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Mason C. Andrews Papers, 1777-2006, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Janice Halecki

Collection Overview

Title: Mason C. Andrews Papers, 1777-2006, undated

ID: 00/MG 62

Primary Creator: Andrews, Mason Cooke (1919-2006)

Extent: 25.42 Linear Feet. More info below.


The collection is arranged into the following series: I. Personal Papers; II. Medical Papers; III. Medical Center Planning; IV. E.V.M.S; V. Community Service; VI. Norfolk City Government; VII. Newspaper Clippings; VIII. Binders and Published Materials; IX. Oversized, Photographs, and Miscellaneous Items.

Series I. Personal Papers.This series includes 3 sub-series: A. Papers of Dr. C. J. Andrews; B. Children; C. Household. The series contains correspondence of Mason C. Andrews and other family members dating from 1949 to 1997. Sub-series A contains correspondence of Dr. C. J. Andrews dating from 1932 to 1944. Sub-series B includes correspondence and material relating to Andrews' two children. Sub-series C contains material regarding planning and design of a vacation home, and boat ownership.

Series II. Medical Papers.This series includes 6 sub-series: A. Lectures; B. Medical Tower; C. Articles; D. Norfolk General Hospital; E. Medical Societies; F. Audio-Visual materials. This series contains correspondence, dating from 1949 to 1973, pertaining to Dr. Andrews medical practice. Sub-series A contains materials used in medical instruction. Sub-series B contains material, dated from 1957 to 1960, on the development and management of the Medical Tower building. Sub-series C contains medical articles on a variety of topics arranged alphabetically by topic. Sub-series D contains correspondence, reports, and other materials, dating from 1957 to 1967, pertaining to Dr. Andrews practice at Norfolk General Hospital. Sub-series E contains correspondence, meeting agendas, and other materials, dated 1950 to 1989, from various medical societies. Sub-series F contains two 16mm film reels and an audio cassette tape used in medical education.

Series III. Medical Center Planning.This series includes correspondence, architectural drawings, reports and other materials dating from 1959 to 1973 regarding the planning and development of the Norfolk Medical Center complex.

Series IV. E.V.M.S.This series includes two sub-series: A. Curriculum and B. Jones Institute. This series contains correspondence, pamphlets, reports, fundraising materials and the school's first yearbook. The materials included date from 1971 to 1995. Sub-series A includes reports and proposals for the school's medical curriculum. Sub-series B includes correspondence, reports, and other information on the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and in-vitro fertilization.

Series V. Community Service.This series includes 3 sub-series; A. Awards; B. Board of Directors; C. Sabine Andrews. Materials in this series date from 1961 to 1994, they include correspondence, reports, meeting minutes and agendas. Sub-series A includes mostly correspondence regarding various awards given to Dr. Andrews. Sub-series B includes correspondence, reports and other materials related to Dr. Andrews' service as director for various companies. Sub-series C includes information on the community service activities of Sabine Andrews.

Series VI. Norfolk City Government.This series is divided into 10 sub-series: A. City Council Papers; B. Transportation; C. Cousteau Ocean Center; D. Nauticus; E. Waterside; F. Mac Arthur Center; G. Park Place; H. Commissions and Task Forces; I. Speeches; J. Mayor's Files. Materials in this series date from 1974 to 1997. Sub-series A, Box 19, includes mostly council meeting materials, minutes, agendas, and correspondence. Sub-series A, Boxes 20 through 23 consist of alphabetically arranged files each dealing with specific city issues. Sub-series B includes correspondence, and reports regarding the issue of local transportation. Sub-series C includes information on the proposed Cousteau Ocean Center that was never built. Sub-series D contains information on the development of the Nauticus project. Sub- series E contains correspondence and information on the Waterside Festival Marketplace project. Sub-series F contains information on the development of the Mac Arthur Center Mall in downtown Norfolk. Sub-series G includes correspondence, reports, and meeting materials related to the redevelopment of the Park Place neighborhood in Norfolk. Sub-series H contains reports produced by various city commissions and task forces. Sub-series I contains notes, transcripts, and correspondence regarding speeches given by Dr. Andrews. Sub-series J includes correspondence and other materials pertaining to Dr. Andrews' tenure as Mayor of Norfolk from 1992 to 1994.

Series VII. Newspaper Clippings.This series includes clippings on various topics. The clippings are arranged alphabetically by topic and range in date from 1960 to 1996.

Series VIII. Binders and Published Materials.This series includes materials in binders that are too large to be included in the other boxes. Boxes 34 through 36 are related to city government issues. The materials in Box 37 are related to Dr. Andrews' medical career.

Series IX. Oversize, Photographs, and Miscellaneous Items.This series includes one oversize bound report, souvenir tee-shirt, seal, and photographs.

Date Acquired: 10/14/1998. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Andrews, Mason C., 1919-2006, City council members--Virginia--Norfolk, Eastern Virginia Medical Authority, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Gynecologists--Virginia--Norfolk, Hampton Roads (Va.)--History--20th century, Mayors--Virginia--Norfolk, Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century, Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century, Physicians--Virginia--Norfolk

Languages: English


Physician, former city council member and mayor of Norfolk. Served on Norfolk city council from 1974 to 2000 and as the city’s mayor from 1992-1994. Was instrumental in the development of the Eastern Virginia Medical School complex and the redevelopment of downtown Norfolk. The collection includes personal, business, and political papers spanning the years 1932-1997.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of Mason C. Andrews date from 1932 to 1997. The collection includes correspondence related to personal, business and city issues; photographs; medical articles; newspaper clippings; architectural drawings; 16mm film reels; reports; and miscellaneous materials. The bulk of the material relates to the development of the medical center and the Eastern Virginia Medical School and Andrews' tenure on the city council from 1974 to 1997.

Collection Historical Note

Mason C. Andrews was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1919. He graduated from Maury High School, and later received his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Princeton and his M.D. from John's Hopkins University. He specialized in obstetrics and gynecology and completed his residency training at Johns Hopkins as well. Andrews then began a successful ob/gyn private practice in Norfolk in 1950. Additionally, Dr. Andrews taught Obstetrics and Gynecology at Johns Hopkins University and later at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Andrews' community service began during the 1950's with service on the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and the Health Welfare and Recreation Planning Council. While serving as president of the Norfolk County Medical Society, Andrews appointed a bipartisan committee to study the need for a medical school in the area. The study was able to convince the Virginia General Assembly of the need for a new medical school. In 1964 the Eastern Virginia Medical Center authority was formed with the charge of developing the new medical school. Andrews served as the chairman of the authority from 1964-1970. Under his leadership a medical center complex was built in an area that has once been slums. The medical complex now consists of Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), Norfolk General Hospital, Medical Tower, Public Health Department, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters and Tidewater Rehabilitation Institute. In addition, as chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at EVMS Andrews was instrumental in bringing the team of Drs. Howard and Georgeanna Jones to Norfolk. The Drs. Jones specialized in treating infertility problems. In 1981 they brought notoriety to Norfolk with the role they played in the first successful birth, in the United States, of a baby conceived by in-vitro fertilization. With the success of the in-vitro fertilization program the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine was founded in 1983.

Andrews also served on the Norfolk City Council from 1974 to 2000 and as the city's mayor from 1992 to 1994. During his tenure on the council he was instrumental in the redevelopment of the downtown waterfront. Andrews introduced the developer of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, James Rouse, to Norfolk. Rouse designed the Waterside Festival Marketplace for the Norfolk waterfront. Other downtown projects promoted by Andrews included Nauticus, the Norfolk campus of Tidewater Community College, and the MacArthur Center Mall. Mason Andrews declined to run for re-election to city council in 2000.

Andrews passed away on October 13, 2006.

Subject/Index Terms

Andrews, Mason C., 1919-2006
City council members--Virginia--Norfolk
Eastern Virginia Medical Authority
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Hampton Roads (Va.)--History--20th century
Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century
Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: Second accession: November 2011

Alternate Extent Statement: 44 Hollinger document cases and 1 oversized 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: Dr. Mason C. Andrews

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A98-10

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Mason C. Andrews 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: Personal Papers, 1932-1997, undated],
[Series II: Medical Papers, 1949-1973, undated],
[Series III: Medical Center Planning, 1959-1973, undated],
[Series IV: Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), 1962-2006, undated],
[Series V: Community Services, 1960-1994, undated],
[Series VI: Norfolk City Government, 1777-2005, undated],
[Series VII: Newspaper Clippings, 1865-2005, undated],
[Series VIII: Binders & Published Materials, 1966-1997],
[Series IX: Oversized, Photographs, and Miscellaneous Items, circa 1940-1999, undated],

Series VII: Newspaper Clippings, 1865-2005, undated
Series includes clippings on various topics. The clippings are arranged alphabetically by topic and range in date from 1865 to 2005.
Box 34
Folder 1: Architects, 1962-1963, 1971
Folder 2: Blue Law, 1974
Folder 3: Busing, 1974, 1982
Folder 4: Busing, 1983 January-March
Folder 5: Busing, 1983 April-May
Folder 6: Busing, 1983 June -November
Folder 7: Busing, 1984-1985
Folder 8: Busing, 1986
Folder 9: Cable T.V., 1974
Box 35
Folder 1: Casinos and Gambling, 1994-1995
Folder 2: Chrysler Museum, 1974
Folder 3: Church Street, 1976-1978, 1994
Folder 4: City Council Campaign (I), 1974
Folder 5: City Council Campaign (II), 1974
Folder 6: City Council Campaign (III), 1974
Folder 7: City Council Campaign (IV), 1974
Folder 8: City Council, 1994
Folder 9: City Council Campaign, 1996
Folder 10: City Government, 1973-1974, 1983, 1993
Folder 11: Collective Bargaining, 1974
Folder 12: Colley Avenue Bridge, 1974-1976
Folder 13: Community Service Clippings, 1968, 1986
Folder 14: Cousteau Center, 1981, 1985-1986
Box 36
Folder 1: Crime, 1974, 1977
Folder 2: Downtown, 1960-1978
Folder 3: Downtown, 1979-1980
Folder 4: Downtown, 1981-1982
Folder 5: Downtown, 1983
Folder 6: Downtown, 1984-1985
Box 37
Folder 1: Downtown, 1990-1995
Folder 2: Economic Development, 1994
Folder 3: Education, 1974
Folder 4: Election and Service as Mayor, 1992-1994
Folder 5: Environment, 1974
Folder 6: Energy Crisis, 1974
Folder 7: EVMS, 1973-1995
Folder 8: Mayor Paul Fraim, 1994
Folder 9: Ghent, 1974-1978
Folder 10: Ghent, 1994
Box 38
Folder 1: Hampton Blvd, 1975-1976
Folder 2: In-Vitro Fertilization, 1973, 1978-1979
Folder 3: In-Vitro Fertilization, 1979
Folder 4: In-Vitro Fertilization, 1980
Folder 5: In-Vitro Fertilization, 1981
Folder 6: In-Vitro Fertilization, 1982
Box 39
Folder 1: In-Vitro Fertilization, 1983-1984
Folder 2: In-Vitro Fertilization, 1984-2005
Folder 3: Jails, 1994
Folder 4: Kaufman, Charles L., 1985
Folder 5: MacArthur Center, 1993-1994
Folder 6: Medical Center, undated
Folder 7: Medical Center, 1961-1966
Box 40
Folder 1: Medical Center, 1967-1970
Folder 2: Medical Center, 1971-1973
Folder 3: Medical Tower, 1865, 1963
Folder 4: Medicine/Health, 1972-1974
Folder 5: Miscellaneous, 1963, 1974
Folder 6: Monuments, 1994 July 15
Folder 7: Moral Issues, 1974
Folder 8: NAMCA, 1964-1975
Box 41
Folder 1: Nauticus, 1994
Folder 2: Neighborhoods, 1994
Folder 3: NHRA, 1994
Folder 4: Norfolk State University, 1994
Folder 5: Ocean View, 1974-1986
Folder 6: Ocean View, 1994
Folder 7: Old Bay Line, 1972
Folder 8: Park Place, 1994
Folder 9: Planning Commission, 1960-1962
Folder 10: Planning Commission, 1963
Folder 11: Planning Commission, 1964-1965
Folder 12: Planning Commission, 1967-1969
Folder 13: Port Authority, 1974
Box 42
Folder 1: Public Administration, 1965 September
Folder 2: Public Housing, 1994
Folder 3: Regionalism, 1994
Folder 4: Roads, 1974, 1978, 1994
Folder 5: Rouse & Co., 1978-1983
Folder 6: Senior Citizens, 1974
Folder 7: Social Concerns, 1974
Folder 8: Norfolk SPCA/ Animal Control, 1994
Folder 9: Sports, 1974
Folder 10: Stadium, 1976-1995
Folder 11: Taxes, 1994
Folder 12: Tidewater Community College, 1994
Folder 13: Transportation, 1974
Folder 14: Utilities, 1974
Folder 15: Urban Redevelopment, 1959-1968
Folder 16: Virginia Beach Town Center, 1994
Folder 17: Virginia Symphony, 1994
Box 43
Folder 1: Waterside, 1981 April-1982 October
Folder 2: Waterside, 1982 November-1983 May
Folder 3: Waterside, 1983 June - July
Folder 4: Waterside, 1983 August-1995 June
Folder 5: Zoning, 1994
Folder 6: Norfolk Zoo, 1974, 1994

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Personal Papers, 1932-1997, undated],
[Series II: Medical Papers, 1949-1973, undated],
[Series III: Medical Center Planning, 1959-1973, undated],
[Series IV: Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), 1962-2006, undated],
[Series V: Community Services, 1960-1994, undated],
[Series VI: Norfolk City Government, 1777-2005, undated],
[Series VII: Newspaper Clippings, 1865-2005, undated],
[Series VIII: Binders & Published Materials, 1966-1997],
[Series IX: Oversized, Photographs, and Miscellaneous Items, circa 1940-1999, undated],

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