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Guide to the Edward Raymond Zane Letters and Petition, 1960

Summary

Several hundred letters and petitions, dated February-March 1960, from citizens of Greensboro, N.C. to Chairman Edward Raymond Zane and other members of the Advisory Committee on Community Relations, expressing support for or opposition to integrated seating at the Woolworth and Kress lunch counters in the wake of the Greensboro sit-in demonstrations of early February 1960.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11119
Title
Edward Raymond Zane letters and petition
Date
1960
Creator
Zane, Edward Raymond
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection contains several hundred letters and petitions from citizens of Greensboro expressing support for or opposition to integrated seating at the city's lunch counters, specifically at Woolworth's and Kress.

The letters, dated February-March 1960, are chiefly addressed to Zane as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Community Relations in Greensboro or to Mayor George Roach and other members of the Advisory Committee. As Chairman of the Advisory Committee, Zane wrote an article in the Greensboro Daily News in the wake of the sit-ins soliciting the opinions of Greensboro citizens concerning the integration of lunch counters at Woolworth's and Kress.

Zane asked citizens to consider five alternatives to the situation: 1) "The situation to remain as it is," 2) "The two establishments to remove seats and serve everyone standing," 3) "The two establishments to serve everyone seated," 4) "The two establishments to reserve separate areas for seated white people and seated Negroes," and 5) "The two establishments to discontinue serving food."

Letters from both whites and African Americans offer support or opposition to Zane's alternatives and document sentiment regarding race relations in the community.

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[Identification of item], Edward Raymond Zane Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence: Segregation, 1960 February - March

Letters written to Zane and other members of the Greensboro Advisory Commitee on Human Relations in opposition to integration of the city's lunch counters.

Box 1
Folder 1
Correspondence: Integration, 1960 February 25-March 2

Letters from citizens of Greensboro, N.C. in support of integration of the city's lunch counters.

Box 1
Folder 2
Correspondence: Integration, 1960 March 3-7

Letters from citizens of Greensboro, N.C. in support of integration of the city's lunch counters.

Box 1
Folder 3
Correspondence: Integration, 1960 March 8-26

Letters from citizens of Greensboro, N.C. in support of integration of the city's lunch counters.

Box 1
Folder 4
Petition, 1960

A petition with signatures and addresses of Greensboro citizens in favor or in opposition to "public eating facility integration." Petitions are predominantly in support of integration.

Box 1
Folder 5
 

Historical Note

Edward Raymond Zane (b. 1899) was a a City Councilman in Greensboro, North Carolina during the Greensboro Sit-Ins of February 1960 and Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Community Relations. He was also an executive and accountant with Wachovia Bank and Trust Company and Burlington Industries.


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Provenance

Received by the Rubenstein Library as a gift in 1980.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Staff in 1980; finding aid enhanced by Noah Huffman, 2016.