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Philip Mason Collection

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Philip Mason Collection


Philip Mason Collection


Dr. Philip M. Mason gave a full decade of dedicated service [as of 1975] during which time the Huntsville Center was brought to the 332-acre campus that was to become The University of Alabama in Huntsville. His administration saw construction of the first permanent building, creation of the Research Institute, expansion of the undergraduate program, the beginning of the graduate level programs, and a student population that topped 2,000. This sketch is taken from the 1975 "UAH Founders' Day Luncheon program," which may be viewed in its entirety here.

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    UAH, then known as the University of Alabama Huntsville Center, circulated this letter in preparation for class registration and the center's integration in June 1963. Mason addresses the impending arrival of the first Black student, Dave Mack McGlathery, though he is not named in the letter. Mason emphasizes "that the academic program will proceed smoothly" and that "all persons and property will be protected," namely through a new student identification card system. Dave Mack McGlathery integrated the Huntsville Center on June 13, 1963, as he walked into Morton Hall to register for classes. His arrival proceeded uneventfully, though National Guardsmen were present to maintain order. Along with Vivian Malone, McGlathery was a plaintiff in the lawsuit to desegregate the University of Alabama.

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