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Irvine B. Hill Papers

Collection ID: MG 100

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the Irvine B. Hill Papers consists of newspaper clippings during Hill’s time as Norfolk mayor and city councilman. It also includes photographs, correspondence, and six scrapbooks. Four of the scrapbooks include newspaper clippings from the 1970’s, one includes items related to the First Citizen of Norfolk award, which Hill received in 2001, and the last scrapbook focuses on his 2003 retirement from Cox Communications.


  • 1968-2009, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/26/2008



3.20 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

Irvine B. Hill has been a prominent broadcasting executive, politician, and civic leader in Norfolk, Virginia for over 40 years. Born in 1927 to Madeline and Herman Hill, he graduated from Norfolk’s Maury High School and later attended the College of William and Mary Norfolk Division in 1949. He also studied broadcasting management at Harvard’s School of Business in 1964. From 1963 to 1979, Hill was President and General Manager of WCMS AM/FM Radio in Norfolk, Virginia. He was also a member of Norfolk City Council from 1972 to 1976, and served as the city’s mayor from 1974 to 1976. In 1983, Hill joined Cox Communications serving as Vice-President of Public Affairs, where he was charged with programming and community relations. He did more than 15,000 interviews and 5,000 programs for WCOX channel 11, most notably “Hampton Roads Speaks Out." Other programs included “Portraits,” “Viewpoints," and “A Visit With." Hill is distinguished for his community service in the Tidewater region, particularly his work in helping to raise money and recruit volunteers for numerous organizations and charities. In 1996, Hill received the first Eastern Virginia Medical School President’s Medallion for Service and Support. In 2001, Hill received Norfolk’s First Citizen award for his civic and volunteer endeavors. He was honored in 2002 by The Virginia Chorale as an advocate for hundreds of civic and charitable organizations. In 2003, Hill received The General Assembly of Virginia Commendation for Outstanding Service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. He also received the Meritorious Public Service Award from the IRS and the U.S. Secret Service Award for Public Service Hill served on numerous boards and commissions throughout his career. Among others, he was National Director Emeritus of the Navy League, President of the Southside Boys Club, Urban League Board Member, Chairman of the United Nations Association, and President of the Economic Club of Hampton Roads. Hill’s wife of 51 years, Elizabeth Stewart Hill, with whom he had two daughters, passed away in 2000. In 2001, Hill married Marjorie Batty Dey. She passed away in 2011.

Note written by Sonia Yaco

Language of Materials



Irvine B. Hill has been a prominent broadcasting executive, politician, and civic leader in Norfolk, Virginia for over 40 years. This collection is made up of newspaper clippings during Hill’s time as Norfolk mayor and city councilman, as well as photographs, correspondence and scrapbooks.

Arrangement Note

This collection is organized into three series: Series I: Business; Series II: Scrapbooks; and Series III: Oversized Newspaper Clippings.

Source of Acquisition

Irvine B. Hill

Method of Acquisition

Gift. Accession #A2008-21

A Guide to the Irvine B. Hill Papers
Sonia Yaco; Mel Frizzell
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the ODU Community Collections Repository

3000 Perry Library
4427 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk VA 23529 US