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Wright family papers

Wright family papers, 1878-1987
Wright family papers
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  • Papers, 1878-1987, of the Wright family of Richmond, Virginia. Included are certificates, clippings, correspondence, photographs, programs, publications, and reports documenting their lives and work for the Richmond Police Department. The bulk of the collection relates to Captain Alexander S. Wright, Chief of Detectives, John M. Wright, Chief of Police in Richmond, and Frank A.S. Wright, Circuit Court judge in Richmond
  • Included are Annual Reports of the Dept. of Public Safety for the City of Richmond, 1907-1955; Roster and Description of the Police Force City of Richmond, 1878-1885; and memoranda from the City of Richmond Police Department. Also included are congratulatory, recommendation, and condolence letters to John M. Wright from Thomas P. Bryan, J. Edgar Hoover, Charles G. Thalhimer, and George C. Wallace. Of note are the numerous photographs, ca. 1900-1960, from the Richmond Police Department of Alexander S. and John M. Wright, street scenes, group photographs of policemen, and dedications and banquets
  • See the attached electronic Finding Aid for a more detailed description of the collection
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Biographical or historical data
  • The Wright family were residents of Manchester, (South) Richmond, Virginia, and had several family members serve with the Richmond Police Department. Alexander Steel Wright was born 1 July 1868 in Manchester, Virginia. He was first appointed a police officer with the Manchester Police Commission in 1894, rising to the rank of Captain of Detectives in ca. 1915. He was married to Roberta Gertrude Turner and died in 1945.
  • John M. Wright was born 25 April 1901 in Manchester, Virginia, to Alexander Steel Wright and Roberta Gertrude Turner Wright. He married Mary Beatrice Tuma in Washington, D.C., on 27 June 1922. Wright started with the Richmond Police Department February 1920, named Acting Chief March 1960, and became Chief of Police in February 1961. He served until December 1967 and died in 1968. His son, Frank A.S. Wright (1924-1996) was a Circuit Court judge in Richmond.
Cataloging source
Wright family papers
Four oversize panoramic photographs, 1925-1944, located in oversize cabinets
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
  • 3.5
  • 1
Governing access note
Two boxes (Box 11-12) of privacy protected records are closed for 75 years from date of creation (includes confidential case histories, employment, and medical records)
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Wright, Robert A.S.
  • Wright, Robert A.S.
Organization method
Organized into three series: I. Papers, 1878-1987; II. Photographs, ca. 1890-1971; and III. Audio/Visual materials, ca. 1968.
Type of unit
  • cu. ft. (13 boxes) and
  • oversize folder.

Library Locations

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      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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