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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