Frederick Douglass Patterson Papers, Tuskegee Institute, Correspondence: Letters of Congratulations, 1953

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Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson, President of Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) from 1935 to 1953 and co-founder of the United Negro College Fund in 1944, implemented significant changes at the university during his administration. He increased faculty housing for professors; integrated the Board of Trustees’ meeting meals; and established the Department of Commercial Dietetics, and the engineering and nursing programs. However, it was his development of the Commercial/Military Aviation Program that would bring the school’s highest distinction as home of the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Help us discover more about Dr. Patterson’s contributions to advancing the education of African Americans by transcribing these letters.

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