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Archie L. Boswell Papers, 1958-1961

By Special Collections and University Archives Staff

Collection Overview

Title: Archie L. Boswell Papers, 1958-1961

ID: 00/MG 59

Creator: Boswell, Archie L.

Extent: 0.83 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is organized into two series describing the court cases: Series I: James vs. Duckworth; Series II: James vs. Almond.

Date Acquired: 08/07/1990

Languages: English [eng]


Norfolk attorney. Represented the plaintiffs in the two cases initiated to reopen the Norfolk public schools closed to avoid integration, James v. Duckworth and James v. Almond. Includes correspondence, legal materials, notes, and background material.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Norfolk attorney Archie L. Boswell acted as attorney for the defendants in the cases of James vs. Duckworth and James vs. Almond, the two cases to reopen the Norfolk schools closed to avoid integration as part of Virginia's Massive Resistance. This collection consists of his papers relating to those two cases, and includes various legal materials, correspondence, notes, background research, and other items.

Portions of the Archie L. Boswell Papers have been digitized and are available in the School Desegregation in Norfolk, Virginia collection of the Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Collections.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 Hollinger document cases

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: Archie L. Broswell

Acquisition Method: Gift.

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

Box and Folder Listing

Series I: James VS. Duckworth
Box 1
Folder 1: Correspondence, January 1959-June 1959
Folder 2: Correspondence, July 1959 - October 1959
Folder 3: Correspondence, November 1959 - August 1961
Folder 4: Court Papers
Folder 5: Brief for Appellants
Folder 6: Reply and Appendix to Brief
Folder 7: Appeal
Folder 8: Petition for a Writ of Certiorari
Folder 9: Financial
Folder 10: Newspaper Clippings
Folder 11: Notes
Folder 12: Norfolk City Council
Folder 13: Miscellaneous
Series II: James VS. Almond
Box 2
Folder 1: Correspondence, October 1958-December 1958
Folder 2: Correspondence, January 1959-June 1960
Folder 3: Court Papers, I
Folder 4: Court Papers, II
Folder 5: Trial Proceedings
Folder 6: Plaintiff's Trial Memorandum
Folder 7: Brief on Behalf of Defendants
Folder 8: Brief on Behalf of Petitioner, Harrison vs. Day
Folder 9: Background Information
Folder 10: Norfolk City Ordinances
Folder 11: Notes, Lists
Folder 12: Printed Materials
Folder 13: Duplicate Material