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The Papers of Thomas Jackson Reed


Thomas Jackson Reed was born to Fred Edward Reed and Grace Neill Reed in Springdale, Arkansas on June 1, 1917 and was the second eldest of eight brothers and sisters.  Mr. Reed graduated from Springdale High School in 1935, and he earned a B.S.A in Agricultural Economics in 1939 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where his major areas of study were Rural Economics and Sociology, Agronomy, Animal Industry, and Horticulture. Mr. Reed continued his education at the USDA Graduate School in 1940, and he later earned his Masters of Science in Economics and Statistics at Iowa State University in 1947.

Thomas Jackson Reed married Rebecca Daniel of Arlington Virginia in July 1940, but they later divorced in December of 1944.  Mr. Reed married Joy (Kiser) Gardner of Worthington Minnesota in June of 1945.  They had six children together: Rebecca, Anne, Douglas, twins Linda and Deborah, and Susan.

Thomas Jackson Reed spent the majority of his early career in government work.  He worked for the Bureau of the Census in Washington D.C., the Commodity Credit Corporation U.S.D.A, the Department of Agriculture, and the Renegotiation Board.  Mr. Reed began his career as a Junior Soil Conservationist and Agricultural Statistician and later became an Assistant Agriculturalist. From 1940-1952, he held various government positions as an economist and statistician which included positions with the Bureau of the Census, the Commodity Credit Corporation and the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, which were under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  From 1952 until 1954, Mr. Reed was employed by the Federal Government as a Statistician Director in the Division of Statistics of the Renegotiation Board.  Mr. Reed also worked as an Assistant Chief Statistician for the marketing research company, National Analysts.

Mr. Reed began his career at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary in 1957, which would later become Old Dominion University.  Mr. Reed was an Associate Professor in the School of Business Administration where he taught courses in Economics, Business, and Statistics.  Mr. Reed retired from Old Dominion University in July of 1982.
Mr. Reed also participated in a significant amount of private work while teaching at Old Dominion University.  He appeared as an expert witness in numerous court cases and before regulatory agencies, he provided direct consultation to private businesses and organizations, and he conducted many research projects.  Mr. Reed took on an influential role in Hampton Road’s Navy Housing Study, was an expert witness in the Supreme Court cases concerning senate and house redistricting in the early 1970s, and he consulted with many small businesses in Hampton Roads.  Thomas Jackson Reed was also a founding member of the development organization SEARCH, which first met in November of 1962.  In the beginning, the group was simply referred to as “Persons Working with Social and Economic Statistics in the Hampton Roads Area” and in 1963 the group was formally organized as the Social Economic Area Research Clearing House, or SEARCH.  The organization consisted of people with a like-minded interest in of the economic, social, and physical progress of Hampton Roads, focusing on the metropolitan areas.  The group aimed to promote a more wide spread and fluid exchange of ideas and did so until its end in 1990.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to Old Dominion University and Hampton Road’s economic development collected by Thomas Jackson Reed, associate professor of business administration.  Included are correspondence, news clippings, research proposals and studies conducted by Mr. Reed.  The collection dates from 1935 to 1990.

Series Descriptions

Series I:  Personal.  This series contains materials related to Mr. Reed’s master’s thesis, resumes, personal correspondence, and news paper clippings related to Mr. Reed and his family. 1940-1983

Series II: Old Dominion College/University.  This series includes materials and information related to ODU which includes Mr. Reed’s involvement with the Baptist Student Union, faculty papers and memos, and studies he conducted concerning ODU.  1958-1982

Sub Series A:  Baptist Student Union.  This sub-series contains information about the BSU and Mr. Reed’s involvement in its activities.
Sub Series B: Faculty.  This sub-series includes materials related to the faculty at ODU, with a significant amount of information on the College of Business Administration.

Sub Series C: Studies Concerning the College.  This sub-series includes studies related to ODU in which Mr. Reed was a participant, such as the Engineering      School, student housing, and parking.

Series III:  Brazil Study.  This series includes materials and information related Mr. and Mrs. Reed’s trip to Brazil where he aided the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture in conducting studies of economic development.  1968-1977

Series IV: City Commerce Studies.  This series includes materials related to economic development with an emphasis on city commerce and banking.  This series does not include restaurants or retail shops.  1940-1975

Series V:  Development.  This series includes materials, research, and surveys of economic development plans in Hampton Roads and other areas, which includes employment surveys, economic development outside of Hampton Roads, minutes from SEARCH meetings, and plans for the development of downtown Norfolk.  1955-1990

Sub Series A:  Development in Hampton Roads.  This sub-series includes materials, research, and surveys of economic development plans within Hampton Roads, with an emphasis on the development of downtown Norfolk.

Sub Series B:  Development Outside of Hampton Roads.  This sub-series includes materials and research related to economic development outside of     Hampton Roads.

Sub Series C:  Metropolitan Studies.  This sub-series includes materials related to metropolitan areas outside of Hampton Roads which were used in its economic development.

            Sub Series D:  Population.  This sub-series includes studies on population in   Hampton Roads with an emphasis on population mobility from 1955-1970.

Series VI:  Government/Politics.  This series includes Mr. Reed’s involvement in the 1960 and 1970 Census, newspaper clippings related to Norfolk Elections, materials from court cases in which Mr. Reed served as an expert witness, and his involvement in the Supreme Court Case concerning the redistricting and reapportionment of Hampton Roads Congressional districts.  1958-1983

Sub Series A:  Census.  This sub-series includes materials and research related to the 1960 and 1970 Censuses.

Sub Series B: Elections and Politics.  This sub-series includes newspaper clippings and correspondence related to elections and political campaigns in Norfolk.

Sub Series C:  Expert Witness in Legal Cases.  This sub-series includes cases in which Mr. Reed serves as an expert witness on matters such as wage compensation for disabled workers.

Sub Series D:  Redistricting.  This sub-series includes materials related to Mr. Reed’s involvement in the 1971-1972 Supreme Court Case concerning the redistricting of voting districts in Hampton Roads.

Series VII:  Housing Studies.  This series includes studies for housing development in Hampton Roads, with an emphasis on military housing.  1960-1976

Sub Series A:  Civilian Housing.  This sub-series includes civilian housing materials which includes studies on home ownership in Hampton Roads.

Sub Series B:  Military Housing.  This sub-series includes materials related to military housing, with an emphasis on the shortage of housing for members of the Navy stationed in Hampton Roads.

Series VIII:  Media Related Studies.  This series includes studies and research related to radio stations, newspaper advertisements, and other media outlets.  1959-1972

Series IX:  Public Schools Studies.  This series includes material related to Hampton Roads public schools’ growth and development, with an emphasis on Norfolk Public Schools. Mr. Reed was a member of the Parents’ Study Committee for Norfolk Public Schools1961-1971

Series X:  Recreational Studies.  This series includes research and other materials related to recreation in Hampton Roads, including studies on skating rinks, Seashore State Park, and the Norfolk Zoo.  1963-1970

Series XI:  Retail/Commercial Studies.  This series includes studies and research conducted and/or collected by Mr. Reed related to retail and commerce mainly in the Hampton Roads area, including healthcare, marketing research, restaurants, and shopping venues.  1952-1972

Sub Series A:  Healthcare.  This sub-series includes studies related to healthcare, hospitals, and physicians.

Sub Series B:  Marketing Research.  This sub-series includes research related to marketing strategies.

Sub Series C:  Restaurants.  This sub-series includes research and surveys for development of restaurants in Hampton Roads.      

Sub Series D:  Shopping Venues.  This sub-series includes research and surveys for the locations and marketing strategies of shopping venues in Hampton Roads.

Series XII: Oversized Maps. Annotated Hampton Roads maps 1959-1969.


Gift of Thomas Jackson Reed, 1978.


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


Thirteen Hollinger boxes and one oversize box.  

Collection Number


Container Listing

Box 1

Series I:  Personal

Folder 1:  Correspondence on Master’s Thesis 1946-47
Folder 2:  Master’s Thesis 1947
Folder 3:  Personal Data 1940-67
Folder 4:  Public Relations 1963-81
Folder 5:  Scrapbook 1961-70
Folder 6:  Scrapbook Clippings 1967-83

Box 2

Series II: Old Dominion College/University

Sub Series A:  Baptist Student Union

Folder 1:  BSU Conventions 1959-60
Folder 2:  BSU Faculty Paper 1958-74
Folder 3:  Eagle Eyrie 1959-61
Folder 4:  State BSU Council and Constitution 1960-61

Sub Series B: Faculty

Folder 6:  Bulletin of Information and Regulations 1959-63
Folder 7:  Committee Assignments 1958-69
Folder 8:  Contracts and Memos 1971-82
Folder 9:  Contracts and Memos 1957-82

Box 3

Folder 1:  Faculty Committee Meetings and Minutes 1959-69
Folder 2:  Memoranda and Notices 1959-65
Folder 3:  ODU Faculty Association 1967-74

Sub Series C: Studies Concerning the College

Folder 4:  Evening School – Faculty Survey 1960
Folder 5:  Four-Year Engineering School 1958-61
Folder 6:  ODU Dropouts 1963-64
Folder 7:  Parking 1960-65
Folder 8:  Public Relations Functions of American Colleges and Universities 1961
Folder 9:  Public Relations Questionnaire 1961
Folder 10:  Student Housing 1960-61

Box 4

Series III:  Brazil Study

Folder 1:  Brazil Agricultural Information 1975-76
Folder 2:  Brazil Publications 1974-76
Folder 3:  Correspondence Concerning the Brazil Trip 1968, 1974-77
Folder 4:  Expense Report (Brazil) 1976
Folder 5:  Plan Concerning Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture 1976
Folder 6:  Various Notes Concerning the Brazil Trip 1976

Series IV: City Commerce Studies

Folder 7:  Chamber of Commerce:  Ocean View 1960
Folder 8:  Comparison of Retail Sales 1965
Folder 9:  Eastern Finance 1968
Folder 10:  Eastern Finance of Prospective Banking 1961
Folder 11:  Economic Base Study 1959-60
Folder 12:  Isle of Wight 1973-74
Folder 13:  Minimum Wage 1965
Folder 14:  National Bank of Commerce 1958-59, 1962

Box 5

Folder 1:  Norfolk Chamber of Commerce 1975
Folder 2:  Norfolk Federal Savings and Loan Association 1940-1968
Folder 3:  Norfolk Sales Tax 1964-65
Folder 4:  PNB of Oxford, N.C. 1967-68
Folder 5:  Southern Bank of Norfolk 1964-65
Folder 6: Virginia Beach Chamber of Commerce 1966

Series V:  Development

Sub Series A:  Development in Hampton Roads

Folder 7:  Anti-Submarine Warfare 1964-66
Folder 8:  Downtown Norfolk Plan 1963-64
Folder 9:  Dredging the Southern Brach of the Elizabeth River 1968
Folder 10:  Estimated Employment in Projected Norfolk Area Medical Center 1967
Folder 11:  Ford Foundation Proposal 1966-67
Folder 12:  Hampton Roads Postmark 1983
Folder 13:  Norfolk Annexation Survey 1955-58
Folder 14:  Norfolk Report 1964
Folder 15:  SEARCH 1962-66

Box 6

Folder 1:  SEARCH 1967-70
Folder 2:  SEARCH 1971-80
Folder 3:  SEARCH 1979-83
Folder 4: SEARCH – Social and Economic Area Clearing House 1984-90
Folder 5:  Survey Convention Facilities 1960
Folder 6:  Tidewater Virginia Development Council (TVDC) 1958-59
Folder 7:  Virginian Pilot Article on Progress 1963
Folder 8:  Virginian Pilot Bridge Tunnel Series 1963-64

Sub Series B:  Development Outside of Hampton Roads

Folder 9:  Eastern Shore 1962-63
Folder 10:  Eastern Shore Small Business Management Institute 1966-67
Folder 11:  George C. Karam 1964
Folder 12:  Goodwin Island 1968
Folder 13:  Three Virginias 1963-64
Folder 14:  Virginia:  In/Out Migration 1963-64

Sub Series C:  Metropolitan Studies

Folder 15:  Accumulating and Using Data Relating to Small Areas within a Dynamic Metropolitan Area 1969
Folder 16:  Metro - Hampton Roads 1972

Sub Series D:  Population

Folder 17:  Population Mobility and Norfolk/Portsmouth Census 1955-60, 1965-70 
Folder 18:  Tidewater Jewish Population 1973-75

Box 7

Series VI:  Government/Politics

Sub Series A:  Census

Folder 1:  CENSAC – Census Statistical Areas Committee 1975-80, 1983
Folder 2:  Census Bureau Executive and Reserve 1967, 1970
Folder 3:  Census Conference 1966
Folder 4:  Census of Population and Housing 1965-70, 1972
Folder 5:  Census Tract Reports 1960
Folder 6:  Census User Workshop 1969
Folder 7:  Economic Census Conference 1972, 1974
Folder 8:  News clippings – Census of Population 1960

Sub Series B: Elections and Politics

Folder 9:  Correspondence - Howell Campaign 1971-72
Folder 10:  Norfolk City Elections 1972
Folder 11:  Norfolk City Elections 1968-69
Folder 12:  Norfolk Voting Precincts 1963-68

Box 8

Folder 1:  Norfolk Voting Precincts 1964-82
Folder 2:  Virginian Pilot Almond Series – Carter 1964

Sub Series C:  Expert Witness in Legal Cases

Folder 3:  Andrew Fine 1970
Folder 4:  Henry Howell 1964, 1969-70
Folder 5:  Moody, McMurran and Miller 1971-73
Folder 6:  Peter Babalas 1965
Folder 7:  Peter Rowe 1979
Folder 8:  Reid Spencer 1968
Folder 9:  Robert Epstein – Mann 1967
Folder 10:  Tom Wilcox 1964, 1968, 1974-75, 1978
Folder 11:  UVB/Seaboard 1970, 1974-77
Folder 12:  W.C. Worthington Plaza 1965

Sub Series D:  Redistricting

Folder 13:  Correspondence:  Supreme Court, Census, Housing 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973-75, 1977
Folder 14:  Court Case (Henry Howell) 1971
Folder 15:  District Information 1970-71
Folder 16:  Howell vs. Mahan 1970-71
Folder 17:  Mahan vs. Howell 1972-73

Box 9

Folder 1:  Mann vs. Davis 1962-64
Folder 2:  News Articles – Virginian Pilot – Census/Redistricting 1964, 1971-73
Folder 3:  Precinct and Resident Information 1970
Folder 4:  Supreme Court of the United States 1972
Folder 5:  U.S. Supreme Court Appellant Briefs 1971-73

Series VII:  Housing Studies

Sub Series A:  Civilian Housing

Folder 6:  Hilltop Housing Survey 1960
Folder 7:  Housing Symposium 1972
Folder 8:  Housing Workshop 1964-65
Folder 9:  NRHA Housing 1964, 1966-68
Folder 10:  Title VIII Housing 1968-69

Sub Series B:  Military Housing

Folder 11:  Housing Study of Senior Military Personnel 1966

Box 10

Folder 1:  Navy Bachelor/Unaccompanied Housing 1975-77
Folder 2:  Navy Housing 1970
Folder 3:  Navy Housing 1971
Folder 4:  Navy Housing 1972
Folder 5:  Navy Housing 1974
Folder 6:  Navy Housing 1975
Folder 7:  Navy Housing Survey 1966
Folder 8:  Navy Housing Survey 1966-70
Folder 9:  Navy Housing Survey 1967
Folder 10:  Navy Housing Survey 1968
Folder 11:  Navy Housing Survey 1969
Folder 12:  Navy Housing Survey 1976
Folder 13:  Norfolk/Portsmouth Housing 1960-61, 1963, 1965
Folder 14:  Proposals and Contracts 1965-70, 1974

Series VIII:  Media Related Studies

Folder 15:  Beachview Channel 1963
Folder 16: FM Radio 1963-64
Folder 17:  Hampton Roads Community Survey – FCC 1969-72

Box 11

Folder 1:  Newspaper Ad. Survey 1963
Folder 2:  Readership, Norfolk Annual Report 1959
Folder 3:  WCMS – Radio 1971
Folder 4:  WGH Radio [n.d.]
Folder 5:  WRAP 1963
Folder 6:  WTAR – Radio- TV 1964

Series IX:  Public Schools Studies

Folder 7:  Ad-Hoc Long-Range Planning Committee (AHLRPC) Report 1965, 1967
Folder 8:  Norfolk County School Bond Referendum 1961
Folder 9:  School Committee – Improvement of Norfolk Schools 1961-65
Folder 10:  Virginia Beach Schools 1971

Series X:  Recreational Studies

Folder 11:  Bowling Alley 1960
Folder 12:  Norfolk Arts Council 1969
Folder 13:  Norfolk Coliseum 1964
Folder 14:  Norfolk Recreation 1966-70
Folder 15:  One Stop Marina 1968
Folder 16:  Port and Airport 1968-70
Folder 17:  Princess Anne Skating Rink 1965

Box 12

Folder 1:  Seashore State Park 1963-65
Folder 2:  Seashore State Park Committee Chamber of Commerce 1964-68
Folder 3:  Stadium 1968
Folder 4:  UCF and Symphony Orchestra Support 1970
Folder 5:  YWCA-Camping 1970
Folder 6:  Zoological Society 1966

Series XI:  Retail/Commercial Studies

Sub Series A:  Healthcare

Folder 7:  Arthur Polizos Associates 1970-71
Folder 8:  Blue Cross – Blue Shield 1963
Folder 9:  Gelb Marketing Research 1969
Folder 10:  Hospital 1962-63
Folder 11:  TRI. T. Gaber – Tidewater Rehabilitation Institute 1970

Sub Series B:  Marketing Research

Folder 12:  21st Street 1968
Folder 13:  Altschul’s Shopper 1959
Folder 14:  Banking Locations in Warwick, VA 1957
Folder 15:  Beneficial Finance 1959
Folder 16:  Birtcherd Dairy [n.d.]
Folder 17:  Black Enterprise 1968-71
Folder 18:  Cocoa 1958-59
Folder 19:  Consumer Counseling: AFL-CIO 1968
Folder 20:  J. Bain 1966
Folder 21:  Marketing Research Tech. – Institute of Management 1967
Folder 22:  Out-of-Town Buying 1964
Folder 23:  Paper Containers 1968
Folder 24:  PCA (Peninsula Cooperative Association) 1964-66
Folder 25:  PCA – Grafton 1964
Folder 26:  PCA, Inc. 1963-64
Folder 27:  Realtor 1968
Folder 28:  Terry Corporation 1961

Sub Series C:  Restaurants

Folder 29:  Carroll’s Drive-In 1961, 1963, 1967, 1971-72

Box 13

Folder 1:  Gill’s 1958, 1960-61
Folder 2:  Little Pigs 1963
Folder 3:  Motel and Restaurant 1959
Folder 4:  Price’s, Inc. 1966    

Sub Series D:  Shopping Venues

Folder 5:  Be-Lo 1964
Folder 6:  Farmer’s Market 1961, 1963
Folder 7:  Food Farm 1962
Folder 8:  Food Super Market Shopping [n.d.]
Folder 9:  Hampton Boulevard Shopping Center 1964-65
Folder 10:  HFC Norfolk Shopping Center 1959
Folder 11:  Hilltop Shopping Center 1967, 1971
Folder 12:  Information Concerning Arithmetic Manual 1963
Folder 13:  People’s Arbor Room 1963
Folder 14:  R.K. Chevrolet 1965, 1969-70
Folder 15:  South Norfolk Shopping Center 1959
Folder 16:  Miscellaneous Dead Proposals
Folder 17:  Miscellaneous

Box 14

Series XII: Oversized Maps.

Folder 1: 1959-1969


Revised 8/04/08