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Jonathan M. Daniels papers

Repository: Episcopal Divinity School. Sherrill Library. Special Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): This collection includes interview transcripts, court transcripts, audio and video recordings, photographs, publications, and written documents concerning Jonathan M. Daniels, the white seminarian and civil rights activist who was murdered at age 26 on August 20, 1965, in Alabama when he pushed Ruby Sales, a black civil rights activist, out of the path of a bullet and took it instead. The collection, in particular, includes extensive correspondence of Daniels, much of which deals with his civil rights activism, as well as writings of Daniels. It also contains a great deal of information on how Daniels's life and death have been remembered over time. He is one of two Americans (the other is Martin Luther King Jr.) of fifteen modern-day martyrs recognized by the Episcopal Church and is so honored in the Chapel of Martyrs in England's Canterbury Cathedral. In this collection, there is a large binder full of transcripts conducted by William J. 'Bill' Schneider, who was a chaplain at Harvard, Radcliffe, and the Virginia Military Institute, the latter of which Daniels attended. Schneider, who knew Daniels well, interviewed friends and associates, including fellow civil rights activists, of Daniels shortly after his death as part of the research for the book that he published on Daniels titled The Jon Daniels Story (1967). Taken together, these transcripts provide a very rich character study of Daniels, exploring his upbringing in New Hampshire, schooling at the Virginia Military Institute and Episcopal Divinity School, and civil rights work in Alabama.

Digital Status: No

Extent: 2 boxes

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Other collections on Jonathan M. Daniels are at the Virginia Military Institute and Keene State College in New Hampshire.

Interviewees: Judy Upham, William Braithwaite, Tom Brown, Constance Daniels, Mrs. Weaver, Colonel Dillard, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Drew, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Felch IV, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Felch III, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Foley, Fred Fox, David Gordon, Rev. William Hazelett, Phil Holliday, Blaney Colmore, Bob Oakes, Caroline Howard, Sam Morris, Marc Oliver, Richard F. Morrisroe, Chandler McCarty, Rev. Ralph Newell, Father Maurice Ouellet, Mrs. Frederick Pitcher, Theresa P. Roberts, George Roth, Mr. and Mrs. Carleton Russell, Peter Selby, Richard Snowden, Gray Thorn, Miss Tracy, Miss Raymond, John Morris, Tarrington Tutwieler

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

Subjects:

Carmichael, Stokely
Civil rights demonstrations--Alabama
Civil rights movements--Alabama
Civil rights workers--Alabama
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Christianity
Clergy
Daniels, Jonathan Myrick, 1939-1965
Episcopal Church
Episcopal Divinity School
Nonviolence
Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965 : Selma, Ala.)
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Virginia Military Institute
Voter registration--Alabama

Genres:

Interviews
Manuscripts
Photographs
Speeches
Transcripts

 

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