The Resource Nancy Ridley Pretlow Bozarth papers

Nancy Ridley Pretlow Bozarth papers

Nancy Ridley Pretlow Bozarth papers, 1896-1989
Nancy Ridley Pretlow Bozarth papers
Inclusive dates
  • Papers, 1896-1989, of Nancy Ridley Pretlow Bozarth (1901-1988) of Williamsburg, Virginia, containing correspondence and subject files. Much of the collection relates to the military service of her husband Walter Fortiner Bozarth (1900-1954) with the 1315th Engineer Construction Battalion during World War II, and also her later interest in foreign travel
  • The earliest correspondece includes letters between Nancy Ridley Pretlow and Walter F. Bozarth around the time of their marriage in 1925. There are also letters written to her by her father Charles F. Pretlow, Jr. (1872-1937) in Pittsburgh. Subjects include courtship and marriage, visits, health, travel, weather, and the birth of their daughters Nancy Pretlow Bozarth (b. 1927) and Elizabeth Ridley Bozarth (1930-1976). There is a large amount of correspondence related to Walter F. Bozarth's military service with the 1315th Engineer Construction Battalion during World War II. The letters are written to his his wife and daughters while he was attending engineer school at Fort Belvoir, Virignia, and then when he was stationed at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana and Camp Sutton, North Carolina. Bozarth suffered injuries in a Jeep accident in May 1944, and many of the letters were written while he was recuperating at Moore General Hospital in Swannanoa, North Carolina. The post-1955 correspondence contains mainly postcards and letters written by Nancy Bozarth to her daughters and their families while she was traveling in the United States and Europe. A majority of the correspondence was transcribed by Lyndon H. Hart III (b. 1953), and are included with the originals
  • The subject files contain calling cards, clippings, estate papers, greeting cards, home construction and ownership records, invitations, military service records, photographs, postcards, programs, scrapbooks, and sympathy cards and notes. There are materials related to her interest in travel, including brochures and guidebooks, receipts, tickets, expense books, itineraries, and diaries. Also included are materials documenting her career in the hostess department at Colonial Williamsburg. There are also business records concerning Walter Bozarth's career in the lumber business and excavation contracting, and as owner of a television repair shop, including accounts and receipts, licenses, and payroll and tax records
Member of
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Biographical or historical data
Nancy Ridley Pretlow was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on 20 October 1901. She was the daughter of Charles Fox Pretlow, Jr. (1872-1937) and Ann Eliza Ridley (1875-1915). She attended Stuart Hall and the College of William and Mary. Pretlow married Walter Fortiner Bozarth (1900-1955) on 27 August 1925 in Roanoke County, Virginia. They resided in Williamburg, Virginia, where she was an employee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in their information center and hostess department. After her retirement, she was a docent at Bruton Parish Church, and she traveled extensively in Europe. Nancy Ridley Pretlow Bozarth died on 19 January 1988, and is buried in Williamsburg Memorial Park.
Cataloging source
Nancy Ridley Pretlow Bozarth papers
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Hart, Lyndon H. III
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Correspondence. II. Subject Files.
Reproduction note
Type of unit
cu. ft. (20 boxes)

Library Locations

    • Library of VirginiaBorrow it
      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
Processing Feedback ...