approximately 290 items ; in archival 3-ring binder.
Matchbook covers distributed by hotels, restaurants and other area businesses in Virginia (chiefly Norfolk and Virginia Beach) as a means of advertising their products and services. Also, matchbook covers from various military bases in the Hampton Roads area from at least 1940. Matches removed.
In addition to the art work portrayed on matchbook covers, in many cases, these covers are one of the few items to document a business' existence. The establishment might have opened and closed before it was listed in a telephone book or a city directory. Without the matchbook covers these business may be forgotten.