The records of the office of James E. Simmons under its several
titles includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, general material on black affairs at
Stanford and some additional files on Native American students. Also includes Simmons'
1973 report to the President.
In 1968, Stanford University created the new office of Assistant Provost for Minority
Affairs, naming James E. Simmons to the post; in 1969, Mr. Simmon's title was changed to
Assistant to the President for Black Affairs. The office developed and supported
educational, economic, and social activities of black Stanford students, faculty and
staff on campus and in East Palo Alto, and worked with the Black Student Union.
Convinced of the necessity to integrate the needs and concerns of blacks at Stanford
with other minority groups and seeing more staff and faculty resources for black
students on campus, Simmons recommended the discontinuation of a separate Black Affairs
Office in 1973 and the redeployment of its services to the Dean of Student Affairs, the
Office of Financial Aids and the Graduate Division.
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