A Guide to the Papers of John Segar Gravatt ca. 1941-1999 Gravatt, John Segar Papers, ca. 1941-1999 11584

A Guide to the Papers of John Segar Gravatt

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The Special Collections Department
Accession Number 11584


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Repository
Special Collections, University of Virginia Library
Accession number
11584
Title
Papers of John Segar Gravatt ca. 1941-1999
Physical Characteristics
This collection contains ca. 500 items, housed in 2 Hollinger boxes.
Language
English
Abstract
This collection consists of the papers of John Segar Gravatt (d. 1983), of Blackstone, Nottoway County, Virginia, ca. 1941-1999, primarily focusing on his interest in the struggle over desegregation of Virginia schools, 1959-1962, and his role as counsel for the Board of Supervisors of Prince Edward County, Virginia, when the decision was made to close the schools in that county.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Papers of John Segar Gravatt, Accession #11584, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the University of Virginia Library by Jacqueline Segar Gravatt of Virginia Beach, Virginia, on February 5, 2000.


Biographical/Historical Information

John Segar Gravatt (d. 1983), of Blackstone, Nottoway County, Virginia, was a member of the Seven Society and graduate from the law school of the University of Virginia in 1933. He also served on the Board of Visitors in the late fifties. He was a student on the football team that played in the first game ever held in Scott Stadium. He also represented Dinwiddie, Nottoway, and Petersburg during the Convention of 1956, which met in Richmond from March 5 to March 7, 1956, and was "called to help implement Virginia's resistance to the United States Supreme Court decision of 1954 barring segregation in the public schools."

Scope and Content Information

This collection consists of the papers of Judge John Segar Gravatt (d. 1983), of Blackstone, Nottoway County, Virginia, primarily focusing on his interest in the struggle over the desegregation of Virginia schools, 1959-1962, and his role as counsel for the Board of Supervisors of Prince Edward County, Virginia, when the decision was made to close the schools in that county.

These papers contain news clippings; miscellaneous material concerning desegregation; printed material, much of which was transferred to the Rare Books Division for individual cataloguing; a University of Virginia Board of Visitors docket; a copy of a legal brief, "Griffen v. County School Board of Prince Edward County; some correspondence, many with attached news clippings or other material about the desegregation issue; an article about the Reverend L. Francis Griffin (1917- ) who led the fight for integration of the public schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia; topical files about Civil Rights bills, the Constitutional Convention of Virginia in 1956, Defenders Policy Committee, and Desegregation; reports; a rough draft of a Prince Edward County legal brief ; newsletters and form letters; and a photograph of John Segar Gravatt.

Contents List

Board of Visitors Docket -- University of Virginia 1955 September 9
Box: 1
Brief of Griffin v. County School Board of Prince Edward County 1965 September 30
Box: 1
Civil Rights Bills 1959
Box: 1
Constitutional Convention of the Commonwealth of Virginia 1956
Box: 1
Correspondence 1955-1962
Box: 1
Defenders Policy Committee 1959-1960
Box: 1
"Education in Virginia 1900-1999 A Century of Change" in Richmond Times Dispatch8 August 1999
Box: 1
"The Lonely Hero of Virginia School Fight" from Jet Magazine18 May 1961
Box: 18 May 1961

re: the Reverend L. Francis Griffin

Miscellaneous 1955, 1959
Box: 1
News clippings 1954-1966, n.d.
Box: 1
3 folders
Newsletters, Form Letters and Attachments 1953-1960
Box: 1
Notebook Material on Desegregation 1941, 1950-1972
Box: 2
4 folders
Photograph of John Segar Gravatt n.d.
Box: 2
Prince Edward County Legal Brief -- Rough Draft n.d.
Box: 2
Printed Material 1956-1962, n.d.
Box: 2
Reports 1958, n.d.
Box: 2
Segregation 1957-1962
Box: 2
Physical Location: 2 folders