A leading activist, lawyer, administrator, and educator Ada Lois Sipuel came of age during Jim Crow era in Oklahoma. She challenged the legal fiction of “separate but equal”, opening higher education to African-American students in Oklahoma.
Housed in the Oklahoma State Archives, this collection features 251 imaged documents from the Oklahoma State Supreme Court, Civil Case No. 32756 regarding the first African-American woman admitted to the University of Oklahoma law school in 1948. The collection includes defendant and plaintiff briefs as well as a trial transcript from the district court.
The Sipuel case laid the foundation for the Brown v. Board of Education landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court.