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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

Scrapbooks / Clippings


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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: 04/00/1996

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 4: Reports / Organizational Records / CertificatesAdd to your cart.
Folders 20 and 21 are oversized and located separately.
Folder 1: Report, Virginia Wesleyan College Report, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Special Issue.
Folder 2: Annual Report, The Friends of Winterthur, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 3: President's Report, Eastern Virginia Medical Authority, circa 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Annual Report, Medical College of Hampton Roads Foundation, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Envelope, Conference on SALT II, 1979 October 4Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Booklets from SALT II (Folder 1 of 2), 1979 May - OctoberAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Booklets from SALT II (Folder 2 of 2), 1979 June - AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Papers relating to the Virginia Leadership Conference on Trade, 1979 November 19Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Mission and Vision Documents, Future of Hampton Roads, circa 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: History, Tidewater's Future, Inc., circa 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Paper, "A Proposal for the Construction of a Regional Stadium in York County", 1982 February 9Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Paper, The Cousteau Ocean Center, Project Profile, 1984 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Organizational records, Future of Hampton Roads, Inc., 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Paper, Case Study III: The Tale of Eight Cities, by Harrison H. Owen, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Published Materials, Future of Hampton Roads, Inc., circa 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Illustrative Site Plan, Downtown Norfolk, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Booklet, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Booklet, The Planning Council, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Resolutions, relating to Henry Clay Hofheimer II, 1978, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Certificate, 1958 Distinguished Service Medal, Cosmopolitan Club, 1959Add to your cart.
This folder is oversized.
Folder 21: Certificate, Cosmopolitan International, 1959 January 27Add to your cart.
This folder is oversized.
Folder 22: Certificates, From the University of Virginia, 1958-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Certificate, Robert E. Lee Associate, Washington and Lee University, 1974 May 31Add 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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