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Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion College Records, 1930-1979 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Mel Frizzell

Collection Overview

Title: Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion College Records, 1930-1979

ID: 33/RG 33

Extent: 15.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

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.

Subjects: College of William and Mary. Norfolk Division, Old Dominion College, Old Dominion University--History, World War, 1939-1945--War work

Languages: English

Abstract

These papers documents 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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

In 1930, the College of William and Mary developed a two-year campus in Norfolk, located in the former Larchmont grade school on Hampton Boulevard. Initially known as the Norfolk Division of the College William and Mary, the college’s name changed as its course offerings expanded and contracted. In 1931, “Virginia Polytechnic Institute” was added to the school’s title as it began offering engineering classes. In an effort to increase enrollment during World War II, the school began teaching industrial and academic war training courses for the Navy. After the war, these courses were expanded into the Technical Institute, a new division of the college. The Technical Institute, at times part of the Evening College, was created to provide non-credit trade and industrial education for white men and a few courses for white women. In 1958, as the college became increasingly focused on academic instruction, “Virginia Polytechnic Institute” was dropped from the school’s name. Moving towards independence, the school became the “Norfolk College of William and Mary” in 1961. Finally, in 1962 it broke formal ties with the College of William and Mary and became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as a separate college with a new name, Old Dominion College. Two years later the college admitted its first African-American student. In 1969, the college expanded its graduate offerings and became Old Dominion University.

Subject/Index Terms

College of William and Mary. Norfolk Division
Old Dominion College
Old Dominion University--History
World War, 1939-1945--War work

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 41 Hollinger document cases

Access Restrictions: 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: Unknown

Acquisition Method: 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.

Preferred Citation: [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


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: War Training Files, 1939-1945],
[Series II: Administrative Files],
[Series III: H.H. Sisson Director of Administration, Correspondence, 1936-1969],
[Series IV: Evening College],
[Series V: Director of Admissions and Registration],
[Series VI: Academic Files],
[Series VII: Technical Institute],
[Series VIII: Student Activity Files],
[Series IX: Faculty Advisory Committee],
[Series X: Music Concert Series],
[Series XI: College Newsletters and Publications],
[Series XII: College Expansion],
[Series XIII: General Correspondence, Notes, Reports, Speeches, Studies, and Summaries],
[All]

Series II: Administrative Files
Box 22
Folder 1: Academic Programs, 1932-1937
Folder 2: Annual Reports – Library, 1938-1939
Folder 3: Aptitude Scores, 1939-1942
Folder 4: Athletic Association, 1938-1939
Folder 5: Athletics, Foreman Field, 1936-1939
Folder 6: Athletics, Margaret Holman, 1935-1939
Folder 7: Athletics, Tommy Scott, 1932-1939
Folder 8: Board of Visitors, Correspondence, 1938
Folder 9: John Stewart Bryan, President, William and Mary, 1934
Folder 10: Civil Aeronautics Authority, 1939
Folder 11: Community Relations, Works Progress Administration, 1937-1939
Folder 12: Community Relations, Y.M.C.A., 1937-1939
Folder 13: Contracts, 1936-1937
Folder 14: Enrollment, 1938-1939
Folder 15: Financial Statements, 1931-1939
Folder 16: History and Statistical Information on the Norfolk Division, 1938-1939
Folder 17: William T. Hodges, Director of Norfolk Division, General Correspondence, 1936-1939
Folder 18: William T. Hodges, Director of Norfolk Division, Correspondence with John Stewart Bryan, President, William and Mary, 1937-1939
Folder 19: Robert M. Hughes Correspondence, 1937
Folder 20: Licenses, 1938-1939
Folder 21: Description of the Mace of the College of William and Mary, 1937
Folder 22: Salaries – Faculty, 1936
Box 23
Folder 1: Aeronautical Instruments Institute, 1940-1943
Folder 2: Annual Reports (I), 1940-1942
Folder 3: Annual Reports (II), 1942-1943
Folder 4: Association of Virginia Colleges, 1945
Folder 5: Athletic Association, 1940-1942
Folder 6: Athletics, Correspondence, 1940-1942
Folder 7: Athletics, Gymnasium, Pool Correspondence, 1937-1946
Folder 8: Athletics, Foreman Field, 1940
Folder 9: Athletics, Foreman Field, 1941
Folder 10: Athletics, Foreman Field, 1942-1945
Folder 11: Athletics, Margret Holman
Box 24
Folder 1: Capital Improvement Program, 1941-1946
Folder 2: Civil Aeronautics Administration, 1940-1943
Folder 3: Community Relations – Community Sponsors, 1947-1950
Folder 4: Community Relations – Works Progress Administration, 1940
Folder 5: Charles J. Duke, Director of Norfolk Division, Correspondence, 1941-1942
Folder 6: Charles J. Duke, Director of Norfolk Division, Correspondence, 1943-1945
Folder 7: Committees – Publications and Public Relations, 1949
Folder 8: Endowment Association of William and Mary, 1943
Folder 9: Gifts and Donations, 1940-1941
Folder 10: William T. Hodges, Director, Norfolk Division, Correspondence, 1940
Folder 11: William T. Hodges, Director, Norfolk Division, Correspondence, 1941
Folder 12: Licenses, 1940-1941
Folder 13: Loan Awards, 1948
Folder 14: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1947
Folder 15: Memorandum of Agreement between VPI and William and Mary, 1942
Folder 16: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1941-1943
Folder 17: Navy Chaplain’s Training Program, 1943
Folder 18: Navy V-12 College Training Program, 1943
Folder 19: President’s Office Correspondence, 1940s
Folder 20: Purchase of Printing Division, Correspondence, 1941-1943
Box 25
Folder 1: Salaries – Faculty, 1941-1949
Folder 2: Salaries – Personnel, 1943-1945
Folder 3: Student Relations, 1941-1942
Folder 4: Survey and Recommendations for the Norfolk Division, 1943-1944
Folder 5: Veterans’ Testing Service, 1946-1947
Folder 6: Vocational Education, 1944-1955
Folder 7: War Bonds Committee, 1942
Folder 8: Lewis W. Webb, Director of Norfolk Division, Correspondence, 1941-1949
Folder 9: Works and Judd Report, Correspondence, 1940-1941
Folder 10: Addresses, Convocation
Folder 11: American Council of Education, 1958-1959
Folder 12: Board of Visitors, 1957-1959
Folder 13: Bulletins of Regulations and Information, 1945-1959
Folder 14: Alvin Duke Chandler, Miscellaneous Items, 1953-1956
Folder 15: The Chieftain, 1959
Folder 16: Committees, Board of Visitors, 1960-1961
Folder 17: Committees, Catalogue, 1957-1959
Folder 18: Committees, Flower, 1950-1954
Box 26
Folder 1: Committees, Library, 1952-1956
Folder 2: Committees, Orientation, 1956-1957
Folder 3: Committees, Policy Forming, 1957-1959
Folder 4: Committees, Public Activities, 1952-1956
Folder 5: Committees, Publications and Public Relations, 1950
Folder 6: Committees, Safety, 1957-1959
Folder 7: Committees, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary, 1955
Folder 8: Community Relations, Program on the College, 1959
Folder 9: Community Relations, Television Courses, 1958-1959
Folder 10: History of the College (Background Reports)
Folder 11: Library – Annual Report, 1951-1952
Folder 12: National Education Association, 1958-1959
Folder 13: NATO Conferences, 1955-1956
Folder 14: Navy Correspondence, 1956-1957
Folder 15: President’s Office, Correspondence, 1951-1959
Folder 16: Salaries, Faculty, 1959
Folder 17: Self-Evaluation Study, 1952-1953
Folder 18: Speech and Hearing Center Report, 1955-1960
Folder 19: Summer School Directors and Deans Meetings, 1959
Folder 20: Tuition Raise, 1957
Folder 21: Virginia Association of College, 1950-1953
Folder 22: Lewis W. Webb, Correspondence, 1950-1956
Folder 23: Addresses, Convocation, 1960
Folder 24: Alumni Association, 1960-1968
Folder 25: Association of Virginia Colleges, 1962-1963
Box 27
Folder 1: U.S.S. Canberra
Folder 2: Chemstrand Research Center Grant, 1960-1965
Folder 3: Chieftain, 1960
Folder 4: College Day Programs, 1960-1962
Folder 5: Committees – Housing, Annual Reports, 1961-1963
Folder 6: Committees – Library, 1960s
Folder 7: Committees – Policy Forming, 1960-1962
Folder 8: Committees – Safety, 1960-1961
Folder 9: Committees Semester v. Quarter System, 1960-1961
Folder 10: Contracts and Agreements, 1960-1965
Folder 11: Contracts and Agreements, 1965-1969
Folder 12: Counseling Office
Folder 13: Dean’s Business Correspondence, 1963-1964
Folder 14: Dean’s Business Correspondence, 1965-1966
Folder 15: Dean’s Business Correspondence, 1967
Folder 16: Dean’s Business Correspondence, 1968
Folder 17: Dean’s Business Correspondence, 1969
Folder 18: Departmental Annual Reports, 1960s
Folder 19: Faculty Activities – Annals of the College, 1960s
Folder 20: Faculty, Miscellaneous
Folder 21: Federal Career Day, 1960-1961
Folder 22: Interdepartmental Correspondence, 1967-1968
Box 28
Folder 1: Dean Jones Correspondence
Folder 2: Junior College Workshop, 1961-1962
Folder 3: Miscellaneous Correspondence
Folder 4: Modern Language Association of America, 1961
Folder 5: National Education Association, 1960s
Folder 6: Old Dominion Foundation, 1960-1967
Folder 7: Parent’s Day Program, 1961
Folder 8: Dean Peele Correspondence
Folder 9: Physical Plant Data – Campus Center Building, 1960s
Folder 10: Physical Plant Data – Chandler Hall, Gym, Maintenance Shop, 1960s
Folder 11: Physical Plant Data – Chemistry Building, 1960s
Folder 12: Physical Plant Data, Engineering Building (Kaufman Hall), 1960s
Folder 13: Physical Plant Data - Fine Arts Building, 1960s
Folder 14: Physical Plant Data (General Reports, Studies, Maps), 1960-1968
Folder 15: Physical Plant Data, Library, 1960s
Folder 16: Physical Plant Data – Physical Plant Study, 1961
Box 29
Folder 1: President’s Office, Correspondence, 1960-1961
Folder 2: President’s Office, Correspondence, 1962
Folder 3: President’s Office, Correspondence, 1963
Folder 4: President’s Office, Correspondence, 1964
Folder 5: President’s Office, Correspondence, 1965
Folder 6: President’s Office, Correspondence, 1966
Folder 7: President’s Office, Correspondence, 1967
Folder 8: President’s Office, Correspondence, 1968
Folder 9: President’s Office, Correspondence, 1969
Folder 10: Provost’s Office, Correspondence, 1964-1965
Folder 11: Provost’s Office, Correspondence, 1966
Folder 12: Provost’s Office, Correspondence, 1967
Folder 13: Provost’s Office, Correspondence, 1968-1969
Folder 14: Salaries, 1960s
Folder 15: School and Society Reports
Folder 16: Correspondence, R.G. Spence
Folder 17: Summer School Directors and Deans Meetings, 1960-1962
Folder 18: Dean Tabb Correspondences
Folder 19: Veterans Administration, 1960s
Folder 20: Dr. Whitehurst, Correspondence

Browse by Series:

[Series I: War Training Files, 1939-1945],
[Series II: Administrative Files],
[Series III: H.H. Sisson Director of Administration, Correspondence, 1936-1969],
[Series IV: Evening College],
[Series V: Director of Admissions and Registration],
[Series VI: Academic Files],
[Series VII: Technical Institute],
[Series VIII: Student Activity Files],
[Series IX: Faculty Advisory Committee],
[Series X: Music Concert Series],
[Series XI: College Newsletters and Publications],
[Series XII: College Expansion],
[Series XIII: General Correspondence, Notes, Reports, Speeches, Studies, and Summaries],
[All]

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