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Guide to the Stokely Carmichael-Lorna D. Smith collection, 1964-1972
Special Collections M0170  
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  • Biographical Note

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Stokely Carmichael-Lorna D. Smith collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1964-1972
    Collection number: Special Collections M0170
    Creator: Carmichael, Stokely.
    Extent: 5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of Lorna D. Smith, donated as collected, beginning in 1966.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Stokely Carmichael-Lorna D. Smith collection, M0170, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of correspondence, an inscribed book, and 15 scrapbooks filled with clippings from newspapers, magazines, circulars, folders, conference advertisements, and programs dating from July, 1964 to Nov. 1972. All of the items relate directly to Stokely Carmichael and to his work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and to his role in the Black Power movement, racial unrest, rioting in American cities (as represented by the Press).
    The correspondence is mostly addressed to Mrs. Lorna Smith in reference to her work on the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964 or her later help with the efforts of SNCC, including 55 letters from Carmichael dating from December, 1964 to Nov. 1972. These are fairly personal in nature.
    Included in the collection is Freedom Summer, inscribed by the author Sally Belfrage. Some of her letters to Mrs. Smith are also found in the collection, relating her opinions of the representation Carmichael received in the press.
    Additions received on: Dec., 1967 - Seventh scrapbook, clips dating from
    • Aug. to Nov. 1967.
    • Mar. 1968 - Eighth scrapbook, clips dating Nov. 67 to
    • Feb. 1968.
    • Apr. 30, 68 - Ninth scrapbook, clips dating Feb. 68 to Apr. 68
    • Aug. 1968 - Tenth scrapbook.
    • Jan. 2, 1969 - Eleventh scrapbook.
    • July 7, 1970 - Twelfth scrapbook.
    • Nov. 1970 - 2 letters to Mrs. Smith, 7-8-70 from Carmichael, and 7-12-68 from Ukita.

    Biographical Note

    1941 born in Trinidad
    1952 family moved to Harlem, New York and later to the East Bronx
    1960 graduated from the Bronx High School of Science
    1964 graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in Philosophy
    1964 field secretary of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
    1966 May elected chairman of SNCC