Norcomium, High School Yearbook of I. C. Norcom High School; 1926
African American Historical Society of Portsmouth

Portsmouth, Virginia – Coastal-Hampton Roads Region
Media Relations Contact and Title: Lavoris Pace, Deputy City Manager / 757-487-9431 / 

The Norcomium is the first yearbook printed for I. C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth’s first high

school for African-Americans. Several prominent early black educators appear in the album’s photographs, including William Weaver who went on to become an early principal of Norfolk County High School. The yearbook is fragile and in dire need of conservation and rebinding. 

Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts is a program of the Virginia Association of Museums. Over the past seven years, VAM has successfully promoted awareness of collections care and the efforts of museums, libraries, archives, and historic sites across the Commonwealth of Virginia and District of Columbia to care for their cultural and historical treasures, which is an expensive and time-consuming effort. In fact, over a 150 organizations have benefited from participating and the spotlight that the program has provided has generated extensive publicity, new supporters and volunteers, and access to funding to conserve and preserve their artifacts.


Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts is a project of the Virginia Association of Museums and was originally funded through an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant. Due to its success, the program has been replicated in other states and recognized as one of the most successful outcomes of the Connecting to Collections grant program.