Norfolk Public Schools Desegregation Papers, 1922-2008
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Brief Description:

This collection primarily contains material related to the integration of the Norfolk public schools. The papers include correspondence, court cases, school board resolutions, inter-district memorandum, press releases, reports, news clippings and district maps. Subjects covered are the 1958 school closing to prevent integration, integration progress in the 1960s, busing to achieve integration in the 1970s and the end of busing in the mid-1980s. Among the most important historical materials is correspondence between Governor Lindsay Almond and the School Administration, beginning with the letter ordering the closing of six Norfolk schools as mandated by the "Massive Resistance" law. While most of the collection deals with desegregation, it also includes school directories and calendars before and after desegregation.

Portions of the Norfolk Public Schools Desegregation Papers have been digitized and are available in the Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Collections.

Held at:
Special Collections and University Archives
Email: pbruce [at]
Record Series Number: 00/MG 92
Created by: Norfolk Public Schools (Norfolk, Va.)
Volume: 18.4 Linear Feet
Acquired: 12/14/2007.
Arrangement: The content is arranged chronologically. As such, it is possible that certain topics and materials regarding specific parties may cross series.
Access Restrictions: To access this collection, researchers must first sign a non-disclosure statement in order to protect confidential information.
Subject Index
African Americans--Civil rights
African Americans--Education--Virginia--Norfolk
African Americans--Segregation
Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka
Busing for school integration--Virginia--Norfolk
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century
Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century
Public schools--Virginia--Norfolk
Race relations--History--20th century
School closings--Virginia--Norfolk
School integration--Massive resistance movement
School integration--Virginia--Norfolk--History--20th century
Segregation in education--Virginia--Norfolk
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.
Acquisition Notes: Norfolk, Virginia, Public Schools  Gift. Accession #A2007-006
PreferredCitation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Norfolk Public Schools Desegregation Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.