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Folder 012 - "Bruce, Philip Alexander, 1919-1921", Item 002

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503 East Grace Street, Richmond Virginia, April 20, 1921.

Dr. Philip A. Bruce, University, Va.

My dear Dr. Bruce -

I read with much interest your letter of March 26th, which followed me to New York where I was making a brief visit. I delayed replying to the same until I could return home and get the help of a stenographer. I have so much writing to do that I am forced to help myself out in this way, though I much prefer to write with my own hand to my friends.

There was one suggestion in your letter which I felt I should like to comment upon, - namely, your remark "that the Co-ordinate College contest was a negative, not a positive episode in the history of the University". May I say that my reading of that history is different on this point from yours? The Co-Ordinate College project was from the beginning a movement to make provision in some proper manner for the entrance of women into the University. When after ten years of effort it was found that the opponents of the bill, in the name of the common school, had produced a situation which made it impossible to secure a favorable vote for a Co-ordinate College, providing for both graduate and undergraduate work for women at the University, since the legislators felt such a proposal was too expensive and as they thought so little difference between this proposal and straight out co-education, the Co-Ordinate College Committee suggested that the entrance of the women to the University should be made through the graduate and professional departments under the leadership of the Board of Visitors itself. We had requested the Board of Visitors in 1918 to assume leadership, it being evident even at that time to our Committee that a favorable vote for the Co-ordinate College was only probable if the effort for the same had the prestige of the leadership and active direction of the University authorities themselves. This fact was due to the supposed competition which had been produced in the minds of the legislature between the founding of a Co-Ordinate College at the University and proper support and development of the common school system. As you know, the action which the Board of Visitors took in January, 1919, admitting the women to graduate and professional work was their response to the