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Beverly Randolph Middleton Papers, 1945-1974 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Joseph Legaspi

Collection Overview

Title: Beverly Randolph Middleton Papers, 1945-1974

ID: 00/MG 64

Primary Creator: Middleton, Beverly Randolph (1928-1996)

Extent: 3.2 Linear Feet. More info below.


The documents and materials in the Beverly R. Middleton collection are divided into eight series entitled in order of appearance: correspondence, campaign files, organizations, printed material, photographs, artifacts, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks.

Series I - CorrespondenceThe majority of materials in this series consists mostly of political correspondence written between 1970 and 1971. The folder inventory of this series is separated into three sub-series. Correspondence from 1970 and 1971 is divided into two sub-series separated by year while the third sub-series consists of invitations and thank you letters. The political correspondence is divided by topic and consists mostly of letters from concerned citizens with replies from Delegate Middleton concerning specific legislation. Personal correspondence as well as invitations to several inaugurations for the governors of Virginia from 1978 to 1990 constitutes the last sub-series in this series.

Among the correspondence are letters composed by citizens concerning the Save Old Dominion University campaign of 1970, letters from Congressman G. William Whitehurst regarding Boater Safety, personal invitations and correspondence with Governor John B. Dalton, and a personal thank you letter and autographed photo from Congressman Thomas N. Downing. Also, there is a Table of Contents outlining correspondence from 1971.

Series II - Campaign FilesThe material in this series includes packet guides for campaign volunteers and poll workers, campaign stationery, press releases and speeches made by Middleton during his election and re-election campaigns, and a poll book registration of voters who voted on September 14, 1971. Items of note are handwritten notes and documents pertaining to the 1971 Middleton Campaign Fund which include a list of contributors in 1971 and a compilation of registered voters by counties/cities as of January 1, 1970.

Series III - OrganizationsThe papers in this series include correspondence from the Virginia Beach Women's Democratic Club and a flyer from the Thoroughgood Garden Club. Papers of interest include correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other documents pertaining to the Virginia Building Officials Conference.

Series IV - Printed MaterialThis series consists of a printed newsletter and an official program for a sporting event sponsored by Kiwanis International. Middleton was a member and also served as president of the Suburban Kiwanis Club. The Virginia Housing Development Authority - 1982 Annual Report also appears in this series. The most prominent item of special interest however is an official program from the testimonial dinner honoring Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr., with the establishment of an endowment fund in his name at the Virginia Military Institute.

Series V - PhotographsThe photographs in this series include: a photo of the Norview High School football team, Middleton in track and field attire and cadet uniforms, and Middleton presiding over a Kiwanis Club conference. Of note are photographs of Governor Linwood Holton with State Senator James Turk, presiding over a press conference after the Virginia Housing Study Commissions Final Report on the housing crisis.

Series VI - ArtifactsThis series contains Virginia Delegate license plates, a cocktail napkin from the Middleton campaign, and a bumper sticker from a Middleton re-election campaign.

Series VII - Newspaper ClippingsThe newspaper articles in this series concern both Middleton's election and re-election campaigns and his family. There are several miscellaneous newspaper clippings, which concern Middleton's family from 1938 to 1941.

Series VIII - ScrapbooksThe four scrapbooks in this series are relatively intact; however, there are certain items which have been displaced and are now located in folders of their own. The four scrapbooks in this series each relate to a specific time frame. Scrapbook I is a compilation of items related to either Middleton's athletic career at VPI or his career as a Cadet in Company "B" from 1945 to 1949. The scrapbook also mentions his high school athletic career. The other three scrapbooks incorporate Middleton's political career including his election and re-election campaigns for the Virginia House of Delegates. Each scrapbook focuses on one particular campaign: 1967 United Campaign and Democratic primary, 1969 re-election campaign, and 1971 re-election campaign. In the scrapbooks concerning Middleton's re-election campaigns of 1969 and 1971 there are several items which relate to his tenure in the Virginia House of Delegates in that particular time frame.

Date Acquired: 11/18/1998

Subjects: Civic leaders--Virginia--Virginia Beach, Legislators--Virginia--Hampton Roads, Norview High School (Norfolk, Va.)--Sports, Virginia--Politics and government--1951-, Virginia. General Assembly, Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates, Virginia Polytechnic Institute--Sports, Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Corps of Cadets

Languages: English


Engineer and Virginia State Delegate. Served three terms in the Virginia House of Delegates. Most of the collection pertains to his political career. Also included is material related to his days as a student athlete at Norview High School and VPI.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of Beverly R. Middleton deal primarily with his athletic career at Virginia Polytechnic Institute from 1945 until 1949 and his political career from 1967 to 1974. The collection provides an adequate look at Beverly R. Middleton's athletic career at VPI.

The political aspects of the collection which concentrate heavily on his election and re-election campaigns in 1967, 1969, and 1971 as well as political correspondence from 1970 until mid-1971 provide a genuine examination of his political aspirations. Included in this collection is some sparse material that gives hints to both his athletic career at Norview High School and his career after he left the Virginia House of Delegates. The collection provides a perspective look into the growth of Middleton's public image from a star athlete to a Virginia Beach delegate.

The documents and materials in the Beverly R. Middleton collection are divided into eight series entitled in order of appearance: correspondence, campaign files, organizations, printed material, photographs, artifacts, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks.

Collection Historical Note

Beverly Randolph Middleton was born on September 7, 1928, in Norfolk County, Virginia. He graduated from Norview High School where he was a gifted athlete and a central force in both Norview's football and basketball varsity programs. After high school he began his university career at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute where again his athletic abilities stood out as a member and co-captain of the track and field team. Middleton finished his University career at VPI graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

At VPI Middleton was enrolled in the Army cadet program. After college he joined the U.S. Army, and served from 1951 to 1953, attaining the rank of Captain. He was stationed in Europe where he received a special commendation from Queen Julianne of the Netherlands for his devoted and persevering personal assistance in coming to aid in a time of national crisis.

In 1967 Middleton was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates representing the city of Virginia Beach on a Democratic Union party ticket that opposed the Kellam Machine. He was a member of the House of Delegates from 1968 until 1974, having been defeated in his bid for re-election in 1973. He served three consecutive terms. The five committees on which he served were: Appropriations, Education, Roads, Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries, and Conservation and Natural Resources. From 1972 to 1982 he was a member, appointed by the Governor of Virginia, of both the Virginia Housing Study Commission and the State Board of Housing and Development. Middleton also served as a member of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commission and on the General Advisory Council for Vocational Education for Virginia Beach schools.

Beverly R. Middleton was a licensed professional engineer and retired as president of Middleton Construction Company. He was a member of several organizations including the Society of Professional Engineers and the Builders and Contractors Exchange. He served as director of the latter organization. He chaired the Joint Apprenticeship Committee of the Tidewater Electrical Industry from 1961 to 1974. He also served as president of the Suburban Kiwanis Club and Thoroughgood Civic League and was a member of the Royal Order of the Neptune Festival and Bayside Presbyterian Church.

Middleton died on July 12, 1996, was married twice and is survived by his second wife, Ernestine W. Middleton. He fathered three sons and four daughters: John Middleton, Barry Knight, Wayne Middleton, Shannon Knight, Gale Dunlap, Beverly Middleton Hathaway, and Terry Burton. He was active in coaching little league football and basketball and enjoyed bird hunting and fishing.

Subject/Index Terms

Civic leaders--Virginia--Virginia Beach
Legislators--Virginia--Hampton Roads
Norview High School (Norfolk, Va.)--Sports
Virginia--Politics and government--1951-
Virginia. General Assembly
Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates
Virginia Polytechnic Institute--Sports
Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Corps of Cadets

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 3 Hollinger document cases and 1 oversize box

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: Ernestine K. Middleton

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #98-13

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Beverly Randolph Middleton 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: Correspondence],
[Series II: Campaign Files],
[Series III: Organizations],
[Series IV: Printed Materials],
[Series V: Photographs],
[Series VI: Artifacts],
[Series VII: Newspaper Clippings],
[Series VIII: Scrapbooks],

Series I: Correspondence
Sub-Series A: 1970
Box 1
Folder 1: Abortion Laws I, Dec. 18, 1969 - Jan. 30, 1970
Folder 2: Abortion Laws II, Feb. 1-4, 1970
Folder 3: Abortion Laws III, Feb. 6-23, 1970
Folder 4: Blue Laws, Feb. 17-25, 1970
Folder 5: Conservation and Pollution, Jan. 25 - Feb. 13, 1970
Folder 6: Cigarette Tax, Mar. 1-11, 1970
Folder 7: Drug Control, Jan. 14 - Feb. 28, 1970
Folder 8: Education I, Jan. 22 - Feb. 20, 1970
Folder 9: Education II, Feb. 21 - Mar. 11, 1970
Folder 10: Gas Tax Bill, Feb. 2 - Mar. 5, 1970
Folder 11: Hospital Legislation, Dec. 31, 1969 - Mar. 1, 1970
Folder 12: Interest Rates, Jan. 10 - Mar. 5, 1970
Folder 13: Library Support, Jan. 19, 1970
Folder 14: Licensing of Electronic Technicians, Dec. 22, 1969
Folder 15: Personal, Jan. 12 - Feb. 4, 1970
Folder 16: Pest Control Legislation, Dec. 23-24, 1969
Folder 17: Port Facilities, Jan. 23 - Feb. 23, 1970
Folder 18: Save Old Dominion University I, Jan. 29 - Feb. 24, 1970
Folder 19: Save Old Dominion University II, February 16 - 20, 1970
Folder 20: Save Old Dominion University III, Feb. 22 - Mar. 4, 1970
Folder 21: Science Museum Complex, Nov. 6, 1969 - Jan. 13, 1970
Folder 22: State Aid to Private Schools, Jan. 26 - Feb. 12, 1970
Folder 23: Special Education I, Jan. 17 - Feb. 14, 1970
Folder 24: Special Education II, Feb. 16 - Mar. 6, 1970
Folder 25: Twin Trailers and Trucking I, Jan. 27 - Feb. 9, 1970
Folder 26: Twin Trailers and Trucking II, Feb. 9 - 20, 1970
Folder 27: United Parcel Service, includes article "A Bill", Jan. 19, 1970
Folder 28: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Dec. 3, 1969 - Feb. 5, 1970
Folder 29: Miscellaneous I, Jan. 1970
Box 2
Folder 1: Miscellaneous II, Feb. 2-10, 1970
Folder 2: Miscellaneous III, Feb. 11-18, 1970
Folder 3: Miscellaneous IV, Feb. 20 - 25, 1970
Folder 4: Miscellaneous V, Mar. 1970
Sub-Series B: 1970
Box 2
Folder 5: Table of Contents, Files, 1971
Folder 6: Appalachian Trail, Jan. 6 - Feb. 7, 1971
Folder 7: Boater Safety (includes correspondence with the Honorable G. William Whitehurst), Jan. 15 - 18, 1971
Folder 8: Conflict of Interest, Feb. 11, 1971
Folder 9: Congratulations (to the Tidewater Scholastic Team), Jan. 21, 1971
Folder 10: Congratulatory Letters (for victory in the Democratic Primary), Sept. 15, 1971
Folder 11: Personal Correspondence, Jan. 12 - 27, 1971
Folder 12: Recommendations, Feb. 9, 1971
Folder 13: School Children, Correspondence from, Feb. 1, 1971
Folder 14: School Visiting, Jan. 28, 1971
Folder 15: Sewerage (includes newspaper article), Jan. 6, 1971
Folder 16: State Corporate Commission, Jan. 18, 1971
Folder 17: State Owned Land, Jan. 18 - Feb. 16, 1971
Folder 18: Taxes (School, Church, Hospital), Jan. 6-26, 1971
Folder 19: Land Use Tax, Jan. 27, 1971
Folder 20: Virginia Beach Zoning Ordinance, Jan. 29 - Feb. 18, 1971
Folder 21: 2:21, Jan. 22, 1971
Sub-Series C: Invitations and Thank You Letters
Box 2
Folder 22: Invitation I (to the Inauguration of the Governor of Virginia), 1978 and 1982
Folder 23: Invitation II (to the Inauguration of the Governor of Virginia), 1986 and 1990
Folder 24: Invitation III (Christmas card and letter from Governor John B. Dalton), 1977
Folder 25: Invitation IV (to the Republican Senatorial Circle Spring Briefing and Spring Gala Dinner Dance), 1990
Folder 26: Thank You letter from Thomas N. Downing (includes picture), Nov. 7, 1968

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[Series I: Correspondence],
[Series II: Campaign Files],
[Series III: Organizations],
[Series IV: Printed Materials],
[Series V: Photographs],
[Series VI: Artifacts],
[Series VII: Newspaper Clippings],
[Series VIII: Scrapbooks],

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