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Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry Library
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0256
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The Papers of the Guantanamo Bay Off-campus Credit Program


Historical Sketch

Begun in 1964, the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (GTMO) Extension was part of Old Dominion College's Evening College Off-campus Credit Program and later became part of the School of Continuing Studies. Continuing Studies was a far-reaching network extending from Suffolk to Vietnam. By 1980, these programs included more than 28,000 enrollments at area locations and local and foreign military bases such as Guantanamo Bay,  Dam Neck, and ships at sea.  The GTMO Extension offered undergraduate courses ranging from collegiate-level trigonometry to Spanish and graduate courses in education. However the course offerings fluctuated greatly between semesters and were dependent on enrollment and instructor availability.  By 1976 an average of eleven or twelve classes were taught in ten-week cycles. Some instructors came from the Norfolk campus of ODU, while others were Navy personnel stationed at Guantanamo Bay.

Scope and Contents

The collection paints an interesting picture of ODU in the 1960s and 1970s, including documents that articulate the administrative challenges of maintaining quality extension programs as well as documents that relate the experiences of active-duty military instructors and students.
A majority of the collection is related to Guantanamo Bay course and enrollment information and related correspondence between 1966 and 1979. Notable elements of the collection include correspondence related to a 1969 visit from Lewis Webb, president of ODU, and clippings from the Guantanamo Gazette, the base newspaper.

Series Descriptions

The collection is divided into the following four series: Correspondence (three folders); Publications (one folder); Administration (two folders); and Miscellaneous (one folder).

Series I: Correspondence (1964-1979): Contains correspondence related to the conduct of the GTMO extension. Included are telegraphs, letters, and memoranda concerning course offerings, student concerns, instructor eligibility, and relations with the main campus in Norfolk.

Series II: Publications (1973-1976): Contains newspaper clippings related to the GTMO extension. Most content is drawn from the Guantanamo Gazette, a base publication. ODU course listings are included alongside current events information, including articles related to President Richard M. Nixon’s visit to China and U.S.-Cuban relations.

Series III: Administrative (1965-1979): Contains documents related to the management of the GTMO extension. Included are invoices, course listings, tuition information, funding requests, and materials requirements.

Series IV: Miscellaneous (1969-1973): Contains content that does not easily fit into other categories. Included are samples of examinations, instructional pamphlets, and instructor résumés.

Related Materials

Because the structure of the university changed during the life of the GTMO extension, some related material on the Evening College is in the papers of the School of General Studies (RG 21-1A).




Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


One Hollinger document case. 0.42 Linear feet.

Collection Number

RG 23-6A

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], The Papers of the Guantanamo Bay Off-campus Credit Program, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.


Container Listing

Box 1

Series I: Correspondence

Folder 1: Correspondence 1964-65
Folder 2: Correspondence 1966
Folder 3: Correspondence 1967
Folder 4: Correspondence 1968
Folder 5: Correspondence 1969
Folder 6: Correspondence 1970-71
Folder 7: Correspondence 1972
Folder 8: Correspondence 1973
Folder 9: Correspondence 1975-76
Folder 10: Correspondence 1977
Folder 11: Correspondence 1978
Folder 12: Correspondence 1979

Series II: Publications

Folder 13: Publications 1973-1976

Series III: Administrative

Folder 14: Administrative 1964-66
Folder 15: Administrative 1967-69
Folder 16: Administrative 1971-73
Folder 17: Administrative 1975-76
Folder 18: Administrative 1977
Folder 19: Administrative 1978
Folder 20: Administrative 1979
Folder 21: Administrative [n.d.]

Series IV: Miscellaneous

Folder 22: Miscellaneous 1969-1973

Revised 1/28/10