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The Special Collections is located on the east side of the Library at the front of the 3rd floor.
Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry Library
Norfolk Museum of Natural History
Ideas for a Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences were originated in 1900 by
the Leache-Wood alumnae who formed the Irene Leache Art Association in 1915
and the Norfolk Society of Arts in 1917. The site for the museum was reserved
by the city in 1917. The museum was chartered in 1924. In 1932 and 1939, the
museum was actually built. One wing was built first, and the other later.
By the end of 1954, a group of annual contributors known as the "Natural History Associates" was formed to help fund the museum's Natural History Division. With funding, the Natural History Council began to produce a Natural History newsletter, and informative booklets for schools and clubs.
The Natural History Division of the museum was active throughout the end of the 1950's and throughout the 1960's. It had both live and stuffed animal displays, and held classes and field trips on archaeology, botany, and ecology. In 1970, the future looked promising for the division, as the Natural Sciences Section was reestablished as a permanent part of the museum's organization.
In 1971, the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences became the Chrysler Museum of Art when art collector, Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., presented the museum with his collection. The natural sciences and history functions of the museum were phased out around this time, as part of the museum's reorganization.
The Norfolk Museum of Natural History Collection includes 144 undated photographs that depict the museum's exhibits, staff, special functions, and activities.
Donated by Dr. Alan H. Savitsky, Professor of Biology at Old Dominion University, on February 1, 1989.
Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions about literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.
1 Hollinger document box.
Folder 1: Skeletons