The Papers of Allan G. Donn 

The Papers of Allan G. Donn 

Creator Donn, Allan G.
Description Allan Gerald Donn was born in 1939 in Norfolk to Milton Donn and Freda Fleder. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1964, he received a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Harvard University Law School and became engaged to Susan L. Berman who he later married. A year later Donn was admitted to the Virginia State Bar. In 1967, he received a Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation from Georgetown Law Center. As of 2010, Donn is a member of Willcox and Savage, specializing in partnerships, limited liability companies, taxation and estate planning. While a student at Harvard, Donn was present when the United States Supreme Court heard the school desegregation case, Cocheyse J. Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County. Allan G. Donn  In this pivotal case, the court ruled that closing public schools to avoid desegregation was unconstitutional and ordered that they be reopened. Later, as a member of Norfolk legal firm of Willcox, Savage, Lawrence, Dickson & Spindle, Donn represented the School Board of City of Norfolk in desegregation cases in the late 1960s and 1970s. The collection contains court documents and a research paper related to school desegregation in Prince Edward County, Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia and North Carolina. The first four folders relate to Prince Edward County, Virginia. The last folder contains court documents for a case filed in North Carolina – Swan v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg. It includes an amicus curiae brief filed by the Virginia Attorney General that discusses school desegregation in Norfolk and Richmond Virginia.
Call number MG 106
Date from 1961
Date to 1970
Geographic school Prince Edward County, VA; Norfolk, VA; Richmond, VA; Charlotte, NC
Size One Hollinger document case
Access restrictions yes/no no
Access restrictions
Part Of larger collection yes/no no
Larger collection title
Repository Old Dominion University, Special Collections and University Archives
Repository address Patricia W. & J. Douglas Perry Library, Norfolk, VA 23529-0256
Repository contact name
Repository contact title Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist
Repository contact email
Repository contact phone (757) 683-4483
DoveRegion region3
Subjects o    African American students

o    African Americans–Civil rights

o    African Americans–Segregation

o    Public schools

o    Race relations

o    School children

o    School closings

o    School integration

o    School integration–Massive resistance movement

o    Segregation in education

o    Prince Edward County (Va.). County School Board–Trials, litigation, etc.

o    Public schools–Virginia–Richmond

o    Public schools–Virginia–Prince Edward County

o    Public schools–North Carolina–Charlotte

Types Legal documents

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