“Project DAPS” is a unique online exhibition & searchable database of archival materials related to the desegregation of Arlington Public Schools. Project DAPS is culled from the holdings of the Arlington Public Library’s Community Archives in the Center for Local History.

Visit our virtual exhibit to learn more about the people and events that make up this important story in our community’s history. Browse by collection or by item to explore the archival materials.

Recently Added Items

Letter to the Editor by Edmund Gibson, Reprint from Richmond News-Leader, 6/2/1958


The Life and Times of Arlington County, Critic of Progressive Education Chronicles a Remarkable Tale, anti-desegregation, Edmund Gibson, Defenders of…

Letter, Defenders of Sate Sovereignty and Individual Liberties to Stratford Student, 1/30/1959


Stratford Students urged to boycott school after admission of 4 Negro students

Letter, Elizabeth Campbell to Editor Washington Post, n.d. 2 pages.


Behavior of individuals at Washington Lee Speech of Overstreets, Defenders of Individual Liberties, Mrs. Helen Lane, Arlington School Board

Telegram, Mrs. Richard B. Young to Clark Keating, 2/29/1957, 4 pages., includes envelope


Against Overstreets, former Communists speaking at Washington-Lee High School

Letter, Jack Rathbone to Daniel Dugan, 2 pages.


Criticism Desegregation groups, Massive Resistance, Commonwealth Attorney William Hassan, private schools. Booth, Campbell