Meyera E. Oberndorf papers Series VII, Mayor's scrapbooks, 1988-1992

Oberndorf, Meyera E.


4 scrapbooks.
Organized chronologically. Mayor's scrapbooks 1988-1992; 1 wooden covered scrapbook, 45 x 26 cm. 1988-1990; 2 scrapbooks contained in 3 archival binders, 1990-1992.
Mayor: Scrapbooks containing photographs, newspaper clippings, letters of appreciation and programs from various civic appearances. Scrapbooks for 1992 also contain campaign literature for her 1992 campaign, clippings of newspaper articles, editorials, and editorial cartoons. Archival binder (4) chiefly contains letters of congratulation on reelection from citizens, businessmen, and local, state, and federal elected officials.
Meyera Oberndorf, 1941- was the 23rd mayor of Virginia Beach, serving from July 1, 1988-January 1, 2009. She was the first directly elected mayor in Virginia Beach, and the first female mayor. First elected to City Council in 1976, she was the first woman to hold elected office in the more than 300-year history of Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County. Mrs. Oberndorf has been active in Virginia Beach civic activities and government for many years. Prior to being elected to City Council, she served on the Virginia Beach Library Board from 1966 - June 30, 1976, and as chair 1967-1976. Since Virginia Beach has a council-manager government, Mrs. Oberndorf's job as mayor was to chair council meetings and officiate at many ceremonial and other functions. During her terms as mayor, Mrs. Oberndorf was active in national organizations for mayors. Newsweek magazine named her as one of the "25 Most Dynamic Mayors in the U.S."..
Mrs. Oberndorf was defeated by Will Sessoms in the 2008 election. On December 2008, City Council voted unanimously to rename Central Library as the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library.

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