Mississippi Freedom Summer Project Collection

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UC Davis. Special Collections
University of California, Davis, Department of Special Collections, General Library
100 NW Quad
Davis, California 95616-5292
(530) 752-1621

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mississippi Freedom Summer Project Collection
Dates: 1963-1970
Collection Number: D-579
Creator/Collector: Hargreaves, Robert
Extent: 0.4 linear feet
Repository: UC Davis. Special Collections
Davis, California 95616-5292
Abstract: Collection includes newsletters, memoranda, clippings, and press releases related to the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

Mississippi Freedom Summer Project Collection. UC Davis. Special Collections

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert Hargreaves.

Biography/Administrative History

In the summer of 1964, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE), joined by civil rights activists from around the United States, organized an effort to push back against Mississippi's vigorously enforced racial segregation. Hundreds of activists, most of them white college students, arrived in Mississippi eager to register voters and encourage community organizing. Prior to this point, black Southerners' struggle for equality against near-overwhelming opposition was little reported on in the national media. The Mississippi Freedom Summer Project succeeded in bringing attention to the disenfranchisement of black Southerners and was a turning point in the fight against institutional racism. Sources: Kindig, Jessie. "Freedom Summer (June–August 1964)."  Online Encyclopedia of Significant People and Places in African American History. http://www.blackpast.org/aah/freedom-summer-june-august-1964 (accessed 13 October 2014) Ohrenschall, Rachel S. "Freedom Summer campaign for African American voting rights in Mississippi, 1964." Global Nonviolent Action Database. http://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/content/freedom-summer-campaign-african-american-voting-rights-mississippi-1964 (accessed 13 October 2014)

Scope and Content of Collection

Collection includes newsletters, memoranda, clippings, and press releases related to the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project.

Indexing Terms

African Americans -- Civil rights -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
Mississippi Freedom Project.

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