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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 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

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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