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Willard C. Frank, Jr. Papers, 1958-2004, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Andrea Schumacher, Special Collections and University Archives Student Assistant

Collection Overview

Title: Willard C. Frank, Jr. Papers, 1958-2004, undated

ID: 17/RG 17-5B4

Primary Creator: Frank, Willard C., Jr. (1936-2011)

Extent: 4.8 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into two series: Series I: Old Dominion Papers; Series 2; Personal Research.

Date Acquired: 05/20/2008. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Old Dominion University--Faculty, Old Dominion University--History--20th century., Soviet Union--History, Naval., Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939., Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of Willard C. Frank, Jr. date from 1963 to 2004. These papers pertain to Frank’s career as a professor of naval history, his organizational involvement both on campus as well as in Norfolk, notes, transcripts, fliers, etc. from multiple conferences that Frank attended and assembled throughout his career, as well as his personal research documentation and articles.

Collection Historical Note

Willard Chabot Frank, Jr. was an emeritus professor of History at Old Dominion University (formerly known as Old Dominion College). He began teaching in 1963 and although he retired in 2004, he continued to teach until his death in 2011. Alongside his teaching career with Old Dominion University, Dr. Frank also taught at the Naval War College as an adjunct professor. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University in 1957, his Master’s Degree in 1962 from the College of William and Mary in 1962, and his PhD from the University of Pittsburg in 1968. Frank was a member of the Unitarian Church of Norfolk from 1958 until his death in 2011, of which he researched and wrote about. Frank supported numerous local organizations, such as WHRO and the Young Audiences of Virginia, which is an organization that encourages retaining the arts in education. Frank participated in a grass roots opposition to the proposed marriage amendment in 2006 by going door-to-door and discussing the issue with Norfolk.

Early in his career, Frank also participated in groups that supported the Anti-Vietnam prose of the period as well as those of an academic nature. His papers include newsletters from some of these organizations including, the New Left, and the Liberal Context, as well as information from the Academic Freedom and the Emerson forum.

Frank focused his studies on naval warfare, specifically the Spanish Civil War. In the course of his career with Old Dominion University, Frank helped put together two important conferences in the late 1980s, the Soviet Naval Conference of 1987 and the Soviet Military Doctrine Conference of 1989.  Frank taught courses on naval history at both the Naval War College and at Old Dominion University, he was also involved in the creation of new certificates for both programs.

Subject/Index Terms

Old Dominion University--Faculty
Old Dominion University--History--20th century.
Soviet Union--History, Naval.
Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: An addition to the collection was received as Accession #A2010-11 on 4/10/2010.

Alternate Extent Statement: 9 Hollinger boxes, 1 medium oversize box

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restriction.

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.

Physical Access Note: Some of the posters are fragile and may not be suitable for handling.

Acquisition Source: Willard C. Frank, Jr.

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A2008-04

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Willard C. Frank, Jr. Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Processing Information: The collection was processesd by Andrea Schumacher, Student Assistant, from November 2015 through February 2016.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Old Dominion Papers, 1958-2004, undated],
[Series II: Personal Research, 1968-2003, undated],

Series I: Old Dominion Papers, 1958-2004, undated
Sub-Series A: Teaching, 1963-2004, undated
This sub-series documents Frank’s contribution to the campuses as well as discussions with faculty members throughout his teaching career. This sub-series contains notes on meetings, faculty conversations, speaking engagements and course materials.
Box 1
Folder 1: Social Studies Colloquium, 1965
Folder 2: History Department Papers, 1968-2004
Folder 3: The Study of War, undated
Course Handout
Folder 4: Speaking Engagements, 1982-1988
Folder 5: Notes, Talk given to American Association of University Women, 1982 October
Folder 6: Notes, Speech to the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1985 September 24
"To Protect the Wagon Train or to Save the World"
Folder 7: Proposal for National Security MA/PhD Program at Old Dominion University, 1986 September
Folder 8: National Guide on Certificate Programs Application, 1987
Folder 9: Advisory Committee info for the Center of International Studies, 1979
Folder 10: Proposal for International Security Center, Old Dominion University, 1989-1990
Folder 11: Center for Foreign Policy Studies Dalhouse University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1990 June 26-28
Folder 12: Contact List, International Commission for Military History, 2002 August
Folder 13: Correspondence with R.T. "Sandy" MacPherson, 1981-1982
Folder 14: Letters From Diane G. Stallings, 1984 May-June
Colonial National Historic Park, Yorktown, Virginia
Folder 15: Correspondence with EAI (DV) John Nugent, USN, 1984-1989
Related to Establishment of Guidelines for Creating and Maintaining Naval Museums
Folder 16: Correspondence, unknown, 1999
Folder 17: Parking Citation Appeal, 2003 September
Folder 18: Irresponsible Sensationalist, undated
Item 1: Last Lecture--Williard Frank, Jr.: Confessions of a "Irresponsible Sensationalist", undated
Item 2: CD-R Copy of Last Lecture--Williard Frank, Jr.: Confessions of a "Irresponsible Sensationalist", undated
Folder 19: Strategy and Policy Certificates, Letters/ Misc. Development of Strategy and Policy, 1974
Folder 20: Strategy and Policy Certificate Courses, 1976-1993
Folder 21: Strategy and Policy Materials, 1975-1983
Folder 22: Strategy and Policy Materials, 1984-1991
Box 2
Folder 1: Strategy and Policy Certificate, 1990 September 14
Folder 2: Graduate Studies flyers discussing Strategy and Policy Certificate, undated
Folder 3: Correspondence with Commander Johns, USN, 1977 August
Old Dominion University Strategy and Policy Program
Folder 4: Drafts of Letters to Admirals Stockdale and Turner, 1978 October
Concerning Strategy and Policy Program and Corrections
Folder 5: Correspondence with Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale, USN President, Naval War College, 1978 October-November
Folder 6: Correspndence with Admiral Stansfield Turner, USN, Director of Central Intelligence, 1978 November-December
Folder 7: Naval War College Memos and Correspondence, 1979-1985
Folder 8: Naval War College, Grant and Application, 1984
Folder 9: Letter from Rear Admiral James G. Service, USN, President Naval War College, 1985 June 5
Folder 10: Correspondence with Captain Robert Hall, USN, Director, Center for Continuing Education Naval War College, 1983 December-1986 June
Folder 11: Letter from Rear Admiral Ronald J. Kurth, USN to Dr. Joseph M. Marchello, President Old Dominion University, 1988 March 9
Regarding Strategy and Policy Program
Folder 12: Naval War College Discussions, 1989 March
Folder 13: Copies of Emails, 2001 April-2003 November
Related to Memorandum of Understanding between Old Dominion University and the Naval War College
Folder 14: Correspondence related to Old Dominion University, 2002-2004
Naval War College Memorandum of Understanding for Strategies and Policies Program
Folder 15: Emails related to Center of Historical Studies and Certificate Program in Strategy and Policy, 2004 February
Folder 16: Sea Power and Politics in the Spanish Civil War, 1991 July
Project Proposal United States Naval War College
Folder 17: Naval War College Administration and Misc., 1981-1991
Sub-Series B: Organizations, 1958-1992, undated
This sub-series contains information on the organizations both on campus as well as within the city of Norfolk that Frank was involved with.
Box 2
Folder 20: Academic Freedom, Correspondence, 1966-1969
Folder 21: Emerson Forum, Correspondence, 1963-1971
Folder 22: Emerson Forum Posters, 1963-1967
Folder 23: "Rough Draft" Tidewater Servicemen's Newspaper,, 1969 August-November
Box 3
Folder 1: Unitarian-Universalist Virginia Draft, undated
Folder 2: Unitarian-Universalist Gay Community Newsletter, 1975-1976
Folder 3: Unitarian Church of Norfolk and School Closing Crisis, 1958-1959 Speech, undated
Folder 4: Correspondence with Reverend David Herndon, First Unitarian Church of Pittsburg, 1984 October-1992 February
Folder 5: Correspondence with Mrs. Marion Schnurer, Octave Schruner Funeral Information, 1987 - 1991
Folder 6: Gay Activist Alliance New York and Old Dominion University, 1977
Folder 7: National Developments Regarding Gay Rights, undated
Folder 8: Gay Alliance and Muscular Dystrophy events at Old Dominion University and Norfolk, circa 1977-1980
Folder 9: Correspondence with Peace Corps, 1971
Folder 10: Local Peace Coprs Volunteer Information, 1964-1966
Folder 11: Peace Corps Recruitment Posters for Events on Old Dominion University Campus, circa 1970
Folder 12: Old Dominion University Posters - Altered, circa 1970
Folder 13: Joe Jordan for City Council Bumper Sticker, 1968
Box 10
Folder 1: Posters for Henry Howell campaign, altered, circa 1969-1973
Folder 2: Newsletter, New Left Notes, 1967
Sept. 25, 1967 vol.2 no.33
Folder 3: Newletter, The Liberal Context, 1969
Oct. 1969 vol. 10 no. 1
Folder 4: Newsletter, On the Beach, 1971
April 1971 vol.1 no. 6 and May 1971 vol.1 no.7
Folder 5: Misc. Peace Corps Posters, circa 1970
Sub-Series C: Conferences, 1968-2004, undated
This sub-series contains notes, transcripts, and other information regarding numerous conferences that Frank attended, spoke at, and developed over the course of his career.
Box 3
Folder 14: Interim Reports discussing the 1987 Soviet Naval Conference, 1986-1987
Folder 15: Publicity - Soviet Naval Conference, 1987 April
Folder 16: Letters Announcing 1987 Soviet Naval Conference, 1986 October
Folder 17: Planning Meeting Notes - 1987 Soviet Naval Conference, 1986 April-1987 June
Folder 18: Memo, Continuing Education Credits - 1987 Soviet Naval Conference, 1987
Folder 19: Grant Request - 1987 Soviet Naval Conference, 1987
Folder 20: Memo - Navy Sponsership of Reception for Participants Soviet Naval Conference and Budget for Conference, 1987
Folder 21: Memos on Telephone Conversations - 1987 Soviet Naval Conference, 1987 January-May
Folder 22: Correspondence with Professor John Erickson, 1986 May-1987 May
Regading Soviet Naval Conference
Folder 23: Correspondence with Dean Burgess, 1986 October-1987 May
Folder 24: Correspondence with G. William Whitehurst, 1987 March 6
regarding Soviet Naval Conference with newspaper clippings
Folder 25: Correspondence with the Office of the Commandant U.S. Marine Corps, 1987 April
regarding Soviet Naval Conference
Folder 26: Correspondence with Frank Uhlig, Jr., 1987 May-June
regarding Soviet Naval Conference
Folder 27: Correspondence with James T. Westwood, 1987 February-1988 May
regarding Soviet Naval Conference
Folder 28: Correspondence with Naval Institute Press, 1987 March 6
regarding Soviet Naval Conference
Box 4
Folder 1: 1987 Soviet Naval Conference - Information Packet, 1987
Folder 2: 1987 Soviet Naval Conference - Opening Remarks, 1987
Folder 3: 1987 Soviet Naval Conference - Notes on Speakers Presentations, 1987 January-May
Folder 4: Transcript - "The Dynamics of U.S. -Soviet Strategy: An Overview", 1987 May
Presented by Admiral Harry D. Train, II USN (Ret.)
Folder 5: Transcript - "A Background for Understanding Soviet Naval Strategy: An Overview, 1987 May
Presented by William H. J. Manthorpe, Jr.
Folder 6: Transcript - "The Patterns of Cultural Analysis: The Soviet Navy Through Western Eyes" and "The Soviet Navy through Soviet Eyes", 1987 May
Presented by Robert G. Weinland
Folder 7: Transcript - "Soviet Foreign Relations: The View from the Kremlin, 1987", 1987 May
Presented by Ken Booth
Folder 8: Transcript - "Panel: Historical Influence", 1987 May
Commentator Frank Uhlig, Jr.
Folder 9: Transcript, Speaker: Captain Steve Kime, 1987 May
Folder 10: Transcript, Speaker: Richard Remnek, 1987 May
Folder 11: Transcript, Speaker: Michael MccGuire, 1987 May
Folder 12: Transcript, Working Luncheon, 1987 May
Folder 13: Photocopy and Book Publishing information, 1987 July-1988 March
in regards to the Soviet Naval Conference 1987
Folder 14: 1987 Soviet Naval Conference - Final Report, 1987
Folder 15: 1987 Soviet Naval Conference - Post Conference Suggestions for Future Topics, 1987
Folder 16: 1987 Soviet Naval Conference - Post Conference Correspondence, 1987
Folder 17: Correspondence with Professor Dr. Jurgen Rohwer, 1989-1990
regarding both past and future conferences and copy of Sources of Soviet Naval Conduct
Folder 18: 1987 Soviet Naval Conference, 1987
Folder 19: Soviet Military Doctrine Content Planning Notes, 1987-1988
Folder 20: Review of Possible Speakers/ Presenters 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference, 1988
Folder 21: 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference - Press Releases and Media, 1989
Folder 22: Response to Announcements of 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference, 1989
Folder 23: Invitations to Virginia Elected Officials, 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference, 1989
Folder 24: Correspondence, Soviet General V. Larinov, 1989
regarding 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference
Folder 25: Correspondence with Professor Roy Allison, University of Birmingham Alabama, 1988-1989
regarding 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference
Folder 26: Correspondence with William F. Scott, 1988-1989
regarding 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference
Box 5
Folder 1: Correspondence with Harriet Fast Scott, 1988-1990
regarding 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference
Folder 2: Correspondence with Daniel E. Sonenshine, Associate VP for Research, 1989
regarding 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference
Folder 3: Correspondence with Speakers/Presenters, 1989
regardign 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference
Folder 4: Correspondence with William H.J. Manthrope, Jr., 1989 June-1990 May
regarding 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference
Folder 5: Correspondence with John N. H. Hagard Swedish Embassy, 1989 June-July
Folder 6: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1988-1989
regarding 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference
Folder 7: Memo on Historians for papers regarding Soviet Military Doctrine in Asia, 1989 July 7-8
Folder 8: Soviet Military Doctrine Conference Information, 1989 May
Folder 9: Soviet Military Doctrine Conference, May 25-27, 1989 Part 1, 1989
Folder 10: Soviet Military Doctrine Conference, May 25-27, 1989 Part 2, 1989
Folder 11: Notes on Speakers Presentation, 1989 May
Folder 12: William F. Scott - Opening Address, 1989 May
Folder 13: "Guns or Better Revisited" - Luncheon Address by Admiral Harry D. Train, II, 1989 May
Folder 14: Transcript - "Historical Development of Soviet Military Doctrine," Roy Allison, Commentator, 1989 May
Folder 15: Transcript - "Elements of a Future Soviet Security System" - Comments and Q & A, 1989 May
Folder 16: Transcript - "Internal Soviet Debate on Military Doctrine" - Commentary and Q & A, 1989 May
Folder 17: Transcript - "New Thinking" - Ambassador Raymond L. Gartoff, 1989 May
Folder 18: Transcript - "New Thinking and the Outlook for the Soviet Navy" - William H. J. Manthorpe, 1989 May
Folder 19: Transcript - "Soviet Military Doctrine in the Asian Pacific Region" - Gary B. Crocker, U.S. Department of State, 1989 May
Folder 20: Transcript - "Soviet Strategy and Control" - Q & A Session, Dr. Menning, Commentator, 1989 May
Folder 21: Transcript - "Projection and Maritime Affairs" - Comments and Q & A, Commentator Capt. Steve F. Kime, 1989 May
Folder 22: Transcript - "Soviet Military Doctrine Past and Present" - Major Gen. Valentin V. Larinov, Commentator - James M. McConnell, 1989 May
Folder 23: Transcript - "Concluding Workshop - Significance and Implications" - Edward L. Warner, Gen. Larinov and Q & A, 1989 May
Folder 24: Correspondence with Unwin Hyman, Lexington Books, 1990 March 12
Folder 25: Memo from Dean Charles Burgess, 1990 April 2
small grant request for "Book on Soviet Military Doctrine"
Folder 26: Notes Concerning Book Development "Soviet Military Doctrine from Lenin to Gorbachev, 1915 - 1991", 1990
Folder 27: Correspondence with Robert Bathurst, 1989 April-1991
Folder 28: Memo: My talk with Lester Grau on September 18, 1991 September 19
Folder 29: Courtesy Copies ASC HR Swedish Embassy, 1989
Box 6
Folder 1: Soviet Military Doctrine Conference Discussion on Book Publishing, 1988-1990
Folder 2: Book Precis - "Soviet Military Doctrine from Lenin to Gorbechev", 1990
Folder 3: 1989 Soviet Military Doctrine Conference After Action Reports (Draft), 1989
Folder 4: International Studies Colloquium, 1979 January 19
Folder 5: Eastern Virginia Bicentennial Committee, "Spain and the American Revolution", 1980
Folder 6: United States Naval Academy Fourth Naval History Symposium, 1979 October 25-26
Folder 7: United States Naval Academy Seventh Naval History Symposium, 1985 September 26-27
Folder 8: United States Naval Academy Eighth Naval History Symposium, 1987 September 24-25
Folder 9: United States Naval Academy Eleventh Naval History Symposium, 1993 October 21-23
Folder 10: Correspondence regarding Consortium for the Study of Intelligence, 1983-1984
Folder 11: Correspondence between D. Philip Gillette and Col. Lyman H. Hammond, Jr., 1986
MacArthur Conference Procedures
Folder 12
Item 1: Secretaries of State Conference, December 18, 1987, 1987
includes a VHS tape
Item 2: Video of Secretaries of State Conference, December 18, 1987, 1987 December-1988 January
One VHS videotape of the conference in Norfolk, Virginia on December 19, 1987. Includes the unedited, 2 hour version and the 1 hour, edited version shown on WHRO-TV on January 31, 1988.
Folder 13: National War College Conference, 1988 May 5
Folder 14: Correspondence regarding International Security Conference for 1991, 1989-1990
Folder 15: Foundation for International Security Adderbury Maritime Strategic Dialouge, 1989 November
Folder 16: Prospective Budget - Third International Security Conference, 1991 May
Folder 17: Third International Security Conference Ideas, 1989-1990
Folder 18: Luncheon in Honor of the Delegation of the Supreme Soviet Committee on Defense, 1990
Box 7
Folder 1: Ufficio Storico della Marina Militare, 1993 January-May
Folder 2: Duquesne History Forum, 1991-1992
Folder 3: MacArthur Symposium, 1994 October 20-22
Folder 4: Convegno Internazionale di Storia Militare, Copy of the "Mediterranean, the Naval Strategies of the Major Powers, and the Spanish Civil War", 1996 March-September
Folder 5: Notes from the "Convegno Internazionale di Storia Militare, circa 1996
English Tranlation: International Conference of Military History
Folder 6: Information frm the Convegno Internazionale di Storia Militare, September 16-18 1996, 1996
Folder 7: NATO: At the Crossroads: Eyes on the Horizon Symposium, April 11-12, 1997, 1997
Folder 8: Atlantic Partnership: NATO's Focus for the New Millenium Symposium, October 30-31, 1998, 1998
Folder 9: International Commission of Military History, 2002, 2004
Folder 10: Old Dominion University Blank Space Request Form, Notes, Walter Mondale Campaign Flyer, circa 1979-1984
Sub-Series D: Old Dominion Publications, 1974-1976
This sub-series contains clippings from the Old Dominion publications UNews and the Mace & Crown from 1974 to 1976.
Box 11
Folder 1: UNews and Mace & Crown Articles, 1974-1975
Folder 2: UNews and Mace & Crown Articles, 1975
Folder 3: UNews and Mace & Crown Articles, 1975-1976
Folder 4: UNews and Mace & Crown Articles, 1976

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