President Walter Coffey to Heads of Citizens’ Committee Promising the Integration of the International House

President Coffey appeared to relent to the demands of students and community activists who opposed segregated housing for African American men. After refusing to meet with any of those involved in the protests, he finally agreed in the summer. He promised the co-chairs of the committee to change the policy that the International House would be integrated, but within weeks, his administration was working to devise a plan by which no African American student would live in Pioneer Hall and all of them would be directed to the former International House on Washington Avenue SE.

CreatorWalter CoffeySourceUniversity of Minnesota Archives, Office of the President Files, Box 20, Negro 1939-1942, University of Minnesota ArchivesDate14/07/1942RightsImage 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 Period1940s