The digital collections of the ODU Libraries include rare and unique images, documents, and oral histories from our archives, special collections, and other campus units. Below is a brief description of each collection. More will be added.
This collection of festival brochures, photographs, audio/video and other materials is a tribute to the many speakers, performers, and organizers who have made each festival a success since 1978. Currently available as separate Web site. (Collection in progress.)
Digital archive of the first pages of unpublished new music scores, promoting new music through performance and study. The University Libraries is actively pursuing donations.
Over 80 oral histories and several photographs and textual materials were collected in 2011-2012 as part of a travellling exhibit of the DOVE (Desegregation of Virginia Education) project.
Over 100 items from the correspondence of William Hayes Ward, editor of The Independent, a 19th century New York Congregationalist weekly. Approximately 50 items are from a scrapbook.
This collection is made up of 30 recordings from winners of the William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest from 1977-2008.
The 46 photographs in this collection show some of the people and businesses of Norfolk, Virginia about one year after war ended on the western front in 1918. Includes 46-page research paper.
Norfolk Public School Desegregation Papers (in progress)
This collection contains materials from the offices of the Norfolk Public Schools primarily relating to school desegregation, including the 1958 school closing to prevent integration, integration progress in the 1960s, busing to achieve integration in the 1970s and the end of busing in the mid-1980s.
ODU Photographic Collection (in progress)
Contains a wide range of photos relating to the university’s history from the 1930s to the present. Approximately 20,000 photos in all.
This collection contains a 35-year history of the Old Dominion University Women's Center through reports, news clippings, brochures, photographs and other primary source materials.
While the majority of these materials are interviews with former and present administrators, faculty, and staff of Old Dominion University, the collection includes interviews with politicians, military personnel, prominent local women and many others.
326 photographs from the Russell Stanger Papers.
Primary source materials document the closing and eventual reopening of six all-white public schools in Norfolk, the largest school system in Virginia, in the late 1950s.
Oral histories with musicians and local supporters of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra serve to enrich the archival history of the symphony contained in the ODU Libraries' Special Collections.
This ongoing collection pulls together various materials from each of the lectures in the Waldo Family Lecture Series on International Relations.
Copyright and Use of Digital Collections
We have made every effort to determine that information related to copyright and other restrictions is accurate. However, rights in historical and archival collections may be difficult or impossible to determine. For materials not owned by the ODU Libraries, the Creative Commons License does not apply, and permissions for their use must be directed to the owner of the physical material.
If you wish to publish the materials in these collections or use them for commercial purposes, please complete the "Permission to Publish" form.
Users assume full responsibility for any infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Address questions to:
Head of Special Collections and University Archives