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THE PAPERS OF MARGARET WHITE
Margaret E. White was born in Norfolk, Virginia on February 22, 1908. She graduated from Hollins College in 1930 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. After graduation, Miss White was employed by the Norfolk School System, teaching history at Blair Junior High from 1930 to 1934. After leaving that position for the commercial world for a couple of years, Miss White resumed her position at Blair Junior High School from 1936 to 1945.
From 1945 through 1946, Miss White became Program Director of the American Red Cross in South Korea, where she supervised the recreational activities for the United States Army. In 1947, she returned to a career in education at Alice Deal Junior High School in Washington, D.C., teaching science and math. After only one year in Washington, Miss White returned to Norfolk in 1948. She again was employed by the Norfolk School System, teaching history at Granby High School from 1948-1965. It was during this period that Miss White became involved in the struggle to reopen the public schools of Norfolk, during the integration crisis of 1958-1960.
Miss White's efforts to reopen the schools in Norfolk, were recorded on a CBS television documentary, "The Lost Class of '59." There is substantial evidence in her papers of the support of many people throughout the nation in her valiant struggle to maintain educational standards for all students of all races.
In 1965, Miss White became Director of Public Relations for "Operation Headstart" while working for the Southeast Tidewater Opportunity Program. This was a federally funded program to assist in the education and employment of the poor minorities of the United States. In 1971, she worked for the Goodwill Industries. During 1976, Miss White worked with the Norfolk Bicentennial Committee.
Margaret White is now living in a retirement home for Senior Citizens in Richmond, Virginia. Miss White's philosophy in regard to public education and her humanitarian activities can be summarized by her own comments:
Margaret E. White, "We hope that every Teacher may Teach," Virginian Pilot, Sec. 1., September 17, 1958, p.12.
SCOPE AND CONTENTS
The Margaret White papers date from 1953 to 1976 and includes correspondence, lists, and printed materials. The bulk of the collection dates from 1959-1964 relating directly to a television documentary produced by CBS. The program, "The Lost Class of '59," deals with the problem of integration and the closing of public schools in Norfolk, Virginia.
Series I consists of correspondence. Correspondence constitutes the majority of the materials in the Margaret White collection. Correspondence is arranged in chronological order by month and year. Letters, telegrams, and post cards are included in this series.
Series II is a list of resources for the Norfolk Bicentennial Commission that Margaret White was involved in 1976.
Series III is printed material which is arranged into subseries in the following manner: Subseries A -- Newspaper clippings; Subseries B -Periodicals; Subseries C -- Annual Reports; Subseries D -- Flyers- Within each subseries, the materials are arranged chronologically.
Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on copyright should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.
One Hollinger Documents Case
MG - 20
Series I - CORRESPONDENCE
Folder 1 January, 1959
Series II - LISTS
Folder 10 Norfolk Bicentennial Commission - Catalogue Resource Materials Committee
Series III - PRINTED MATERIALS: Subseries A-D
Subseries A: NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS
Folder 11 September 17, 1958 - October 21, 1962
Subseries B: PERIODICALS
Folder 13 October, 1958 - January 4, 1959
Subseries C: ANNUAL REPORTS
Folder 14 Norfolk Hospitality Committee for 1952 International Guests
Subseries D: FLYERS
Folder 15 "Vote for Public Schools"