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Thomas Jackson Reed Papers, 1940-1990, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Heather Hammond

Collection Overview

Title: Thomas Jackson Reed Papers, 1940-1990, undated

ID: 18/RG 18-6B1

Primary Creator: Reed, Thomas Jackson (1917-2010)

Extent: 7.1 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into twelve series: Series I: Personal; Series II: Old Dominion College/University; Series III: Brazil Study; Series IV: City Commerce Studies; Series V: Development; Series VI: Government/Politics; Series VII: Housing Studies; Series VIII: Media Related Studies; Series IX: Public Schools Studies; Series X: Recreational Studies; Series XI: Retail/Commercial Studies; and Series XII: Oversized Maps.

Date Acquired: 06/29/1978. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Baptist Student Union, Brazil. Ministério da Agricultura, Comércio e Obras Públicas, Economic development--Virginia--Hampton Roads Region, Economic forecasting--Virginia--Hampton Roads Region, Hampton Roads (Va.)--Maps, Hampton Roads (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century, Hampton Roads Region (Va.), Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University--Faculty, Old Dominion University. Department of Business Administration

Languages: English


The collection documents Thomas Jackson Reed's academic life and his work as a consultant in urban planning, land use, political re-districting and retail marketing.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains materials related to Old Dominion University and Hampton Road’s economic development collected by Thomas Jackson Reed, associate professor of business administration. Included are correspondence, news clippings, research proposals and studies conducted by Reed.

Collection Historical Note

Thomas "Jack" Jackson Reed was born to Fred Edward Reed and Grace Neill Reed in Springdale, Arkansas on June 1, 1917 and was the second eldest of eight brothers and sisters.  Mr. Reed graduated from Springdale High School in 1935, and he earned a B.S.A in Agricultural Economics in 1939 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where his major areas of study were Rural Economics and Sociology, Agronomy, Animal Industry, and Horticulture. Mr. Reed continued his education at the USDA Graduate School in 1940, and he later earned his Masters of Science in Economics and Statistics at Iowa State University in 1947.

Thomas Jackson Reed married Rebecca Daniel of Arlington Virginia in July 1940, but they later divorced in December of 1944.  Mr. Reed married Joy (Kiser) Gardner of Worthington, Minnesota in June of 1945.  They had six children together: Rebecca, Anne, Douglas, twins Linda and Deborah, and Susan.

Thomas Jackson Reed spent the majority of his early career in government work.  He worked for the Bureau of the Census in Washington D.C., the Commodity Credit Corporation USDA, the Department of Agriculture, and the Renegotiation Board.  Mr. Reed began his career as a Junior Soil Conservationist and Agricultural Statistician and later became an Assistant Agriculturalist. From 1940-1952, he held various government positions as an economist and statistician which included positions with the Bureau of the Census, the Commodity Credit Corporation and the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, which were under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  From 1952 until 1954, Mr. Reed was employed by the Federal Government as a Statistician Director in the Division of Statistics of the Renegotiation Board.  Mr. Reed also worked as an Assistant Chief Statistician and director of the Editing and Coding for the marketing research company, National Analysts.

Mr. Reed began his career at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary in 1957, which would later become Old Dominion University.  Mr. Reed was an Associate Professor in the School of Business Administration where he taught courses in Economics, Business, and Statistics.  Mr. Reed retired from Old Dominion University in July of 1982.

Mr. Reed also participated in a significant amount of private work while teaching at Old Dominion University.  He appeared as an expert witness in numerous court cases and before regulatory agencies, he provided direct consultation to private businesses and organizations, and he conducted many research projects.  Mr. Reed took on an influential role in Hampton Road’s Navy Housing Study, was an expert witness in the Supreme Court cases concerning senate and house redistricting in the early 1970s, and he consulted with many small businesses in Hampton Roads.  Thomas Jackson Reed was also a founding member of the development organization SEARCH, which first met in November of 1962.  In the beginning, the group was simply referred to as “Persons Working with Social and Economic Statistics in the Hampton Roads Area” and in 1963 the group was formally organized as the Social Economic Area Research Clearing House, or SEARCH.  The organization consisted of people with a like-minded interest in of the economic, social, and physical progress of Hampton Roads, focusing on the metropolitan areas.  The group aimed to promote a more wide spread and fluid exchange of ideas and did so until its end in 1990.

Reed died at his home in Richmond, Va., December 13, 2010.

Subject/Index Terms

Baptist Student Union
Brazil. Ministério da Agricultura, Comércio e Obras Públicas
Economic development--Virginia--Hampton Roads Region
Economic forecasting--Virginia--Hampton Roads Region
Hampton Roads (Va.)--Maps
Hampton Roads (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century
Hampton Roads Region (Va.)
Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University--Faculty
Old Dominion University. Department of Business Administration

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: Two additions to the collection were received in 1978.

Alternate Extent Statement: 13 Hollinger document cases and 1 oversized box

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Thomas Jackson Reed

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Thomas Jackson Reed Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Processing Information: The collection was processed and finding aid created by Heather Hammond in August 2008.

Finding Aid Revision History: The finding aid was revised in 2011.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Personal, 1946-1983],
[Series II: Old Dominion College/University, 1957-1974],
[Series III: Brazil Study, 1974-1977],
[Series IV: City Commerce Studies, 1940-1975],
[Series V: Development, 1955-1990],
[Series VI: Government/Politics, 1960-1983],
[Series VII: Housing Studies, 1960-1977],
[Series VIII: Media Related Studies, 1959-1972, undated],
[Series IX: Public Schools Studies, 1961-1971],
[Series X: Recreational Studies, 1960-1970],
[Series XI: Retail/Commercial Studies, 1957-1972, undated],
[Series XII: Oversized Maps, 1959-1969],

Series I: Personal, 1946-1983
This series contains materials related to Mr. Reed’s master’s thesis, resumes, personal correspondence, and news paper clippings related to Mr. Reed and his family.
Box 1
Folder 1: Correspondence on Master’s Thesis, 1946-1947
Folder 2: Master’s Thesis, 1947
Folder 3: Personal Data, 1940-1967
Folder 4: Public Relations, 1963-1981
Folder 5: Scrapbook, 1961-1970
Folder 6: Scrapbook Clippings, 1967-1983
Series II: Old Dominion College/University, 1957-1974
This series includes materials and information related to ODU which includes Mr. Reed’s involvement with the Baptist Student Union, faculty papers and memos, and studies he conducted concerning ODU.
Sub-Series A: Baptist Student Union, 1958-1974
This sub-series contains information about the Baptist Student Union and Mr. Reed’s involvement in its activities.
Box 2
Folder 1: BSU Conventions, 1959-1960
Folder 2: BSU Faculty Paper, 1958-1974
Folder 3: Eagle Eyrie, 1959-1961
Folder 4: State BSU Council and Constitution, 1960-1961
Sub-Series B: Faculty, 1957-1982
This sub-series includes materials related to the faculty at ODU, with a significant amount of information on the College of Business Administration.
Box 2
Folder 5: Bulletin of Information and Regulations, 1959-1963
Folder 6: Committee Assignments, 1958-1969
Folder 7: Contracts and Memos, 1971-1982
Folder 8: Contracts and Memos, 1957-1982
Box 3
Folder 1: Faculty Committee Meetings and Minutes, 1959-1969
Folder 2: Memoranda and Notices, 1959-1965
Folder 3: ODU Faculty Association, 1967-1974
Sub-Series C: Studies Concerning the College, 1958-1964
This sub-series includes studies related to ODU in which Mr. Reed was a participant, such as the Engineering School, student housing, and parking.
Box 3
Folder 4: Evening School--Faculty Survey, 1960
Folder 5: Four-Year Engineering School, 1958-1961
Folder 6: ODU Dropouts, 1963-1964
Folder 7: Parking, 1960-1965
Folder 8: Public Relations Functions of American Colleges and Universities, 1961
Folder 9: Public Relations Questionnaire, 1961
Folder 10: Student Housing, 1960-1961
Series III: Brazil Study, 1974-1977
This series includes materials and information related Mr. and Mrs. Reed’s trip to Brazil where he aided the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture in conducting studies of economic development.
Box 4
Folder 1: Brazil Agricultural Information, 1975-1976
Folder 2: Brazil Publications, 1974-1976
Folder 3: Correspondence Concerning the Brazil Trip, 1968, 1974-77
Folder 4: Expense Report (Brazil), 1976
Folder 5: Plan Concerning Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, 1976
Folder 6: Various Notes Concerning the Brazil Trip, 1976
Series IV: City Commerce Studies, 1940-1975
This series includes materials related to economic development with an emphasis on city commerce and banking.  This series does not include restaurants or retail shops.
Box 4
Folder 7: Chamber of Commerce: Ocean View, 1960
Folder 8: Comparison of Retail Sales, 1965
Folder 9: Eastern Finance, 1968
Folder 10: Eastern Finance of Prospective Banking, 1961
Folder 11: Economic Base Study, 1959-1960
Folder 12: Isle of Wight, 1973-1974
Folder 13: Minimum Wage, 1965
Folder 14: National Bank of Commerce, 1958-1959, 1962
Box 5
Folder 1: Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, 1975
Folder 2: Norfolk Federal Savings and Loan Association, 1940-1968
Folder 3: Norfolk Sales Tax, 1964-1965
Folder 4: PNB of Oxford, North Carolina, 1967-1968
Folder 5: Southern Bank of Norfolk, 1964-1965
Folder 6: Virginia Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1966
Series V: Development, 1955-1990
This series includes materials, research, and surveys of economic development plans in Hampton Roads and other areas, which includes employment surveys, economic development outside of Hampton Roads, minutes from SEARCH meetings, and plans for the development of downtown Norfolk.
Sub-Series A: Development in Hampton Roads, 1955-1990
This sub-series includes  materials, research, and surveys of economic development plans within Hampton  Roads, with an emphasis on the development of downtown Norfolk.
Box 5
Folder 7: Anti-Submarine Warfare, 1964-1966
Folder 8: Downtown Norfolk Plan, 1963-1964
Folder 9: Dredging the Southern Brach of the Elizabeth River, 1968
Folder 10: Estimated Employment in Projected Norfolk Area Medical Center, 1967
Folder 11: Ford Foundation Proposal, 1966-1967
Folder 12: Hampton Roads Postmark, 1983
Folder 13: Norfolk Annexation Survey, 1955-1958
Folder 14: Norfolk Report, 1964
Folder 15: SEARCH, 1962-1966
Box 6
Folder 1: SEARCH, 1967-1970
Folder 2: SEARCH, 1971-1980
Folder 3: SEARCH, 1979-1983
Folder 4: SEARCH--Social and Economic Area Clearing, 1984-1990
Folder 5: Survey Convention Facilities, 1960
Folder 6: Tidewater Virginia Development Council (TVDC), 1958-1959
Folder 7: Virginian Pilot Article on Progress, 1963
Folder 8: Virginian Pilot Bridge Tunnel Series, 1963-1964
Sub-Series B: Development Outside of Hampton Roads, 1962-1968
This sub-series  includes materials and research related to economic development outside of Hampton Roads.
Box 6
Folder 9: Eastern Shore, 1962-1963
Folder 10: Eastern Shore Small Business Management Institute, 1966-1967
Folder 11: George C. Karam, 1964
Folder 12: Goodwin Island, 1968
Folder 13: Three Virginias, 1963-1964
Folder 14: Virginia: In/Out Migration, 1963-1964
Sub-Series C: Metropolitan Studies, 1969-1972
This sub-series includes materials related  to metropolitan areas outside of Hampton Roads which were used in its economic development.
Box 6
Folder 15: Accumulating and Using Data Relating to Small Areas within a Dynamic Metropolitan Area, 1969
Folder 16: Metro - Hampton Roads, 1972
Sub-Series D: Population, 1955-1975
This sub-series includes studies on population in Hampton Roads with an emphasis on population mobility.
Box 6
Folder 17: Population Mobility and Norfolk/Portsmouth Census, 1955-1970
Folder 18: Tidewater Jewish Population, 1973-1975
Series VI: Government/Politics, 1960-1983
This series includes Mr. Reed’s involvement in the 1960 and 1970 Census, newspaper clippings related to Norfolk Elections, materials from court cases in which Mr. Reed served as an expert witness, and his involvement in the Supreme Court Case concerning the redistricting and reapportionment of Hampton Roads Congressional districts.
Sub-Series A: Census, 1960-1983
This sub-series includes materials and research related to the 1960 and 1970 censuses.
Box 7
Folder 1: CENSAC--Census Statistical Areas Committee, 1975-1980, 1983
Folder 2: Census Bureau Executive and Reserve, 1967, 1970
Folder 3: Census Conference, 1966
Folder 4: Census of Population and Housing, 1965-1970, 1972
Folder 5: Census Tract Reports, 1960
Folder 6: Census User Workshop, 1969
Folder 7: Economic Census Conference, 1972, 1974
Folder 8: News clippings – Census of Population, 1960
Sub-Series B: Elections and Politics, 1963-1982
This sub-series includes newspaper clippings and correspondence related to elections and political campaigns in Norfolk.
Box 7
Folder 9: Correspondence--Howell Campaign, 1971-1972
Folder 10: Norfolk City Elections, 1972
Folder 11: Norfolk City Elections, 1968-1969
Folder 12: Norfolk Voting Precincts, 1963-1968
Box 8
Folder 1: Norfolk Voting Precincts, 1964-1982
Folder 2: Virginian Pilot Almond Series – Carter, 1964
Sub-Series C: Expert Witness in Legal Cases, 1964-1978
This sub-series includes cases in which Mr. Reed serves as an expert witness on matters such as wage compensation for disabled workers.
Box 8
Folder 3: Andrew Fine, 1970
Folder 4: Henry Howell, 1964, 1969-70
Folder 5: Moody, McMurran and Miller, 1971-1973
Folder 6: Peter Babalas, 1965
Folder 7: Peter Rowe, 1979
Folder 8: Reid Spencer, 1968
Folder 9: Robert Epstein – Mann, 1967
Folder 10: Tom Wilcox, 1964, 1968, 1974-1975, 1978
Folder 11: UVB/Seaboard, 1970, 1974-1977
Folder 12: W.C. Worthington Plaza, 1965
Sub-Series D: Redistricting, 1962-1977
This sub-series includes materials related to Mr. Reed’s involvement in the 1971-1972 Supreme Court Case concerning the redistricting of voting districts in Hampton Roads.
Box 8
Folder 13: Correspondence:  Supreme Court, Census, Housing, 1967-1977
Folder 14: Court Case (Henry Howell), 1971
Folder 15: District Information, 1970-1971
Folder 16: Howell vs. Mahan, 1970-1971
Folder 17: Mahan vs. Howell, 1972-1973
Box 9
Folder 1: Mann vs. Davis, 1962-1964
Folder 2: News Articles – Virginian Pilot – Census/Redistricting, 1964, 1971-1973
Folder 3: Precinct and Resident Information, 1970
Folder 4: Supreme Court of the United States, 1972
Folder 5: U.S. Supreme Court Appellant Briefs, 1971-1973
Series VII: Housing Studies, 1960-1977
This series includes studies for housing development in Hampton Roads, with an emphasis on military housing.
Sub-Series A: Civilian Housing, 1960-1972
This sub-series includes civilian housing  materials which includes studies on home ownership in Hampton Roads.
Box 9
Folder 6: Hilltop Housing Survey, 1960
Folder 7: Housing Symposium, 1972
Folder 8: Housing Workshop, 1964-1965
Folder 9: NRHA Housing, 1964, 1966-1968
Folder 10: Title VIII Housing, 1968-1969
Sub-Series B: Military Housing, 1960-1977
This sub-series includes materials related to  military housing, with an emphasis on the shortage of housing for members of the Navy stationed in Hampton Roads.
Box 9
Folder 11: Housing Study of Senior Military Personnel, 1966
Box 10
Folder 1: Navy Bachelor/Unaccompanied Housing, 1975-1977
Folder 2: Navy Housing, 1970
Folder 3: Navy Housing, 1971
Folder 4: Navy Housing, 1972
Folder 5: Navy Housing, 1974
Folder 6: Navy Housing, 1975
Folder 7: Navy Housing Survey, 1966
Folder 8: Navy Housing Survey, 1966-1970
Folder 9: Navy Housing Survey, 1967
Folder 10: Navy Housing Survey, 1968
Folder 11: Navy Housing Survey, 1969
Folder 12: Navy Housing Survey, 1976
Folder 13: Norfolk/Portsmouth Housing, 1960-1961, 1963, 1965
Folder 14: Proposals and Contracts, 1965-1970, 1974
Series VIII: Media Related Studies, 1959-1972, undated
This series includes studies and research related to radio stations, newspaper advertisements, and other media outlets.
Box 10
Folder 15: Beachview Channel, 1963
Folder 16: FM Radio, 1963-1964
Folder 17: Hampton Roads Community Survey--FCC, 1969-1972
Box 11
Folder 1: Newspaper Ad. Survey, 1963
Folder 2: Readership, Norfolk Annual Report, 1959
Folder 3: WCMS--Radio, 1971
Folder 4: WGH Radio, undated
Folder 5: WRAP, 1963
Folder 6: WTAR--Radio- TV, 1964
Series IX: Public Schools Studies, 1961-1971
This series includes material related to Hampton Roads public schools’ growth and development, with an emphasis on Norfolk Public Schools. Mr. Reed was a member of the Parents’ Study Committee for Norfolk Public Schools.
Box 11
Folder 7: Ad-Hoc Long-Range Planning Committee (AHLRPC) Report, 1965, 1967
Folder 8: Norfolk County School Bond Referendum, 1961
Folder 9: School Committee--Improvement of Norfolk Schools, 1961-1965
Folder 10: Virginia Beach Schools, 1971
Series X: Recreational Studies, 1960-1970
This series includes research and other materials related to recreation in Hampton Roads, including studies on skating rinks, Seashore State Park, and the Norfolk Zoo.
Box 11
Folder 11: Bowling Alley, 1960
Folder 12: Norfolk Arts Council, 1969
Folder 13: Norfolk Coliseum, 1964
Folder 14: Norfolk Recreation, 1966-1970
Folder 15: One Stop Marina, 1968
Folder 16: Port and Airport, 1968-1970
Folder 17: Princess Anne Skating Rink, 1965
Box 12
Folder 1: Seashore State Park, 1963-1965
Folder 2: Seashore State Park Committee Chamber of Commerce, 1964-1968
Folder 3: Stadium, 1968
Folder 4: UCF and Symphony Orchestra Support, 1970
Folder 5: YWCA--Camping, 1970
Folder 6: Zoological Society, 1966
Series XI: Retail/Commercial Studies, 1957-1972, undated
This series includes studies and research conducted and/or collected by Mr. Reed related to retail and commerce mainly in the Hampton Roads area, including healthcare, marketing research, restaurants, and shopping venues.
Sub-Series A: Healthcare, 1962-1971
This sub-series includes studies related to healthcare, hospitals, and physicians.
Box 12
Folder 7: Arthur Polizos Associates, 1970-1971
Folder 8: Blue Cross--Blue Shield, 1963
Folder 9: Gelb Marketing Research, 1969
Folder 10: Hospital, 1962-1963
Folder 11: TRI. T. Gaber--Tidewater Rehabilitation Institute, 1970
Sub-Series B: Marketing Research, 1957-1971, undated
This sub-series includes research related to marketing strategies.
Box 12
Folder 12: 21st Street, 1968
Folder 13: Altschul’s Shopper, 1959
Folder 14: Banking Locations in Warwick, VA, 1957
Folder 15: Beneficial Finance, 1959
Folder 16: Birtcherd Dairy, undated
Folder 17: Black Enterprise, 1968-1971
Folder 18: Cocoa, 1958-1959
Folder 19: Consumer Counseling: AFL-CIO, 1968
Folder 20: J. Bain, 1966
Folder 21: Marketing Research Tech. – Institute of Management, 1967
Folder 22: Out-of-Town Buying, 1964
Folder 23: Paper Containers, 1968
Folder 24: PCA (Peninsula Cooperative Association), 1964-1966
Folder 25: PCA--Grafton, 1964
Folder 26: PCA, Inc., 1963-1964
Folder 27: Realtor, 1968
Folder 28: Terry Corporation, 1961
Sub-Series C: Restaurants, 1959-1972
This sub-series includes research and surveys for development of restaurants in Hampton Roads.
Box 12
Folder 29: Carroll’s Drive-In, 1961-1972
Box 13
Folder 1: Gill’s, 1958, 1960-1961
Folder 2: Little Pigs, 1963
Folder 3: Motel and Restaurant, 1959
Folder 4: Price’s, Inc., 1966
Sub-Series D: Shopping Venues, 1959-1971, undated
This sub-series includes research and surveys for the locations and marketing strategies of shopping venues in Hampton Roads.
Box 13
Folder 5: Be-Lo, 1964
Folder 6: Farmer’s Market, 1961, 1963
Folder 7: Food Farm, 1962
Folder 8: Food Super Market Shopping, undated
Folder 9: Hampton Boulevard Shopping Center, 1964-65
Folder 10: HFC Norfolk Shopping Center, 1959
Folder 11: Hilltop Shopping Center, 1967, 1971
Folder 12: Information Concerning Arithmetic Manual, 1963
Folder 13: People’s Arbor Room, 1963
Folder 14: R.K. Chevrolet, 1965, 1969-1970
Folder 15: South Norfolk Shopping Center, 1959
Folder 16: Miscellaneous Dead Proposals, undated
Folder 17: Miscellaneous, undated
Series XII: Oversized Maps, 1959-1969
This series contains annotated Hampton Roads maps.
Box 14
Item 1: Maps, 1959-1969

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Personal, 1946-1983],
[Series II: Old Dominion College/University, 1957-1974],
[Series III: Brazil Study, 1974-1977],
[Series IV: City Commerce Studies, 1940-1975],
[Series V: Development, 1955-1990],
[Series VI: Government/Politics, 1960-1983],
[Series VII: Housing Studies, 1960-1977],
[Series VIII: Media Related Studies, 1959-1972, undated],
[Series IX: Public Schools Studies, 1961-1971],
[Series X: Recreational Studies, 1960-1970],
[Series XI: Retail/Commercial Studies, 1957-1972, undated],
[Series XII: Oversized Maps, 1959-1969],

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