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Frank Prescott papers

Frank Prescott (1896-1981) was a Political science professor, University of Chattanooga (1928-1967); delegate to four Tennessee Constitutional Conventions. Materials cover state constitutional revisions, executive veto (esp. New York), civil rights, communism and the red scare (including McCarthyism), campaign memorabilia and ephemera, government organization, municipal government, Tennessee state and local politics, and World War II letters and Nazi newspapers from former students in military service.

  • Call Number: MS 034
  • Extent: 75 linear feet
  • Date: 1920-1981
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Raymond B. Witt papers

These papers and documents were the collection of noted Chattanooga attorney, Raymond B. Witt (1915-2000). Mr. Witt was a member of the Chattanooga School Board and, as a lawyer, represented the Board during the twenty-six year segregation case, Mapp v. The Board of Education (1960-1986). Chattanooga was one of the first Southern cities to announce it would comply with the landmark Brown v. Board of Education, mandating integration in the public schools. The collection includes court briefs, transcriptions, newspaper clippings and other documents reflecting community resistance, unrest in the schools, and other problems implementing integration.

  • Call Number: MS 083
  • Extent: 15 linear feet
  • Date: 1960-1986
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