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Researching ODU History

Hours Fall 2020

Hours for Spring 2021: Special Collections and University Archives will be open by appointment for the Spring 2021 semester. Please contact to set up a research appointment, request digital copies of material, or for more information.


Student Government Association Officers, 1968Welcome to Old Dominion University's guide to researching the history of Old Dominion University (ODU)! This guide will help you find information about ODU's history, people, buildings, events, and more!

For more information or research assistance, please contact the Special Collections and University Archives Department at (757) 683-5350 or

To search the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives, please consult the Special Collections Database. From the database, you can either use keywords to search across all the collections or you can browse collections by name, author, subject, and record group (personal papers or campus offices/departments.)

ODU Libraries has created other guides that wil be of interest to researchers including a Cite Your Sources Guide and a Copyright and Copywrong Guide.

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