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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 VIII: Binders & Published Materials, 1966-1997
Series includes materials in binders that are too large to be included in the other boxes.
Sub-Series A: City Government, 1966-1998
Contains material related to various Norfolk city government issues.
Box 44
Item 1: Approved Operating Budget-City of Norfolk, 1997 July-1998 June
Item 2: Breaking Down The Glass Wall: A Proposal for the Norfolk Empowerment Zone, 1994 June 29
Item 3: Comparative Report of Local Government Revenues and Expenditures- Year ended, 1990 June 30
Item 4: Congestion Management System for Hampton Roads, VA, 1995
Item 5: Downtown Norfolk-Briefing Book for the Urban Land Institute Panel, 1989
Box 45
Item 1: General Plan of Norfolk, 1992
Item 2: Hampton Roads Crossing Study-Draft Purpose and Need Statement and Technical Appendix, 1994
Item 3: "A Larger Vision.." Jim Rouse and the American City, 1994
Item 4: Mayors Institute on City Designs, 1993
Box 46
Folder 1: Police Annual Report, 1992
Folder 2: Priority: Home! The Federal Plan to Break the Cycle of Homelessness, 1994
Folder 3: Survey and Analysis of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, 1966
Folder 4: The Virginia Waterfront- Regional Travel and Tourism Study Economic Impact Analysis, 1994 December
Folder 5: The Virginia Waterfront-Regional Travel and Tourism Study Post Advertising Survey, 1994
Folder 6: Working Master Plan for the Partnerships for Excellence Capital Campaign, 1988
Folder 7: Appointment Books, 1971-1975
Sub-Series B: Medical, 1910-1972
Material related to Dr. Andrews' Medical Career.
Box 47
Folder 1: Photograph Binder, 1910
Folder 2: Financial Management of the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1972
Folder 3: Introduction to Endocrinology- A programmed Instruction Course, 1966

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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