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Catherine Clarke civil rights collection

Repository: New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Collection Description (CRHP): The series Georgia, 1965-1969 and Education, 1966-1967 both contain interview notes from when Clarke worked for SCOPE.

Collection Description (Extant): The Catherine Clarke Civil Rights Collection consists primarily of mimeographed and printed material documenting projects administered by various organizations whose objective was to establish racial equality in the South, primarily through school desegregation and voter registration. The collection is an accumulation of material and notes which Clarke gathered while working for several civil rights organizations and researching film projects about poverty and racism during the 1960's. There are press releases, leaflets and other printed matter which had been distributed to and by civil rights workers, as well as newspaper and magazine clippings, and Clarke's notes.

The subject matter deals with the Mississippi Summer Project - Council of Federated Organizations, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, the Selma to Montgomery March in Alabama, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and the Poor People's Campaign and Resurrection City in Washington, D.C. The role of the church and civil rights is also discussed in the collection.

Catherine “Kit” Clarke, born in Philadelphia on August 31, 1929, was a documentary filmmaker, whose work emphasized civil rights, poverty and the anti-war protests of the 1960's and 1970's.

Date(s): 1936-1969

Existing IDs: Sc MG 95

Extent: 4 boxes

Finding Aid URL: http://www.nypl.org/ead/3559 External Link

Language: English

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

Subjects:

Civil rights movements--Press coverage
Mississippi Freedom Project
Poor People's Campaign
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Summer Community Organization and Political Education (Organization)
Women civil rights workers

Genres:

Interviews
Manuscripts
Transcripts

 

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