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Thomas Jackson Reed Papers, 1935-1990 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Heather Hammond

Collection Overview

Title: Thomas Jackson Reed Papers, 1935-1990

ID: 18/RG 18-6B1

Primary Creator: Reed, Thomas Jackson (1917-2010)

Extent: 7.92 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

Series I:  Personal.  This series contains materials related to Mr. Reed’s master’s thesis, resumes, personal correspondence, and news paper clippings related to Mr. Reed and his family. 1940-1983

Series II: Old Dominion College/University.  This series includes materials and information related to ODU which includes Mr. Reed’s involvement with the Baptist Student Union, faculty papers and memos, and studies he conducted concerning ODU.  1958-1982

Sub Series A:  Baptist Student Union.  This sub-series contains information about the BSU and Mr. Reed’s involvement in its activities.

Sub Series B: Faculty. This sub-series includes materials related to the faculty at ODU, with a significant amount of information on the College of Business Administration.

Sub Series C: Studies Concerning the College. This sub-series includes studies related to ODU in which Mr. Reed was a participant, such as the Engineering School, student housing, and parking.

Series III:  Brazil Study.  This series includes materials and information related Mr. and Mrs. Reed’s trip to Brazil where he aided the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture in conducting studies of economic development. 1968-1977

Series IV: City Commerce Studies.  This series includes materials related to economic development with an emphasis on city commerce and banking.  This series does not include restaurants or retail shops.  1940-1975

Series V:  Development.  This series includes materials, research, and surveys of economic development plans in Hampton Roads and other areas, which includes employment surveys, economic development outside of Hampton Roads, minutes from SEARCH meetings, and plans for the development of downtown Norfolk.  1955-1990

Sub Series A:  Development in Hampton Roads. This sub-series includes  materials, research, and surveys of economic development plans within Hampton  Roads, with an emphasis on the development of downtown Norfolk.

Sub Series B:  Development Outside of Hampton Roads. This sub-series  includes materials and research related to economic development outside of Hampton Roads.

Sub Series C:  Metropolitan Studies. This sub-series includes materials related  to metropolitan areas outside of Hampton Roads which were used in its economic development.

Sub Series D:  Population. This sub-series includes studies on population in Hampton Roads with an emphasis on population mobility from 1955-1970.

Series VI:  Government/Politics.  This series includes Mr. Reed’s involvement in the 1960 and 1970 Census, newspaper clippings related to Norfolk Elections, materials from court cases in which Mr. Reed served as an expert witness, and his involvement in the Supreme Court Case concerning the redistricting and reapportionment of Hampton Roads Congressional districts.  1958-1983

Sub Series A:  Census. This sub-series includes materials and research related to the 1960 and 1970 Censuses.

Sub Series B: Elections and Politics. This sub-series includes newspaper clippings and correspondence related to elections and political campaigns in Norfolk.

Sub Series C:  Expert Witness in Legal Cases. This sub-series includes cases in which Mr. Reed serves as an expert witness on matters such as wage compensation for disabled workers.

Sub Series D:  Redistricting. This sub-series includes materials related to Mr. Reed’s involvement in the 1971-1972 Supreme Court Case concerning the redistricting of voting districts in Hampton Roads.

Series VII:  Housing Studies.  This series includes studies for housing development in Hampton Roads, with an emphasis on military housing.  1960-1976

Sub Series A:  Civilian Housing. This sub-series includes civilian housing  materials which includes studies on home ownership in Hampton Roads.

Sub Series B:  Military Housing. This sub-series includes materials related to  military housing, with an emphasis on the shortage of housing for members of the Navy stationed in Hampton Roads.

Series VIII:  Media Related Studies.  This series includes studies and research related to radio stations, newspaper advertisements, and other media outlets.  1959-1972

Series IX:  Public Schools Studies.  This series includes material related to Hampton Roads public schools’ growth and development, with an emphasis on Norfolk Public Schools. Mr. Reed was a member of the Parents’ Study Committee for Norfolk Public Schools1961-1971

Series X:  Recreational Studies.  This series includes research and other materials related to recreation in Hampton Roads, including studies on skating rinks, Seashore State Park, and the Norfolk Zoo.  1963-1970

Series XI:  Retail/Commercial Studies.  This series includes studies and research conducted and/or collected by Mr. Reed related to retail and commerce mainly in the Hampton Roads area, including healthcare, marketing research, restaurants, and shopping venues.  1952-1972

Sub Series A:  Healthcare. This sub-series includes studies related to healthcare, hospitals, and physicians.

Sub Series B:  Marketing Research. This sub-series includes research related  to marketing strategies.

Sub Series C:  Restaurants. This sub-series includes research and surveys for development of restaurants in Hampton Roads. 

Sub Series D:  Shopping Venues. This sub-series includes research and surveys for the locations and marketing strategies of shopping venues in Hampton Roads.

Series XII: Oversized Maps. Annotated Hampton Roads maps 1959-1969.

Date Acquired: 06/29/1978. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Baptist Student Union, Brazil. Ministério da Agricultura, Comércio e Obras Públicas, Economic development--Virginia--Hampton Roads Region, Economic forecasting--Virginia--Hampton Roads Region, Hampton Roads (Va.)--Maps, Hampton Roads (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century, Hampton Roads Region (Va.), Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University--Dept. of Business Administration, Old Dominion University--Faculty

Languages: English

Abstract

Thomas Jackson Reed began his career at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary in 1957 as an Associate Professor in the School of Business Administration. He taught courses in Economics, Business, and Statistics. The collection documents his academic life and his work as a consultant in urban planning, land use, political re-districting and retail marketing.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains materials related to Old Dominion University and Hampton Road’s economic development collected by Thomas Jackson Reed, associate professor of business administration.  Included are correspondence, news clippings, research proposals and studies conducted by Mr. Reed.  The collection dates from 1935 to 1990.

Collection Historical Note

Thomas "Jack" Jackson Reed was born to Fred Edward Reed and Grace Neill Reed in Springdale, Arkansas on June 1, 1917 and was the second eldest of eight brothers and sisters.  Mr. Reed graduated from Springdale High School in 1935, and he earned a B.S.A in Agricultural Economics in 1939 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where his major areas of study were Rural Economics and Sociology, Agronomy, Animal Industry, and Horticulture. Mr. Reed continued his education at the USDA Graduate School in 1940, and he later earned his Masters of Science in Economics and Statistics at Iowa State University in 1947.

Thomas Jackson Reed married Rebecca Daniel of Arlington Virginia in July 1940, but they later divorced in December of 1944.  Mr. Reed married Joy (Kiser) Gardner of Worthington, Minnesota in June of 1945.  They had six children together: Rebecca, Anne, Douglas, twins Linda and Deborah, and Susan.

Thomas Jackson Reed spent the majority of his early career in government work.  He worked for the Bureau of the Census in Washington D.C., the Commodity Credit Corporation USDA, the Department of Agriculture, and the Renegotiation Board.  Mr. Reed began his career as a Junior Soil Conservationist and Agricultural Statistician and later became an Assistant Agriculturalist. From 1940-1952, he held various government positions as an economist and statistician which included positions with the Bureau of the Census, the Commodity Credit Corporation and the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, which were under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  From 1952 until 1954, Mr. Reed was employed by the Federal Government as a Statistician Director in the Division of Statistics of the Renegotiation Board.  Mr. Reed also worked as an Assistant Chief Statistician and director of the Editing and Coding for the marketing research company, National Analysts.

Mr. Reed began his career at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary in 1957, which would later become Old Dominion University.  Mr. Reed was an Associate Professor in the School of Business Administration where he taught courses in Economics, Business, and Statistics.  Mr. Reed retired from Old Dominion University in July of 1982.

Mr. Reed also participated in a significant amount of private work while teaching at Old Dominion University.  He appeared as an expert witness in numerous court cases and before regulatory agencies, he provided direct consultation to private businesses and organizations, and he conducted many research projects.  Mr. Reed took on an influential role in Hampton Road’s Navy Housing Study, was an expert witness in the Supreme Court cases concerning senate and house redistricting in the early 1970s, and he consulted with many small businesses in Hampton Roads.  Thomas Jackson Reed was also a founding member of the development organization SEARCH, which first met in November of 1962.  In the beginning, the group was simply referred to as “Persons Working with Social and Economic Statistics in the Hampton Roads Area” and in 1963 the group was formally organized as the Social Economic Area Research Clearing House, or SEARCH.  The organization consisted of people with a like-minded interest in of the economic, social, and physical progress of Hampton Roads, focusing on the metropolitan areas.  The group aimed to promote a more wide spread and fluid exchange of ideas and did so until its end in 1990.

Reed died at his home in Richmond, Va., December 13, 2010.

Subject/Index Terms

Baptist Student Union
Brazil. Ministério da Agricultura, Comércio e Obras Públicas
Economic development--Virginia--Hampton Roads Region
Economic forecasting--Virginia--Hampton Roads Region
Hampton Roads (Va.)--Maps
Hampton Roads (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century
Hampton Roads Region (Va.)
Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University--Dept. of Business Administration
Old Dominion University--Faculty

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: Possible second accession in 1990.

Alternate Extent Statement: 13 Hollinger boxes and 1 oversize box

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to researchers without restrictions.

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 Source: Thomas Jackson Reed

Acquisition Method: Gift.

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


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Personal],
[Series II: Old Dominion College/University],
[Series III: Brazil Study],
[Series IV: City Commerce Studies],
[Folder V: Development],
[Folder VI: Government/Politics],
[Folder VII: Housing Studies],
[Series VIII: Media Related Studies],
[Series IX: Public Schools Studies],
[Series X: Recreational Studies],
[Series XI: Retail/Commercial Studies],
[Series XII: Oversized Maps],
[All]

Series X: Recreational Studies
Box 11
Folder 11: Bowling Alley, 1960
Folder 12: Norfolk Arts Council, 1969
Folder 13: Norfolk Coliseum, 1964
Folder 14: Norfolk Recreation, 1966-1970
Folder 15: One Stop Marina, 1968
Folder 16: Port and Airport, 1968-1970
Folder 17: Princess Anne Skating Rink, 1965
Box 12
Folder 1: Seashore State Park, 1963-1965
Folder 2: Seashore State Park Committee Chamber of Commerce, 1964-1968
Folder 3: Stadium, 1968
Folder 4: UCF and Symphony Orchestra Support, 1970
Folder 5: YWCA-Camping, 1970
Folder 6: Zoological Society, 1966

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Personal],
[Series II: Old Dominion College/University],
[Series III: Brazil Study],
[Series IV: City Commerce Studies],
[Folder V: Development],
[Folder VI: Government/Politics],
[Folder VII: Housing Studies],
[Series VIII: Media Related Studies],
[Series IX: Public Schools Studies],
[Series X: Recreational Studies],
[Series XI: Retail/Commercial Studies],
[Series XII: Oversized Maps],
[All]

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