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The Papers of DOVE: Desegregation of Virginia Education Project


The Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) Project was created in 2008 by Old Dominion University Libraries and includes (other librarians/archivists/historians from around Virginia). DOVE’s main aim was to identify, locate and preserve records that document Virginia’s school desegregation process.  This process allowed DOVE to create a catalog to serve as a central access point for materials held by various institutions across Virginia.  DOVE joined with AARP Virginia, Virginia Conference NAACP and Urban League of Hampton Roads to create the “School Desegregation: Learn, Preserve and Empower” project.


The DOVE Collection contains materials organized into three different series which are Subject Files, Material Gathered Relating to 50th Anniversary of the End of Massive Resistance and ‘School Desegregation: Learn, Preserve and Empower’ Tour.  The collection contains materials dated mainly from the early 1950s through the 1960s and 70s but also houses materials from the 21st Century related to the 50th Anniversary of the End of Massive Resistance. The collection also focuses on events, legal cases, media coverage, and photographs of desegregation in Virginia.  Specific regions represented in the collection are the City of Norfolk, Prince Edward County, Farmville, Charlottesville and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 
The DOVE collection contains a wide range of materials such as memoirs, photographs, newspaper clippings and other periodicals, correspondence, meeting minutes, and legal papers. These materials cover the earlier stated time span of the early 1950s through the Commemoration of Desegregation events of the 21st Century.
Of note are a number of legal opinions, decrees and orders written by Judge Walter Hoffman regarding various legal cases related to desegregation of Virginia’s schools.  The cases included are Ethel M. Norris V State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Michael Copeland V School Board of the City of Portsmouth; Leola Pearl Beckett V The School Board of the City of Norfolk, Virginia; Jerome A. Ad(t)kins V The School Board of the City of Newport News, Virginia; Barbara J. Holmes V Andrew A. Farley; Iris Jean Wilson V Andrew A. Farley et al; James W. Holley, III V The City of Portsmouth, VA; 


Series I:  Subject Files:  The Subject Files include material relating to the desegregation of Virginia’s schools. Included are the papers of Judge Walter E. Hoffman, legal papers, newspaper clippings from Norfolk, Charlottesville, Farmville photographs of the R.R. Moton High School/Museum and Barbara Johns’ memoirs. Esther Bell Coleman biography entitled “A Conspiracy Theory” which details her experiences as a student in South Boston, Virginia in the mid-1970s.     

Series II: Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the End of Massive Resistance:  This series includes materials relating to the events hosted by various groups in Norfolk, Virginia to commemorate the end of Massive Resistance and the beginning of desegregation of Virginia’s schools.  The City of Norfolk, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and various other groups organized and participated in these events during 2008 and 2009.

Sub-Series A: Administrative:  Meeting minutes, correspondence, reports and resolutions from the End of Massive Resistance Commission are included in this sub-series.

Sub-Series B: Events:  Event schedules, newspaper clippings from media coverage of events, brochures, programs, fliers and other material related to the events for the 50th Anniversary of End of Massive Resistance

Series III: “School Desegregation: Learn, Preserve and Empower” Tour:  This traveling exhibit visited six different locations in Virginia to display photographs and present documentaries on the history of Virginia’s school desegregation.  This exhibit also allowed participants the opportunity to share their stories through various means such as oral history recordings, letters, photographs, fliers, and posters.  This exhibit travelled to Melfa on the Eastern Shore, Hampton, Farmville, Alexandria and Lynchburg, Virginia and the files in each sub-series are organized by location.


Items were donated to the DOVE project from various donors and collected by DOVE project.  Content, such as oral histories, photographs and text documents were also collected from participants during DOVE “Learn, Preserve and Empower” tour. 


Open to researchers without restrictions. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.


One Hollinger size box




Series I:  Subject Files

Folder 1:  Legal Cases, 1971
Folder 2:  Farmville, 2001, 2009
Folder 3:  Norfolk, 1958, 1959, 1966, 2012
Folder 4:  Charlottesville, 2005, 2009
Folder 5:  Miscellaneous, 1971, 2012

Series II: Material Relating to 50th Anniversary of Desegregation

Sub-series A:  Administrative

Folder 6:  Meeting Minutes and Resolutions, 2008, 2009
Folder 7:  Correspondence, 2009     

Sub-series B:  Events
Folder 8:  Schedules, 2009-2012
Folder 9:  Media Coverage, 2008-2009
Folder 10:  Programs, Brochures, Fliers, 2008-09

Series III:  “School Desegregation:  Learn, Preserve and Empower” Tour

Folder 11:  Melfa, April 14, 2012
Folder 12:  Hampton, April 28, 2012
Folder 13:  Farmville, May 5, 2012
Folder 14:  Richmond, May 12, 2012
Folder 15:  Alexandria, May 19, 2012
Folder 16:  Lynchburg, June 2, 2012
Folder 17:  Other, 2012


Revised: 12/13/2012