The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Edward H. Peeples, Jr. papers, 1946-1999
Repository: Virginia Commonwealth University. Special Collections and Archives
Collection Description (CRHP): The collection contains three lengthy oral histories conducted by Dr. Peeples of J. Kenneth Morland (a white southerner who was an expert witness in Brown v. Board of Education and sociologist), Margaret Ward Morland (his wife, a former poet laureate of Virginia, who discusses repercussions her family faced for Morland's civil rights activities), and Jean Fairfax, an African American woman who headed the Southern Interagency Conference, a coalition of civil rights organizations that met behind the scenes to map out a region-wide civil rights strategy, and otherwise engaged in civil right activism. It also consists of an extensive collection of books of white supremacy
ideologues and those of their critics and analysts.
Collection Description (Extant): This collection consists primarily of materials on race relations in Virginia and the United States collected by Dr. Edward H. Peeples, Jr., Emeritus professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Peeples's interest in these topics began in the late 1950s while he was a student at Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU) and includes research material on the Prince Edward County, Virginia school desegregation issue of the late 1950s/early 1960s. The collection spans four decades and includes numerous published articles, correspondence, reports and other materials focusing on Virginia race relations and other topics of social concern spanning four decades. The collection is housed in Special Collections and Archives. An online web exhibit of materials concerning Prince Edward County, Virginia, with images and reports documenting the disparity between black and white schools in that county, can be accessed [at http://dig.library.vcu.edu/cdm4/index_pec.php?CISOROOT=/pec]: Separate But Not Equal: Race, Education, and Prince Edward County, Virginia -- this site was created and is maintained by Special Collections and Archives.
Access Copy Note: The collection is currently being processed and is anticipated to be completed by 2012. An online exhibit that features the photographs and other materials from the collection is titled the Edward H. Peeples Prince Edward County (Va.) Public Schools Collection and available at: http://dig.library.vcu.edu/cdm4/index_pec.php?CISOROOT=/pec. Otherwise, please contact the repository about accessing the collection materials.
Digital Status: Partial
Extent: sound recordings; transcripts; manuscripts; photographs (circa 100)
Finding Aid: Will be available online by 2012.
Related Archival Items: The Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina also contains an oral history of Jean Fairfax. The University of Florida Oral History Program includes an oral history of Dr. Peeples. Virginia Commonwealth University also holds two unprocessed interviews of Peeples in the oral history archive collection. Peeples also has transcripts of interviews he conducted in his own possession that will be donated to VCU. Two other collections are available at Virginia Commonwealth University on Ed Peeples: Edward H. Peeples, Jr. Papers, n.d., 1915, 1920s-2005 and Edward H. Peeples, Jr. Papers n.d., 1910, 1943-1994.
Interviewees: J. Kenneth Morland, Margaret Ward Morland, Jean Fairfax
Rights (Extant): As a general rule, you may print, reproduce and use the information from the VCU Libraries Website for non-commercial, personal or educational purposes. See the library's copyright web site for more info: http://www.library.vcu.edu/copyright.html.
African Americans--Social conditions
American Friends Service Committee
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
Civil rights movements--Southern States
Civil rights movements--Virginia
Prince Edward County (Va.)
Racism in education
Schools--Virginia--Prince William County
Segregation in education--Virginia--Prince Edward County
White supremacy movements