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Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0256
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The Papers of Dorothy F. Lippincott

Biographical Sketch

Dorothy Lippincott received her bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary and her master of science in education from Old Dominion University. She began working at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary in 1957. One year later, Mrs. Lippincott was appointed full time director of College Relations and Placement. In that capacity, she established Old Dominion's first Placement Office and organized its first formal recruitment programs by businesses, government, and industry. She was also responsible for developing annual Federal Career Days, business and industrial career conferences, campus-wide alumni celebrations, the first general information folder at ODU, departmental brochures, a campus wide calendar of events. Mrs. Lippincott was also the coordinator of ODU's first appearance and victory on the G.E. College Bowl television program in 1970.

Eventually, Mrs. Lippincott was named to serve as liaison between ODU and the news media, In that capacity, she coordinated a half hour program on WTAR radio. Also, she handled various special events at the University such as the dedication of new buildings or facilities. At the same time she developed the ODU Speakers Bureau and worked very closely with organizations such as Town-N-Gown and the Faculty Wives Club. After a long and distinguished career, Mrs. Lippincott retired on July 1, 1974.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes: correspondence; the records of Town-N-Gown; a report on Norfolk Division of William and Mary; activities at Old Dominion University; information on Quarantine Road, a historical landmark commemorating the first quarantine house in Virginia and located on the ODU campus; and assorted brochures. Mrs. Lippincott participated in the growth of ODU as one of its most able administrators. Among her papers the records of Town-N-Gown represent an interesting new phase of University history just as a report entitled "The College of William and Mary in Norfolk" represents an earlier one.


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


One half Hollinger Document case. 0.417 linear feet.

Collection Number

RG 6-4B

Contents Listing

Box 1

Folder 1: Correspondence
Folder 2: Memoranda: Monthly meetings of Town-N-Gown Board, May 1974-March 1975.
Folder 3: Minutes of the Town-N-Gown Board, May 1974-April 1976.
Folder 4: President's Report, Town-N-Gown, 1974-1975
Folder 5: Memoranda: Monthly meetings of Town-N-Gown Board, September 1975-May 1976.
Folder 6: President's Report, Town-N-Gown, 1975-1976
Folder 7: Nominations for Officers of Town-N-Gown Board, 1975-1976
Folder 8: Town-N-Gown Executive Board, 1975-1976.
Folder 9: Town-N-Gown Executive Board, 1976-1977.
Folder 10: Town-N-Gown Chairmen and Presidents, 1965-1977.
Folder 11: Town-N-Gown Activities
Folder 12: Town-N-Gown Brochures, 1976-1977 and 1977-1978
Folder 13: Pamphlet: The College of William and Mary in Norfolk (Report).
Folder 14: Activities at Old Dominion University
Folder 15: Assorted Brochures
Folder 16: Quarantine Road

Revised 6/04/08