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The Papers of the Guantanamo Bay Off-campus Credit Program
Begun in 1964, the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base (GTMO) Extension was part of Old Dominion College's Evening College Off-campus Credit Program and later became part of the School of Continuing Studies. Continuing Studies was a far-reaching network extending from Suffolk to Vietnam. By 1980, these programs included more than 28,000 enrollments at area locations and local and foreign military bases such as Guantanamo Bay, Dam Neck, and ships at sea. The GTMO Extension offered undergraduate courses ranging from collegiate-level trigonometry to Spanish and graduate courses in education. However the course offerings fluctuated greatly between semesters and were dependent on enrollment and instructor availability. By 1976 an average of eleven or twelve classes were taught in ten-week cycles. Some instructors came from the Norfolk campus of ODU, while others were Navy personnel stationed at Guantanamo Bay.
Scope and Contents
The collection paints an interesting picture of ODU in the 1960s and 1970s, including documents that articulate the administrative challenges of maintaining quality extension programs as well as documents that relate the experiences of active-duty military instructors and students.
The collection is divided into the following four series: Correspondence (three folders); Publications (one folder); Administration (two folders); and Miscellaneous (one folder).
Series I: Correspondence (1964-1979): Contains correspondence related to the conduct of the GTMO extension. Included are telegraphs, letters, and memoranda concerning course offerings, student concerns, instructor eligibility, and relations with the main campus in Norfolk.
Series II: Publications (1973-1976): Contains newspaper clippings related to the GTMO extension. Most content is drawn from the Guantanamo Gazette, a base publication. ODU course listings are included alongside current events information, including articles related to President Richard M. Nixon’s visit to China and U.S.-Cuban relations.
Series III: Administrative (1965-1979): Contains documents related to the management of the GTMO extension. Included are invoices, course listings, tuition information, funding requests, and materials requirements.
Series IV: Miscellaneous (1969-1973): Contains content that does not easily fit into other categories. Included are samples of examinations, instructional pamphlets, and instructor résumés.
Because the structure of the university changed during the life of the GTMO extension, some related material on the Evening College is in the papers of the School of General Studies (RG 21-1A).
Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.
One Hollinger document case. 0.42 Linear feet.
[Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], The Papers of the Guantanamo Bay Off-campus Credit Program, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.