[sixties-l] Freedom Summer Letters and Posters Available Online

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    From: "James Anderson" <andy.anderson@louisville.edu>
    Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2001 7:53 PM
    Subject: Freedom Summer Letters and Posters Available Online


    The USM Libraries' Special Collections Digital Program announces the
    online release of correspondence and civil rights posters from the
    Joseph and
    Nancy Ellin Freedom Summer Collection. The Ellins, ivy-league educated
    teachers from New York City, came to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1964
    to work in the Freedom Schools established as a part of the Mississippi
    Freedom Summer Project.

    The letters describe the Ellins' daily activities and concerns as civil
    rights workers, their relationships with local blacks, and their
    attempts to promote grass roots support for civil rights among their
    friends and
    relatives back home. The posters from the Ellin collection are public
    relations publications of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

    The finding aid for the Ellin collection (with hyperlinks to the digital

    items) is available at: http://www.lib.usm.edu/~archives/m323.htm

    The digital files from the Ellin collection, along with the rest of
    USM's digital archives, are searchable from:

    The Mississippi Freedom Summer Project was a key event in the history of

    the civil rights movement that brought together northern whites and
    African-American activists in a campaign to establish Freedom Schools
    and Libraries and to promote black voting rights. The summer
    the white reaction to it--brought the plight of southern blacks into the

    national spotlight in 1964. Events like those associated with the
    murders of civil rights activists Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and
    Chaney in Neshoba County deeply affected the national conscience, and
    they ultimately helped to change Americans' perceptions and behavior in
    regard to race.

    Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where the Ellin's spent July and August of
    1964, was the largest Freedom Summer site.

    The Ellin digital collection is a phase of the Civil Rights in
    Mississippi Digital Archive, which provides oral histories, manuscripts,
    and images
    documenting the history of race relations in Mississippi. See:

    USM also has a large collection of editorial cartoons online. They can
    be accessed at http://www.lib.usm.edu/~spcol/aaec/

    For more information contact: spcol@lib.usm.edu

    Diane DeCesare Ross
    Digitization Specialist

    The University of Southern Mississippi
    McCain Library & Archives
    Special Collections Digital Lab
    Box 5148
    Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148

    email: Diane.Ross@usm.edu

    fax: 601-266-6269

    phone: 601-266-6493


    Send snail mail to: Andy Anderson
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