Education: Not to Newcastle

One way to get Negroes to visit white schools and vice versa is to tempt them. Novelist Carl Van Vechten (The Tattooed Countess, Nigger Heaven, Peter Whiffle) has done just that with a scheme involving Yale and Fisk Universities.

Last week Fisk was preparing to install a Van Vechten gift, the George Gershwin Memorial Collection of Music and Musical Literature, which may be the South's best musical library. It includes letters (by Gershwin, Puccini, Humperdinck, Gounod, Meyerbeer—but none by Negro musicians), operatic and other scores, U.S. first editions, a vast heap of...