Albert I. Godden Papers, 1949-1972, undated
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Brief Description: The contents of this collection range from 1949 to 1973. This collection documents technical education at Old Dominion University and Albert Godden’s academic career. Material included is correspondence, reports, floor plans, newspaper clippings, photographs, certificates, calendars, and a scrapbook. Of interest is material that documents the evolution of reactions to African American and African applicants. The folder, "Correspondence, 'Colored Applicants,' 1953-1962" contains internal memos and rejection letters that direct these applicants to instead apply to African American colleges. However in 1964, a student from Nigeria was offered a course listing and a list of other non-race specific colleges (in "Correspondence, 1964").
Held at:
Special Collections and University Archives
Email: libspecialcollections [at]
Record Series Number: 23/RG 23-2B1
Created by: Godden, Albert I.
Volume: 0.4 Linear Feet
Acquired: 08/15/1974.

Series Descriptions

Series I: Technical Institute. Contains material related to the creation, functioning, promotion and expansion of the Institute including plans for an Armory, correspondence of Godden, Director Edgar Kovner and other staff, reports, certificates and plans. Dated from 1953 to 1968, the material is arranged alphabetically.

Series II: Division of Continuing Education. Consists of work related to the functioning of the Division of Continuing Education from 1965 to 1973. Includes faculty directories, correspondence, memoranda, procedures and reports. Material is arranged alphabetically.

Series III: Scrapbook. Dated 1949 to 1960, documents Godden’s career at ODU beginning with  a Junior Technical Course article and letter from Lewis Webb and ending with a letter of recommendation from Harold Hawn, head of Opera Workshop and producer-coordinator of the college's television station for Godden’s excellent work. Other materials in the scrapbook are Opera Workshop and Concert Series programs including Chocolate Solider, Die Fledermaus, and The Old Maid and The Thief. Newspaper clippings highlight the Technical Institute. The template Godden made for Old Dominion Silver Anniversary is included. Material has been kept in the original order of the scrapbook.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.
Subject Index
College of William and Mary. Norfolk Division
College of William and Mary. Norfolk Division--Technical Institute
Distance education
Old Dominion College--Technical Institute
Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University--Faculty
Old Dominion University--Office of Continuing Education
Segregation in education--Virginia--History--20th century
Vocational education
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/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 Notes: Albert I. Godden  Gift.
Related Materials: Oral Histories in Perry Library: Albert I. Godden
PreferredCitation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Albert I. Godden Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.