Old Dominion University Libraries

Special Collections & University Archives

Events & Exhibits


9 am - 4:30 pm

Other times by appointment


The Special Collections is located on the east side of the Library at the front of the 3rd floor.

Contact Information

Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry Library
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0256
telephone (757) 683-4483
fax (757) 683-5954


Welcome to the Special Collections
of the Old Dominion University Libraries

The Special Collections houses the University Archives, Manuscripts, and books and printed material relating to Virginia and Tidewater History. The University Archives includes the non-current permanent records of the university, theses and dissertations, oral histories, year books, course catalogs, university publications, and photographs of yesterday and today. The Manuscripts area of Special Collections contains diaries, letters, legal and campaign files, photographs, and maps 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 goal of Special Collections is to preserve and make accessible collections and records of historical importance to the university, region, state and nation.

ODU University Wall

A view of students on the University Wall. Photograph from the University Photograph Collection, ca. 1930.

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