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Dr. F. D. Patterson, President
Dear Dr. Patterson:
Although both the Work Projects Administration and National Youth Administration have, at the request of the War Department, explored very carefully every possibility of rendering assistance to the Institute, both organizations have stated regretfully that their respective governing laws simply will not permit the improvement of your facilities since Tuskegee Institute must be considered a private rather than a public institution.
A few days ago, I addressed a letter to Major General John P. Smith, the Commanding General of the Fourth Corps Area at Atlanta, Georgia, asking him to investigate the possibility of location recreational area for colored soldier on the Institute grounds. General Smith will undoubtedly look into this matter right away.
I regret that the responses from the Work Projects Administration and from the National Youth Administration could not be more favorable.
With best wishes,
G. C. Marshall
Chief of Staff