President Lotus Coffman to All-University Council President Theodore Christianson Rejecting the call for integrated dorms.

President Lotus Coffman sent this reply to the All-University Council’s Committee on Negro Discrimination in response to its eight page report calling on the president to allow one African American male student to integrate Pioneer Hall. The document laid out the legal arguments for integration, and demonstrated that a growing number of colleges and universities in the north had integrated housing. Coffman rejected their suggestion on behalf of the Board of Regents, and acknowledged that there were issues around housing. Secretly, members of his administration were laying the groundwork to create segregated housing for African American males.

CreatorLotus D. CoffmanSourceUniversity of Minnesota Archives, Dean of Women, Box 1, Folder 16.Date01/08/1935RightsImage is available courtesy the University of Minnesota Archives. For additional information about the use or re-use of this image please contact the University of Minnesota Archives at of MinnesotaTime Period1930s