Roger Mills Collection - DeKalb County School Desegregation Case

Introduction: The Roger Mills Collection documents the desegregation process in DeKalb County over the period of 1964 through 1993. A brief history is included, but the majority of items are from the DeKalb County School Desegregation Case.

 

Provenance: Gift of Roger Mills. Accession date unknown. Roger Mills was an attorney in DeKalb County who first became involved as a party in the Desegregation Case and later served as member of the Bi-Racial Committee.

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish materials from this collection should be requested from the Archivist, DeKalb Historical Society.

Citations should be as follows:

Description of specific item, Roger Mills Collection, DeKalb County School Desegregation Case, DeKalb Historical Society Archives.

 

Size: 16 document cases.

 

Description

The Roger Mills Collection documents the DeKalb county School Desegregation Case through newsclippings, correspondence, court documents, enrollment figures, historical outlines, school reports, and various other papers. The collection includes eighteen boxes that stretch from 1886 through 1995; however, the bulk of the collection falls between 1964 and 1993. This collection is an excellent source for researchers interested in lengthy documentation but may become tedious for those looking for an overview. The brief history in Box 1 provides a succinct background of desegregation but is somewhat subjective.

 

Boxes 1 through 4 focus more on education and students, while legal issues take precedence in boxes 5 and 6. Beginning in the sixth box and continued in Box 7, newsclippings provide public views of DeKalb County desegregation from 1966 until 1993. All court documents and orders were issued in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division. General files are located in boxes 12, 13, and 14. These contain a variety of items ranging from PTA newsletters to Title VI guidelines. Some specifics include Human Relations Council activities, federal rights under the School Desegregation Law, Affirmative Action procedures booklet, M-to-M transfer regulations, report from NAACP Education Committee, district leadership personnel listings, pamphlet titles, "Improving the Academic Achievement of African-American Students," and computations of bond funds. The last boxes, 15 through 18, are notebooks left in their original order. Box 15 deals with the Bi-Racial committee, Box 18 includes a NAACP executive report, and each of the last four boxes contain general papers which were kept for official use.

 

Additional notes concerning order and contents are written on some folders. Chronological order within category has been used wherever possible, and undated items follow dated ones.

 

Subject Headings

Main entries: Desegregation in DeKalb County.

Mills, Roger

Subject/Added entries:

Affirmative Action

Attendance Zones (DeKalb, Ga.)

Bi-Racial Committee (DeKalb, Ga.)

Civil Rights Act, Title VI

Columbia High School

Concerned Citizens of South DeKalb County

Federal Compliane

Minority-to-Majority Transfers

NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)

Pitts v. Cherry

Pitts v. Freeman

Racial Integration

Racial Percentages

Redan Issue

Zoning – School Residential Districts

Folder List

Box Folder Contents Date(s)

1 History of Desegregation in DeKalb Schools 1896-1978

2 Narrative History with Supportive Documents 1964-1966

3 Names and Addresses 1988-1993

4 Roger Mills 1983-1985

5 Map DeKalb School Attendance Districts 1989-1990

6 Examples of Increasing Segregation 1972-1985

7 Concerned Citizens of South DeKalb County 1974-1975

8 School Desegregation Cases ca. 1964-1981

1. Court Orders through 1988

Concentration on Freeman v. Pitts 1969-1988

10 US Supreme Court Report Freeman v. Pitts 1992

2 1 Personnel Reports 1978-1987

2 Summary Student Racial Percentages 1976-1983

3 Enrollment by School by Race 1969-1986

4 Region IV Survey of Districts n.d.

5 Federal Compliance Reports 1974

6 Federal Compliance Reports 1975

7 Federal Compliance Reports 1976

8 Federal Compliance Reports 1977

9 Federal Compliance Reports 1978

3 1 Federal Compliance Reports 1979

2 Federal Compliance Reports 1980

3 Federal Compliance Reports 1981

4 Federal Compliance Reports 1982

5 Federal Compliance Reports 1983

6 Federal Compliance Reports 1984

7 Federal Compliance Reports 1985

8 Federal Compliance Reports 1986

9 Federal Compliance Reports 1987

10 Federal Compliance Reports 1988

11 Federal Compliance Reports 1989

4 1 Faculty/Staff Turnover 1982-1985

2 Teacher and Stafffing Changes 1989

3 Projected Enrollment 1988-1989

4 Capacity Charts 1987-1989

5 Fall Capacity—Enrollment for Black/White Schools 1988-1995

6 School Capacity and Residential Charts 1992

7 Proposed Junior-Senior High School Reorganization 1987-1988

Minority-to-Majority Questionnaire and Summary Responses 1980

9 Chronology of Events Lakeside M-to-M 1983

10 Preliminary Project of Retention Ratios for Minority-to-Majority Program 1988-1989

11 Redan Issue Information Packet 1983

12 Report on Status of Compliance 1990

13 Superintendent’s Roport on Schools 1983

5 1 Bi-Racial Committee Minutes 1977-1988

2 Billing for Legal Services 1990-1991

3 Petition/Mills Divorce Settlement 1990

4 Questions/Answers/Testimony 1984

5 Hand-written Depositions 1990

6 Hand-written Notes and Comments 1990

7 Petition for Writ of Mandamus or Prohibition 1990

8 Affidavits 1990-1991

9 Summary Transcript Pitts v. Freeman ca. 1976-1984

10 Bound Court Documents ca. 1973-1979

11 Bound Court Documents (smaller size) 1990-1991

12 US court of Appeals Pitts v. Freeman n.d.

13 Consolidated Cases Pitts v. Freeman n.d.

6 1 Trial Outline n.d.

2 Record Excerpts Volume I n.d.

3 Record Excerpts Volume II n.d.

4 Federal Reports on Court Cases n.d.

5 Spangler v. Pasadena City Board of Education 1987

6 Newsclippings 1966-1978

7 Newsclippings 1979-1983

8 Newsclippings 1984

9 Newsclippings 1985

10 Newsclippings 1986-1987

11 Newsclippings 1988

7 1 Newsclippings 1989

2 Newsclippings 1990

3 Newsclippings 1991

4 Newsclippings 1992-1993

5 Early Correspondence 1965-1978

6 Memoranda 1974-1978

8 1 Correspondence 1979-1983

2 Memoranda 1979-1983

3 Correspondence/Memoranda 1984

4 Correspondence 1985

5 Memoranda 1985

6 Correspondence/Memoranda 1986-1987

7 Correspondence/Memoranda 1988

8 Correspondence/Memoranda 1989

9 Correspondence 1990-1991

10 Memoranda 1990-1991

9 1 Correspondence 1992-1993

2 Memoranda 1992-1993

3 Court Documents/ Proceedings 1968-1976

4 Court Documents/ Proceedings 1977-1978

5 Court Documents/ Proceedings 1979-1983

6 Court Documents/ Proceedings 1984

7 Court Documents/ Proceedings 1985

8 Court Documents/ Proceedings 1986

10 1 Court Documents/ Proceedings 1987

2 Court Documents/ Proceedings 1988

3 Court Documents/ Proceedings A 1989

4 Court Documents/ Proceedings B 1990

5 Court Documents/ Proceedings A 1990

11 1 Court Documents/ Proceedings B 1990

2 Court Documents/ Proceedings C 1990

3 Court Documents/ Proceedings 1991

4 Court Documents/ Proceedings 1992-1993

12 1 Court Documents/ Proceedings with

Attached Correspondence 1992-1993

2 General File 1964-1978

3 General Undated from 1965-1978 Files 1965-1978

4 General File 1979-1983

5 General File 1984

13 1 General File 1985

2 General File 1986

3 General File 1987

4 General File 1988

14 1 General File A 1989

2 General File B 1989

3 General File 1990

4 General File 1991

5 General File 1992-1993

15 Bi-Racial Committee Files, Assorted Newspaper Clippings c. 1976-1993

16 Bi-Racial Committee Files, NAACP Executive Committee Files c. 1981-1984