Old Dominion University Libraries

Special Collections & University Archives

Events & Exhibits

Search Special Collections

Hours

Monday - Friday:
9 am - 4:30 pm

Other times by appointment

Location

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

 

The Gadfly

Biographical Sketch

The Gadfly was a student literary magazine published between the years 1961 to 1972 at Old Dominion College. It featured artwork, poetry, satire, essays and photography by students, for students. There was no set format, each issue was different than the last, with one issue the size of a poster,with its mascot, the gadfly on the front. Their motto, found on the inside front cover of each issue reads as such:

"I am the Gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long and in all places am always fastening upon you, arousning and persuading and reproaching you."--Plato

Throughout its run, The Gadfly featured articles and poetry that pushed the envelope and created tension between the administration and the students who felt that their freedom of speech and publication was being censored.

Scope and Contents

The issues of The Gadfly, dating from 1962 to 1972, correspondence and miscellaneous papers.

Provenance

Gift of Dr. James McNally

Access

The collection is open to researchers without restrictions. Questions about literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.

Size

2.5 linear feet, 6 Document Cases

Container List

Box 1

Series 1

Folder 1 Volume 1, no.1- December 1962
Folder 2 Volume 1, no. 2-May 1963
Folder 3 Volume 2, no. 1-May 1964
Folder 4 Volume 3, no. 1-Fall 1964
Folder 5 Volume 3, no. 2-Spring 1965
Folder 6 Volume 4, no. 1-Fall 1966
Folder 7 Volume 4, no. 2-Spring 1966
Folder 8 Volume 5, no. 1-Fall 1966
Folder 9 Volume 5, no. 2-Spring 1967
Folder 10 Volume 7, no.1-Fall 1968
Folder 11-Volume 7, no. 2-Spring 1969
Folder 12 Volume 7, no. 3-Summer 1969

Box 2

Series 1

Folder1 Volume 8, no. 1
Folder 2 Volume 8, no.2-Winter 1970
Folder 3 Volume 8, no.3-Spring 1970
Folder 4 Volume 11, no. 1-Winter 1971
Folder 5 Volume 12, no. 1-Winter 1972
Folder 6 Volume 12, no. 2-Spring 1972

Box 2

Series 2

Folder 1 Correspondence 1965 to 1967

Box 2

Series 3

Folder 1 Miscellaneous

Revised: 7/21/08