The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Komisar (Lucy) civil rights collection
Repository: University of Southern Mississippi. McCain Library and Archives
Collection Description (CRHP): Komisar was editor of the Mississippi Free Press in Jackson, Miss., 1962-63. The weekly covered the civil rights movement and related political and labor issues and was read largely by black people in Mississippi.
Collection Description (Extant): The Lucy Komisar Civil Rights Collection brings together nearly four years of news stories by an alternative newspaper in Mississippi during the early 1960s and an historical/ biographical sketch of the creator of the collection. Most of the collection consists of photocopies of issues of the Mississippi Free Press (an incomplete run) that were published in Jackson, Mississippi, between the years of 1961-1964. The collection includes an interview with Lucy Komisar and two articles from other newspapers that refer to Komisar and the Mississippi Free Press. To aid researchers in using the collection to its fullest potential, a "Guide to the Issues of the Mississippi Free Press", "Suggested Research Topics in the Mississippi Free Press," "Persons of Interest in the Mississippi Free Press," and an "Inventory of Business Names in Advertisements in the Mississippi Free Press," were created and added to the collection's finding aids by the processor. There is a interview with Lucy Komisar, conducted in October 1991 as part of the Tully-Crenshaw Feminist Oral History Project at Radcliffe College.
Date(s): 1961-1964; 1991
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: M 395
Finding Aid URL: http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/archives/m395.htm
Related Archival Items: M 373 Michaels (Sheila) Collection
Interviewees: Lucy Komisar
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Civil rights movements--Mississippi
Civil rights movements--Press coverage