Thanks Jennifer/JD for your help.

I’m following the install instructions posted at:
And I’m currently stalled at STEP 9: Deploy Web Applications

In [tomcat] conf/server.xml
<!-- Define the default virtual host
 Note:  XML Schema validation will not work with Xerces 2.2.
 <Host name="localhost"  appBase="[dspace]/webapps"

In my dspace folders see that I have two called “webapps”

/usr/local/dspace-1.7.1-release/webapps    and    /usr/local/dspace-1.7.1-release/dspace/webapps

Both of these folders are empty, changing the  appbase target in the [tomcat] /conf/server.xml file to either one gives me a blank screen  when I try an access my localhost.  

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated . . .