Henry Clay Hofheimer II Papers, 1793-2002, undated
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Brief Description:

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.

Held at:
Sargeant Memorial Collection
Slover Library
235 East Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 7574317429
Email: localhistory [at] norfolk.gov
Record Series Number: 001/01/MSS 0000-024
Created by: Hofheimer, Henry Clay (1906-2005)
Volume: 8.0 Boxes
Acquired: 04/00/1996.
Arrangement: Arranged by record type in chronological order.
Biographical Note for Hofheimer, Henry Clay (1906-2005) :

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.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.
Subject Index
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
Genres/Forms of Material
Admission tickets
Annual reports
Assignats (paper money)
Cards (information artifacts)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Greeting cards
Magazines (periodicals)
Military passes
Place cards
Press releases
Printed ephemera
Resolutions (administrative records)
Sheet music
Souvenir programs
Speeches (documents)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
French [fre]
Rights/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 Notes: Elise Hofheimer Wright by donation
PreferredCitation: Henry Clay Hofheimer II Papers, MSS 0000-024, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.