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The Special Collections is located on the east side of the Library at the front of the 3rd floor.

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Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry Library
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0256
telephone (757) 683-5350
fax (757) 683-5954




Dr. Forrest P. White was born in Norfolk in 1920. He graduated from Randolph-Macon College and the Medical College of Virginia. He served his internship in the United States Navy (1945-1946) and then served in the Medical Corps of the United States Naval Reserve (1946-1947). He served his residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals from 1948 to 1950 and became a practicing pediatrician in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. White was active in local politics in Norfolk and played a central role in the formation and running of the Norfolk Committee for Public Schools, an organization which opposed the closing of that city's public schools during the desegregation crisis of the late 1950's and early 1960's. He died on March 26, 1995 at his home in Norfolk


The papers of Dr. White date from 1952 to 1963, the bulk of which primarily concerns the desegregation of Norfolk, Virginia's public schools. There is some material on the Gray Commission Report (1955-1956), much more on the Norfolk Committee for Public Schools, an organization in which Dr. White was active from 1958 to 1963. The latter material includes correspondence, publicity releases, financial records, and newspaper clippings. There are small amounts of material on the 1952 Byrd-Miller Democratic Senatorial primary and on the 1961 Citizens for Democratic Government campaign in Norfolk's Democratic primary.


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


Two hollinger documents cases


MG - 5


Box 1 Virginia Politics; School Desegregation; Norfolk Committee for Public Schools

Folder 1 Virginia Politics: Democratic Senatorial Contest; General Election 1952
Folder 2 School Desegregation: Gray Commission Report - Miscellaneous Material, 1955-1956
Folder 3 School Desegregation: Gray Commission Report, Newsclippings 1955-1956

Folders 4-15 Norfolk Committee for Public Schools

Folder 4 General Correspondence 1958-1962
Folder 5 Official Communications 1958-1963
Folder 6 Financial Records: Correspondence re. Finances 1958-1963
Folder 7 Financial Records: Invoices; Miscellaneous Bills; Bank Account Records 1958-1960
Folder 8 Financial Records: People Contacted for Contributions; Records re. Contributions 1958-1960
Folder 9 Checks, Deposit Slips
Folder 10 Membership Cards
Folder 11 Essays re. Massive Resistance in Norfolk and Prince Edward County, Virginia
Folder 12 "Organizing to Save Public Schools" - Virginia Committee for Public Schools
Folder 13 Miscellaneous Material 1958-1961
Folder 14 Perrow Report to Governor of Virginia 1959
Folder 15 Involvement in Barfield, Shepheard Races for City Council 1960

Box 2 Norfolk Committee for Public Schools; Miscellaneous

Folder 1-11 Norfolk Committee for Public Schools

Folder 1 Miscellaneous Newsclippings, pre-1958
Folder 2 Newsclippings re. School Crisis, 1958
Folder 3 Newsclippings re. School Crisis, 1958
Folder 4 Newsclippings re. Massive Resistance and Norfolk School Closings, 1958
Folder 5 Newsclippings re. School Crisis, 1959
Folder 6 Misc. Newsclippings re. School Crisis, 1959
Folder 7 Newsclippings re. Norfolk Schools Reopened
Folder 8 Newsclippings re. Massive Resistance, Norfolk School Closings, Gov. J. Lindsay Almond, 1958-1964
Folder 9 Letters to the Editor re. Norfolk School Closings, 1958-1959
Folder 10 Letters to the Editor, Statements, 1958-1959
Folder 11 Paid Advertisements, 1958-1959

Folder 12-15 Miscellaneous

Folder 12 Virginia Committee for Public Schools: Official Communications 1959-1960
Folder 13 Citizens for Democratic Government (Norfolk): Miscellaneous Material, 1961
Folder 14 Look, "The South vs. The Supreme Court," 3 April 1956
Folder 15 Mrs. Edith White - Correspondence - Governor Thomas B. Stanley, Nov. 1956

Revised: 7/11/08