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Willard C. Frank, Jr. Papers, 1958-2004 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Andrea Schumacher, Special Collections and University Archives Student Assistant

Collection Overview

Title: Willard C. Frank, Jr. Papers, 1958-2004

ID: 17/RG 17-5B4

Primary Creator: Frank, Willard C., Jr. (1936-2011)

Extent: 4.8 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into two series: Series I: Old Dominion Papers; Series 2; Personal Research.

Date Acquired: 05/20/2008. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Old Dominion University--Faculty, Old Dominion University--History--20th century., Soviet Union--History, Naval., Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939., Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of Willard C. Frank, Jr. date from 1963 to 2004. These papers pertain to Frank’s career as a professor of naval history, his organizational involvement both on campus as well as in Norfolk, notes, transcripts, fliers, etc. from multiple conferences that Frank attended and assembled throughout his career, as well as his personal research documentation and articles.

Collection Historical Note

Willard Chabot Frank, Jr. was an emeritus professor of History at Old Dominion University (formerly known as Old Dominion College). He began teaching in 1963 and although he retired in 2004, he continued to teach until his death in 2011. Alongside his teaching career with Old Dominion University, Dr. Frank also taught at the Naval War College as an adjunct professor. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University in 1957, his Master’s Degree in 1962 from the College of William and Mary in 1962, and his PhD from the University of Pittsburg in 1968. Frank was a member of the Unitarian Church of Norfolk from 1958 until his death in 2011, of which he researched and wrote about. Frank supported numerous local organizations, such as WHRO and the Young Audiences of Virginia, which is an organization that encourages retaining the arts in education. Frank participated in a grass roots opposition to the proposed marriage amendment in 2006 by going door-to-door and discussing the issue with Norfolk.

Early in his career, Frank also participated in groups that supported the Anti-Vietnam prose of the period as well as those of an academic nature. His papers include newsletters from some of these organizations including, the New Left, and the Liberal Context, as well as information from the Academic Freedom and the Emerson forum.

Frank focused his studies on naval warfare, specifically the Spanish Civil War. In the course of his career with Old Dominion University, Frank helped put together two important conferences in the late 1980s, the Soviet Naval Conference of 1987 and the Soviet Military Doctrine Conference of 1989.  Frank taught courses on naval history at both the Naval War College and at Old Dominion University, he was also involved in the creation of new certificates for both programs.

Subject/Index Terms

Old Dominion University--Faculty
Old Dominion University--History--20th century.
Soviet Union--History, Naval.
Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: An addition to the collection was received as Accession #A2010-11 on 4/10/2010.

Alternate Extent Statement: 9 Hollinger boxes, 1 medium oversize box

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restriction.

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.

Physical Access Note: Some of the posters are fragile and may not be suitable for handling.

Acquisition Source: Willard C. Frank, Jr.

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A2008-04

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

Processing Information: The collection was processesd by Andrea Schumacher, Student Assistant, from November 2015 through February 2016.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series II: Personal Research, 1968-2003, undated],
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Series II: Personal Research, 1968-2003, undated
This series covers Dr. Frank’s research from 1968 until 2004, when he retired from teaching full time at Old Dominion University. The bulk of the material consists of Dr. Frank’s research on the Soviet Navy and the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939.
Box 7
Folder 11: Doctoral Thesis - "Sea Power, Politics, and the onset of the Spanish Civil War, 1936" Part 1 pages 1-201, 1969
Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences in partial fulfillment  of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburg
Folder 12: Doctoral Thesis - "Sea Power, Politics, and the onset of the Spanish Civil War, 1936" Part 2 pages 202-401, 1969
Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences in partial fulfillment  of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburg
Box 8
Folder 1: Doctoral Thesis - "Sea Power, Politics, and the onset of the Spanish Civil War, 1936" Part 3, pages 402-546, 1969
Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences in partial fulfillment  of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburg
Folder 2: Naval Photographs Spanish Navy, circa 1936-1939
Spanish Civil War
Folder 3: Photographs of Spanish Warships, circa 1936-1939
Spanish Civil War
Folder 4: Naval Photographs, Part 1, circa 1936-1939
Spanish Civil War
Folder 5: Naval Photographs, Part 2, circa 1936-1939
Spanish Civil War
Folder 6: Spanish Civil War Ship List, undated
Folder 7: Republican and Natioanl Fleets, undated
Spanish Civil War
Folder 8: Spanish Civil War - Research/ Correspondence, 2001
Folder 9: Documents related to research of the Soviet Armed Forces during the Spanish Civil War, 1994
Folder 10: Correspondnce with Preg. Mo. Commandante and Preg. Mo. Ammiraglion regarding research on Spanish Civil War, 1936 - 1939, 1989-1993
Folder 11: (Translation) Exercept from the former Lieutenant Commander of the Republican Navy personnel file D. Eduardo Merin Dominguez, 1976 May 31
Folder 12: Interview Transccript of Eduardo Merin Dominguez, undated
Folder 13: Summary of Conversation with Carlos Moya Blanco, 1976
Folder 14: Correspondence with Juan Garcia Duran, 1972 March 10
Folder 15: Correspondence with Professor Stanley G. Payne, 1976 May 1
Folder 16: Correspondence with George Fuderer Concerning Russian Translations, 1975 - 1982
Folder 17: Correspondence with John A. Fatherly, 2003 February 19
Folder 18: F.P.D.S. Newsletter, 1968-1972
Folder 19: Article Draft - "The Religious Roots of the Statue of Virginia for Religious Freedom", undated
Folder 20: Article Draft - "'Almighty God Hath created the Mind Free': Thomas Jefferson's Religious Journey", undated
Folder 21: Draft - "Unreceptive Soil, 1779-1888", undated
Box 9
Folder 1: "Error, Distortion and Bias in the Virginia Gazette, 1773-1774", undated
Folder 2: "Spain 1936: Was there any glory in the Tragedy", 1986 July 18
Submitted to the Vriginia-Pilot, "Another View"
Folder 3: "Naval Intervention in the Twentieth Century: Foreign navies in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939", undated
Folder 4: "The Maritime Influence of the Great Powers on the Spanish Civil War" Speech, 1979
Delievered before the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies Tenth Anniversary Meeting March 23-25, 1979
Folder 5: Reader's Report - University Press of America "The German Navy in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939", 1990
Folder 6: Warship International - Italian Sub Attacks, 1988
Folder 7: "Naval Intervention in the Twentieth Century: Foreign Navies in the Spanish Civil War", 1969
Presented at Unknown Symposium
Folder 8: "The Alzamiento of 1936 and the Sea: A Historical - Military Analysis", undated
Folder 9: Policy, Strategy, and Sea Power, undated
Folder 10: "Political Paint: Ship Markings, Paint Schemes, and Ruses de Gruerre in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, undated
Folder 11: Personal Correspondence related to Spanish Civil War Research, 1995-1997 (written in Spanish), 1995-1997
Folder 12: "A Strategic Evaluation of the Spanish Civil War", undated
Folder 13: "The Balearics Campaign of 1936: A Critical Opportunity Lost", undated
Folder 14: "Deception at Sea in the Spanish Civil War", 1988
Presented at the Third USA WC Conference on Intelligence and Military Operations
Folder 15: "Canarias, Adios", 1984
Folder 16: Miscellaneous Research, 1998-1999

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