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July, 1950 FIRST AFRICAN AMERICANS ADMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
African Americans were admitted to the Law School and to graduate programs not offered at Texas Southern or Prairie View. Cafeteria food service was available to all students.
August, 1950 FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN APPLICANT FOR DORMITORY SPACE
The first African American applicant for dormitory housing was Dudley D. Redd, a graduate student. Because of the policy of the time, there were no spaces available for him.
1952 ACCEPTING AFRICAN AMERICANS INTO THE MAIN DINING ROOM AT THE UNIVERSITY TEA HOUSE
Before the University Tea House was converted into a student cafeteria in 1953 there was a question as to whether or not African American students were allowed to dine there. All students were allowed into the cafeterias, but because it was not a cafeteria no was quite sure whether they should be allowed or not.
May 29, 1953 R. M. 531 - SAN JACINTO DORMITORY E USED FOR NEGRO MEN
Dr. Wilson was authorized to designate specific dormitories for graduate men and graduate women.
Result - Effective June 3, 1953, one Negro graduate man lived in San Jacinto Dormitory E with 3 white men students.
June 23, 1953 DESIGNATION OF SAN JACINTO DORMITORY D, 310 EAST 21ST AND DRISKILL HOUSE AS GRADUATE DORMITORIES
Because of R. M. 351 (above) The Following dormitories were designated for graduate students:
Men - San Jacinto Dormitory D and 310 E. 21 st Street (McGinnis House)
Women - Driskill House, 2610 Whitis
Result - Beginning September, 1953 one Negro graduate man lived in San Jacinto Dormitory D.
July 31, 1953 WOMEN'S GRADUATE DORMITORY CHANGED FROM DRISKILL HOUSE TO 2512 WHITIS
The dormitory designated for women graduate students was changed from Driskill House to 2512 Whitis which opened in September, 1953, with 7 white women assigned. The first African Americans were assigned in the summer of 1955 when there were 3 African American and 5 white women at 2512 Whitis, then designated as Women?s Graduate Dormitory #1. In September, 1955, all residents of this dormitory were white.
January 28, 1955 SAN JACINTO DORMITORY F ADDED TO DORMITORIES AVAILABLE FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN
San Jacinto Dormitory F was added to the list of graduate dormitories for men. With this addition, facilities open to African Americans were San Jacinto Dormitories D and F an the McGinnis House, the only facilities designated as graduate dormitories for men, and the residence at 2512 Whitis Avenue, the only facility designated as a graduate dormitory for women.?
November, 1955 BEGAN USE OF "REQUEST" FORM
"Request for Official Housing Information" form put into use for all dormitory applicants to determine race before an application card was given.
February 15, 1956 CHANGE OF NAME OF WOMEN'S GRADUATE DORMITORY #1 TO RESIDENCE AT 2512 WHITIS AVENUE
Name changed from Women's Graduate Dormitory #1 to residence at 2512 Whitis Avenue. Effective September, 1956, all qualified African American undergraduates are to be admitted to the University. (Four African American undergraduates, one African American law student and three white graduate students were occupants of 2512 Whitis in September, 1956.)
March 8, 1956 News Release by The University of Texas News and Information Service - ADMISSION OF NEGROES TO ALL UNDERGRADUATE LEVELS AND RESTATEMENT OF HOUSING POLICY
News Release was made by Board of Regents regarding University housing policy and restating the July, 1955, announcement that effective September, 1956, all qualified applicants would be admitted on all levels without reference to race. The housing policy, as heretofore, provides that Negro women students may be housed in Whitis house and Negro men students in San Jacinto Dormitories D and F, all three of which are operating on a voluntary nonsegregated basis. All other University-owned and operated housing continues to be available to white students only.
September 21, 1956 R. M. 556 - AUTHORIZATION TO ADD CLIFF COURTS TO DORMITORIES AVAILABLE TO NEGRO MEN AND AFTER ITS DEMOLITION, SAN JACINTO DORMITORY G; ALSO DELETION OF MCGINNIS HOUSE FOR NEGRO MEN
(1) Cliff Courts was added to the list of housing available for Negro men. After demolition of the hutments, San Jacinto Dormitory G was to take the place of Cliff Courts.
(2) McGinnis house was deleted from the housing facilities open to Negro men and the following sentence added to the January, 1955, Regents' action: "The President of the University is authorized to designate other San Jacinto Dormitories for Negro men students if the housing demand from Negro students warrants such action."
September 1957 INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING AFRICAN AMERICANS VISITING IN WOMEN'S RESIDENCE HALLS
Dormitory resident counselors informed students in advance that they might take African American women students to their rooms but there were to be no mixed groups - African American and white - in the public areas.
February 20, 1958 POSSIBLE PROCEDURE TO PROVIDE SUNDAY EVENING MEAL SERVICE FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS
The possibility of keeping the Varsity Cafeteria open on Sunday evenings with a limited menu in order to provide meal service for African American students was outlined. Because of the many labor problems involved in keeping the cafeteria open on Sunday evening and in view of the small demand for such service, the decision was made not to keep Varsity open but to provide sandwiches, fruit and packaged food items which could be bought and taken from the cafeteria. Signs were posted as follows:
NEW SERVICE AT VARSITY CAFETERIA
PACKAGED FOOD ITEMS AVAILABLE AT NOON FOR
EVENING MEAL ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS
March 21, 1958 Ransom letter - AUTHORIZATION BY REGENTS TO REMODEL 2512 WHITIS AND ADD ON TO 2516 WHITIS
Result - September, 1958, Almetris Co-op was open to African American women, capacity 25-28 girls.
October 15, 1959 Cooksey letter to Dr. Minter - PROTEST BY FRANK C. COOKSEY, PRESIDENT, STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION, CONCERNING PROBLEMS HINDERING AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IN HIS EDUCATIONAL PROCESS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
On October 15, 1959, Mr. Frank C. Cooksey, President of the Students' Association, wrote to Dr. Merton M. Minter, Chairman of the Board of Regents, protesting in considerable detail the policies of the University in relation to African American students with particular emphasis on housing and intercollegiate athletics.
November 13, 1959 R. M. 585 - REGENTS RECOMMEND ADDITIONAL SUITABLE HOUSING BE PROVIDED FOR NEGRO STUDENTS
"It is recommended by the Academic and Developmental Affairs Committee that additional suitable housing be provided for Negro students, pending the working out of details at a later date."
March 12, 1960 R. M. 587 - APPROVAL OF WHITIS DORMITORY AND BRACKENRIDGE HALL SECTION D FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HOUSING EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER, 1960
Approval of January, 1960, actions of The Committee of the Whole which were as follows: The present International Center is to be remodeled and made into a dormitory for girls. The Committee of the Whole then extended its policy regarding housing for African American students to include one section of Brackenridge Hall to be designated by the Administration and a new dormitory for girls, just authorized. Result - In September, 1960, Whitis Dormitory housed 16 African American women (5 vacancies). Brackenridge Hall Section D, 25 African American and 11 white men (no vacancies).
September, 1960 Effective September, 1960, use of Cliff Courts was discontinued and Section D of Brackenridge Hall was opened to African American students.
December 19, 1960
On December 19, 1960, Claude Allen, Houston Wade, and Tesla Thurman, all white students, were visiting in the living room of Whitis Dormitory with Mary Simpson, law student. Mrs. Hardeman, House Supervisor, asked the white students to leave which they did and then discussed the policy with Mary Simpson. (This is the same policy as listed in September 1957 entry which prohibited groups of mixed races from meeting in public housing spaces.)
February 6, 1961 Mary Simpson requested the source of the ruling concerning the visits of white students in the Whitis Dormitory social area. Response: "Living room and dining room facilities are not available for white students but a Whitis Dormitory resident may take white girls to the student living area."
September 27, 1961 Daily Texan - REPORT ON STATEMENTS MADE BY KINSOLVING ADVISORS IN WING MEETINGS CONCERNING DORMITORY REGULATIONS AS RELATED TO SEGREGATION
On September 24 and 25, 1961, at Kinsolving wing meetings, student advisors were reported to have said that if African American girls were invited to student rooms the doors must be closed and that the African American were not to use the restrooms or drinking fountains.
October 19, 1961 Sit-in in Kinsolving with 25-35 people.
October 20, 1961 Meeting was held in Dr. Bartlett's office to receive the Administration's instructions regarding the steps to follow with African American residents concerning the Kinsolving "Sit-in." The plan was to have our staff people in the African American housing units call dormitory meeting for the evening with a representative of the Dean of Student Life Office present. Each student was to be given another chance to say if he had participated in the Kinsolving "sit-in" or if he would name others who did. If he refused to answer, he would face disciplinary action. After much discussion, this idea was abandoned and summonses were prepared that night to be delivered to all African American residents of University Residence Halls. There summonses instructed these students to appear at the office of the Dean if Student Life on Saturday morning, October 21, 1961.
November 1, 1961 REPORT OF FAILURE OF SOME WHITIS DORMITORY RESIDENTS TO ABIDE BY CERTAIN DORMITORY REGULATIONS
This report outlines problems which have occurred concerning Whitis residents who are violating certain dormitory regulations such as failing to sign out when leaving the building, appearing in the social areas improperly dresses, remaining up very late at night and disturbing others with excessive noise.
November 6, 1961 "ANONYMOUS" LETTER FROM BRECKENRIDGE, TEXAS, TO "WHITIS CO-OPERATIVES"
A longhand letter dated November 2, 1961, addresses to Whitis Co-operatives, Texas university, signed "Jeanne" was received in the Division Office. The letter concerned the integration problem and presented much inflammatory material and many derogatory statements concerning the African American race. Since it could serve no useful purpose, the letter was held in the Division Office.
November 8, 1961 DORMITORY DESEGREGATION SUIT FILED
A suit seeking racial desegregation of all University dormitories was filed in Federal Court Wednesday, November 8, 1961, by three Negro students: Leroy Sanders, Sherryl Griffin and Maudie Ates.
November 11, 1961 R. M. 603 - POLICY RELATING TO DORMITORY ACCOMMODATIONS AND RIGHT OF APPEAL
The Board of Regents approved the following amended statement of policy relating to dormitory accommodations at the Main University: Any student dissatisfied with any ruling pertaining to his or her assignment or non-assignment to accommodations in a particular dormitory space, or any rules or regulations relating to housing, shall have the right to appeal to the President of the Main University, then to the Chancellor, then to the Board of Regents.

Ervin S. Perry's Application for On-Campus housing. Though Perry was rejected for housing because there wasn't enough integrated housing at the time, he later became the first African American professor at UT. He is the "Perry" of the Perry-Casteneda Library.






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