Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion College Records, 1930-1979
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Brief Description: The Records of the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion College document the college’s early years as a two-year branch campus, the industrial training courses during World War II, the creation of the Evening College and Technical Institute, and its transition to an accredited university. Included in the papers, dated 1930 to 1979, are correspondence, newspapers, reports, college histories, building plans, bulletins, course descriptions and syllabi, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and several photographs.
Held at:
Special Collections and University Archives
Email: pbruce [at] odu.edu
Record Series Number: 33/RG 33
Volume: 15.0 Linear Feet
Arrangement:

The papers are divided into thirteen series:

Series I: War Training Files, dated 1939-1945, contains correspondence, course descriptions and syllabi and reports related to training workers, including women and African-Americans, for war production positions. Some of the material relates to the Norfolk Naval Base and Norfolk Navy Yard. This series makes up roughly half of the collection. It is organized by alphabetically by subject within each year.

Series II: Administrative Files, dated 1932-1969, contains correspondence and reports related to the administrative functions of the college. It is organized alphabetically by subject within each decade.

Series III: H. H. Sisson, Director of Administration, this small series dated 1936-1969, primarily contains correspondence related to the business dealings of the college. It is organized by date.

Series IV: Evening College, dated 1946-1979, contains bulletins, a scrapbook and newspaper clippings. It is organized alphabetically by subject.

Series V: Director of Admissions and Registration, dated 1940-1969, includes reports related to student admission, demographics, performance, and graduation. It is organized alphabetically by subject within each decade.

Series VI: Academic Files, dated 1931-1968, contains meeting minutes, guidelines, procedures related to the faculty. It is organized alphabetically by subject within each decade.

Series VII: Technical Institute, dated 1947-1969, includes correspondence, course outlines, reports and enrollment data. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series VIII: Student Activity Files, dated 1930-1968, is a small series containing correspondence, program notes, and the school song.

Series IX: Faculty Advisory Committee, dated 1941-1962, contains correspondence and meeting minutes notes. Organized chronologically.

Series X: Music Concert Series, 1941-1969, contains minutes, member lists, and reports. It is organized alphabetically.

Series XI: College Newsletters and Publications, dated 1950-1966, contains miscellaneous college newsletters, histories and reports. It is organized alphabetically.

Series XII: College Expansion, dated 1952-1971, documents the building expansions on the campus with correspondence, reports, and technical plans. It is organized alphabetically.

Series XIII: General correspondence, notes, reports, speeches, studies, and summaries, 1943-1959. It is organized alphabetically.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.
Subject Index
College of William and Mary. Norfolk Division
Old Dominion College
Old Dominion University--History
World War, 1939-1945--War work
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.
Acquisition Notes: Unknown  Some of the material was gathered by the faculty Committee on Archives and Records in the 1950s and 1960s. Other portions were collated by Dr. Robert C. McClelland and librarian Benjamin Franklin Clymer.
PreferredCitation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Records of the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion College, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529