Microfilm reel is located in the research room of the Arkansas Studies Institute.
Scope and Contents Note
This collection contains scrapbooks compiled by Dorothy "Dottie" Morris, a Little Rock resident who served as secretary for both the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools and the Arkansas Council on Human Relations in the 1950s and 1960s. The bulk of the scrapbooks are news clippings but also contain printed material and correspondence.
Note: Originally numbered Z-7. Correspondence and some printed materials were detached from the scrapbooks after microfilming and are located in Dorothy Morris File, Arkansas Small Manuscripts Collection (UALR.MS.0207).
The Women's Emergency Committee was founded by Adolphine Fletcher Terry and others in response to Governor Orval Faubus' closing of Little Rock Schools in the face of integration in 1958. That year, the committee unsuccessfully campaigned to keep Little Rock's schools open in a special election.
The committee was more successful the following year, when it opposed Governor Faubus' attempt to "stack" the school board. It also successfully campaigned for the recall of three school board members who had fired 44 Little Rock school teachers earlier that year. Though the committee was formed to keep Little Rock's schools open, its concerns also developed into other political efforts, such as the installation of voting machines. The WEC disbanded in 1963, stating that its mission had been accomplished.
Dorothy "Dottie" H. Wells, daughter of John Barnes Wells, was born in New York City in 1913. When her father died, she moved with her mother to Dover, Delaware, where she worked as a secretary until her marriage to Dr. Woodbridge E. Morris in 1938.
In 1942, the couple moved to Little Rock. Dottie Morris worked at home while her husband practiced medicine at Trinity Hospital and Clinic. In 1958, Adolphine Fletcher Terry asked Dottie Morris to join the Women's Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools (WEC). She served as secretary of the committee and as secretary of the Arkansas Council on Human Relations. After the WEC's disbanding in 1963, Dottie Morris worked as co-owner of Jet Letter Service until selling the business in 1974.
Jacoway, Elizabeth, 1944-, donor
Morris, Dorothy, 1913-2008
School integration--Arkansas--Little Rock
Segregation in education--Arkansas--Little Rock
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This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.
Conditions Governing Use
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.
Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.
Dorothy Morris Scrapbooks Microfilm Collection, UALR.MS.0084. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
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Description of item, Dorothy Morris Scrapbooks Microfilm Collection, UALR.MS.0084.