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Collection Number: 04375-z

Collection Title: Leroy Benjamin Frasier Papers, 1955-1980

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 95 items
Abstract Correspondence, legal papers, clippings, printed materials, and photographs, 1955-1980, almost all relating to the admission to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1955 of brothers LeRoy Benjamin Frasier, Jr., and Ralph Frasier and John Lewis Brandon, the first African-American undergraduates at the University. The Frasiers were sons of LeRoy Benjamin Fraser of Durham, N.C.
Creator Frasier, Leroy Benjamin.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Leroy Benjamin Frasier papers, #4375-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from LeRoy Benjamin Frasier, Sr., of Durham, N.C., in December 1983.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Correspondence, legal papers, clippings, printed materials, and photographs, 1955-1980, almost all relating to the admission to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1955 of brothers LeRoy Benjamin Frasier, Jr., and Ralph Frasier and John Lewis Brandon, the first African-American undergraduates at the University. The Frasiers were sons of LeRoy Benjamin Fraser of Durham, N.C.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, 1955-1983.

About 91 items.

Correspondence, legal papers, clippings, and printed materials pertaining to Ralph Frasier, LeRoy Frasier, Jr., and John Lewis Brandon. Correspondence, chiefly from 1955, is largely congratulatory letters to Ralph and LeRoy, Jr., or to their father, LeRoy Benjamin ("Lee") Frasier for winning the lawsuit that allowed them to enter the University of North Carolina and beginning classes that fall. Legal papers pertain to the case that the Frasiers won on appeal in the Supreme Court. The final folder contains printed material pertaining mainly to the career of Ralph Frasier, clippings about both brothers, stamps from Malawi where LeRoy, Jr., served in the Peace Corps, and a few items relating to the Frasiers while they were students at UNC.

Folder 1

Correspondence #04375-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1983." Folder 1

Folder 2

Legal Papers #04375-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1983." Folder 2

Folder 3

Printed Material #04375-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1955-1983." Folder 3

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1 item.

Scrapbook of clippings, magazine articles, pamphlets, and letters pertaining to the Frasiers at UNC and their subsequent careers, 1954-1970. Materials were compiled by LeRoy Benjamin Frasier, Sr. for his sons, and given to them with a explanatory letter, 1971 (see folder 1), reminiscing about their experiences.

Oversize Volume SV-4375/1

Scrapbook, 1954-1970 #04375-z, Series: "2. Scrapbook, 1954-1970." SV-4375/1

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4 items.
Image Folder PF-4375/1

Group photographs of LeRoy Benjamin Frasier, Ralph Frasier, and John L. Brandon, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1955 #04375-z, Series: "3. Pictures, 1955-1980s." PF-4375/1

Includes a group photograph with Professor W. Robert Mann, professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Image P-4375/4

Photograph of mask of Ralph Frasier, 1980s. #04375-z, Series: "3. Pictures, 1955-1980s." P-4375/4

Missing as of April 2013

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, August 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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