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Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0256
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The Papers of Allan G. Donn



Allan Gerald Donn was born in 1939 in Norfolk to Milton Donn and Freda Fleder. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1964, he received a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Harvard University Law School and became engaged to Susan L. Berman who he later married. A year later Donn was admitted to the Virginia State Bar. In 1967, he received a Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation from Georgetown Law Center. As of 2010, Donn is a member of Willcox and Savage, specializing in partnerships, limited liability companies, taxation and estate planning.

While a student at Harvard, Donn was present when the United States Supreme Court heard the school desegregation case, Cocheyse J. Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County. In this pivotal case, the court ruled that closing public schools to avoid desegregation was unconstitutional and ordered that they be reopened. Later, as a member of Norfolk legal firm of Willcox, Savage, Lawrence, Dickson & Spindle, Donn represented the School Board of City of Norfolk in desegregation cases in the late 1960s and 1970s.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains court documents and a research paper related to school desegregation in Prince Edward County, Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia and North Carolina. The first four folders relate to Prince Edward County, Virginia. The last folder contains court documents for a case filed in North Carolina - Swan v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg. It includes an amicus curiae brief filed by the Virginia Attorney General that discusses school desegregation in Norfolk and Richmond Virginia.

The collection, dated 1961 - 1970, is organized chronologically.



Gift of Allan G. Donn, 2009, as part of the Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) project. http://www.lib.odu.edu/specialcollections/dove/


Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


One Hollinger document case

Collection Number

MG 106

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], The Papers of Allan G. Donn,  Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Container Listing

Folder 1. Cocheyse J. Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, 1961, 1963
Folder 2. Cocheyse J. Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1962
Folder 3. Cocheyse J. Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, United States Supreme Court, 1963-1964
Folder 4. “The Prince Edward County School Closing Case,” Allan G. Donn, 1964
Folder 5. Swan v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, United States Supreme Court, 1970


Revised 3/16/10