A Guide to the George Melvin Richardson Collection, 1951-2013 Richardson, George Melvin, Collection RG 307

A Guide to the George Melvin Richardson Collection, 1951-2013

A Collection in Arlington Public Library, Center for Local History

Collection number RG 307


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Heather Crocetto

Repository
Arlington Public Library, Center for Local History
Collection number
RG 307
Title
George Melvin Richardson Collection, 1951-2013
Extent
2 boxes.
Collector
Richardson, George Melvin, 1913-2015
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

George Melvin Richardson Collection, Collection # RG 307, Arlington Public Library, Center for Local History

Acquisition Information

Gift of George Melvin Richardson.

Biographical/Historical Information

George Melvin Richardson was born March 1, 1913, in Holdenville, Oklahoma. He came to Arlington County in 1954 to become principal of Hoffman-Boston (H-B) elementary and junior-senior high school and remained principal until Hoffman-Boston was closed in 1965. Mr. Richardson was then employed by the Montgomery County, Maryland, school system where he was assistant principal of Walt Whitman Middle School and later Assistant Principal of Churchill High School.

Mr. Richardson, his wife Oline, and son John lived in the neighborhood from which Hoffman-Boston drew its students, Arlington View (previously known as Johnson's Hill). He was Chairman of the Neighborhood Conservation Program for Arlington View and was instrumental in the publication of the first neighborhood conservation plan in Arlington County, which became the blueprint for other neighborhood plans.

.Mr. Richardson was appointed one of the 29 members of the committee to study integration in the public schools in Arlington County in 1954. He was a member of Arlington Committee of 100 and later served on its executive board.

Scope and Content

RG 307, the George Melvin Richardson Collection, is .63 linear feet and encompasses materials from 1951 to 2013, although the bulk of the materials date 1951-1975. Mr. Richardson was a great collector of newspaper clippings on the topics of Hoffman-Boston School and desegregation, which are included in this collection. In addition to some correspondence and papers from the Hoffman-Boston school there is a collection of photographs of the school and its sports activities. There are also collection materials on Arlington View in preparation for its neighborhood survey.

One of highlights of the collection is the dissertation submitted by Ophelia Braden Taylor as partial requirement for her Master of Arts in Education degree from Howard University entitled Public Education for Negroes in Arlington County from 1870 to 1950.

Arrangement

The collection was divided into series by subject with the preponderance of files concerning Hoffman-Boston School and Arlington View, but also including desegregation and publications on education. There are many newspaper clippings, some without the source and/or date. When possible the article was reprinted from the Washington Post online archive with the dates identified. Photographs were divided between those of the Hoffman-Boston School and the Arlington View neighborhood. These images have been scanned.

Related Material

George Richardson completed an oral history for the Center for Local History in October, 2013. It is Series 3, No. 263. For more information on the Arlington Public School system, look at RG 7, Arlington County Public Schools , RG 373, The Records of Hoffman-Boston High School , and RG 69, Arlington County Public Schools: Desegregation Materials . Information on an important Arlington African American family who invested and sold real estate, see RG 196, Syphax Family Collection .

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Arlington (Va.)
  • Arlington County (Va.)
  • Arlington Public Schools (Arlington, Va.)
  • Public schools -- United States.
  • Segregation in education -- United States.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Arlington (Va.)
  • Arlington County (Va.)

Contents List

Series 1: George Melvin Richardson - Personal
  • Box 1
    File 1: George Melvin Richardson - 100th birthday celebration, 2013
Series 2: Hoffman-Boston School
  • Box 1
    File 1: Hoffman-Boston - Accreditation, 1955
  • Box 1
    File 2: Hoffman-Boston - Closing, 1963-1976
  • Box 1
    File 3: Hoffman-Boston - Correspondence, 1951-1964
  • Box 1
    File 4: Hoffman-Boston - Enrollment, 1949-1964
  • Box 1
    File 5: Hoffman-Boston - Miscellaneous, 1953-1971
  • Box 1
    File 6: Hoffman-Boston - Reunions, 1990-2001
  • Box 1
    File 7: Hoffman-Boston - Sports, 1962
  • Box 1
    File 8: Hoffman-Boston - Sources of School Funds, Transparency, 1966-67
  • Box 1
    File 9: Hoffman-Boston - Test Scores, 1959-1963
  • Box 1
    File 10: Hoffman-Boston - Newspaper Clippings, 1954-1964
  • Box 1
    File 11: Hoffman-Boston - Newspaper Clippings about the Closing of H-B, 1958-1963
  • Box 1
    File 12: Hoffman-Boston - Newspaper Clippings about Sports at H-B, 1962-1964
  • Box 1
    File 13: Hoffman-Boston - The Torch, 1958
Series 3: Desegregation
  • Box 1
    File 1: Desegregation - Statement of Ray E. Reid, Superintendent of Arlington Public Schools, March 22, 1960
  • Box 1
    File 2: Desegregation - Newspaper Clippings, 1953-1965
  • Box 1
    File 3: John K. Hart, et al v. County School Board of Arlington County, Virginia, et al, [1972] - Plaintiffs Pre-Trial Memorandum
Series 4: Publications on Education
  • Box 1
    File 1: Psychology of Adult Learning by George M. Richardson
  • Box 1
    File 2: Behavior Mangement
  • Box 1
    File 3: Inventions by Negroes
  • Box 1
    File 4: Preparations for Study by Rosalie Robinson (Hoffman-Boston Teacher)
  • Box 1
    File 5: Public Education for Negroes in Arlington County from 1870 to 1950 by Ophelia Braden Taylor, dissertation, 1951
  • Box 1
    File 6: The Third Annual Survey of the Public's Attitudes toward the Public Schools, 1971, by George Gallup
Series 5: Arlington View
  • Box 1
    File 1: Arlington View - Background Materials, 1963-1966
  • Box 1
    File 2: Arlington View - Neighborhood Conservation Program, 1963
  • Box 1
    File 3: Arlington View - Richardson Homes
  • Box 1
    File 4: Arlington View - Street Map Transparencies
  • Box 1
    File 5: Arlington View - Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1980
Series 6: Miscellaneous
  • Box 1
    File 1: Arlington Committee of 100
  • Box 1
    File 2: Arlington County Schools - Newspaper Clippings, 1958-1973
  • Box 1
    File 3: Cooperative Housing Project for Arlington, VA, 1956
  • Box 1
    File 4: George and Oline Richardson Scholarship Committee, 2005
  • Box 1
    File 5: Health and Welfare Council of the National Capital Area, 1968
  • Box 1
    File 6: Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature and Art, 1966
  • Box 1
    File 7: Tabernacles Baptist Church Construction Costs, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Transparency)
  • Box 1
    File 8: Miscellaneous Papers, 1966-1989
  • Box 1
    File 9: Newspaper Clippings, 1952-1993
Series 7: Photographs
  • Box 2
    File 1: Hoffman-Boston School
  • Box 2
    File 2: Hoffman-Boston School
  • Box 2
    File 3: Arlington View