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William Waggoner papers

Identifier: MS0221

Scope and Contents

These papers of William Waggoner primarily trace the progress of the case through the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court through dockets filed with the various courts and through clippings about the case. The collection also documents similar desegregation cases but does not include significant documentation on Waggoner's formulation of his defense tactics. Most of the material is in photocopied or in printed form. [For a historical synopsis of Swann v. Board of Education, see the inventory for the Julius L. Chambers Papers.]. Collection aAlso includes maps of proposed attendance zones, notes and correspondence, data on pupil placement plans and school transportation costs, clippings, and material relating to other desegregation cases and to satellite suits, especially involving the North Carolina anti-busing statute.


  • 1968-1971


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.


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William Waggoner is a Charlotte attorney and the collection relates to his defense of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of busing as a means to achieve racial integration of public schools. Consists primarily of legal documentation of proceedings and briefs prepared by defendants and plaintiffs for presentation to the U.S. District Court for Western North Carolina, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William Waggoner, 1995.

Related Materials

UNC Charlotte Collections: MS 91. Fred D. Alexander Papers; MS 55. Kelly M. Alexander Papers; MS 85. Julius L. Chambers Papers; MS 125. Reginald A. Hawkins Papers; MS 42. Benjamin S. Horack Papers; and MS 131. Margaret W. Ray Papers

UNC Chapel Hill. James B. McMillan Papers (SHC #4676).

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Hotaling and Franklin Lemond, 1996.
William Waggoner papers
Finding aid compiled by Kimberly Hotaling and Franklin Lemond
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated