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Henry Clay Hofheimer II Papers


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Administrative Information

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Correspondence / Invitations

Invitations / Programs

Programs / Speeches / Periodicals

Reports / Organizational Records / Certificates

Certificates / Photographs

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Henry Clay Hofheimer II Papers, 1793-2002, undated | Sargeant Memorial Collection

By Sarah Osorio

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Collection Overview

Title: Henry Clay Hofheimer II Papers, 1793-2002, undatedAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1940s-1980s

ID: 001/01/MSS 0000-024

Primary Creator: Hofheimer, Henry Clay (1906-2005)

Extent: 8.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged by record type in chronological order.

Date Acquired: 11/24/2014

Subjects: Businesses, Businessmen, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Economic development--Virginia--Norfolk, Families--Virginia, Hampton Roads (Va. : Region), Housing--Virginia--Norfolk, International Azalea Festival (Norfolk, Va.), Jews--Virginia--Norfolk--Social life and customs--20th century, Naval ceremonies, honors, and salutes, Norfolk (Va.), Norfolk (Va.)--Commerce, Norfolk (Va.)--Social life and customs--20th century, Organizations, United States. Navy, Virginia--Social life and customs

Forms of Material: Admission tickets, Annual reports, Assignats (paper money), Audiocassettes, Awards, Cards (information artifacts), Certificates, Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence, Envelopes, Greeting cards, Invitations, Magazines (periodicals), Military passes, Newsletters, Photographs, Place cards, Postcards, Posters, Press releases, Printed ephemera, Programs, Receipts, Reports, Resolutions (administrative records), Scrapbooks, Sheet music, Souvenir programs, Speeches (documents), Telegrams

Languages: English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Henry Clay Hofheimer II Papers include correspondence, invitations, event programs, speeches, newsletters, periodicals, reports, conference materials, Future of Hampton Roads, Inc. records, documents relating to the economic development of Hampton Roads, certificates and resolutions, photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, family mementos, and other ephemera. Most of the materials date from the 1940s through the 1980s and relate to Henry Clay Hofheimer II's involvement in Norfolk and the Hampton Roads region.

Notable events depicted in the collection include the International Naval Review of 1957, Norfolk's First Citizen Award for 1958, and the International Azalea Festival of 1959. Other notable engagements include retirements, reviews, and commissioning of United States naval officers, commissioning of naval ships, and various other social parties and affairs. Family-related materials include announcements and telegrams of congratulations for Hofheimer's wedding, wedding announcements for one of Hofheimer's daughters, and materials relating to Hofheimer's brother Edward Daniel Hofheimer and father Julius Caesar Hofheimer.

Biographical Note

Henry Clay Hofheimer II was born on December 28, 1906 in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1928. He married Elise Maidie Nusbaum on September 26, 1931 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was a civic leader and philanthropist, dedicating much of his life to the improvement of Norfolk and the Hampton Roads region. Before World War II, Hofheimer ran his first business, Hofheimer Construction Company, building many bridges and roads in Virginia. In 1945, he bought a majority interest in Southern Materials Company, Inc., which was purchased by Lone Star Industries, Inc. Hofheimer served as director of Lone Star Industries until 1971/1972.

Hofheimer was named Norfolk's First Citizen of 1958 by the Cosmopolitan Club of Norfolk. In 1964, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Hofheimer was involved in numerous businesses and organizations, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Norfolk General Hospital, U. S. Navy and Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk Academy, Virginia Wesleyan College, the University of Virginia Graduate School of Business Administration, Old Dominion University, The College of William and Mary, Norfolk Symphony, Wells Theatre, WHRO, WAVY TV, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

In 1971, Hofheimer helped arrange for the movement of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.'s art collection to Norfolk. He was also involved in efforts to preserve the Moses Myers House and the Adam Thoroughgood House, and his involvement in historic preservation extended to organizations such as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Winterthur Museum. Hofheimer was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Service in 1975. He was instrumental in the founding of Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1973. Hofheimer was also chairman of Future of Hampton Roads, Inc. In 1982, he and Mrs. Hofheimer were awarded the President's Medal from Old Dominion University. Hofheimer also received honorary degrees from Eastern Virginia Medical School and Virginia Wesleyan College. He died on February 6, 2005 at the age of 98 in Virginia Beach, Virginia and was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia.

Subject/Index Terms

Eastern Virginia Medical School
Economic development--Virginia--Norfolk
Hampton Roads (Va. : Region)
International Azalea Festival (Norfolk, Va.)
Jews--Virginia--Norfolk--Social life and customs--20th century
Naval ceremonies, honors, and salutes
Norfolk (Va.)
Norfolk (Va.)--Commerce
Norfolk (Va.)--Social life and customs--20th century
United States. Navy
Virginia--Social life and customs

Administrative Information

Repository: Sargeant Memorial Collection

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions: The status of copyright for these materials is governed by Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. C.). Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Source: Elise Hofheimer Wright by donation

Preferred Citation: Henry Clay Hofheimer II Papers, MSS 0000-024, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.

Processing Information: Processed May 9, 2018.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Correspondence / Invitations],
[Box 2: Invitations / Programs],
[Box 3: Programs / Speeches / Periodicals],
[Box 4: Reports / Organizational Records / Certificates],
[Box 5: Certificates / Photographs],
[Box 6: Scrapbooks / Clippings],
[Box 7: Scrapbooks],
[Box 8: Miscellaneous Materials],

Box 6: Scrapbooks / ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Scrapbook 1, circa 1930-1940Add to your cart.
Five pages of pasted clippings. The clippings relate to projects by Hofheimer Concrete Corporation and Hofheimer's election as president of the Builders and Contractors Exchange.
Folder 2: Scrapbook 2, circa 1937Add to your cart.
Nine pages, primarily of pasted photographs. The photographs depict Clifton Forge Bridge, a damaged automobile, and construction by Hofheimer Construction Company on Route 13 of the Eastern Shore.
Folder 3: Clippings (Folder 1 of 8), 1912-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Clippings (Folder 2 of 8), 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Clippings (Folder 3 of 8), 1960-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Clippings (Folder 4 of 8), 1970-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Clippings (Folder 5 of 8), 1980-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Clippings (Folder 6 of 8), 1990-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Clippings (Folder 7 of 8), 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Clippings (Folder 8 of 8), undatedAdd to your cart.
Some themes within the undated clippings include public housing/slum clearance, preservation of the Adam Thoroughgood House, baseball in Norfolk, and housing in Ghent.
Folder 11: Announcements, Marriage of Henry Clay Hofheimer II and Elise Nusbaum, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Telegrams, Congratulations on Hofheimer - Nusbaum marriage, circa 1931 September 26Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Booklet, In Memorian, J. Caesar Hofheimer, 1934 October 26Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Resolutions of Respect, Julius Caesar Hofheimer, circa 1934 OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Announcements, Marriage of Elise Hofheimer to Wesley Wright, Jr., 1957 June 15Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Certificate, To Edward Daniel Hofheimer, 1973 April 14Add to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Correspondence / Invitations],
[Box 2: Invitations / Programs],
[Box 3: Programs / Speeches / Periodicals],
[Box 4: Reports / Organizational Records / Certificates],
[Box 5: Certificates / Photographs],
[Box 6: Scrapbooks / Clippings],
[Box 7: Scrapbooks],
[Box 8: Miscellaneous Materials],

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