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George Conoly Phillips Papers

Collection ID: MG 15

Scope and Contents

The papers of George Conoly Phillips date from 1909 to 2010. The collection contains material related to his automotive business, political career, religious background, and personal life.


  • circa 1906-2010, undated
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/24/1977



19.60 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

George Conoly Phillips was born on December 17, 1931, in Daytona Beach Florida. Phillips was an honor graduate of Maury High School of Norfolk in 1949. He later graduated with his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia in 1953. At the University of Georgia he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, and a Cadet Colonel of the Air Force R.O.T.C. He received his MBA degree from Old Dominion University in 1976. He served two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. In 1956, Conoly Phillips and his brother, Tench Phillips opened the Phillips Brothers used car dealership. They founded Phillips Brothers Automoville in 1964. The brothers acquired the Rambler franchise in 1960. In 1964, Tench received the Oldsmobile franchise, and Conoly continued with the Lincoln-Mercury franchise. Conoly Phillips was President, and the later chairman, of Conoly Phillips Lincoln-Mercury. He retired from daily management in 1999 when his company merged with Freedom Automotive. He currently remains a partner in Freedom Automotive. Conoly Phillips' was also President of the Tidewater Better Business Bureau in 1967 and 1968, President of the United Drug Abuse Commission from 1970-1976, President of the Northside Rotary Club, First Vice-President of the United Way of Virginia, Member of the Central Budget Committee of the United Communities Fund, Former Representative of the City of Norfolk on the Adult Continuing Education Committee, Vice-President of the Sales and Marketing Executives Club of Tidewater, President of the Tidewater Automobile Dealers Association in 1963 and much more. George Conoly Phillips passed away on April 22, 2020 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Language of Materials



Norfolk City Council member. Served as President of the United Drug Abuse Council and was active in the Inter-Christian Fellowship, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and the United Community Fund. Documents his activities in politics, business and civic affairs.

Arrangement Note

The collection is organized into the following series: Series I: Auto Dealership; Series II: Religious Activities; Series III: Community/Civic Memberships and Activities; Series IV: Political Activities; Series V: Personal Information; Series VI: Writing and Speeches; Series VII: Multimedia; Series VIII: Artifacts; and Series IX: Oversize.

Source of Acquisition

George Conoly Phillips

Method of Acquisition

Gift. Accession #A77-77-19

Accruals and Additions

Additional accessions made in 1978, 1981, 2005, and 2011.

A Guide to the George Conoly Phillips Papers
Mel Frizzell
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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