The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Shonholtz (Raymond) Freedom Summer memoir
Repository: University of Southern Mississippi. McCain Library and Archives
Collection Description (Extant): The Raymond Shonholtz Freedom Summer Memoir is a three-page memoir of Mr. Shonholtz's experiences as a Mississippi Freedom Summer volunteer. Written in 2002, the memoir involves events that took place during the historic summer of 1964.
Mr. Shonholtz's memoir begins with an account of his experiences as an American Field Services bus chaperon in the early part of the summer of 1964, following his sophomore year at UCLA. He discusses later purchasing a car in New York and traveling to Clarksdale, Mississippi to visit Lewis Sitzer, a Freedom Summer volunteer, friend, and fellow UCLA student.
He describes his arrest for participating in Freedom Summer activities and how he came to know Dr. Aaron Henry, a Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party representative. In the memoir, Mr. Shonholtz details how he drove Dr. Henry out of Clarksdale to catch a plane bound for the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: M 371
Finding Aid URL: http://www.lib.usm.edu/legacy/archives/m371.htm
Related Archival Items: F341.5 .M57 Mississippi Oral History Program, Vol. 33, Dr. Aaron Henry
M 257 Glass (Jinny) Mississippi Freedom Summer Diary (Ray Shonholtz mentioned in diary)
M 320 Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection
M 359 Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Civil rights workers--Mississippi
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Mississippi Freedom Project