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To Frederick D. Patterson
October 12, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Dr. Patterson,
I have received your note of October eighth which indicates the problem facing your School this year.1 I am inclosing a contribution, and along with it go my best wishes for your success in raising the needed funds to carry on the good work of Tuskegee Institute.2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Patterson, the president of Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute, had written: “Because of the many demands which were made upon our contributors during the past year, many of them have been forced to reduce their contributions to Tuskegee Institute more than half—some cannot contribute at all. We are trying to raise money this Fall to offset this loss. If we can get enough small contributions from old and new friends, they will take the place of large ones. Twenty-five cents or fifty cents or a dollar will help a student here.” (Patterson to Marshall, October 8, 1943, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) Tuskegee was the site of the Army Air Force’s training school for African-American fighter pilots. On Marshall’s previous relations with Tuskegee Institute and Patterson, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #2-465 [2: 518-19], and #2-475 [2: 525-26].
2. Marshall sent $50. Patterson responded: “I am almost embarrassed by your generous contribution to Tuskegee Institute for I regard you as already one of our benefactors. I am constantly grateful for what you have done to make it possible for Tuskegee Institute to render a large measure of service to the war effort through its ROTC and its aviation programs which now include pre-flight training. This further contribution to our work makes me more grateful than I can tell you. We shall make every effort to justify your confidence in us.” (Patterson to Marshall, October 18, 1943, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 153-154.