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Virginia House of Delegates Videotape Collection

Collection ID: MG 56

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 78 3/4 inch videotapes of the 1982 Virginia House of Delegates session. The session lasted from January through March 13.


  • 1982
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/08/1984



5.00 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

The House of Delegates is the lower chamber of the Virginia General Assembly with 100 members elected for terms of two years, and is presided over by the Speaker of the House who is elected by the delegates. The House shares legislative power with the Senate of Virginia, the upper chamber of the General Assembly. The House of Delegates is descended from the Virginia House of Burgesses which first met at Jamestown in 1619 and was modeled after the English House Commons in Parliament, making ith the "oldest continous legislative body in the New World." The House meets in the Capitol Building designed by Thomas Jefferson. Legislative bills can originate in the House or Senate, with both chambers having the ablility to establish study committees. Both chambers of the General Assembly serve as a check upon the other "to ensure a thorough debate on merits of each bill." The General Assembly meets annualy beginning on the second Wednesday in January for sixty days in even-numbered years and for thirty days in odd numbered years, with an option to extend annual sessions for a maximum of thirty days. Legislation discussed at the January 13 to March 13, 1982 session of the Virginia House of Delegates included, the state budget, laws in regard to alcholic beverages, unemployment compensation, education standards, sales and use taxes, revising of the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, Equal Rights Amendment, and income tax. Sources: Virginia House of Delegates. Ballotpedia. Virginia House of Delegates. Wikipedia. A Guide to the Recordings of the Virginia House of Delegates Sessions: A Collection in the Library of Virginia. "House Bills, Joint Resolutions and Resolutions Introduced at the 1982 Session." Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1982 Regular Session. Vol. 2. 1982. pp. 1869-1909.

Note written by Kathleen Smith

Language of Materials



A collection containing 78 ¾ inch videotapes dating from January 13 to March 13, 1982, of the House of Delegates in session.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

John W. Ramsey

Method of Acquisition

Gift. Accession #A84-1

Related Materials

A Guide to the Recordings of the Virginia House of Delegates Sessions: A Collection in the Library of Virginia, Virginia Heritage Project.

A Guide to the Virginia House of Delegates Videotape Collection
Kathleen Smith, Joseph Smith
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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