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Faulkner (Leesha) civil rights collection

Repository: University of Southern Mississippi. McCain Library and Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): Series X includes an interview with Frank Smith, a U.S. Congressman from Mississippi.

Collection Description (Extant): Leesha Faulkner (Cooper) is an experienced journalist who has worked for a number of newspapers, including The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, the Monroe News-Star in Monroe, Louisiana, and the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo, Mississippi. While working for The Clarion-Ledger she wrote at length about the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission and eventually was instrumental in having the Commissionís files opened at the University of Southern Mississippi.

In 1994 Faulkner completed her Masterís degree at Mississippi College entitled, ďTo Stem the Tide: The Mississippi Sovereignty Commission and Civil Rights, 1956-1973Ē, and worked toward a Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi. During the course of her research she compiled an extensive collection of civil rights-related materials.

The Leesha Faulkner papers are an engaging group of materials that give an in depth look into the Civil Rights Movement and primarily the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission. The collection has been divided into ten series.

Series I: ACLU Documents contains materials relating to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). It also has the court documents, ACLU vs. Cliff Finch, et. al. (1977), ACLU vs. Kirk Fordice, et. al. (ca. 1993), and ACLU vs. Ray Mabus (1989 and 1993). These transcripts provide information not only about the ACLU, but also the people involved.

Series II: Civil Rights Documents contains materials relating to the Civil Rights Movement. It has items related to school desegregation, the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964, and the murders of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner in the summer of 1964. Faulkner also included her own personal files on civil rights. Her civil rights files contain newsletters, correspondences, articles, and many other items that provide a plethora of information about the Civil Rights Movement.

Series III: Correspondence (1956-1993) contains letters and memos from various people and organizations related to the Civil Rights Movement. Many of the letters are related to the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, Erle Johnston, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The letters also contain information on what was happening in Mississippi at the time.

Series IV: Leesha Faulknerís Masterís Thesis and Research Notes contains the source material Faulkner gathered for her thesis and a copy of her finished thesis from Mississippi College. Her research notes are mostly written documentation on the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission.

Series V: Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission in large part contains investigative reports by the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission on various people related to the Civil Rights Movement, including student volunteers, NAACP members as well as members of other civil rights organizations, and African-American preachers and churches. This series provides considerable insight into the activities of the Commission.

Series VI: Newspaper and Magazine Articles contains many articles related to the Civil Rights Movement, Freedom Summer, and the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission. This series also includes the extensive articles Leesha Faulkner wrote on the Commission while working for The Clarion-Ledger.

Series VII: Pamphlets includes a plethora of pamphlets ranging in dates from the 1930s to the 1980s. They provide information on various topics, including race, economics, and religion.

Series VIII: University of Mississippi contains documents related to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). This series also contains 46 photographs from the 1962 Ole Miss riots. The riots were in response to the admission of James Meredith, the university's first African American student. The photographs provide a visual image of the campus, its students, James Meredith, Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett, and Lieutenant Governor Paul B. Johnson, Jr.

Series IX: USA v. Cecil Price, et. al., Parts 1-8 contains the entire court transcripts from the trial of the men who were accused of aiding in the murders of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner, as well as the transcript from their sentencing. This provides first hand accounts from the night these men were murdered as well as who was involved.

Series X: Subject Files contains an array of files related and unrelated to the Civil Rights Movement. For example, there is a file on church burnings and another on music scores. They provide a lot of background into many different and interesting topics.

Date(s): 1932-1995, bulk dates 1960-1970

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: M 398

Extent: 5.2 cubic feet

Finding Aid URL: http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/archives/m398.htm External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: M32 American Civil Liberties Union Southern Regional Office
M191 Johnson (Paul B.) Family Papers
M313 Marx (Charles) Papers
M319 Johnston (Erle E.) Papers
M404 Dukes (William F.) FBI Scrapbook

Interviewees: Frank Smith

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights

Subjects:

African Americans--Civil rights--Mississippi
American Civil Liberties Union
Journalists
Mississippi Freedom Project
Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission
Photographers
Politicians

Genres:

Interviews
Manuscripts
Photographs

 

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