Head Special Collections And University Archives
University Libraries

Jessica Ritchie

Perry Library
Norfolk, 23529

Provides leadership for the Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives. Oversees manuscripts, archives, rare book collections and services in Perry Library and the F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room. Coordinates the Libraries' special collections and archival literacy instruction program, manages digital collections, and serves on the Libraries' Management Team. Prior was the Dickson Librarian at the Chrysler Museum of Art's Jean Outland Chrysler Library. MLIS degree from Florida State University and a BA in Music from the University of Virginia.

M.L.I.S. in Library and Information Studies, Florida State University - Tallahassee, (2011)

B.A. in Music, University of Virginia, (2005)

Medical Library Association Consumer Health Information Specialization Level 1 for Non-Health Librarians Re-Certification
Sponsoring Organization: Medical Library Association
Date Obtained: 2012-04-01
American Association for State and Local History's Basics of Archives Training Certification
Sponsoring Organization: American Association for State and Local History
Date Obtained: 2012-01-01

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Ritchie, J. "A Graduate Certificate in Web Archiving" $98361. Federal. August, 2021 - July, 2022
Ritchie, J. "Stories of Survival: Digitizing Oral Histories in the Michael D'Orso Collection on the Rosewood Massacre " $2275. Other. July, 2021 - May, 2022


Library Information Services
Archives, rare books, manuscripts, primary source literacy, instruction and student engagement using original documents, administration, project management, research, collection development, community engagement, music special collections
Music special collections, musicology and music history, cello performance

Research Interests

Advocacy and leadership of archives; Teaching with primary sources; The politics of archives in constructing memory and identity; Developing inclusive collections, services, and work practices within archives and libraries.


Ritchie, J. (2017). Old Dominion University. Arcadia Publishing and the History Press.


Ritchie, J. (August 6, 2021). Virtual Repository Tour: Old Dominion University Other Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting .
Ritchie, J. (March 26, 2021). Norfolk 1919 Photograph Collection Oral Presentation Arts in the Libraries Virtual Festival .
Ritchie, J. (February 25, 2021). Remembering the Norfolk 17 Oral Presentation Conversations with the Monarch Community Virtual.
Ritchie, J. (December 6, 2019). History on Screen: An Overview of ODU Libraries’ Pilot Project to Digitize 600 News Films Oral Presentation Digital Archives in the Commonwealth Summit Richmond, Virginia.
Ritchie, J. (August 5, 2019). The Case for Queer Spaces: Partnering with a Queer Studies Class to Establish an LGBTQ Walking Tour and Podcast Oral Presentation Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting Austin, Texas.
Ritchie, J. (June 20, 2019). A Universal Problem: A Case Study for Collecting and Engaging with the Records of a Displaced Community Poster Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Annual Meeting Baltimore, Maryland.
Ritchie, J. (October 12, 2018). Panel Moderator: Local History Outreach: Connecting with the Community Other Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Spring 2018 Wilmington, Delaware .
Ritchie, J. (May 22, 2018). My Favorite Class of the Year: Engaging your Online Students Through Access to Primary Sources Poster Faculty Summer Conference Norfolk, Virginia.
Ritchie, J. (June 25, 2016). Serving up the Subversive: Working with Controversial Materials Other American Library Association Annual Meeting Orlando, Florida.
Ritchie, J. (May 18, 2016). In Their Own Words: Teaching Diversity with Special Collections and Archives Other Old Dominion University Center for Teaching and Learning Summer Institute Norfolk, Virginia.
Ritchie, J. (April 16, 2016). A Crash Course in Understanding and Describing Sheet Music (Workshop) Other Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Ritchie, J. (October 23, 2013). Medical Information in the Myers Family Papers Lecture Norfolk, Virginia.
Ritchie, J. (September 26, 2013). The Library Lifeline: How and Why Libraries Can Better Support Mental Health Among College Students Paper Virginia Library Association Williamsburg, VA.
Ritchie, J. (December 3, 2012). History’s mysteries solved! Recent findings in the archives Lecture Chrysler Museum of Art Lecture Series Norfolk, Virginia.
Ritchie, J. (August 1, 2012). Art and Archives in the Classroom Lecture Norfolk, Virginia.
Ritchie, J. (January 7, 2012). Saturday Art Forum: Art and the Archives Lecture Art Forum Norfolk, Virginia.
Ritchie, J. (October 28, 2011). Reading images: Art Libraries in Norfolk, VA Lecture Virginia Library Association Annual Meeting Portsmouth, Virginia.
Ritchie, J. (May 25, 2011). Digital storytelling workshop Other Faculty of the Institute workshop at the Teach ODU Summer Institute Norfolk, Virginia.
  • 2015: Old Dominion University Libraries Superstar Award, Old Dominion University Libraries