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Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion College Records, circa 1930-1979, undated | Special Collections and University Archives

By Mel Frizzell

Collection Overview

Title: Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion College Records, circa 1930-1979, undated

Predominant Dates:1940-1960

ID: 33/RG 33

Primary Creator: College of William and Mary. Norfolk Division (1930-1962)

Other Creators: Old Dominion College (1962-1969), Old Dominion University (1969-)

Extent: 15.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into thirteen series: Series I: War Training Files; Series II: Administrative Files; Series III: H.H. Sisson Director of Administration Correspondence; Series IV: Evening College; Series V: Director of Admissions and Registration; Series VI: Academic Files; Series VII: Technical Institute; Series VIII: Student Activity Files; Series IX: Faculty Advisory Committee; Series X: Music Concert Series; Series XI: College Newsletters and Publications; Series XII: College Expansion; and Series XIII: General Correspondence, Notes, Reports, Speeches, Studies, and Summaries.

Subjects: College of William and Mary. Norfolk Division, Old Dominion College, Old Dominion University--History, World War, 1939-1945--War work

Languages: English

Abstract

These papers documents the college’s early years as a two-year branch campus, the industrial training courses during World War II, the creation of the Evening College and Technical Institute,  and its transition to an accredited university. Included in the records are correspondence, newspapers, reports, college histories, building plans, bulletins, course descriptions and syllabi, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of the collection contains records pertaining to the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion College. Included in the records are correspondence, newspapers, reports, college histories, building plans, bulletins, course descriptions and syllabi, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks.

Collection Historical Note

In 1930, the College of William and Mary developed a two-year campus in Norfolk, located in the former Larchmont grade school on Hampton Boulevard. Initially known as the Norfolk Division of the College William and Mary, the college’s name changed as its course offerings expanded and contracted. In 1931, “Virginia Polytechnic Institute” was added to the school’s title as it began offering engineering classes. In an effort to increase enrollment during World War II, the school began teaching industrial and academic war training courses for the Navy. After the war, these courses were expanded into the Technical Institute, a new division of the college. The Technical Institute, at times part of the Evening College, was created to provide non-credit trade and industrial education for white men and a few courses for white women. In 1958, as the college became increasingly focused on academic instruction, “Virginia Polytechnic Institute” was dropped from the school’s name. Moving towards independence, the school became the “Norfolk College of William and Mary” in 1961. Finally, in 1962 it broke formal ties with the College of William and Mary and became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as a separate college with a new name, Old Dominion College. Two years later the college admitted its first African-American student. In 1969, the college expanded its graduate offerings and became Old Dominion University.

Subject/Index Terms

College of William and Mary. Norfolk Division
Old Dominion College
Old Dominion University--History
World War, 1939-1945--War work

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 41 Hollinger document cases

Access Restrictions: 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: Unknown

Acquisition Method: Some of the material was gathered by the faculty Committee on Archives and Records in the 1950s and 1960s. Other portions were collated by Dr. Robert C. McClelland and librarian Benjamin Franklin Clymer.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Records of the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion College, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: War Training Files, 1939-1945, undated],
[Series II: Administrative Files, circa 1932-1969],
[Series III: H.H. Sisson Director of Administration Correspondence, 1936-1969],
[Series IV: Evening College, 1948-1979],
[Series V: Director of Admissions and Registration, circa 1940-1969],
[Series VI: Academic Files, 1931-1969, undated],
[Series VII: Technical Institute, 1947-1968, undated],
[Series VIII: Student Activity Files, circa 1930-1964, undated],
[Series IX: Faculty Advisory Committee, 1941-1962],
[Series X: Music Concert Series, 1941-1969],
[Series XI: College Newsletters and Publications, 1949-1966],
[Series XII: College Expansion, circa 1930-1971],
[Series XIII: General Correspondence, Notes, Reports, Speeches, Studies, and Summaries, 1943-1959, undated],
[All]

Series III: H.H. Sisson Director of Administration Correspondence, 1936-1969
This series contains correspondence related to the business dealings of the Norfolk Division and Old Dominion College.
Box 30
Folder 1: H. H. Sisson, Correspondence, Description of Administrative Positions, 1958
Folder 2: H. H. Sisson, Correspondence, Foreman Field Dedication, 1936
Folder 3: H. H. Sisson, Correspondence, State Council of Higher Education, 1950-1959
Folder 4: H. H. Sisson, Correspondence, Administrative Organization Charts, 1960
Folder 5: H. H. Sisson, Correspondence, Bookstore, 1967-1968
Folder 6: H. H. Sisson, Correspondence, Business Office Organization Chart, 1962
Folder 7: H.H. Sisson, Correspondence, Faculty, Inter-Office, 1966-1967
Folder 8: H.H. Sisson, Correspondence, Library Committee, 1969

Browse by Series:

[Series I: War Training Files, 1939-1945, undated],
[Series II: Administrative Files, circa 1932-1969],
[Series III: H.H. Sisson Director of Administration Correspondence, 1936-1969],
[Series IV: Evening College, 1948-1979],
[Series V: Director of Admissions and Registration, circa 1940-1969],
[Series VI: Academic Files, 1931-1969, undated],
[Series VII: Technical Institute, 1947-1968, undated],
[Series VIII: Student Activity Files, circa 1930-1964, undated],
[Series IX: Faculty Advisory Committee, 1941-1962],
[Series X: Music Concert Series, 1941-1969],
[Series XI: College Newsletters and Publications, 1949-1966],
[Series XII: College Expansion, circa 1930-1971],
[Series XIII: General Correspondence, Notes, Reports, Speeches, Studies, and Summaries, 1943-1959, undated],
[All]

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