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The following is an alphabetical listing of oral histories in the Perry Library collection either pertaining to Tidewater history or provided by Tidewater residents. To listen to the audio, the RealPlayer must be available as a plug-in. Click here to download the RealPlayer.


Persons Interviewed

Designation, Time Period

Date of Interview

Bennett, John A. W.

ODU Faculty, 1968-1977

May 16, 1977

Burgess, Charles O.

ODU Faculty and Administrator, 1995- ; Involved in Norfolk arts scene

June 29; July 9; July 29, 2010

Carter-Mason, Vivian

Member of Women's Council for Interracial Cooperation

March 29, May 8,
October 19, 1978

Cooper, Dudley
(transcript incomplete)

Owner of Ocean View Amusement Park; Norfolk optometrist and businessman

November 30, 1978

Decker, Peter

ODU Student 1950s; Norfolk lawyer

August 1979

Delk, Rodham

Norfolk lawyer

March 11, 1981

Gresham, Earl. T., Jr.

Norfolk businessman

December 10, 1978

Guerry, Reverend Moultrie

Rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1938-57

June 30, August 5, 12, 1980

Harrell, Charlton L., and John Leitch

Daughter and son of Mary S. Leitch, noted poet

April 20, 1978

Hook, Mary Ainsworth

Decendent of the four families prominent in Tidewater history: Armistead, Ainsworth, Lindsay, Hodges

March 17, 1981

Huette, Frederic

Norfolk botanist

June 28, 1979

Hunter, Aubrey P.

Norfolk businessman

December 12, 1978

Kinchlow, Reverend Ben
(tape unplayable; no transcript)


November 28, 1978

Martin, Roy B.

Norfolk Mayor; ODU Student 1930s

July 18, 1974

Outland, Lida Maddox

Norfolk resident

April 13, 1978

Phillips, G. Conoly

Norfolk businessman; City Councilman

June 19, 1978

Schweitzer, Mark

Son of Paul Schweitzer (Member, Norfolk School Board 1952-1960 and City Council 1960-1968); Norfolk businessman

November 16, 1977

Shafer, W. Bruce

Norfolk politician and businessman; honorary member, Veterans of Foreign Affairs

January 12,
February 16, 1977

Stern, Robert L.

ODU Faculty, 1945-

August 5,
November 12, 1974

Stovall, Hugh L.

Clerk, Circuit Court in Norfolk

December 12, 1978

Teich, Albert, Jr.

Norfolk lawyer; ODU faculty; ODU student

April 7, 1976

Tonelson, A. Rufus

Student 1930-33; Principal of Maury High School, 1957-; ODU Faculty & Dean, College of Education, 1966-71; Asst to President for School and Community Relations, 1971-

December 9, 1975
July 2, 1979

Walker, Carroll

Professional Photgrapher, Norfolk

September 12, 1980

Whitehurst, G. William

Congressman, 2nd district 1969-; ODU Faculty, History, 1950-; Dean of students 1963-1968

July 27, 1974

Wilson, Harrison B.

President, Norfolk State University, 1975-1998

October 6, 1978