The Special Collections of Old Dominion University are divided into three main areas: Special Collections, University Archives, and Music Special Collections. The Special Collections contains various materials that document such subjects as the Civil War, Virginia politics, military history, African-American history, Norfolk urban redevelopment, women's history, and local history.
The University Archives includes the non-current permanent records of the university, theses and dissertations, oral histories, yearbooks, course catalogs, university publications, and photographs.
The Music Special Collections are housed in the Diehn Composers Room and consist of: 1) the New Music Performance Collection, a project to serve music faculty who incorporate new music in their teaching; 2) the Contemporary Music Research Collection, which supports research leading to the performance of contemporary musical works; and, 3) the Old Dominion University Department of Music Student Performance Recordings.
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