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Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry Library
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0256
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The Records of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Historical Sketch

The Bureau began in 1962 as the Bureau of Business Research at the Norfolk branch of the College of William and Mary. It is still active today as the Bureau of Research in the College of Business and Public Administration. The Bureau of Business and Economic Research had its hand in many different projects during the 1960s and 1970s here at Old Dominion. Along with the Center for Economic Education and the Institute of Management, the Bureau provided opportunities for faculty and graduate students to interact with business, industry, and government in eastern Virginia. The Bureau was the research arm of the School of Business Administration. It provided faculty and graduate students opportunities to gain experience by working with special research projects and ongoing research programs. The Bureau also served as an administrative and research agency through which the School and the University can relate to the community in the areas of business and economics. Faculty and students work on projects pertaining to business organization, business management, public finance, and economic base studies.

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research contain several economic impact studies done in the Hampton Roads area, a job satisfier survey, a manpower survey, an automobile survey, papers for forming a Drug Abuse program, and papers dealing with the Norfolk Port and Industrial Authority, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Department of Transportation, and the Institute of Urban Studies. Also included is a Summary of the Capital Program (1966-1970), which includes city plans to build Lake Taylor Senior High School and to expand Booker T. Washington. The collection also contains statements and invoices for all projects funded through the Old Dominion Research Foundation in 1971 and 1972. The collection contains information dating from 1966 to 2000 and is arranged chronologically within three series.

Series Descriptions

The Records of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research are divided into the following series:

Series I: Bureau Publications – This series contains the bureau’s publications, including Economic Impact Surveys, Virginia Beach Overnight Profiles, the Mobility of the Population, and the Impact of Virginia’s Ports on the Commonwealth. Also included in the series is a publication by TJ Reed, the director of Old Dominion Research Foundation, entitled “Three Virginias, A Study of the Commonwealth.” The publications range from 1966-2000 and the folders are arranged chronologically.

Series II: Virginia and Hampton Roads Projects – This series contains information dealing with the various studies and projects advised on or conducted by the Bureau. It includes documents pertaining to: Ports and Urban Studies, a Drug Abuse Program, the Association for University Business and Economic Research, a Capital Program, a Statewide Law Enforcement Plan, and a ten year breakout of Units in Operation by Model. Materials date from 1966-1975 and the folders are arranged chronologically.

Series III: Miscellaneous - This series contains the miscellaneous data and documents included in the records of the Bureau. Also included is a binder of projects funded through Old Dominion Research Foundation, which contains invoices, statements, and ledgers for all the projects conducted in 1971 and 1972. Materials date from 1966 to the 1970s and are arranged chronologically.


The provenance for this collection is unknown.


Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


Three document cases.

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Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], The Bureau of Business and Economic Research Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Container Listing

Box 1

Series I: Bureau Publications

Folder 1: Mobility of the Population 1955-1960, Norfolk-Portsmouth, January 1966
Folder 2: “Three Virginias, A Study of the Commonwealth,” ca.1963
Folder 3: Economic Impact of Virginia’s Ports on the Commonwealth, 1980
Folder 4: Virginia Beach Overnight Visitor Profile, Summer 1988
Folder 5: Virginia Beach Overnight Visitor Profile, Summer 1993
Folder 6: Economic Impact of Eastern Virginia Medical School on Hampton Roads, October 1995
Folder 7: Virginia Beach Tourism Economic Impact Study, 2000
Folder 8: Virginia Beach Overnight Visitor Profile, Summer 2000

Box 2

Series II: Virginia and Hampton Roads Projects

Folder 9: Summary of Capital Program, Norfolk, 1966-1970
Folder 10: Units in Operation 10 Year Breakout by Model, 1968
Folder 11: Statewide Law Enforcement Plan, 1969
Folder 12: Job Satisfier Survey, ca.1969
Folder 13: Association for University Business and Economic Research, August 1974-April 1975
Folder 14: Ports and Urban Study, March 1969-April 1970
Folder 15: Drug Abuse Program, July 1969-April 1970
Folder 16: Manpower Survey and Data, ca.1972

Box 3

Series III: Miscellaneous

Folder 17: A Project Proposal December 6, 1966
Folder 18: Projects Funded Through Old Dominion Research Foundation, 1971-1972
Folder 19: Tidewater Business Growth and Demographic Statistics, 1970s
Folder 20: Miscellaneous Documents, May 1973, 1980 and 1990

Revised 4/02/09