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Student Organizations Collection, 1941-2019 | Special Collections and University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Student Organizations Collection, 1941-2019

ID: 37/RG 37-8A

Primary Creator: Old Dominion College. (1962-1969)

Other Creators: Old Dominion University. (1969-)

Extent: 0.9 Linear Feet. More info below.

Subjects: College of William and Mary. Norfolk Division--Student life., Old Dominion College--Student life., Old Dominion University--History--20th century., Old Dominion University--Student life, Old Dominion University--Student organizations

Forms of Material: publications (documents)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains publications associated with student organizations at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary, Old Dominion College, and Old Dominion University, non-continuously, from 1941 to the present.  The documents within this collection reflect the evolving interests and concerns of an expanding and diverse student body throughout the university’s history.  Included are student organization publications such as literary digests, opinion journals, and student organization newsletters.  Also included are several publications related to the 1960s campus free speech movement from the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Emerson Forum along with documents associated with the first African-American student organizations in the 1970s.

Collection Historical Note

Old Dominion University was founded in September 1930 as an extension campus of the College of William and Mary in the Tidewater region of Virginia.  The “Norfolk Division” as it was known offered a two year course of study allowing students the opportunity to earn transferable credit through the sophomore year to any four year college throughout the United States.  In 1961 the Division earned accreditation as a four year school and in August 1962 was established by the Virginia General Assembly as Old Dominion College.  In 1969, Old Dominion College became present day Old Dominion University.  Student groups and organizations have been a part of campus life at Old Dominion University since the days of the Norfolk Division.  Although originally a commuter school, the first students soon established campus traditions and social norms that uniquely identified them as Norfolk Division students through their budding student organizations.  Emulating student organizations traditionally associated with other institutions of higher learning, Norfolk Division students first organized a student government association and student council in 1930.  Throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, student organizations continued to form on campus that not only focused upon student scholastic and academic interests, but their social interests as well.  Organizations such as the Honor Council, Student Senate, and Foreign Relations Club encouraged scholastic and academic interests while the Cotillion Club, Di Gamma, Di Alpha, and the male exclusive service organization known as the Imps Club, focused on campus social activity and leadership development. As international, national, or local events shaped each new decade, Old Dominion student organizations adapted accordingly to reflect changing student interests or concerns.  This was most prevalent in the 1960s when several student organizations emerged at Old Dominion which echoed the rising social consciousness among American college students of the era.  New student organizations such Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), College Americans for Democratic Action (CADA), and the Emerson Forum who criticized American political policies or opposed what they believed to be repressive university policies restricting academic freedom appeared on campus in the late 1960s.  As a result of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, African-American enrollment at Old Dominion began to steadily increase and by the 1970s, the first African-American student organization, Students for Development of Black Culture (SDBC) joined other campus organizations.  The 1970s also brought forward several new organizations emphasizing spiritual or religious interests, such as the Campus Ministries and the Newman Association. By the 1980s, student organizations at Old Dominion began to temper much of the radicalism associated with the 1960s and 70s.  While student organizations came and went based upon changing student interests or fashionable trends and fads, many emerged that maintained a strong commitment to the socially relevant issues of the day.  Organizations such as the Old Dominion Disco Jump Roping or Windsurfing Club reflect fashionable trends or interests, while organizations such as the Young Democrats, Old Dominion Chapter of the Citizens Party, and the Gay Perspective and Awareness Alliance reflect social concerns and political interests.  Throughout the 1980s as the international student population began to rise, organizations such as the Indian, Iranian, and Vietnamese Student Associations formed to satisfy the needs of the university’s international students.  Student organizations in the 1990s and 2000s continued the trend established in the 1980s with the emergence of the Anime Club, Muslim Students Association, Habitat for Humanity or East African Student Alliance.  Student organizations continue to be an important element of Old Dominion campus life.  There exists nearly 300 active student organizations on campus that includes honorary, political, professional, religious, service, governing, and special interest groups each managed by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership (OSAL).  Student organizations exist to enhance leadership, social, and interpersonal skills to strengthen the academic experience and foster a sense of community among the university’s diverse and dynamic student body.

Subject/Index Terms

College of William and Mary. Norfolk Division--Student life.
Old Dominion College--Student life.
Old Dominion University--History--20th century.
Old Dominion University--Student life
Old Dominion University--Student organizations

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 3 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: Various Transfers

Acquisition Method: The collections was received some time prior to August 2015.

Related Materials:

RG  7-12A Student Life - Greek Records

RG 37-2A Student Wives Club

RG 37- 3A Greek Publications

RG 37-3A1 Phi Kappa Tau

RG 37-4A1 Delta Sigma Lambda

RG 37-5A The Gay and Lesbian Student Union

RG 37-17A The Gadfly

RG 37-20A Women's Athletic Association

RG 37-21A Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Student Organizations Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Processing Information: The finding aid and box list was updated by Steven Bookman, University Archivist, in May 2016.

Box and Folder Listing

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Folder 1: Alpha Omega Phi Ledger, 1952-1954
Folder 2: Theta Chi. Zeta Pi Chapter, 2015-2016
Folder 3: American Society for Engineering Management Student Chapter, 2016
Folder 4: Peace Corps., 2016
Folder 5: Sigma Tau Delta. Nu Upsilon Chapter, 2000
Folder 6: Anime Club, 2017-2018
Folder 7: Floetic Movement, 2017-2019
Folder 8: German Club, 2017
Folder 9: Kappa Sigma. Sigma Theta Chapter, 2017
Folder 10: Alpha Phi. Epsilon Eta Chapter, 2017
Folder 11: Indian Student Association, 2017-2019
Folder 12: Botanical Society of America. ODU Chapter, 2017
Folder 13: Pagan Society, 2017
Folder 14: Gamma Sigma Sigma. Eta Rho Chapter, 2017
Folder 15: Equestrian Club, 2017
Folder 16: Bethel Campus Fellowship, 2017-2019
Folder 17: Every Nation Campus, 2017
Folder 18: Earth and Ocean Sciences Club, 2017
Folder 19: Creative Writing Club, 2016-2017
Folder 20: Black Student Alliance, 2017
Folder 21: ODU Young Professionals, 2016
Folder 22: Christian Leadership Club, 2016
Folder 23: Communication Club, 2016
Folder 24: Fellowship of Women in Science, 2016
Folder 25: Vegans and Vegetarians of ODU, 2016
Folder 26: Renaissance Assembly, 2017
Folder 27: Students of East African Descent, 2017
Folder 28: Society for Human Resources Management, 2018
Folder 29: Student Nurse's Association, 2017
Folder 30: Multicultural Book Club, 2017
Folder 31: American Marketing Association, 2017-2018
Folder 32: Catholic Monarchs, 2017
Folder 33: Young Democratic Socialists of America, 2018
Folder 34: African Student Association, 2018
Folder 35: Ebony Impact, 2018
Folder 36: Engineers Without Borders, 2018
Folder 37: Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness Club, 2017
Folder 38: Beta Alpha Psi, 2017
Folder 39: Cyber Security Student Association, 2017
Folder 40: German Club, 2017
Folder 41: Sigma Sigma Sigma. Theta Eta Chapter, 2017
Folder 42: Muslim Students Association, 2017
Folder 43: Photographers of ODU, 2017
Folder 44: Global Student Friendship, 2017
Folder 45: Medical Laboratory Science Student Association, 2018
Folder 46: American Chemical Society, 2018
Folder 47: Strome Sales Club, 2018
Folder 48: Association of Computer Machinery, 2018
Folder 49: Art History Association, 2018
Folder 50: ODU Student Art League, 2018
Folder 51: BAPS Campus Fellowship, 2018-2019
Folder 52: Students for Honduras, 2018
Folder 53: Phi Mu Alpha, 2019
Folder 54: Alpha Phi Alpha, 2019
Folder 55: Theta Tau. Upsilon Beta Chapter, 2019
Folder 56: Video Game Design and Development Club, 2019
Folder 57: ODU American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, 2019
Folder 58: Imps, circa 1951
Folder 59: Society of Physics Students, 2019
Folder 60: ODU Film Club, 2019
Folder 61: Pi Sigma Epsilon, 2019
Folder 62: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, 2019

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