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Marvin Lee Papers

Collection ID: MG 105

Scope and Contents

The collection contains an assortment of documents related to Marvin Lee, a professor at Old Dominion University and Public Housing Manager in Norfolk, Virginia. The bulk of the mateial chronicles Lee's career with the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) but also contains personal material as well


  • circa 1935-2004, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1990
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/15/2009



11.20 Linear Feet

Conditions Governing Access

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

Marvin Lee was born on July 26th, 1921. He was a graduate of Randolph Macon College and shortly thereafter he joined the United States Navy, where he rose to the rank of officer. During his lifetime, Lee also received a Ph.D. in Urban Services. This went along well with his life’s work spent in this type of department. For some time in the 1980s, Marvin Lee taught at Old Dominion University in the subject of Public Affairs. It was around this time that Lee became certified by the NAHRO as a Public Housing Manager, rising in the ranks of the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA), which he served as manager after Lawrence M. Cox. Marvin Lee is the author of a number of publications and dissertations which can be found within this collection and in the thesis section at Old Dominion University.

Note written by Special Collections Staff

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is broken down into the following series: I: Personal; II: Training/Studies; III: NRHA; IV: Remarks/Speeches; V: Photographs; VI: Newspaper Clippings; VII: Maps; VIII: Correspondences; IX: Publications/Notes; X: Lawrence M. Cox.

Source of Acquisition

Marvin Lee

Method of Acquisition

Gift. Accession #A2009-13

Related Materials

Lawrence M. Cox, Sr. Papers (MG 38); Mason Andrews Papers (MG 62).

Processing Information

The finding aid was created by James Detterman in May 2014. The collection was further processed by Melissa Bateman in July 2014.

A Guide to the Marvin Lee Papers
Special Collections and University Archives staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the ODU Community Collections Repository

3000 Perry Library
4427 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk VA 23529 US