, and immediately began working with Hercules, Inc., a chemical company in Hopewell, Virginia, where he was a superintendent for various divisions for thirty-three years. While he enjoyed his work at Hercules, Jim’s real passions were historical and genealogical research, and collecting antiques, particularly Virginia silver.

He curated the Virginia Historical Society’s 1987 Virginia Silver show and in his honor, the Virginia Historical Society named the silver exhibit hall for him. He was also a member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and lent pieces from his silver collection for a number of its exhibitions. His associations with the Antiquarian Society of Richmond, Collectors Circle of the Virginia Museum, and Silver Society of London were evidence of his profound interest in antiques and preserving their place in history.

Source: Silver Bequest: The James H. Willcox Jr. Silver Purchase Fund


0.1 Linear Feet (1 item)

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The collection is organized into one series.
Series 1
Collection Files, circa 1989

Custodial History

The collection was donated by James Kelly on behalf of the Virginia Historical Society in December 2009. The volume was bound by James H. Willcox, Jr. of Hopewell, Virginia and was given to the Virginia Historical Society by the executors of Willcox’s estate.

Processing Information

The bound volume was left intact.
Finding Aids to Special Collections in the VMFA Archives | James H. Willcox, Jr. Personal Papers
Special Collection 20 (SC-20)
Kevin Williams, Archives Intern; Finding aid encoded by Sylvio Lynch III, Archives Intern (2020)
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Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository

Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond VA 23220-4007 United States