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Allan G. Donn Papers, 1961-1970 | Special Collections and University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Allan G. Donn Papers, 1961-1970

Collection Identifier: MG 106

ID: 00/MG 106

Primary Creator: Donn, Allan G. (1939-)

Extent: 0.4 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection, dated 1961-1970, is organized chronologically.

Date Acquired: 06/01/2009

Subjects: Cocheyse J. Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, Donn, Allan G., Lawyers--Virginia--Norfolk, School integration--Law and legislation--United States--Cases, School integration--Massive resistance movement, School integration--Virginia--Norfolk--History--20th century, School integration--Virginia--Prince Edward County--History--20th century, Swan v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, United States. Court of Appeals (4th Circuit), United States. Supreme Court, Virginia. Supreme Court of Appeals

Languages: English

Abstract

Contains court documents and a research paper related to school desegregation in Prince Edward County, Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia and North Carolina. The court documents relate to Cocheyse J. Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County and Swan v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains court documents and a research paper related to school desegregation in Prince Edward County, Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia and North Carolina. The first four folders relate to Prince Edward County, Virginia. The last folder contains court documents for a case filed in North Carolina - Swan v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg. It includes an amicus curiae brief filed by the Virginia Attorney General that discusses school desegregation in Norfolk and Richmond Virginia.

Collection Historical Note

Allan Gerald Donn was born in 1939 in Norfolk to Milton Donn and Freda Fleder. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1964, he received a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Harvard University Law School and became engaged to Susan L. Berman who he later married. A year later Donn was admitted to the Virginia State Bar. In 1967, he received a Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation from Georgetown Law Center. As of 2010, Donn is a member of Willcox and Savage, specializing in partnerships, limited liability companies, taxation and estate planning.

While a student at Harvard, Donn was present when the United States Supreme Court heard the school desegregation case, Cocheyse J. Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County. In this pivotal case, the court ruled that closing public schools to avoid desegregation was unconstitutional and ordered that they be reopened. Later, as a member of Norfolk legal firm of Willcox, Savage, Lawrence, Dickson & Spindle, Donn represented the School Board of City of Norfolk in desegregation cases in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Subject/Index Terms

Cocheyse J. Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County
Donn, Allan G.
Lawyers--Virginia--Norfolk
School integration--Law and legislation--United States--Cases
School integration--Massive resistance movement
School integration--Virginia--Norfolk--History--20th century
School integration--Virginia--Prince Edward County--History--20th century
Swan v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
United States. Court of Appeals (4th Circuit)
United States. Supreme Court
Virginia. Supreme Court of Appeals

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 Hollinger document 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: Allan G. Donn

Acquisition Method:

Gift as part of the Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) project.

Accession #A2009-20

Related Materials: For more information please see http://www.lib.odu.edu/specialcollections/dove/.

Related Publications:

The Defense of an Unconscionable Experimentation with Ignorance : The Legal Battle over Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia, 1959-1964

https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/45410

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


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1
Folder 1: Cocheyse J. Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, 1961, 1963
Folder 2: Cocheyse J. Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1962
Folder 3: Cocheyse J. Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, United States Supreme Court, 1963-1964
Folder 4: “The Prince Edward County School Closing Case,” Allan G. Donn, 1964
Folder 5: Swan v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, United States Supreme Court, 1970

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