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The Gadfly Records

Collection ID: RG 37-17A

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of print copies of the Gadfly dating from 1962-1972 as well as correspondence and miscellaneous papers.


  • 1962-1972, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/09/2004



0.80 Linear Feet

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Gadfly was a student literary magazine published between the years 1962 and 1972 at Old Dominion College. It featured artwork, poetry, satire, essays and photography by students, for students. There was no set format, each issue was different than the last, with one issue the size of a poster,with its mascot, the gadfly on the front. Their motto, found on the inside front cover of each issue reads as such: "I am the Gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long and in all places am always fastening upon you, arousing and persuading and reproaching you."--Plato Throughout its run, The Gadfly featured articles and poetry that pushed the envelope and created tension between the administration and the students who felt that their freedom of speech and publication was being censored.

Note written by Special Collections Staff

Language of Materials



The Gadfly was a student literary magazine published between the years 1962 to 1972 at Old Dominion College.

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized into three series: Series I: The Gadfly; Series II: Correspondence; and Series III: Miscellaneous.

Source of Acquisition

Dr. James McNally

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Leland D. Peterson Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Lewis W. Webb, Jr. (Part 8) Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Robert L. Stern (Part 1)


A Guide to The Gadfly Records
Special Collections Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the ODU University Archives Repository

3000 Perry Library
4427 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk VA 23529 US