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Joseph T. Fitzpatrick Papers, 1895-2004, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Samantha West; Brooklyn Arrington; Kathleen Smith

Collection Overview

Title: Joseph T. Fitzpatrick Papers, 1895-2004, undated

ID: 00/MG 118

Primary Creator: Fitzpatrick, Joseph T. (1929-2006)

Extent: 12.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: This collection is broken down into the following series: Series 1: Norfolk City Involvement; Series 2: Virginia General Assembly; Series 3: Campaign Material; and Series IV: Personal Files.

Date Acquired: 01/24/1977. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: audiovisual materials, City council members--Virginia--Norfolk, City treasurers--Virginia--Norfolk, Civic leaders--Virginia--Norfolk, Fitzpatrick, Joseph Thomas, Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963, Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century, Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century, Real estate agents--Virginia--Norfolk, Virginia--Politics and government--1951-

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection consists of political documents, correspondence, clippings, artifacts, and other items pertaining to the career of Joseph T. Fitzpatrick.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Joseph T. Fitzpatrick collection contains an assortment of documents related to his multiple governmental positions in Virginia. The collection also includes newspaper clippings, personal writings and artifacts. The date range of this collection is from 1964 to 2001.

Collection Historical Note

Joseph Thomas Fitzpatrick was born on June 1st, 1929 in Norfolk, VA. He was born to Clarence Thomas and Alice Fitzpatrick. He graduated from Holy Trinity School in 1947, and went on to attend the Norfolk Division of William & Mary College.He married Ms. Angeline Venuto in 1949, and they stayed married for forty-four years, until she died in 1993. They had three daughters: Barbara Fitzpatrick Cox, Kathleen Fitzpatrick McGinnis, and Mary Regis F. Williams. Their daughters married and began families of their own, making Joseph and Angeline grandparents.

Besides the multiple personal achievements, Fitzpatrick also achieved many public government positions. He was Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia from 1972 to 1979. From 1975 to 1981, he was Senator for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 1981, Fitzpatrick became the Treasurer for the City of Norfolk, and stayed in the position until 2001. He was a very prominent governmental figure in Virginia, who wanted to make state and local government more open and transparent. Many people admired him for the unique perspective he brought to politics. Sometimes that unique perspective would cause some friction, that whenever a six foot four tall man with black rimmed glasses and thick silver hair walked through the door, everyone knew that a heated discussion was coming. Garrett Epps immortalized him by creating a character inspired by his personality in his 1997 novel, The Shad Treatment.

His achievements followed him everywhere he went. He worked eight years for the Norfolk Southern Railway, and fifteen years as a general traffic manager for Royster Company. He was also a licensed realtor for 20 years. Fitzpatrick was President of the Virginia Catholic High School League Coaches Association for four years, and received the award for Coach of the Year in 1962. During the 1960s, he led a group of young men who took part in Anti-Byrd campaign. He led the Second Congressional District Committee from 1968 to 1972 and the Norfolk Democratic Executive Committee from 1964 to 1968. He began organizing precincts as Norfolk Chair for the 1960 John F. Kennedy campaign. He was also asked to serve as Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign manager for the southern states. In 1971, he was the founding director of the Bank of Commonwealth. He won the Virginia Young Democrat Outstanding Virginian Award in 1975, then the Legislative Conservationist of the Year Award in 1979. He was also the founding director of the Bank of Hampton Roads in 1987. In 1990, he was named Treasurer of the Year by the Virginia Treasurers Association. From 1992 to 2000, Fitzpatrick was Vice President of St. Mary’s Cemetery Board. He also was President of the DePaul Advisory Board from 1994 to 1995. In 1995 he won the Virginia Commonwealth Award. In 1996 he received an honor from the Virginia Association of Local Executive Officers, as well as both the Distinguished Service Award and Virginia Statesman Award, which were created in his honor.

Joseph T. Fitzpatrick passed away on July 12, 2006 at DePaul Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

Subject/Index Terms

audiovisual materials
City council members--Virginia--Norfolk
City treasurers--Virginia--Norfolk
Civic leaders--Virginia--Norfolk
Fitzpatrick, Joseph Thomas
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century
Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century
Real estate agents--Virginia--Norfolk
Virginia--Politics and government--1951-

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: Additional accessions in 1980, 2007, 2013.

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: Joseph T. Fitzpatrick

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A77-6

Related Materials: Randy Wright Papers (MG 108); Mason C. Andrews Papers (MG 62).

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Joseph T. Fitzpatrick 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 1: Norfolk City Involvement, 1964-1994, undated],
[Series 2: Virginia General Assembly, 1968-1989, undated],
[Series 3: Campaign Material, 1960-1991, undated],
[Series 4: Personal Files, 1895, 1964-2004, undated],
[All]

Series 4: Personal Files, 1895, 1964-2004, undated
This series contains personal artifacts, awards, photographs, scrapbook and other material not related to Fitzpatrick's political life.
Box 7
Folder 1: Catholic Virginian, 1994
Newspaper mailed to Fitzpatrick
Folder 2: Certificates, 1973, 1986-1991
Folder 3: Colleagues, undated
Pictures of Joseph Fitzpatrick's colleagues
Folder 4: Correspondence and Favorite Writings, undated
Letters and Poems
Folder 5: Family, 1983-2000
Family photos of the Fitzpatrick family
Folder 6: Fitzpatrick Tax Returns, 1984
Includes documents of Joseph and Angie Fitzpatrick's tax returns
Folder 7: Friends, undated
Pictures of friends of the Fitzpatrick family.
Folder 8: From the Office, undated
Maps
Folder 9: Himself, undated
Photos of Mr. Joseph Fitzpatrick himself
Folder 10: Mr. & Mrs. Fitzpatrick, 1972, 1993, 1996
Multiple letters from various people and places sent majority to Mr. Fitzpatrick
Folder 11: Obituaries, undated
Obituary information on another Joseph Fitzpatrick
Folder 12: Photographs, undated
Folder 13: Photographs, undated
Folder 14: Rockport, 1996
Real Estate Guides
Box 10
Item 1: Plaque: Dedicated to Joseph Fitzpatrick by the State Central Committee of the Democratic Party, 1979
Plaque with Gavel
Item 2: Plaque: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick by the Faculty and Students of Holy Trinity Parish School, 1997
Dedicated Support
Item 3: Plaque: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick by the City of Norfolk and the Commonwealth of Virginia, 2001
Service to Commonwealth of Virginia
Item 4: Plaque: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick by the Treasurers' Association of Virginia, 2001
Service to Commonwealth of Virginia
Item 5: Plaque: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick by the Treasurers' Association of Virginia, 1989-1990
Treasurer of the Year
Item 6: Plaque: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick by the Treasurers' Association of Virginia, 1995
Service to Commonwealth of Virginia (Red Plated)
Item 7: Plaque: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick by Valeco, 1996
Distinguished Service Award
Item 8: Jewelry Box: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick by the DePaul Medical Center Advisory Board, 1996
Leadership and Generosity
Item 9: Marble Plaque: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick, 1994-1995
Chairman Advisory Board
Item 10: Marble Plaque: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick by DePaul Medical Center, undated
Years of Service
Box 11
Item 1: Silver Bowl: Joseph T. Fitzpatrick Virginia Statesman Award presented to Senator Stanley Walker, 1996
Treasurers' Association of Virginia
Item 2: Trophy: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick by Women's Allied Liaison Leaders of Strength, 1995
Citizen Leadership Award
Item 3: Trophy: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick Commander United Way Keel Club, undated
United Way Keel Club
Item 4: Trophy: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick Pilot United Way Keel Club, undated
United Way Keel Club
Item 5: Trophy: Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick Captain United Way Keel Club, undated
United Way Keel Club
Item 6: Virginia Glass, undated
Item 7: Williams Family Crest Mug, undated
Item 8: Rainbow Mug, undated
Item 9: Class Act City of Norfolk Glass, undated
Item 10: Williams Family Crest Coasters, undated
Item 11: Champagne Flute: 67th Annual Conference, 1997
Treasurers' Association of Virginia
Item 12: Silver Bowl: Treasurers' Association of Virginia, 1988
Treasurers' Association of Virginia
Item 13: Wooden Gavel and Board, undated
Item 14: Ashtray, undated
Item 15: Ashtray, undated
Item 16: Book Stand, undated
Item 17: Norfolk Virginia Decorative Plate, undated
Item 18: I Heart the Irish Charm, undated
Wooden four-leaf clover charm with bear attached with "I heart the Irish" written in white.
Box 12
Folder 1: Color Prints, 1994
Folder 2: Photo Negatives, undated
Folder 3: Campaign Photographs, undated
Box 13
Item 1: Graduation Hood, undated
Purple and Gold Graduation Hood
Item 2: Brass Ship Medallion, undated
Item 3: City of Norfolk Mermaid Necklace, 1999 December 31
Red Norfolk Mermaid Necklace
Item 4: Scrapbook, 1970-1981
Blue Scrapbook
Box 14
Item 1: Statue, undated
Coal Man Statue
Item 2: Basset Hound Figurine, undated
Brass Basset Hound Figurine
Item 3: Box of Campaign Buttons, undated
Item 4: Mrs. Fitzpatrick Name Plaque, undated
Item 5: Box of Campaign Ribbons, undated
Item 6: Plaque Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick by Coastal Virginia Bank, 1985-1989
Elegance in Awards Box
Item 7: Photographs, undated
Item 8: Miniature Sword, 1991 November 21
Norfolk Waterside Marriott and Norfolk Waterside Convention Center Grand Opening
Item 9: Box of State Senate of Virginia Business Cards, undated
Item 10: Box of City of Norfolk Treasurer Business Cards, undated
Item 11: Box of Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Business Cards, undated
Item 12: Democratic National Convention Honorary Badge, 1976
Item 13: Box of Campaign Pins, undated
Item 14: City of Norfolk Mace Pin, undated
Blue Box With Norfolk City Seal
Item 15: City of Norfolk Mace Pin, undated
White Box With Norfolk Chamber of Commerce Seal
Item 16: Democratic National Convention State Chairman Badge & Democratic National Convention Delegate Badge, 1976
New York City
Item 17: Democratic National Convention Honorary Badge, 1972
Miami Beach
Item 18: Democratic National Convention State Chairman Badge & Democratic National Convention Delegate Badge, undated
Item 19: Joseph Fitzpatrick Senate Name Plate, undated
Item 20: J. T. Fitzpatrick Name Plate, undated
Brass
Item 21: Joseph T. Fitzpatrick Name Plate, undated
Brass
Item 22: Fitzpatrick For Congress Bumper Stickers, undated
Item 23: Democratic National Convention Honored Guest Badge, 1964
Item 24: Campaign Cards, undated
Treasurer
Item 25: Norfolk Mace Tie, undated
Tie Box
Item 26: Christmas Ornament JFK Library, undated
Item 27: Gavel Presented to Joseph Fitzpatrick by Omni International Hotel, undated
Item 28: Holy Trinity School Distinguished Alumni Award, 2004
Class of 1947
Item 29: Norfolk Historic Mace Booklet, undated
Box 15
Item 1: Scrapbook, undated
Green Scrapbook
Item 2: Scrapbook, undated
Brown Scrapbook
Item 3: Charcoal Sketches, undated
Blue University of Virginia Institute of Government Envelope
Item 4: Copy of Daniel Decatur Emmett's Dixie, 1895
Item 5: Virginia Senate Certificates, undated
Item 6: Norfolk Landmarks Paintings, undated
Item 7: Portrait of John F. Kennedy, undated
Box 16
Item 1: Scrapbook, undated
Black Scrapbook
Item 2: Scrapbook, undated
Green Scrapbook
Item 3: Scrapbook, undated
Green Scrapbook
Box 17: Political Magazines, 1979-1984
Loose Magazine Booklets
Box 18
Item 1: Joseph T. Fitzpatrick Portrait, undated
Watercolor Portrait of Fitzpatrick
Item 2: Norfolk City Treasurer Retirement Award, 2001
Item 3: Oversize Photograph of Joseph and Angie Fitzpatrick, undated
Item 4: Norfolk City Treasurer Office Group Photograph, 2001
Item 5: University of Virginia Certified Governmental Treasurer Certificate, undated
Item 6: Robert F. Kennedy Poster, circa 1968

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Norfolk City Involvement, 1964-1994, undated],
[Series 2: Virginia General Assembly, 1968-1989, undated],
[Series 3: Campaign Material, 1960-1991, undated],
[Series 4: Personal Files, 1895, 1964-2004, undated],
[All]

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