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Correspondence, reports, and drafts on Tennessee Tech University's and the state of Tennessee's efforts to desegregate in compliance with the Geier case.
Draft report on Tennessee Technological University's plan for desegregating the student body and employees of the university compiled in compliance with a court order in the Geier case. Includes handwritten notes by President Everett Derryberry.
Letter from John K. Folger, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, to Tennessee Tech University President Everett Derryberry regarding the court order requiring Tennessee to create a state public higher education desegregation plan and the Commission's procedural steps to create a plan. Includes handwritten notes on the front and back of the letter by President Derryberry.
Memorandum from Dr. Roy S. Nicks, Chancellor of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, to presidents of the system regarding desegregation of higher education.
Letter from the Chairman of the Tennessee State Board of Education to Tennessee Polytechnic Institute President Everett Derryberry ordering the college to admit "all qualified graduate students who make application to your institution, without regard to race" to comply with Judge Marion S. Boyd's ruling in the District Court of the United States for the Western District of Tennessee.
Minutes of the Tennessee Polytechnic Institute faculty meeting held on March 19, 1956.
Copy of the Tennessee State Board of Education's five-year gradual desegregation plan for public higher education institutions submitted as a defense of a suit against Memphis State University. The gradual desegregation plan outlines that qualified Black students can enroll at higher education institutes with graduate programs for graduate work beginning in the 1955-1956 academic year, and that white students also would be admitted for graduate work at the only public higher education institution in the state for Black students: Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University. Black undergraduate students with senior class standing could transfer to a formerly segregated institution for the 1956-1957 academic year. Black students could transfer for their junior year beginning in fall 1957 and sophomore year in fall 1958. Finally, the plan outlined that new freshmen could begin enrolling in the 1959-1960 academic year.
Digitized materials consists of a copy of the Tennessee State Board of Education's five-year gradual desegregation plan for public higher education institutions submitted as a defense of a suit against Memphis State University.
Letter from John K. Folger, Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, to Tennessee Tech University President Everett Derryberry regarding questions from the United States Justice Department on Tennessee Tech University's recruitment of minority faculty, minority student financial aid and recruiting, and programs for disadvantaged students.
Report on Tennessee Technological University's plan for desegregating the student body and employees of the university compiled in compliance with a court order in the Geier case.
Clipping from page 1 of the October 11, 1968 issue of The Oracle student newspaper on the results of a Tennessee Tech University student opinion poll. The results show that 1.3% of respondents felt that integration should receive increased federal attention.
Clipping from page 10 of the November 7, 1969 issue of The Oracle student newspaper on Tennessee Tech University's efforts to recruit Black faculty members in response to students asking why the university does not have any Black faculty.
Pages 3-5 from the Tennessee Tech University Communication/Journalism Program's biannual Eagle Eye magazine. The article discusses Corinne Johnson's experiences growing up and starting college as an African American in Chicago, Illinois, and visiting Memphis, Tennessee; what Chicago was like during the 1960s; her work in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Tennessee Tech; the racism that underrepresented students face on campus at Tech; and the current racial climate in the United States. The article includes three photographs of Johnson and one photograph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Clipping from page 2 of the January 17, 1975 issue of The Oracle student newspaper. The clipping consists of a letter to the editor about a Tennessee Tech University honor society refusing membership to a white student because she associated with Black students.
Title and wall panels for the "A History of Desegregation at Tennessee Tech University" exhibit installed on the main floor of Volpe Library at Tennessee Tech University on August 19, 2021.