Massive Resistance Collection
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of copies of regional and national newspaper clippings covering the “Massive Resistance” movement and public reaction to the desegregation and subsequent closing of some of Norfolk’s public schools. Also discussed are state and local politicians such as Governor Lindsay Almond, Jr., who ordered the closing the Norfolk schools that enrolled African American students, and Mayor William Fred Duckworth, who opposed the desegregation of the public schools. Some of the clippings discuss the fate of those students whose graduation was put in jeopardy by the school closing, known as "The Lost Class of '59."
- circa 1954-1960
- Yaco, Sonia (1957-) (Person)
0.80 Linear Feet
Conditions Governing Access
The 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.
Language of Materials
Source of Acquisition
The finding aid was created by Sonia Yaco, Special Collections Librarian, in 2013.
- African Americans--Education--Virginia--Norfolk
- Norfolk (Va.)--History--20th century
- Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century
- School closings--Virginia--Norfolk
- School integration--Massive resistance movement
- School integration--Virginia--Norfolk--History--20th century
- Segregation in education--Virginia--Norfolk
- Virginia--Politics and government
- A Guide to the Massive Resistance Collection
- Sonia Yaco, Special Collections Librarian
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.