JE Ralph to Charles S. Hamlin

Identifier

SE030714

Description

Ralph informs the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury that due to a shortage of toilet and dressing room facilities in the new building the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is moving into, African-American and white employees will need to share the facilities.

Source

US National Archives and Records Administration 450/79/10/3 box#15 entry#12A1

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Language

English

Provenance

Digital copy acquired from federal archives by previous WWPL Archivist, Heidi Hackford.

Text

My dear Mr. Hamlin:

In connection with the removal of the Bureau to its new building, I find a very embarrassing situation due to the fact that, in planning the building, the necessity for separate toilet and dressing rooms for the colored employes was overlooked and as there is a shortage of toilets in the building due to a lack of funds, it is difficult to at once make any arrangements for the separation of the colored employes in these rooms and, while it is probably that, after we have been located in the new building a month or so, it will be possible for me to devise some means of making proper arrangements, it will be necessary, due to our hurried removal to permit of the commingling of the two races in the work and other rooms. I believe that I will be able to settle the matter eventually without difficulty, but deem it my duty to call your attention to this condition in case there may be any discussion of it.

Respectfully,
(Sgd) J E Ralph
Director

Honorable Charles S. Hamlin,
of the Treasury.

Original Format

Letter

Files

SE030714.jpg

Citation

Ralph, Joseph E., 1863-1922, “JE Ralph to Charles S. Hamlin,” 1914 March 7, SE030714, Race and Segregation Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.