Unannounced and unexpected: The desegregation of Houston Public Library in the early 1950s

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Abstract

Houston Public Library operated as a racially segregated system until 1953, when it quietly changed its policy to one of token integration. Occurring some seven years before the Houston Independent School District began to desegregate, the public library's policy change depended on a few key individuals. Drawing on the library's records of discussions and events, this article traces the history of a major shift in philosophy and practice at a large urban public library in the U.S. South.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-674
Number of pages10
JournalLibrary Trends
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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  • Library and Information Sciences

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