[this appears to be a rough draft with numerous comments and amendments. It was typed on yellow paper usually used for carbon copies]
503 E. Grace St., May 21st, 1916
Mrs. C. C. Couper, 405 Westover Ave., Norfolk, Va. My dear Mrs. Couper:
I am sorry indeed that your letter to Mrs. Munford asking information on a point in connection with the Coordinate College movement has remained unanswered so long. Mrs. Munford was about to leave town for some time when it arrived, and she turned it over to me with the request that I endeavor to cover the point raised by your friend the editor of the women's page. An unusual combination of business and household duties descended upon me just at that time, and I am only just now emerging. That is the way with us women, isn't it? Very important things have to wait for more important. [written across the paragraph above] need for college
It seems to me that yours friend is attacking the coordinate plan at one of its strongest points. It has now been 7 years since the Coordinate College movement was launched by the Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs. From the very beginning that far-seeing groul of women had in mind two primary principles:
1. Virginia's state supported woman's college must be a college of unchallenged academic standard, that is a real college with a standard in every way equal to that of its college for men. To meet the needs of teaching, [illegible] [illegible] [illegible]
2. This absolutely standard institution must be so founded that is would not be an unique burden on the finances of the state, that is some plan would have to be devised by which the desired standard and suitable environment could be had at a cost commensurable with Virginia's financial resources. & a charge within reach of average girl
Standing squarely on this foundation, the problem was to obtain the maximum return in academic standing & suitable environment for the minimum outlay.
Of course coeducation at the state university for men would have been the cheapest possible method. But this seemed to them too alien to the spirit of Virginia customs and institutions and particularly to the spirit of the University of Virginia (an institution with 100 years behind it) to merit serious consideration.
Then why not a separate state college for women? If your friend had made as careful a study as those women did of the problems of a standard college, I am sure she would have reached their conclusion--that a separate state college for women (much less of a university) is utterly out of the question. These are some of the significant facts that influenced their decision:- -
(1) There are no separate state-supported colleges for women of unchallenged standard. No state in the Union, however rich, has been able to support two standard colleges, one for men and one for women. Two states, Florida and Mississippi have tried, but have not succeeded. Florida's college has
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