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Forrest P. White Papers, 1952-1963 | Special Collections and University Archives

By James F. Walsh

Collection Overview

Title: Forrest P. White Papers, 1952-1963

ID: 00/MG 5

Primary Creator: White, Forrest P. (1920-1995)

Extent: 0.83 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 04/15/1976. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: African Americans--Education--Virginia--Norfolk, Gray Commission (Va.), Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century, Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century, Norfolk Committee for Public Schools (Va.), Norfolk School Board (Norfolk, Va.), Physicians--Virginia--Norfolk, Public schools--Virginia--Norfolk, School integration--Massive resistance movement, School integration--Virginia--Norfolk--History--20th century, Segregation in education--Virginia--Norfolk, White, Forrest P., 1920-1995.

Languages: English

Abstract

Pediatrician in Norfolk. Played central role in formation of Norfolk Committee for Public Schools, which opposed the closing of the city’s public schools during the desegregation crisis. Bulk of the material concerns the desegregation of Norfolk’s public schools.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of the material 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.

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

Collection Historical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans--Education--Virginia--Norfolk
Gray Commission (Va.)
Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century
Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century
Norfolk Committee for Public Schools (Va.)
Norfolk School Board (Norfolk, Va.)
Physicians--Virginia--Norfolk
Public schools--Virginia--Norfolk
School integration--Massive resistance movement
School integration--Virginia--Norfolk--History--20th century
Segregation in education--Virginia--Norfolk
White, Forrest P., 1920-1995.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Accruals: Second accession: 1/23/1980

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: Dr. Forrest P. White

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A76-12

Related Materials: Oral Histories in the Perry Library: Edith White

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Dr. Forrest P. 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 Series:

[Series I: General],
[Series II: Norfolk Committtee for Public Schools],
[All]

Series II: Norfolk Committtee for Public Schools
Box 1
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, undated
Folder 10: Membership Cards, undated
Folder 11: Essays re. Massive Resistance in Norfolk and Prince Edward County, Virginia, undated
Folder 12: "Organizing to Save Public Schools" - Virginia Committee for Public Schools, undated
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
Folder 1: Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings, Pre-1958
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings re. School Crisis, 1958
Folder 3: Newspaper Clippings re. School Crisis, 1958
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings re. Massive Resistance and Norfolk School Closings, 1958
Folder 5: Newspaper Clippings re. School Crisis, 1959
Folder 6: Misc. Newspaper Clipings re. School Crisis, 1959
Folder 7: Newspaper Clippings re. Norfolk Schools Reopened, undated
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings 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: 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

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