William E. Lavery papers

William E. Lavery papers

Creator William E. Lavery
Description Covering a range of issues and activities occurring during his presidency of Virginia Tech, the collection includes multiple references to Tech’s efforts to meet the U.S. Office of Civil Rights’ requirements for an acceptable Affirmative Action Compliance Plan (e.g. Box 1, Folders 8-10; Box 15, Folder 44), concerns about lack of progress in meeting plan objectives (e.g. Box 4, Folder 16; Box 12, Folder 20; Box 18, Folder 23), statistical data and reports regarding Tech’s progress in increasing minority and female students and faculty (e.g. Box 8, Folders 24-25; Box 9, Folders 23 and 25; Box 12, Folder 20; Box 15, Folder 26; Box 20, Folders 19-20), and other related matters. Folders titled “Civil Rights” and “Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action” are primary sources of desegregation material but other sources of occasional information in this area are in folders titled “Board of Visitors, Report to 1978” containing a speech by Old Dominion University’s president that mentions issues of “duplication” with Norfolk State; “Vice President for Administration 1977” that contains articles quoting Tech professors and students about insufficient progress toward integration; and “State Council of Higher Education 1979” regarding Tech’s hosting of the 1979 Summer Program for Undergraduate Minority Students. Box 15, Folder 43 (titled EO/AA Advisory Committee 1985) includes James Dean’s narrative describing early resistance to and Tech’s efforts toward desegregation at Virginia Tech and in the town Blacksburg.
Call number RG 2/12
Date from 1975
Date to 1987
Geographic school Blacksburg, VA
Size 22 cu. ft.
Access restrictions yes/no no
Access restrictions
Part Of larger collection yes/no yes
Larger collection title
Repository Virginia Tech Special Collections
Repository address University Libraries, P.O. Box 90001, Blacksburg, VA 24062-9001
Repository contact name Tamara Kennelly
Repository contact title University Archivist
Repository contact email specref@vt.edu
Repository contact phone (540) 231-6308
DoveRegion region1
Subjects o    African American students

o    Segregation in higher education

Types o    Clippings

o    Correspondence

o    Legal documents

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