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

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Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry Library
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0256
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The Records of Miscellaneous Student Organizations

HISTORY

Old Dominion University was founded in September 1930 as an extension campus of the College of William and Mary in the Tidewater region of Virginia.  The “Norfolk Division” as it was known offered a two year course of study allowing students the opportunity to earn transferable credit through the sophomore year to any four year college throughout the United States.  In 1961 the Division earned accreditation as a four year school and in August 1962 was established by the Virginia General Assembly as Old Dominion College.  In 1969, Old Dominion College became present day Old Dominion University.   
           
Student groups and organizations have been a part of campus life at Old Dominion University since the days of the Norfolk Division.  Although originally a commuter school, the first students soon established campus traditions and social norms that uniquely identified them as Norfolk Division students through their budding student organizations.  Emulating student organizations traditionally associated with other institutions of higher learning, Norfolk Division students first organized a student government association and student council in 1930.  Throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, student organizations continued to form on campus that not only focused upon student scholastic and academic interests, but their social interests as well.  Organizations such as the Honor Council, Student Senate, and Foreign Relations Club encouraged scholastic and academic interests while the Cotillion Club, Di Gamma, Di Alpha, and the male exclusive service organization known as the Imps Club, focused on campus social activity and leadership development. 
           
As international, national, or local events shaped each new decade, Old Dominion student organizations adapted accordingly to reflect changing student interests or concerns.  This was most prevalent in the 1960s when several student organizations emerged at Old Dominion which echoed the rising social consciousness among American college students of the era.  New student organizations such Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), College Americans for Democratic Action (CADA), and the Emerson Forum who criticized American political policies or opposed what they believed to be repressive university policies restricting academic freedom appeared on campus in the late 1960s.  As a result of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, African-American enrollment at Old Dominion began to steadily increase and by the 1970s, the first African-American student organization, Students for Development of Black Culture (SDBC) joined other campus organizations.  The 1970s also brought forward several new organizations emphasizing spiritual or religious interests, such as the Campus Ministries and the Newman Association. 
           
By the 1980s, student organizations at Old Dominion began to temper much of the radicalism associated with the 1960s and 70s.  While student organizations came and went based upon changing student interests or fashionable trends and fads, many emerged that maintained a strong commitment to the socially relevant issues of the day.  Organizations such as the Old Dominion Disco Jump Roping or Windsurfing Club reflect fashionable trends or interests, while organizations such as the Young Democrats, Old Dominion Chapter of the Citizens Party, and the Gay Perspective and Awareness Alliance reflect social concerns and political interests.  Throughout the 1980s as the international student population began to rise, organizations such as the Indian, Iranian, and Vietnamese Student Associations formed to satisfy the needs of the university’s international students.  
           
Student organizations in the 1990s and 2000s continued the trend established in the 1980s with the emergence of the Anime Club, Muslim Students Association, Habitat for Humanity or East African Student Alliance.  Student organizations continue to be an important element of Old Dominion campus life.  There exists nearly 300 active student organizations on campus that includes honorary, political, professional, religious, service, governing, and special interest groups each managed by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership (OSAL).  Student organizations exist to enhance leadership, social, and interpersonal skills to strengthen the academic experience and foster a sense of community among the university’s diverse and dynamic student body.  

 

SCOPE AND CONTENTS

This collection contains publications associated with student organizations at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary, Old Dominion College, and Old Dominion University, non-continuously, from 1941 to 2001.  The documents within this collection reflect the evolving interests and concerns of an expanding and diverse student body throughout the university’s history.  Included are student organization publications such as literary digests, opinion journals, and student organization newsletters.  Also included are several publications related to the 1960s campus free speech movement from the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Emerson Forum along with documents associated with the first African-American student organizations in the 1970s.  Arranged chronologically.              

RELATED COLLECTIONS

RG  7-12A Student Life - Greek Records
RG 37-2A Student Wives Club
RG 37- 3A Greek Publications
RG 37-3A1 Phi Kappa Tau
RG 37-4A1 Delta Sigma Lambda
RG 37-5A The Gay and Lesbian Student Union
RG 37-17A The Gadfly
RG 37-20A Women's Athletic Association

PROVENANCE

Unknown.

ACCESS

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

SIZE

2 Hollinger Document Cases.

COLLECTION NUMBER

RG 37-8A

CONTAINER LISTING

Box 1

Folder 1: Point of View, 1941
Folder 2: Miscellaneous Student Publications (Vol. I: No. 1, No. 3, Coffee Cup, Book-Nook, Campus Commentator), 1952-1961
Folder 3: Opus I, 1958-1959
Folder 4: Handbooks – Student Clubs, 1965-1966
Folder 5: Emerson Forum, March 1966
Folder 6: Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) Newsletters, 1967
Folder 7: Student Organizations (Democrats and Republicans), 1968
Folder 8: Brown Shoe, 1968-1972
Folder 9: The Fraternities of ODU, 1969
Folder 10: Time Out, March 1969
Folder 11: Newman Association, 1969
Folder 12: Campus Dissent, 1970s
Folder 13: Organizations, Student – Announcements, 1970s
Folder 14: ODU Collegiate DECA Newsletter, April 1974
Folder 15: The Bridge, 1975-76
Folder 16: Honor Societies, 1975-1989
Folder 17: Lit Magazine, 1975
Folder 18: The Almanac (Vol. 2 No. 1, No. 2), 1976
Folder 19: Mace and Crown calendar, 1976-77
Folder 20: Activities Programming Board (student activities), 1976-1980

Box 2

Folder 1: Gallery (Vol. I, No. 1), April 15, 1976
Folder 2: Graduate News (G-News), 1976
Folder 3: ROAR, 1976-1979
Folder 4: Students for Development of Black Culture (SDBC) Newsletter, 1976-1977
Folder 5: History Club Newsletter, 1978-1980
Folder 6: Students for Development of Black Culture (SDBC) Newsletter, Vol. 4. no. 1-5, 1978
Folder 7: Students for Development of Black Culture (SDBC) Newsletter, Vol. 4. no. 6-9, 1978
Folder 8: Council Against Racism (CAR) Flyers, December 1978
Folder 9: Campus Ministry, 1979-87
Folder 10: Civilized News (Vol. 1, No. 1), 1979-1981
Folder 11: Forward Observer, 1980-1981
Folder 12 Students for Development of Black Culture (SDBC) Reports, 1980-1981
Folder 13: Baccalaureate Service Programs, 1981-86
Folder 14: ODU Art League Thermos, 1983
Folder 15: Orthodox Christian Fellowship, 2000-2001
Folder 16: Honor Council, undated
Folder 17: Story Goer, undated
Folder 18: Voluntary Outreach Center undated

 

Revised: 1/18/2012