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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1559-0682
Print ISSN
0024-2594
Pages
pp. 665-674
Launched on MUSE
2007-04-12
Open Access
No
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