Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) Collection
Scope and Contents
The DOVE collection contains memoirs, photographs, newspaper clippings and other periodicals, correspondence, meeting minutes, and legal papers. The collection 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. 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. Photographs, Oral Histories, and other material related to the DOVE project can be found in the Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Collections. Material related to DOVE from other Virginia institutions can be found on the DOVE website.
- Other: Date acquired: 06/09/2009
- Yaco, Sonia (1957-) (Person)
0.40 Linear Feet
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers without restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
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.
Biographical or Historical Information
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.
Note written by Heather Hammond
Language of Materials
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 collection is organized into three series: Series I: Subject Files; Series II: Material Relating to 50th Anniversary of Massive Resistance; and Series III: "School Desegregation: Learn, Preserve and Empower" Tour.
Prior to September 2020, the collection was known as DOVE: Desegregation of Virginia Education Papers.
Source of Acquisition
Emily McMullen Harris
Method of Acquisition
Gift. Accession #A2009-21 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.
The finding aid was created by Heather Hammond in June 2012.
- School integration--Law and legislation--United States--Cases
- American Association of Retired Persons. Virginia
- Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE)
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Virginia State Conference
- Race relations--History--20th century
- School integration--Massive resistance movement
- School integration--Virginia--History--20th century
- Segregation in education--Virginia--History--20th century
- Urban League of Hampton Roads
- A Guide to the Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) Collection
- Heather Hammond
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.