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Folder 003 - "Norton, Judge J. K. M., 1913-1917", Item 002

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[letterhead:]Law Office of J.K.M. Norton. 128 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA Telephone 98

November 19, 1913 Mrs. Mary C. B. Mumford [Munford] 503 - E. Grace Street Richmond, Va. Dear Mrs. Mumford:- Your letter of the 17h inst. received. Mr. Carruthers is right as to the date. It is the 11th and not the 10th. At one time, the faculty met and discussed the matter of the Womans College in connection with the University, and I have heard various reports as to what was done. Apparently, they were overwhelming in favor of what the women desire, but the result of the faculty's discussion has certainly been questioned. Would it not be well for you to get some friend of the faculty to take this matter up and get together a meeting of the faculty, so that they could make a report of their views to the Board on the 11th. Personally, I can only promise you that I approach the question with an open mind. I have never formed, definitely, in my own mind anything absolutely fixed, though I have offered and expressed my views that we, possibly, ought to meet the issue, and come to some conclusion. At the last meeting I urged that action in the matter was, now, necessary. The Board all appreciated this and arranged for a meeting on the 11th. If I could see my way clear to the women having what they are entitled to without any connection with the University, I am afraid I would desire it to be entirely separate from the University; but I have never been able to see how we can have such a Women's College as they are entitled to without some co-operation with the University. The resources of the State are not yet great enough to establish an adequate Women's Collete [College], providing such such high education as they demand, and are entitled to. Then how far the University can assist in the work of the Womens College is a problem. Some professors say that they have all that they can do now, and that little assistance can be expected of them. I would suggest that you prepare your plans definitely and present the exact bill you will ask for, and have written out in what way, and to what extent you will expect to receive aid from the University. Finally, it was determined that notice should be in the Richmond papers of this meeting. If such notice has not appeared can have a notice in the paper, so that no one can say they did not have an opportunity to be heard? Very truly yours, JKM Norton