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William Tate UGA desegregation files

William Tate UGA desegregation files

Descriptive Summary

Title: William Tate UGA desegregation files
Creator: Tate, William, 1903-1980
Inclusive Dates: 1961-1963
Bulk Dates: 1961
Language(s): English
Extent: 2 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Collection Number: UA00-016
Repository: University of Georgia Archives

Collection Description

Historical Note

William Tate (1903-1980) was the Dean of Men, University of Georgia, 1946 to 1971. In 1981, the University of Georgia Tate Student Center was named in his honor. Tate attended Fairmount High School and the Georgia Military Academy. He then entered the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor's degree in 1924 and a Master's in 1927. He went on to do graduate work at Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago.

From 1924 to 1929 he was an instructor in English and Debate Coach at the University of Georgia. From 1929 to 1936 he was Head of the English Department and Track Coach at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1932 William Tate married Susan Frances Barrow, a granddaughter of University Chancellor David Barrow. They had two sons, Ben and Jeff.

In 1936 Tate returned to the University of Georgia as Dean of Freshmen and Assistant Professor of English. He then went on to become Dean of Students, Assistant to the President, and in 1946 became Dean of Men, a position he held for twenty-five years. He is widely known for his role in overseeing students during UGA's desegregation by the first two African American students, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, in 1961.

Scope and Content

The materials in this collection document events surrounding the desegregation of the University of Georgia in January 1961. The clippings, legislative reports, petitions, and correspondence that comprise the collection serve as both a record of the steps involved in desegregating the University and the span of public opinion--both local and nationwide--on the events at the time. Dean Tate's role in overseeing and responding to student conduct in the aftermath of desegregation is a major topic of the collection.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Some materials in this collection are closed to the public due to FERPA restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Willilam Tate UGA desegregation files, UA00-016, University Archives, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

African Americans -- Education (Higher) -- Georgia.
College integration -- Georgia
Georgia -- Race relations.
Georgia laws.
Holmes, Hamilton, 1941-
Hunter-Gault, Charlayne
School integration -- Georgia.
University of Georgia
University of Georgia. Office of the Registrar
University of Georgia. Records and correspondence

Related Collections in this Repository

This particular collection was formerly part of the William Tate papers UA97-085.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Desegregation Crisis Miscellaneous Notes, Etc, 1961 January Access Online
Includes notes, corrspondence with Earl T. Leonard (Red & Black), Student Housing, UGA President statement
12Desegregation Crisis Student Petitions, Meetings, Notices, Etc, 1961 January Access Online
Includes thank you from Hamilton Holmes, Athens Ministerial Association, University Pastor's Report, Ministry of Campus Christian Life, Proclamation Of Students For Passive Resistance, HOPE Correspondence, Faculty Resolution, Students For Public Education Action Flyer, Alumni Association, And School Crisis Athens League Of Women Voters Pamphlet.
13Desegregation Crisis Fraternity Material, 1961 January Access Online
Annotated Copy Of The Map Used For "Faculty Night Patrol" and Fraternity Correspondence.
14Desegregation Crisis Reports To Legislative Committee To Dean Williams, 1961 January
Includes Correspondence With Dean Williams And Police Chief E. E. Hardy Along With Reports Of Disciplinary Actions And Police Escort Schedules. [REMOVED DUE TO FERPA RESTRICTIONS]
15Desegregation Crisis Report By Legislative Committee, 1961 January Access Online
Includes "Statements And Responses Of Dr. Harmon W. Caldwell...To Questions Propounded By Members Of The Special Committee..."
16Holmes, Hamilton, 1961 January Access Online
Includes Correspondence, Newspaper Articles And Transcript. Includes Correspondence From Dean Williams Informing Holmes That He Is Being Withdrawn From School And From Dean Tate About Physical Education Credits
17Desegregation Crisis Propaganda Material, 1961 January Access Online
Anti-Communism and states rights propoganda from Keep America Committee, Common Sense and American Birthright Committee; Investigation of Public School Conditions report,
18Resolutions, Editorials, Radio Info Desegregation Crisis from WDWD, WGAU, WRFC, 1961 January Access Online
Includes flyers, memo from Alumni Society, faculty resolution, resolution of Athens Rotary Club, resolution Georia Business Community, staff meeting, Tate Memorandum And U.S. Government Document On Public Schools In Washington D.C.
19Miscellaneous Clippings And Notes, 1961 January Access Online
Correspondence And Newspaper Articles/Cartoons 1961.
110Misc. Letters And Clippings, 1961 Access Online
Correspondence, Flyers, Newspaper Articles, Flyers And Pamphlets 1961-1964. Includes Memorandum Issued To Students By Dean Williams January 14, 1961 And Manuscript "Origin Of The University Of Georgia Faculty Resolutions Of January 12, 1961.
111-12Original Newspaper Clippings, 1961
2a1Letters-A , 1961 Access Online
2a2Letters-B, 1961 Access Online
2a3Letters-C, 1961 Access Online
2a4Letters-D, 1961 Access Online
2a5Letters-E, 1961 Access Online
Includes Correspondence From Dr. Austin S. Edwards And Homer C. Eberhardt Who Draws Parallels Between Current Situation And What Occurred When Women Were First Admitted To UGA.
2a6Letters-F, 1961 Access Online
2a7Letters-G, 1961 Access Online
2a8Letters-H, 1961 Access Online
2a9Letters-I, 1961 Access Online
2a10Letters-J, 1961 Access Online
2a11Letters-K, 1961 Access Online
2a12Letters-L, 1961 Access Online
2a13Letters-M, 1961 Access Online
Includes Correspondence From Morehouse College President Benjamin E. Mays And Transcript Of Dick Mendenhall Radio Editorial.
2a14Letters-N, 1961 Access Online
2a15Letters-O, 1961 Access Online
2a16Letters-P, 1961 Access Online
2a17Letters-R, 1961 Access Online
2a18Letters-S, 1961 Access Online
Includes Correspondence From Carl E. Sanders And "Western Union Telegram" From Author Lillian Smith.
2a19Letters-T, 1961 Access Online
2a20Letters-V, 1961 Access Online
2b1Letters-W, 1961 Access Online
2b2Letters-X, Y, Z, 1961 Access Online
2b3Letters Of Criticism , 1961 January Access Online
2b4Letters of Criticism, 1961 Access Online
2b5"Crack Pot" Mail, January 1961 Access Online
Correspondence, Postcards And Pamphlets.
2b6Original Newspaper Clippings, 1961
3a1 The Afro American , 1961 January 8
3a2-5 Anderson Independent , 1961 January 12-23
3a6The Ann Arbor News Michigan, 1961 January 12
3a7-11 Athens Banner Herald , 1961 January
3a12Atlanta Constitution Bootle's Decision-Desegregation 1/7/1961., January 7, 1961
3a13-15 Atlanta Constitution , 1961 January 11-14
3a16-17 Atlanta Journal , 1961 January 11-12
3a18 Atlanta Constitution , 1961 January 18
3a19-22 Atlanta Journal , 1961 January-February
3a23Atlanta Journal -U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy's Talk In Athens On Law Day Re: Civil Rights., 1961 May 6
3a24 Atlanta Journal and Constitution , 1961 January 15
3a25Integration Crisis-The Augusta Chronicle , 1961 January-February
3a26The Baltimore Sun, 1961 January 13
3a27Integration Crisis-January 1961 Red And Black Issues During This Time. [See Originals in 3b.], 1961 January-March
Includes Letter From Dean Tate To Terry Hazelwood Regarding A Red And Black Editoral.
3a28Bay City Times / Daily Tribune News, 1961 January
3a29 Columbus Dispatch , 1961 January 12
3a30The Flint Journal Michigan, 1961January 11
3a31Kalamazoo Gazette Michigan, 1961 January 12
3a32-33The Macon News, 1961 January
3a34The Macon Telegraph, 1961 January 13
3a35The Muskegon Chronicle Michigan, 1961 January 12
3a36 Newsweek Magazine , 1961 January 23
3a37The Saginaw News Michigan, 1961 January 12
3a38 Jet , 1961
Includes Article Written By Charlayne Hunter.
3a39The New Yorker Magazine, January 21, 1961
3a40The Rebel KKK Paper
3a41 Time Magazine , 1961 January
3a42Joseph A. Williams-Dean Of Students-Memo To All Students, 1961 January 14
3b1 Red And Black , 1961
3b2-4Newspaper Clippings, 1961