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Marilyn Kaemmerle Collection

Identifier: UA 5.058

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Scope and Contents

A scrapbook of newspaper articles and other loose clippings in response to a February 7, 1945 Flat Hat editorial, "Lincoln's Job Half-Done," by Marilyn Kaemmerle, then the Flat Hat's editor-in-chief. Kaemmerle advocated for racial equality and integration, particularly at William & Mary. Her editorial piece received a wide response both on campus and across the United States, leading to her removal from the Flat Hat staff and a temporary suspension ordered by the Board of Visitors.

Loose clippings are arranged according to the state in which they were published.


  • Creation: 1945


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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which William & Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not William & Mary Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Marilyn Kaemmerle, class of 1945, was a student at William & Mary from Jackson, Michigan. Kaemmerle was editor of The Flat Hat in 1945 when her editorial on race relations, "Lincoln's Job Half-Done," 7 February 1945 sparked a controversy that garnered attention beyond campus. The Flat Hat was temporarily suspended and Kaemmerle was removed as editor. In the 1980's, the Board of Visitors issued a formal apology to Marilyn Kaemmerle. She passed away in 2001.

More information on Marilyn Kaemmerle can be found in the Special Collections Research Center Knowledgebase.


2.00 Linear Feet

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The fragile nature of the scrapbook may limit handling.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acc. 1982.075 transferred from the President's Office Records in December 1982.

Related Materials

Access Kaemmerle's editorial in The Flat Hat, 1945 February 7, Page 8, available in William & Mary Libraries Digital Archive:

Guide to the Marilyn Kaemmerle Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository