Other Collections

School desegregation was a nationwide event. Archives across the United States and in particular the South have also digitized and made publicly available primary source materials documenting school desegregation in their area. Listed below are some highlighted projects about school desegregation. 

The Berkeley Revolution: Berkeley Public Schools:

The Berkeley Revolution is a digital project that documents the immense change that took place in the 1960s and 1970s, one of which was school desegregation in Berkeley. The site hosts a collection of primary sources related to Berkeley school desegregation and the following events as well as provides a narrative of what occurred.

An Imperfect Revolution: Voices from the Desegregation Era

American RadioWorks captured the reflections of individuals in Louisville, KY and Charlotte, NC about school desegregation and their own experiences. These reflections are available to listen to and read the transcript of.

School Desegregation in Norfolk Virginia

Old Dominion University digitized their collection of primary source materials regarding the resistance to the Brown v. Board of Education ruling in Virginia in 1954. Records from lawsuits and Norfolk School Board and Committee on Public Schools comprise this collection on school desegregation.

University of Michigan’s Library Brown v. Board of Education Digital Archive

The Brown v. Board of Education Digital Archive is a collection unifying many primary sources that document the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Documents include court cases, oral histories, images, and statistics.

DOVE Collection: Desegregation of Virginia Education

The DOVE (Desegregation of Virginia Education) Collection collects and preserves materials that document school desegregation in Virginia between the 1940s and 1980s. The collection also includes oral histories and traveling exhibits.  

Joseph A. De Laine Papers ca. 1918 - 2000

The Joseph A. De Laine Papers from the University of South Carolina Libraries is a collection of papers that cover Joseph Armstrong De Laine and his career of pursuing equal rights for African American children in schools in Clarendon County. Much of the papers are comprised of essays and speeches authored by De Laine.

Project DAPS (Desegregation of Arlington Public Schools)

“Project DAPS” is a collection of primary source materials both curated in a exhibits and searchable in a database that documents the surrounding effects of the arrival of four African American students to Stratford Junior High School marking the first effort of school desegregation in Virginia. Material comes from the Arlington public Library’s Community Archives.

Tearing Down the Wall: Desegregation at East Carolina University

Joyner Library at East Carolina University created a rich timeline beginning in 1954 to document desegregation in the South and at East Carolina University. The timeline includes many primary sources.