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Some Resources Available on ODU History

University Archives

Located in the Special Collections & University Archives Department on the 3rd floor of Perry Library

View the Subject Guide to University Archives

Digital Collections

Online Exhibits

Building the University: An exhibit for the 75th anniversary of ODU in 2005 providing a history of some early ODU buildings.

Celebrating Big Blue: The evolution of Big Blue through 2012.

ODU Football: 1930 and Beyond: A history of football at ODU in celebration of the return of football in 2009.

Presidents of ODU: From Lewis W. Webb, Jr. to John R. Broderick.

Women at ODU: Featuring a history of women's organizations on campus for Women's History Month, 2006.



Brydges, Maggie, Julie Hale, Elizabeth Harders and Bob Moskowitz. Old Dominion University: From the Great Depression to the New Millennium, 1930-2000. Norfolk, VA: Office of Institutional Advancement, Old Dominion University, 2000. (Call number: LD4331.B79 O53 2000)

O'Hallarn, Brendan. Built from the Ground Up: The First 50 Years of Engineering at Old Dominion University. Kitty Hawk, NC: Outer Banks Press, 2013.

Sweeney, James R. Old Dominion University: A Half Century of Service. Norfolk, VA: ODU Office of Printing and Publications, 1980. (Call number: LD4332.S85)

Rutyna, Richard A. and John W. Kuehl. Old Dominion University: Heritage and Horizons. Norfolk, VA: Donning Co., 1987. (Call number: LD4331.2.R88 1987)

Major, Jean A. Old Dominion University Library: History. Norfolk, VA: Old Dominion University, 2002. (Call number: LD4331.M35 O53 2002)

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