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Tidewater History Collection, 1853-2011, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Tidewater History Collection, 1853-2011, undated

Predominant Dates:1940-2010

ID: 00/MG 91

Extent: 4.75 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is broken into the following series: I: Norfolk; II: Greater Tidewater and Virginia; III: Hampton Roads Planning Commission IV: Oversize Newspapers; V: Oversize Maps; and VI: Oversize Photos.

Subjects: Hampton Roads (Va.)--History, Hampton Roads (Va.)--Maps, Hampton Roads (Va.)--Photographs, Hampton Roads (Va.)--Printed Materials

Languages: English

Abstract

The Tidewater History Collection contains materials such as, newspaper clippings, whole newspapers, magazines, maps, and pamphlets related to the communities of Hampton Roads, with primary focus on Norfolk.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Tidewater History Collection consists of newspaper clippings, newspapers, magazines, maps, and pamphlets. The context of the material relates to Hampton Roads facts, history, events, government, culture and the military, with emphasis on the city of Norfolk.

Collection Historical Note

In 1607, twenty years before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, a small band of Englishmen sailed into the Chesapeake Bay up the James River and settled on a small island named Jamestown. The settlement of Jamestown marked the origin of Colonial America. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Colony of Virginia became the most productive of all the English colonies. In the late eighteenth century, the influence of Virginians helped the American Colonies gain independence from England. In the mid- to late-eighteenth century, Virginia produced more great leaders than any other place in world history.

Today, there are 1.8 million residents in Hampton Roads, making up one-fifth of Virginia's population. The region is rich in culture, thriving communities and maritime and economic development. Hampton Roads is the home of the world's largest naval base, located in Norfolk, and is known for a strong military presence.

The southeastern region of Virginia is referred to as Hampton Roads. This region includes the communities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, and the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Southampton, Surry and York and the following cities and counties of North Carolina – Currituck County, Gates County, Elizabeth City, and Kill Devil Hills (there is no material from the North Carolina cities and counties in the collection).

The meaning behind Hampton Roads is the body of water surrounding this area which incorporates the mouths of the Elizabeth River, Nansemond River, and James River with several smaller rivers and empties into the Chesapeake Bay near its mouth leading to the Atlantic Ocean. Hampton Roads is considered one of the world’s largest natural harbors, with ‘roads’ being a nautical term meaning safe harbor (more accurately a 'roadstead').

Hampton Roads is known for its large military presence, ice-free harbor, shipyards, coal piers, and miles of waterfront property and beaches, all of which contribute to the diversity and stability of the region's economy.

Creating and maintaining adequate infrastructure has long been a major challenge. The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) and the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel (MMMBT) are major harbor crossings of the Hampton Roads Beltway interstate, which links the large population centers of Hampton Roads. In 2007, the Hampton Roads Transportation Authority (HRTA) was formed under a controversial state law to levy various additional taxes, fees, and tolls to generate funding for major regional transportation projects, including a long-sought but costly third crossing of the harbor of Hampton Roads.

Cooperation between the regions is an ongoing challenge. The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) is one of twenty-one planning district commissions in the commonwealth of Virginia. Their purpose is to encourage local government and state-local cooperation in matters such as commerce, city planning, housing, water resources, and emergency management.

Subject/Index Terms

Hampton Roads (Va.)--History
Hampton Roads (Va.)--Maps
Hampton Roads (Va.)--Photographs
Hampton Roads (Va.)--Printed Materials

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 5 Hollinger Document Cases, 1 Hollinger Half-Case, and 2 Oversize Boxes

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Collection is open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.

Acquisition Source: Various transfers

Related Materials: Old Dominion University Libraries-Library Guides: Tidewater Regional Resources

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Tidewater History Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Processing Information: This collection was compiled by David Corona in February 2004. Further processing was completed by Kelly C. Barbour in April 2006.

Finding Aid Revision History: The box listing was updated by Mona E. Farrow in January 2016. Finding aid and box listing updated in March 2018 and June 2019, by Kathleen V. Smith.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Norfolk, 1853-2011, undated],
[Series II: Greater Tidewater and Virginia, 1933-2007],
[Series III: Hampton Roads Planning Commission, 1995-2007, undated],
[Series IV: Oversize Newspapers, 1936-1986],
[Series V: Oversize Maps, 1963-1968, 1984],
[Series VI: Oversize Photos, 1960],
[All]

Series I: Norfolk, 1853-2011, undated
This series relates to the culture, community, and businesses of the City of Norfolk, and is broken into six sub-series: A: Businesses; B: Churches; C: Clubs and Organizations; D: Government; E: Personalities; F: Photos; G: City Statistics and Bibliography; H: Publications; and I: Miscellaneous.
Sub-Series A: Businesses, 1945-1960s, undated
This sub-series contains brochures and pamphlets for Norfolk businesses in the 1960s, as well an index of advertisers from 1945. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Box 1
Folder 1: City Pamphlets – Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, circa 1960s
Folder 2: City Gas Company Brochure, undated
Folder 3: Index to Advertisers, 1945
Sub-Series B: Churches and Synagogues, 1934-2008
This sub-series contains information about several Norfolk churches and a synagogue. Included are programs, directories, newsletters, dedications, and other publications. Material is arranged alphabetically by the name of the church.
Box 1
Folder 4: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 1991
Folder 5: Colonial Avenue Methodist Church Program "The Messiah", December 2, 1951
Folder 6: Epworth Methodist Church, 1959-1964
Folder 7: First Baptist, 1950, 1959, 1983, 1984 and 2008
Folder 8: First Methodist Church, 1964
Folder 9: Grace Protestant Episcopal, Golden Jubilee, 1934
Folder 10: The Jamestown Churchman: Official Organ of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, 1957
Folder 11: Ohef Sholom Temple, 1994
Folder 12: Old St. Paul's Church, 1945
Folder 13: Port Norfolk Baptist Church Program, Charles E. Vogan Organist, October 25, 1955
Folder 14: Port Norfolk Baptist Church Directory, 1976
Folder 15: Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1953-1964
Folder 16: Trinity Methodist Church, Charles E. Vogan Organist, 1960
Folder 17: Unitarian Universalist, Two Centuries of Unitarianism and Universalism in Norfolk and vicinity, 1982
Sub-Series C: Clubs and Organizations, 1969, 1973, 2005
This sub-series contains information on various organizations in Norfolk for the years 1969, 1973, and 2005. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Box 1
Folder 18: Norfolk Organizations, 1969
Folder 19: “Our Heritage-The Woman’s Club of Norfolk, Virginia”, September 24, 1973
Folder 20: “History-Rotary Club of Norfolk-In Celebration of the 90th Anniversary of its Charter as Club No. 114", 2005
Sub-Series D: Government, 1915-2008
This sub-series contains material related to the Norfolk City Government and its branches including the Chamber of Commerce, Convention Bureau, Department of Parks and Recreation, Police Department, museums, and the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Materials include pamphlets, plans, studies and reports, information packets, and other publications. Material is arranged chronologically.
Box 1
Folder 21: Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, "For a Better Form of Government", 1915
Folder 22: City of Norfolk "Your Government in Brief", 1941-1945
Folder 23: Norfolk Police Report, 1944
Folder 24: City of Norfolk: Recreation Survey and Long Range Plan, 1946
Folder 25: Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, "This is it", 1946
Folder 26: Norfolk Department of Parks and Recreation, Norfolk Botanical Garden: First Annual Report, 1959
Folder 27: Norfolk Museum Bulletin Annual Report, 1963
Folder 28: Norfolk Convention Bureau, "Norfolk: A Model Convention City", 1978
Folder 29: Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Information Packet on Ghent Square and Freemason Harbor, 1978
Folder 30: Norfolk Services Directory, circa 1970s
Folder 31: Norfolk Convention Bureau: Norfolk by the Sea, 1990
Folder 32: Mary Pretlow Library & Ocean View Station Museum, 2008
Sub-Series E: Personalities, 1964-1978
This sub-series contains materials related to prominent and notable citizens of Norfolk. Included are materials on General Douglas MacArthur, Irene Leache, a 19th century teacher who opened a school for girls in Norfolk, Antonio Garcia Llamas who painted a portrait of General MacArthur, and Lauren Selden, an Old Dominion College history professor who became the first full-time executive director of the ACLU in Virginia in 1968. Material is arranged alphabetically by each individual's last name.
Box 1
Folder 33: Leache, Irene Memorial, 1974, 1978
Folder 34: Llamas, Antonio Garcia (painted portrait of  General Douglas MacArthur), 1967
Folder 35: MacArthur, General Douglas, "Last Journey for an Old Soldier", 1964
Folder 36: Selden, Lauren - Old Dominion College Professor and Executive Director of Virginia ACLU, 1968-1969
Sub-Series F: Photos, 1868-1981
This sub-series contains photos of Norfolk from the collection of photographer, Carroll Walker. Included are photos of Commercial Place and Granby Street from 1868 to 1910 and photos of downtown Norfolk in 1981. Material is arranged chronologically.
Box 2
Folder 1: Photos of Norfolk from the Collection of Carroll Walker, 1868-1910
Folder 2: Photos of Norfolk from the Collection of Carroll Walker, 1981
Sub-Series G: City Statistics and Bibliography, 1939-2003, undated
This sub-series contains statistical and bibliographical materials relating to the city of Norfolk. Material is arranged chronologically.
Box 2
Folder 3: Civic Affairs, City of Norfolk, Virginia, 1939
Folder 4: An Investment in Priorities, 2003
Folder 5: Norfolk History - Bibliography, undated
Sub-Series H: Publications, 1932-2003, undated
This sub-series contains publications related to Norfolk history. Included are magazines, map booklets, articles, and flyers. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Box 2
Folder 6: Chronology of Slum Clearance in Norfolk, 1935-1969
Folder 7: The Colley-Mattu-Johnson House Description, 1960
Folder 8: Five Points, July 2003
Folder 9: Know: the Navy and Norfolk, August 1944
Folder 10: Know: Norfolk's Postwar Plans, July 1945
Folder 11: Norfolk Harbor Tour, April 1954
Folder 12: Norfolk: An Historic City with a Destiny of Greatness, undated
Folder 13: Norfolk Map and Information, 1939
Folder 14: Norfolk Map and Information, 1942
Folder 15: Norfolk Maps, 1983
Folder 16: Norfolk's Progress and Norfolk's Problem, circa 1940s
Folder 17: The Norfolk Story in Painting: A Twenty Pictorial History as Painted by Kenneth Harris, circa 1960s
Folder 18: Norfolk, Virginia on Hampton Roads, circa 1944
Folder 19: Norfolk 2000-A Plan for Downtown, 1990
Folder 20: Preliminary Feasibility: Proposed Norfolk-Baltimore Steamship Service, 1963
Folder 21: The Seabag, May 20, 1950
Folder 22: Understanding Norfolk: Its History and the Evolution of Granby Street, December 1966
Folder 23: The Vigilant: Official Souvenir Norfolk's 250th Anniversary, August 16, 1932
Folder 24: “Welcome to Norfolk-Capital of the Navy”, undated
Folder 25: The Will-o-The Wisp Publication, undated
Sub-Series I: Miscellaneous, 1853-2011
This sub-series consists of sheet music from a piano forte at Norfolk Female Institute and materials relating to the Hampton Roads Transit Light Rail. Material is arranged chronologically.
Box 2
Folder 26: Sheet music: Norfolk Female Institute Schottische, Composed for the Piano Forte, dedicated to Miss Pattie A. Riddick, by P.H. Masi, 1853
Folder 27: HRT Tide Light Rail Materials, 2011
Series II: Greater Tidewater and Virginia, 1933-2007
This series contains materials related to areas of Hampton Roads other than Norfolk, as well as the state of Virginia. This series is broken into seven sub-series: A: Chesapeake; B: Hampton; C: Newport News; D: Portsmouth; E: Virginia Beach; F: Yorktown; G: Suffolk and Surrounding Counties H: Suffolk and Surrounding Counties; and H: Multi-city.
Sub-Series A: Chesapeake, 1956, 2007
Contains of the Ford Times (publication from the Ford Dealers of Virginia and South Norfolk) which is dated 1956 and a DVD of the South Norfolk Fourth of July Parade, July 2007. Material is arranged chronologically.
Box 3
Folder 1: Ford Times, Special Virginia Issue, March 1956
Folder 2: Fourth of July Parade (DVD), July 2007
Sub-Series B: Hampton, 1966
This sub-series contains materials related to Hampton. Included is a program for the fiftieth Anniversary of Langley Air Force Base. Material is arranged chronologically.
Box 3
Folder 3: Langley Air Force Base, 50th Anniversary, November 1966
Sub-Series C: Newport News, 1946-1961
This sub-series contains materials related to Newport News. Included are materials pertaining to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. Materials are arranged alphabetical-chronological.
Box 3
Folder 4: Newport News Golden Anniversary Souvenir Program, October 13-18, 1946
Folder 5: Program for the Newport News Operatic Society Production for the Mikado, January 10-11, 1950
Folder 6: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, "A Blueprint of Your Future", August 1951
Folder 7: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, 75th Anniversary Souvenir Program, May 1961
Folder 8: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Shipyard Bulletin, Volume XI, January 1946
Sub-Series D: Portsmouth, 1952, 1964, 1977
This sub-series contains materials related to Portsmouth. Included are plans for restoration and redevelopment of Downtown and Olde Town Portsmouth including Crawford Boulevard and High Street from 1964 and a bicentennial brochure for Portsmouth from 1952 highlighting points of interest in the city. Material is arranged chronologically.
Box 3
Folder 9: Portsmouth Bicentennial, 1772-1952: Program, 1952
Folder 10: Portsmouth Commercial Cultural Core Community Civic Center, Olde Towne Restoration, December 1964
Folder 11: Portsmouth, Virginia All-American City, Programs and Work, 1977
Folder 12: Portsmouth photo, undated
Sub-Series E: Virginia Beach, 1930-2007
This sub-series contains materials related to Virginia Beach. Included are a 1930 class bulletin from Atlantic University; a listing of civic clubs and organizations from 1968; and a booklet documenting the history of Greystone House. Materials are arranged alphabetical-chronological.
Box 3
Folder 13: Atlantic University Bulletin, 1930
Folder 14: Civic Clubs and Organizations, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1968
Folder 15: Community for a Lifetime DVD, circa 2006-2007
Folder 16: Comprehensive Plan: Policy Documents and Maps, 2003
Folder 17: Comprehensive Plan: Technical Report, 2003
Box 4
Folder 1: Greystone: The History of a Home, undated
Folder 2: Sandbridge Beach postcard, circa 1970s
Folder 3: Virginia Beach Tomorrow "A Shared Vision of the Future", 1986
Sub-Series F: Yorktown, 1931
This sub-series contains materials related to Yorktown. Included is the official program for the Yorktown Sesquicentennial Celebration from October of 1931.
Box 4
Folder 4: Official Program of the Yorktown Sesquicentennial Celebration, October 16-19, 1931
Sub-Series G: Suffolk and Surrounding Counties, 1982-2005
This sub-series contains materials related to Suffolk and its surrounding counties. Contains histories of the Courtland Baptist Church located in the town of Courtland in Southampton County. The histories date from 1982-2005.
Box 4
Folder 5: Histories of the Courtland Baptist Church, 1845-1982; 1995-2005
Sub-Series H: Multi-City, 1922-1980s
This sub-series contains materials that relate to and overlap two or more cities in the Hampton Roads area. These materials consist of: naval base information; directories and listings of organizations and resources; various publications; maps and tourist information; and special event programs (i.e. the opening program for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in 1964). Material is arranged alphabetically.
Box 4
Folder 6: The Bells of Tidewater, 1959
Folder 7: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, A New Era Opens, April 15, 1964
Folder 8: Directory of Community Resources for Health-Welfare Recreation Services in Eastern Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, June 1967
Folder 9: International Naval Review, June 1957
Folder 10: Newspaper Research: A Service of the National Newspaper Promotion Association, Norfolk-Portsmouth, Virginia, 1960-1961
Folder 11: Tidewater Fashion: 1950-1954, 1954
Folder 12: Tidewater Music and Arts, circa 1960s-1980s
Folder 13: Tidewater Virginia Facts, circa 1976
Folder 14: Tidewater Virginia In Years Gone By, 1964
Folder 15: Tidewater Virginia Maps and Information, circa 1950s
Folder 16: Tidewater Virginia Mural at the National Bank of Commerce, 1959
Folder 17: Tidewater’s Worst Storm: A Pictorial Report, August 1933
Folder 18: Virginia State Ports Authority Dedication Ceremony. Project No. 1 General Cargo Terminal, 1964
Series III: Hampton Roads Planning Commission, 1995-2007, undated
The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) is one of twenty-one planning district commissions in the commonwealth of Virginia. Their purpose is to encourage local government and state-local cooperation in matters such as commerce, city planning, housing, water resources, and emergency management. This series includes documents on such subjects as budgets, annual reports, transportation, and storm water. Materials are in alphabetical order. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Box 4
Folder 19: Annual Report, 2003
Folder 20: Chambers of Commerce, 2004
Folder 21: Crossing Study, 1999
Folder 22: Demographics, 1996
Folder 23: Discover Hampton Roads, 2003
Folder 24: Empower Hampton Roads First Annual Justice Banquet, 2005
Folder 25: Executive Committee Agenda, 2006
Folder 26: Known by the Companies We Keep, 2004-2005
Folder 27: Impact of Military Base Adjustments on the Peninsula Economy, 2006
Box 5
Folder 1: It's Time to Talk about Tax Reform in Virginia, 2003
Folder 2: Partnership for a Global Hampton Roads and Restructuring the Regional Economy for a Global Hampton Roads, 2007
Folder 3: Regional Safety Study, undated
Folder 4: Public Involvement Procedure, 2003
Folder 5: Regional Organizations in Hampton Roads, 1996-2007
Folder 6: Regional Cooperation in Storm Water Management and Indicators of Storm Water Management Program Effectiveness, 2003-2004; 2005-2006; 2006
Folder 7: Regional Transportation-Regional Priority Setting: The Future of Transportation in Hampton Roads, Parts 1-3, 1999
Folder 8: Review (Hampton Roads), 2001
Folder 9: Statistical Data on Average SAT Composite Scores, 1996
Box 6
Folder 1: State Transportation: 1995/2015, 2006
Folder 2: Tax Rates and Expenditures in Virginia, 1998
Folder 3: Transportation Funding, 1996
Folder 4: Transportation Funding vs. Reserve, undated
Folder 5: Transportation Referendum Package, 2002
Folder 6: Travel Time, 2002
Folder 7: Where Do We Go From Here? Fiscal Resources and Virginia's Future, 1998
Series IV: Oversize Newspapers, 1936-1986
This series contains full newspapers and newspaper clippings on topics such as the annual Azalea Festival, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, the funeral of General Douglas MacArthur, Norfolk tourism, Ocean View Amusement Park, and Old Dominion College (now Old Dominion University). Folders are arranged alphabetically by paper name, then chronologically within each group.
Oversize Box 7
Folder 1: Azalea Festival, April 1971
Folder 2: Azalea Festival, April 1986
Folder 3: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel special edition, section 1C-12C, April 11, 1964
Folder 4: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel special edition, section 13C-32C, April 11, 1964
Folder 5: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel special edition, section 1E-12E, April 11, 1964
Folder 6: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel special edition, section 13E-32E, April 11, 1964
Folder 7: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel special edition, section 1F-12F, April 11, 1964
Folder 8: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel special edition, section 3G-18G, April 11, 1964
Folder 9: Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel special edition, pages 18-34, April 11, 1964
Folder 10: City of Abusive Visitors, The Sun, September 19, 1943
Folder 11: For 300 years, Norfolk has persisted despite setbacks, Virginian Pilot, August 13, 1982
Folder 12: General Douglas MacArthur funeral, April 1964
Folder 13: "Rollercoaster" Ran to Hollywood, Virginian Pilot, July 22, 1977
Folder 14: The Spectator (Old Dominion College feature), January 21, 1965
Oversize Box 8
Item 1: Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch (partial paper), September 23, 1936
Series V: Oversize Maps, 1963-1968, 1984
This sub-series contains oversize maps. Included are planning maps for Portsmouth from the 1960s and a proposed Hampton Roads Beltway map from 1963. Material is arranged alphabetically.
Oversize Box 8
Item 2: Portsmouth City Public Schools, 1967
Item 3: Land Area Awarded City of Portsmouth by Annexation Court, October 14, 1966
Item 4: High Street Non-Residential Corridor, 1967
Item 5: Hampton Roads Beltway, 1963
Item 6: City of Portsmouth, 1968
Item 7: Reproduction of Map and Chart of the Chesapeake Bay by J. Bew, November 30, 1781; reprinted in Edinburgh, Scotland, November 1984
Series VI: Oversize Photos, 1960
This sub-series contains a photographed watercolor painting of the Colley-Mottu-Johnson House in 1960 (now currently the site of Pembroke Towers apartment building).
Oversize Box 8
Item 8: Photograph of a watercolor painting of the Colley-Mottu-Johnson House, by Kenneth Harris, 1960

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Norfolk, 1853-2011, undated],
[Series II: Greater Tidewater and Virginia, 1933-2007],
[Series III: Hampton Roads Planning Commission, 1995-2007, undated],
[Series IV: Oversize Newspapers, 1936-1986],
[Series V: Oversize Maps, 1963-1968, 1984],
[Series VI: Oversize Photos, 1960],
[All]

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