Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In this letter president Modlin addresses Dr. Eloise Severinson of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's (HEW) Office of Civil Rights about the university’s efforts to recruit black students after receiving recommendations from her in…

This undated handwritten note reads: "Athletic Department: 51 Negro athletes contacted for screening, 11 Negro athletes visit our campus, 15 Negro athletes will visit in future, 9 Negro athletes have been offered scholarships." It is believed this…

President George Modlin was writing Coach Frank Jones about recruiting "Negro" athletes. Modlin told Jones that every effort should be made to recruit "Negro" athletes in order to help them with athletic grants-in-aid and to attract other "negro"…

This September 6, 1968, letter is from Dean of Richmond College Austin E. Grigg. It is addressed to Dr. Franklin J. Gayles of Virginia Union University and BC's President George Modlin. The letter is in regards to a conversation between Dr. Gayles…

This October 6, 1969, letter is from Dr. Eloise Severinson, the Regional Civil Rights Director for Region III the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). The letter is addressed to University President Dr. George M. Modlin and is in…

In this letter from the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) to University President George M. Modlin, Chair Dr. Eloise Severinson, expresses the office’s appreciation concerning the University staff’s…

University of Richmond dean, Austin E. Grigg, wrote this letter to the principal of Carver High School, Mr. William A. Brown, to inform him that the University of Richmond now offers financial aid under all Federal Funding programs. In the letter,…

This undated administrative report titled “Information for HEW Letter” included a series of numbered paragraphs regarding the recruitment of black students at the University. Though it is uncertain who wrote the report, Dean Grigg and the Senior…

This article discusses how Senator Harry F. Byrd Jr. called on President Nixon and the secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) for the immediate removal of Dr. Eloise Severinson, HEW's regional director for Virginia. Byrd…

This article explains a message from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) to the University of Richmond that the school "still projects an image of exclusive all-white 'Southern' institution." UR was the largest privately supported…
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