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.
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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. https://scrc-kb.libraries.wm.edu/marilyn-kaemmerle
2.00 Linear Feet
The fragile nature of the scrapbook may limit handling.
Acc. 1982.075 transferred from the President's Office Records in December 1982.
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