Brenda Fields Dallas Schools Desegregation Collection, 1976-2003Add to your cart.

By Robert Lay

Collection Overview

Title: Brenda Fields Dallas Schools Desegregation Collection, 1976-2003Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1994-2003
ID: 01/ AR0833
Primary Creator: Fields, Brenda
Extent: 10.0 Boxes
Arrangement: All material are arranged chronologically and alphabetically.
Date Acquired: 10/01/2014. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists primarily of bound court reports concerning the desegregation of public schools in the Dallas Independent School District  as set forth in Tasby v. Estes (N.D. Tex. 1976). In addition to the court documents, there are materials from NAACP public meetings aimed to increase parental involvement in improving Dallas public schools. This includes six VHS recordings of the meetings.

The materials span a twenty-seven year period from 1976-2003, with the bulk of the materials falling during the implementation of the bussing program, 1994-2003.

Collection Historical Note

Desegregation of the Dallas Independent School District began as early as 1955 and continued in the early 2000s. This collection documents the legal proceedings following Tasby v. Estes (N.D. Tex. 1976) involving busing plans and efforts to improve education services at minority-majority schools. The materials were accumulated by Brenda Fields, chairwoman of the Dallas NAACP's education committee and co-plaintiff in the case.

Subject/Index Terms

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

Technical Access Note:

No transcripts exist for the recorded meetings. These must be viewed at the UNT Media Library.

Reading Room or Duplication Requests

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2014-69
Acquisition Source: Brenda Fields
Acquisition Method: Donor
Related Materials: The UNT Oral History Program has conducted an interview with Ms. Fields. For more information please see
Preferred Citation: Brenda Fields Dallas Schools Desegregation Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
Processing Information: Certain items in the collection were damaged by decaying rubber bands during storage. This residue has been removed as much as possible while preserving the original form of the document. Where necessary, acid-free dividers have been inserted to prevent any remaining residue from damaging other documents.


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