Edgar A. Prichard papers
Scope and Content
The Edgar A. Prichard papers include correspondence, legal, finance and other papers relating to Reston. The majority of the collection deals with property, dedications, deeds, sales and leases in Reston. The documents are primarily from Prichard's dealing with the Palindrome Corporation and Gulf Reston Incorporated. The collection is divided into nines series in 28 document cases and is dated from 1962 to 1981.
Series one contains correspondence dated from 1962 to 1969. The correspondence is mostly memoranda between Edgar A. Prichard and other corporations concerning different buildings, primarily residential buildings, in Reston. The series is relatively small and is contained in boxes 1 and 2.
Series two consists of information on different project in Reston. The information in this series involves building projects such as the First Village Center, Lake Anne Nursery, the swim and tennis club and other projects in Reston. The series is dated from 1965 to 1969 and is contained in boxes 3 and 4.
Series three is a collection of deeds of dedications and rededications from Reston. The dedications are from resubdivisions, amendments, roads and other places in Reston. The series is dated from 1962 to 1969. The series is contained within three boxes 5 through 6.
Series four contains financial papers. The series has tax, loans, foreclosures and apartment financing information relating to the development of Reston in the 1960s. The series is dated from 1964 to 1968 and contained within boxes 6 through 9.
Series five consists of paperwork from different organizations in Reston such as the Reston Home Owners Association and the Palindrome Corporation. The series is dated from 1962 to 1968 and is contained within boxes 9 through 12.
Series six consists mostly of information on different court cases that Edgar A. Prichard was working on behalf of Reston. There are several files involving Gulf Reston, Incorporated vs. Board of Supervisors Stipulations in the 1970s and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The series is dated from 1965 to 1978 and is stored in boxes 12 through 16.
Series seven contains contracts with different organizations, such as the Catholic Church in Fairfax, Motoral, Eugene Simpson and Brothers, Incorporated on the Lakeview Contract and various others. The series is dated from 1964 to 1968 and is stored in boxes 16 through 19.
Series eight contains paperwork from various sales throughout Reston, including lots, homes and space from different corporations. Also in the series are documents from repurchased area. The series is dated from 1964 to 1971 and is stored in boxes 19 through 23.
Series nine has a variety of different documents covering a variety of topics. Some of those topics include restriction files, parking, telephone numbers, advertisements and resubdivisions. The series is dated from 1962 to 1981 and is stored in boxes 24 through 29.
- Creation: 1962-1981
- Prichard, Edgar A. (Person)
Collection is open to research.
There are no restrictions.
Reston is a planned community in Northern Virginia. Robert E. Simon, Jr., the founder of Reston, purchased the land with the proceeds from the sale of Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1961. Construction began in 1963 with the building of Lake Anne. In 1967, Gulf Oil Corporation formed a subsidiary, Reston Gulf Incorporated and took complete financial and operational control. Reston Gulf Incorporated continued the growing development. When the Mobil Corporation bought the remaining undeveloped land from Gulf Reston in 1978, Reston Land Corporation (RLC) was formed as a subsidiary. From Reston's early development in the 1960s through the establishment of the RLC, attorney Edgar A. Prichard participated in many legal, financial, and property transactions.
14.25 Linear Feet ( (29 boxes))
Language of Materials
The Edgar A. Prichard papers include correspondence, legal, finance and other papers relating to Reston. The majority of the collection deals with property, dedications, deeds, sales and leases in Reston. The documents are primarily from Prichard's dealing with the Palindrome Corporation and Gulf Reston Incorporated.
Organized into nine series.
- Series 1: Correspondence, 1962-1969 (Box 1-2)
- Series 2: Projects, 1964-1969 (Boxes 3-4)
- Series 3: Dedications, 1962-1969 (Boxes 5-6)
- Series 4: Finances, 1964-1968 (Boxes 6-9)
- Series 5: Associations and Corporations, 1962-1968 (Boxes 9-12)
- Series 6: Legal Files, 1965-1978 (Boxes 12-16)
- Series 7: Contracts, 1964-1968 (Boxes 16-19)
- Series 8: Sales, 1964-1971 (Boxes 19-23)
- Series 9: General Information, 1962-1981 (Boxes 24-29)
Donated by Edgar A. Prichard in December 1990.
General Physical Description note
The Edgar A. Prichard papers were originally attached to the larger Planned Community Archives collection currently in the Special Collections and Archives. In 2009 the documents were removed and organized into a separate collection still housed in the Special Collections and Archives at George Mason University Libraries. The old box and folder numbers are also included as part of the new arrangement.
Processed in March 2009 by Emily Martin. EAD markup completed in March 2009 by Emily Martin.
- Guide to the Edgar A. Prichard papers, 1962-1981
- Edgar A. Prichard
- Edited Full Draft
- Emily Martin
- 2006 By George Mason University Libraries. All rights reserved.
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- Description is in English