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Researching ODU History

Fall 2022 Hours

Hours for Fall 2022: Special Collections and University Archives will be open by appointment for the Fall 2022 semester. Appointments can be made using the Special Collections and Archives Guide. 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 An introduction video of the ODU Archives can be found on the Libraries YouTube Channel.

To search the holdings of Special Collections and University Archives, please consult the ODU Archives 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). A video on how to use the ODU Archives Database can be found on the Libraries YouTube Channel.

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

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