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Alice Lord de Coligny correspondence

Call Number: MSS 851
Title: Alice Lord de Coligny correspondence
Creator: de Coligny, Alice Lord, 1884-1962 (associated name) -- More information
Date of Creation: 1954
Extent: 2 TLSs, 2 envelopes
Object Name: letters (correspondence)
Collection Type: Archival & Special Collections
Documents & Correspondence
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Language: English
Biography/History: Alice Lord de Coligny (1884-1962) was a native of Bangor, Maine and a longtime resident and community leader of New Orleans. In 1950 she founded the Louisiana Chapter of the Daughters of the Founders & Patriots of America.
Scope and Content: These two items of correspondence from Alice Lord de Coligny were sent in 1954 in her role as the Vice Chairman of the Genealogical Records committee of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The earlier item, sent in March of 1954 is notable in that she was conducting genealogical research on behalf of Caroline Merrick Jones (1874-1908), the granddaughter of the organizer of the first Louisiana Suffrage organization.
The second item of correspondence dated July 6, 1954 is particularly important in that it contains her written views on race relations and her reaction to the Brown V. Board of Education case. She comments that "No one living outside of the deep sought can realize what the Supreme Court has done in ruling against segregation. Having lived here for 45 years, from a New England family where the negroes were considered "God's images in ebony" I have had to change my feelings somewhat. It isn't a matter of equality, which the south is willing for them to have in opportunity, but their reaching for superiority, they just aren't ready for it. Some I grant you, are, but they are the exception. I can't visualize my blond little granddaughter in a room full of colored students. It will mean that those who can will send their children to private schools. Already the parochial schools are overcrowded and those who can hardly afford taxes to keep up the public school s and send their children to private ones will suffer. 90% of our car accidents and criminal activities are done by colored people. Don't know why I got off onto this as its better to keep still about it. I get along very well with colored people, my help stays for years and my part time maid calls me her "white Mama" but I imagine one reason is that we had 3 colored families in Bangor and I went to school with some of them."
Arrangement: Chronological.
Container: Folder 1-2
Notes: Alice Lord de Coligny correspondence, MSS 851, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection
Restrictions: Researchers may be limited to consulting one or two items at a time, per the discretion of the Reading Room staff.
Reproduction of original documents, when permitted, must be performed by the Williams Research Center staff.
Requesting: Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number.
Collection Theme(s): Social History
Subjects: de Coligny, Alice Lord, 1884-1962 -- More information
Daughters of the American Revolution -- More information
New Orleans (La.)
Women -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Societies and clubs.
Women -- Suffrage -- Louisiana.
Accession Number: 2016.0188
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