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Margaret White Papers, 1953-1976

By William B. Taylor, Jr.

Collection Overview

Title: Margaret White Papers, 1953-1976

ID: 00/MG 20

Creator: White, Margaret E. (1908-)

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet. More info below.


This collection is divided into three series:

Series I: 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: Lists. This series includes a list of resources for the Norfolk Bicentennial Commission which Margaret White was involved in 1976.

Series III: Printed Materials. This series is arranged into four sub series in the following manner: Subseries A -- Newspaper clippings; Sub series B -Periodicals; Sub series C -- Annual Reports; Sub series D -- Flyers- Within each subseries, the materials are arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 07/13/1977

Languages: English [eng]


Taught in the Norfolk school system off and on since 1930. Involved in struggle to reopen the public schools during the integration crisis. CBS television documentary, "The Lost Class of ’59" recorded her efforts. Correspondence and printed material, the bulk of which dates from 1959-1964, chiefly relates to the CBS documentary. Member of the Norfolk Committee for Public Schools.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Margaret White Papers is a collection which 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.

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

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 Hollinger documents case

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: Margaret E. White

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A77-53

Related Materials:

The lost class of '59 [videorecording] : a study of Virginia's massive resistance: segregation and the Norfolk Public Schools / a presentation of CBS News; CBS Television Network; edited and produced by Edward R. Murrow, Fred W. Friendly; reporter director, Arthur D. Morse.

Call #: LC2803.N6 L67 1959

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Margaret 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

Series I: Correspondence
Box 1
Folder 1: Correspondence, January, 1959
Folder 2: Correspondence, February-March, 1959
Folder 3: Correspondence, March-November, 1960
Folder 4: Correspondence, December, 1961
Folder 5: Correspondence, October 19-October 25, 1962
Folder 6: Correspondence, October 26-October 31, 1962
Folder 7: Correspondence, November-December, 1962
Folder 8: Correspondence, May 1963-February 1964
Folder 9: Correspondence, undated
Series II: Lists
Box 1
Folder 10: Norfolk Bicentennial Commission - Catalogue Resource Materials Committee
Series III: Printed Materials
Sub-Series A: Newspaper Clippings
Box 1
Folder 11: Newspaper Clippings, September 17, 1958 - October 21, 1962
Folder 12: Newspaper Clippings, undated
Sub-Series B: Periodicals
Box 1
Folder 13: Periodicals, October, 1958 - January 4, 1959
Sub-Series C: Annual Reports
Box 1
Folder 14: Norfolk Hospitality Committee for International Guests, 1952
Sub-Series D: Flyers
Box 1
Folder 15: Vote for Public Schools