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Edythe C. Harrison Papers, 1961-1993 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Charles Hillen, revised by Jan Halecki, Mel Frizzell and Special Collections Staff

Collection Overview

Title: Edythe C. Harrison Papers, 1961-1993

ID: 00/MG 60

Primary Creator: Harrison, Edythe C. (1934-)

Extent: 33.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

The collection is divided into five series:

I. Legislative Papers

Sub-series A: House of Delegates

Sub-series B: Joint Subcommittee on Career, Technical and Vocational Education

II. Campaign Files

Sub-series A: Campaigns for House of Delegates (1979-1982)

Sub-series B: 1984 United States Senate Campaign

Sub-series C: 1984 Senate Campaign Clippings and News Releases

III. Virginia Opera Association

IV. General Papers

Sub-series A: Arts

Sub-series B: Education

Sub-series C: Abortion and V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized for Informed Community Expression)

Sub-series D: Women's Issues

Sub-series E: Women in Leadership - Old Dominion University

Sub-series F: Women's American ORT

Sub-series G: Miscellaneous

Sub-series H: Reports & Publications

Sub-series I: Oversized Materials

V. Audio and Video Tapes

Sub-series A: Audio Cassette Tapes

Sub-series B: Reel-to-Reel Audio Tapes

Sub-series C: Video Tapes

Series I: Legislative Papers contains material regarding legislation proposed during Harrison's tenure in the Virginia House of Delegates. Some of the issues covered include; abortion, mastectomy, paternity, arts funding and education.

Sub-series B of this series involves Harrison's work on the Joint Subcommittee on Career, Technical and Vocational Education that she organized and chaired during her term in the Virginia House of Delegates. This sub series contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, reports of the committee and House Joint Resolutions.

Series II: Campaign Files contains material regarding the campaign for House of Delegates (Sub-series A), the campaign for U.S. Senate (Sub-series B) and newspaper clippings regarding both campaigns (Sub-series C).

Sub-series A: contains information on the elections in 1979, 1981 and her campaign in the 1982 Democratic primary against Delegate Tom Moss of Norfolk.

Sub-series B: contains information on political action committees, fundraising, contributions and contributors, research on various issues, preparatory notes for debates against Warner, reports stating her stance on the issues, political contacts throughout the state and election results in Virginia's ten congressional districts for previous elections. The correspondence includes letters of support, requests for information, letters from her constituents and condolence letters on her defeat. Her records also contain a considerable amount of material on her opponent, Senator John Warner. This material includes information on his Senate voting record, personal life, positions on various issues and contributions to his campaign for United States Senate in 1978.

Sub-series C: contains newspaper clippings regarding Harrison's campaigns. The bulk of this sub series pertains to the 1984 senate campaign.

Series III: Virginia Opera Association contains reviews of events, news articles, promotional materials, programs from the Virginia Opera and other opera and music festivals. The correspondence contains letters of support to and from the association and nomination letters for the committees of the Virginia Opera Association.

Series IV: General Papers includes material regarding Harrison's non-legislative activities.

Sub-series A: contains material regarding her work in support of the arts.

Sub-series B: contains information on the Virginia Vocational-Technical Education Foundation (VVEF) later renamed the Virginia Foundation for Business and Education. The material consists of meeting records, correspondence, news clippings, and reports.

Sub-series C: contains material regarding Harrison's work to keep abortion legal. Also included is material on V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized For Informed Community Expression). The folders contain minutes of meetings, stances on abortion, membership solicitations and budget reports. Correspondence contains insightful information on the organization's purpose and the members of the organization. A letter of particular importance is from Pat Robertson to Bob Nusbaum, Vice-President of V.O.I.C.E.

Sub-series D: contains material regarding Harrison's work in women's issues. Most of this material pertains to Harrison's involvement with the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC).

Sub-series E: contains material regarding the course taught by Harrison at Old Dominion University. The materials include lecture notes, course descriptions, reference materials. The sub series also contains material on the Friends of Women's Studies group at ODU.

Sub-series F: contains material regarding Women’s American ORT, a Jewish Women’s service and education organization. The materials include membership directories, newsletters, yearbooks, and other materials from the Norfolk/Tidewater chapters.

Sub-series G: contains miscellaneous materials such as personal correspondence, invitations, certificates, and portrait photos.

Sub-series H: contains published reports mostly concerning the issues of comparable worth and women in politics.

Sub-series I: contains oversized materials, mostly newspapers, also a birthday card, maps of voting precincts, sample ballot, and cross reference directory.

Series V: Audio and Video Tapes contains tapes mostly regarding Harrison's political activities. They include speeches, political ads, appearances on talk and news shows.

Date Acquired: 09/01/1994. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Civic leaders--Virginia--Norfolk, Hampton Roads (Va.)--History--20th century, Harrison, Edythe C., Legislators--Virginia--Hampton Roads, Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century, Virginia--Politics and government--1951-, Virginia. General Assembly, Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates, Virginia Opera Association, Women legislators--Virginia

Languages: English

Abstract

Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (1979-1982), founder and president of the Virginia Opera Association, and unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator in 1984 against incumbent Republican, Senator John Warner. The first woman in Virginia nominated by the Democratic Party for statewide office. Collection primarily relates to her activities in politics and the 1984 Senatorial campaign.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Edythe C. Harrison Collection contains material concerning her activities as a delegate in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1979-1982, the Virginia Opera Association, the course she taught at Old Dominion University, Women in Leadership, and her campaign for United States Senator in 1984 against incumbent Republican Senator John Warner.

The bulk of the collection pertains to the 1984 United States Senate race, providing considerable insight into how a campaign operates from organizing staff and volunteers, establishing stances on various issues and soliciting electoral and financial support. The material contains information on political action committees, fundraising, contributions and contributors, research on various issues, preparatory notes for debates against Warner, reports stating her stance on the issues, political contacts throughout the state and election results in Virginia's ten congressional districts for previous elections. The correspondence includes letters of support, requests for information, letters from her constituents and condolence letters on her defeat. Two letters of particular note are from Bill Clinton, then Governor of Arkansas. Her records also contain a considerable amount of material on her opponent, Senator John Warner. This material includes information on his Senate voting record, his personal life, his stances on the issues and contribution material from his campaign for United States Senate in 1978.

The collection also contains records pertaining to the Subcommittee of Vocational, Technical, and Career Education which she organized and chaired during her term in the Virginia House of Delegates. The material contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, reports of the committee and House Joint Resolutions. Other items of importance include records on the Virginia Vocational-Technical Education Foundation, later renamed, the Virginia Foundation for Business and Education. The material consists of meeting records, correspondence, news clippings, and reports.

The material pertaining to the Virginia Opera Association contains reviews of the events, news articles, promotional materials, programs from other opera and music festivals and correspondence. This correspondence contains letters of support to and from the association and nomination letters for the committees of the Virginia Opera Association.

Several boxes contain information concerning her term in the Virginia House of Delegates. The material contains information on issues and legislation including abortion, the arts, breast cancer the deficit, arms control, crime, and Virginia's economy. The material also includes information on the elections in 1979, 1981 and her campaign in the 1982 Democratic primary against Delegate Tom Moss of Norfolk.

The box containing material of the course she taught at Old Dominion University, Women in Leadership, include bibliographies for research, pamphlets for Instruction, and textbooks. A considerable amount of material concerns the organization, V.O.I.C.E. (Virginians Organized For Informed Community Expression) It was established to counter vocal right-wing attacks on such issues as abortion and medical research on human reproduction and fertility. The folders contain minutes of meetings, stances on abortion, membership solicitations and budget reports. Correspondence contains insightful information on the organization's purpose and the members of the organization. A letter of particular importance is from Pat Robertson to Bob Nusbaum, Vice-President of V.O.I.C.E., distributed among the members of the organization.

Collection Historical Note

Edythe C. Harrison was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1934. She has lived in Norfolk, Virginia since 1957. A professional volunteer, Edythe founded and served on numerous committees and councils. She is a founding member of the Virginia Opera Association. She also served on Old Dominion University's President's Advisory Council, the Board of Directors of the Greater Norfolk Corporation, the Advisory Committee of the Day Care and Child Development Center of Tidewater, Inc., and National Board of Governors of the National Conference of Soviet Jewry. In 1980 she was a founding member of Virginians Organized For Informed Community Expression (V.O.I.C.E.), an organization established to counter vocal right-wing attacks on such issues as abortion and medical research on human reproduction and fertility. Additionally in 1983 she chaired the 2nd District chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus. Her awards and honors include Outstanding Professional Woman of the Tidewater, and the Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Edythe C. Harrison was first elected to political office in 1979 when she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. The committees on which she served during her tenure in the House of Delegates, 1979- 1982, were Education, Labor and Commerce, Conservation and Natural Resources, and Chesapeake and its Tributaries. She also served as Chairperson of the Joint Legislative Subcommittee on Vocational-Technical and Career Education and represented Virginia at the National Conference of State Legislatures, Arts and the States Committee. President Jimmy Carter appointed Edythe Harrison to the Advisory Committee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1979. In 1982 political redistricting in Norfolk created single member districts. She opposed incumbent Thomas Moss in the Democratic primary and lost. In 1984 Edythe Harrison became the first woman from Virginia nominated to seek state-wide office. She challenged Republican incumbent Senator John Warner in the 1984 United States Senate Race and was defeated.

In 1994 the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk was named for her after she raised $10 million to have the 50-year old civic auditorium completely remodeled and expanded.

Subject/Index Terms

Civic leaders--Virginia--Norfolk
Hampton Roads (Va.)--History--20th century
Harrison, Edythe C.
Legislators--Virginia--Hampton Roads
Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century
Virginia--Politics and government--1951-
Virginia. General Assembly
Virginia. General Assembly. House of Delegates
Virginia Opera Association
Women legislators--Virginia

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: A second accession was received in 1998.

Alternate Extent Statement: 79 Hollinger document cases, 2 oversize boxes

Access Restrictions: The collection is 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: Edythe C. Harrison

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A94-1

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


Box and Folder Listing


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Series I: Legislative Files
Sub-Series A: House of Delegates, 1979-1982
Box 1
Folder 1: Breast Cancer
Folder 2: Mastectomy
Folder 3: Mastectomy Legislation House Bill 406-Harrison, 1982
Folder 4: Mastectomy Options NCSL Task Force Report, 1981
Folder 5: Legislation Correspondence
Folder 6: Virginia Commission for the Arts
Folder 7: Virginia Commission for the Arts-appointment, general correspondence
Folder 8: Virginia Commission for the Arts-appropriations, 1982
Folder 9: Virginia Commission for the Arts-appropriation amendment
Folder 10: Arts Legislation
Box 2
Folder 1: Virginia Commission for the Arts-Constituent Responses HB 1070
Folder 2: Virginia Commission for the Arts-Correspondence
Folder 3: Virginia Commission for the Arts-Tidewater Grants, 1981
Folder 4: Williams School
Folder 5: Virginia Commission for the Arts-Task Force on the Challenge
Folder 6: American Arts Alliance
Folder 7: Arts and the States, 1982
Folder 8: Arts-Legislation
Folder 9: Alliance for Arts Education-NCSL meeting Nashville
Folder 10: Education-Arts and Schools
Folder 11: Arts Education-News Article
Folder 12: Arts Education
Folder 13: Arts Education and Brain Research
Folder 14: Arts Education Association
Folder 15: Arts Funding I
Box 3
Folder 1: Arts Funding II
Folder 2: Arts Funding-Articles
Folder 3: Arts Legislation-General Correspondence
Folder 4: Arts Legislation-Income Tax Deductions
Folder 5: Arts Legislation-Percentage for the Arts
Folder 6: Arts Legislation-House Joint Resolution #319, 1981
Folder 7: Arts Legislation-House Bill #1070, 1981
Folder 8: Arts Legislation-Tax Deductions for Artists, House Bill #1070
Folder 9: Arts Legislation-Acquisition of Works of Art, House Bill # 143, Patron-Harrison, 1982
Folder 10: Arts Legislation-Tax Deduction for Artists Bill # 894, Patron-Harrison, 1982
Folder 11: Arts-National Endowment for the Arts
Folder 12: Arts-News Articles
Folder 13: Arts-Newsletters
Folder 14: Arts-Oregon
Folder 15: Virginia Advisory Committee on Arts Education-Meetings
Folder 16: Friends of Women's Studies
Folder 17: Congratulatory Letters-1979 Election
Folder 18: Elections-News Articles General Assembely, 1981
Folder 19: Election-News Clippings
Folder 20: Election, November, 1982
Folder 21: Election-(General) Sample Ballot, November 6, 1979
Folder 22: Orientation Edythe Harrison General Assembly
Folder 23: Election Primary, 1979
Folder 24: Lawyer Legislators
Folder 25: Legislative Ratings-General Assembly, 1979
Box 4
Folder 1: Norfolk Public Schools-Student Intern Publication
Folder 2: Norfolk Public Schools-Student Intern Reports
Folder 3: Norfolk Public Schools-General Assembly Internship Program-Lake Taylor High School
Folder 4: Norfolk Public Schools-Q.A. Internship Program, 1982
Folder 5: Norfolk Public Schools-Short Term Internship Program
Folder 6: Election Norfolk Five, 1981
Folder 7: Olympics Resolution
Folder 8: Paternity Legislation House Bill #355, Patron-Edythe Harrison, 1982
Folder 9: Paternity Test Press Releases, June, 1982
Folder 10: Paternity
Folder 11: Paternity Test
Sub-Series B: Subcommittee on Career, Vocational, Technical Education, 1979-1982
Box 4
Folder 12: Study Reports
Folder 13: Subcommittee Meeting, August 3, 1982
Folder 14: Extended Subcommittee, 1982
Box 5
Folder 1: Career Education-Polly Liss, August 3, 1982
Folder 2: Career Education Advisory Committee
Folder 3: Subcommittee Roster, 1982
Folder 4: Edythe Harrison Articles
Folder 5: Subcommittee's Final Report Press Release and Press Response
Folder 6: Subcommittee Final Meeting, October 5, 1981
Folder 7: Subcommittee's Final Report, 1982
Folder 8: Subcommittee's Final Report, Correspondence
Folder 9: News Articles
Folder 10: Active File
Folder 11: Legislation:HJR 141 requesting the General Assembly Continue Subcommittee
Folder 12: Career Coalition Norfolk
Box 6
Folder 1: VPI & SU Career Education Conference, April 28, 1980
Folder 2: Career Education Conference 2nd Annual, Blacksburg I, July 30, 1981
Folder 3: Career Education Conference 2nd Annual, Blacksburg II, July 30, 1981
Folder 4: Career Education Definition
Folder 5: Career Education Handbook for State Policy Makers
Folder 6: Fairfax, October 7, 1980
Folder 7: Vocational Educational Funding of Virginia Community Colleges
Folder 8: Georgia Senate Committee
Folder 9: House Joint Resolution #224, Defining Career Education
Folder 10: House Joint Resolution #225
Folder 11: House Joint Resolution #97, Correspondence I
Folder 12: House Joint Resolution #97, Correspondence II
Box 7
Folder 1: House Joint Resolution #225, Press Release, January 19, 1981
Folder 2: Interested Persons
Folder 3: Issues
Folder 4: Kiwanis Speech, June 24, 1981
Folder 5: House Bill #224, Press Release
Folder 6: House Joint Resolution #224, Press Release, January 19, 1981
Folder 7: House Bill #225
Folder 8: House Joint Resolution #97
Folder 9: House Joint Resolution #20, request General Assembely to adopt recommendations of committee
Folder 10: Legislation
Folder 11: House Joint Resolution #97, Legislative Enactment
Folder 12: Marland's Speech on Career Education
Folder 13: Meeting in Delegate Philpott's office, April 29, 1981
Folder 14: News/References
Folder 15: Newsweek Article "Training for the Future"
Folder 16: Norfolk I, September 23, 1980
Folder 17: Norfolk II, September 23, 1980
Folder 18: Norfolk State University Certificate of Appreciation
Folder 19: Persons Testifying
Folder 20: Proposal
Box 8
Folder 1: Proprietary Schools
Folder 2: Proposal from Virginia State University Career Development
Folder 3: House Joint Resolution #97, Research Material I
Folder 4: House Joint Resolution #97, Research Material II
Folder 5: House Joint Resolution #97, Research Material III
Folder 6: Report
Folder 7: Revisions for the Department of Education
Folder 8: Richmond, September 30, 1980
Box 9
Folder 1: Roanoke, October 2, 1980
Folder 2: Roster of Local Administrators for Vocational Education
Folder 3: Speeches
Folder 4: Career Education Speech from Conference at Virginia Tech-Thank You Letters
Folder 5: Speech at the 2nd Career Education Conference, Blacksburg, June 29, July 1, 1981
Folder 6: Speech by Dr. Beamer, Washington D.C., June 20, 1981
Folder 7: Notes on Speech by Dr. Worthington
Folder 8: Standards of Quality
Folder 9: House Joint Resolution #97: Subcommittee Appointments
Folder 10: Subcommittee Extension, 1982
Folder 11: Subcommittee Meetings I
Folder 12: Subcommittee Meetings II
Folder 13: Letter Regarding Work by Committee Members
Folder 14: Task Force Report Iowa State
Folder 15: Title 4-A through CETA Career Development (Jim Holley and Pam Kloepel)
Folder 16: T.R.E.E.
Folder 17: Virginia Council of Local Administrators: Virginia Tech, October 16, 1980
Folder 18: V.P. Youth Employment Report
Box 10
Folder 1: Legislation, 1980-1981
Folder 2: Legislation that Edythe Harrison patroned, 1982

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