This 1939 letter and the attached survey results reveal how closely student union administrators were monitoring the presence of Jewish students, the number of African American students, and the deep anxiety about social interactions between white and non-white students. The caution to keep the letter “confidential,” is likely related to J.E. Patrick’s concern that student union directors will be considering how to limit “privileges” of African American students to participate in student unions. It appears that Patrick sent the letter to the University of Minnesota’s Mr. Higgins as a response to a query about housing for African Americans.
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