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Forrest R. "Hap" White Papers, 1974-1991 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Mel Frizzell

Collection Overview

Title: Forrest R. "Hap" White Papers, 1974-1991

ID: 00/MG 96

Primary Creator: White, Forest R. (1947-)

Extent: 0.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Audiocassettes are arranged as best as possible into chronological order.  Due to some of the cassettes being undated or with multiple interviewees on multiple dates, exact chronological or alphabetical order was not possible.

Date Acquired: 09/11/2007

Subjects: African Americans--Education--Virginia--Norfolk, Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century, Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century, Norfolk School Board (Norfolk, Va.), Public schools--Virginia--Norfolk, School integration--Massive resistance movement, School integration--Virginia--Norfolk--History--20th century, Segregation in education--Virginia--Norfolk

Languages: English


Former Budget Director for the Norfolk Public Schools. Fourteen untranscribed cassette tapes contain interviews White conducted with politicians, journalists, police and other city officials from 1975-1991 as background for his ODU doctoral dissertation, School Desegregation and Urban Renewal and the 1992 book Pride and Prejudice: School Desegregation and Urban Renewal in Norfolk, 1950-1959.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists entirely of 14 audiocassettes of oral histories recorded over several decades that White used for his doctoral dissertation and later book: Pride and Prejudice: School Desegregation and Urban Renewal in Norfolk, 1950-1959.  Interviews include politicians, judges, reporters, and business leaders who were involved in Norfolk school desegregation. Audio quality of some of the interviews is extremely poor and not all interviews contain the complete audio of the interview. Those interviews that were audible have been transcribed and are awaiting review before being added to the Library’s Oral History web page.

Collection Historical Note

Forrest R. “Hap” White was born in 1947 and is the son of Dr. Forrest P. White and Edith White. The White family was involved with the Norfolk Committee for Public Schools, a group that was strongly opposed to Virginia’s Massive Resistance laws. Hap received his Master of Public Administration from ODU in 1987 and his PhD in Urban Services from ODU in 1991. He was the Director of Budget for Norfolk Public Schools.  He also co-edited A Multidisciplinary Approach to Land-Use Planning in Virginia Beach (1972). His doctoral thesis School Desegregation and Urban Renewal and a later book: Pride and Prejudice: School Desegregation and Urban Renewal in Norfolk, 1950-1959 are based on his research which involve the oral histories in this collection.

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans--Education--Virginia--Norfolk
Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century
Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century
Norfolk School Board (Norfolk, Va.)
Public schools--Virginia--Norfolk
School integration--Massive resistance movement
School integration--Virginia--Norfolk--History--20th century
Segregation in education--Virginia--Norfolk

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: One multimedia box.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

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 Source: Forrest R. White

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A2007-10

Related Materials:

Dr. Forrest P. White Papers (MG 96)

Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Edith White

Related Publications:

Both his dissertation and book are available in the ODU Library’s Special Collections and the General Collections:

School Desegregation and Urban Renewal (doctoral thesis)

Call #: LD4331.U54W39

Pride and prejudice : school desegregation and urban renewal in Norfolk, 1950-1959

Call #: HT177.N66W45 1992

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Forrest R. "Hap" White Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],

Box 1
Item 1: Henry Howell [severe sound distortion], June 18 and June 25, 1974
Item 2: Henry Howell (continued) [severe sound distortion], June 25, 1974
Item 3: Pretlow Darden [severe sound distortion], August 13, 1975
Item 4: L. Cameron Gregory, July 20, 1979
Item 5: L. Cameron Gregory (continued), July 20, 1979
Item 6: Staylor [tape is damaged], July 25, 1979
Item 7: Robert H. Mason [tape is damaged], July 27, 1979
Item 8: Luther Carter and Gordon D. Monola [Monola interview only contains introduction], January 12, 1991 and February 8, 1991
Item 9: Frank Pace [some audio distortion], January 24, 1991
Item 10: Wylie Wood and Frank Crenshaw [Crenshaw interview contains some sound distortion], February 7, 1991
Item 11: Roy B. Martin, Jr., February 18, 1991
Item 12: Judge Walter Hoffman, March 8, 1991
Item 13: Charles Kaufman, undated
Item 14: Harold Sugg and Robert H. Mason [while listed on the cassette, the Mason interview is not on this cassette]

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