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Orris (Leo) civil rights collection

Repository: University of Southern Mississippi. McCain Library and Archives

Collection Description (Extant): The Leo Orris Civil Rights Collection consist of a photograph of Dr. Leo Orris taking the blood pressure of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer in front of her house in Ruleville, Mississippi. The photograph was taken in August 1964 by Dr. Erwin D. Zeman of Lincoln, Nebraska, who was visiting his daughter Zoya, a Freedom Summer volunteer in the Community Center in nearby Clarksdale.

Dr. Leo Orris was a New York physician who helped to organized the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR), a group of doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists, dentists, and social workers who treated civil rights and peace movement workers during the sixties. Dr. Orris was in Mississippi with the MCHR during the summer of 1964 to participate in 'Freedom Summer', the Summer Project of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Collection URL: http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/archives/orris.htm External Link

Date(s): 1964

Extent: 1 photograph

Finding Aid: http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/archives/orris.htm

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer Oral History Interview, transcript call number F341.5 M57x Vol. 31.

Health Care is a Human Right: A Collection of Biographies of the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR), 1964-1997 (New York: M.C.H.R. Book Committee, 1998?), call number E185.93.M6 H43 1998 (McCain Library).

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

Subjects:

Civil rights movements--Mississippi
Hamer, Fannie Lou
Medical Committee for Human Rights (U.S.)

Genres:

Photographs

 

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