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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 organized into five series: Series I: Legislative Files; Series II: Campaign Files; Series III: Virginia Opera Association; Series IV: General Papers; and Series V: Audio and Video Tapes.

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

Subjects: Civic leaders--Virginia--Norfolk, Hampton Roads (Va.)--History--20th century, Legislators--Virginia--Hampton Roads, Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century, Virginia--Politics and government., 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

This collection contains material concerning Edythe C. Harrison's 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. 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.

Several boxes contain information concerning Harrison's 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
Legislators--Virginia--Hampton Roads
Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century
Virginia--Politics and government.
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, Old Dominion University Libraries.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Legislative Files, circa 1979-1982],
[Series II: Campaign Files],
[Series III: Virginia Opera Association],
[Series IV: General Papers],
[Series V: Audio and Video Tapes],
[All]

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

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