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Southern Regional Council Appalachian Desegregation Survey Records

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Southern Regional Council Project on Desegregation in Appalachia



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Southern Regional Council Appalachian Desegregation Survey Records, 1953-1954 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Collection Overview

Title: Southern Regional Council Appalachian Desegregation Survey Records, 1953-1954Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Menefee, Robert.

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet

Subjects: Appalachian Region -- Race relations., School integration -- Appalachian Region, Southern -- History., Southern Regional Council., Southern States -- Race relations.

Languages: English

Abstract

In 1954 the Southern Regional Council (SRC) contacted Berea College professor of sociology Roscoe Giffin proposing that he survey attitudes in southern Appalachia about the U. S. Supreme Court's recent desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.  Giffin declined; however, he recommended a Berea colleague in the Economics and Business department, Robert Menefee for the work.  Giffin's recommendation was accepted, and Menefee was invited to work for the SRC for two months (between July 12 and September 12, 1954).

Travelling in the mountain regions of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, Menefee interviewed a total of 218 people in 29 Appalachian counties about public school desegregation.  Menefee submitted his report in October, 1954.  The report was immediately accepted and comprised the October 1954 (Vol. 9, No. 10) issue of the SCR’s New South entitled "The Supreme Court Decision and the Appalachian South."

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection is comprised of correspondence, notes, and reports relating to a 1954 attitudes survey conducted by Berea College economics professor Robert G. Menefee, in which he explored the impact of the Supreme Court's Brown decision outlawing racial segregation in the nation's schools.

Subject/Index Terms

Appalachian Region -- Race relations.
School integration -- Appalachian Region, Southern -- History.
Southern Regional Council.
Southern States -- Race relations.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no known restrictions other than federal copyright regulations. Please cite information.

Acquisition Source: The collection was given to Berea College by Dr. Robert Menefee.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], Southern Regional Council Project on Desegregation Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The finding aid was updated in November 2015.

Other Note: Collection Number: BCA 0055 SAA 055


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Series 1: Southern Regional Council Project on Desegregation in AppalachiaAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: General Correspondence, July-August 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, May-December 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Lists of Contact PersonsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Lists of Places Visited and ItineraryAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: MapsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: New South Article Draft and published versionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Personal Notes and ImpressionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Publications, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Statistics and County InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Vastine Report, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Weekly Reports, July 10-September 8, 1954Add to your cart.


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