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Paul Good papers

Repository: Emory University. Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Collection Description (CRHP): Notable interviewees include Lester Maddox, Charles Evers, James Forman, Bob Moses and John Lewis. This collection includes numerous interviewees with unidentified and unnamed civil rights workers as well as those attempting to register to vote in Mississippi. Topics include the disappearance of James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

Collection Description (Extant): The Paul Good papers consist entirely of audio recordings Good made while he was working as a journalist. Most of the material dates from 1964 when he was covering the civil rights movement. The recordings include reports and interviews from well known civil rights battlegrounds around the South as well as dispatches from less publicized places like Notasulga, Alabama and Colbert, Georgia. The collection also contains a few recordings from Paul Good's time in Mexico City, Mexico.

A large part of the collection relates to civil rights activities in three places: Atlanta, Georgia, St. Augustine, Florida, and the state of Mississippi. The Atlanta recordings document the student movement's push to desegregate public accommodation in the Gate City in 1964. In St. Augustine, Florida, Good recorded mass meetings, protest marches, and other civil rights activities in the "Ancient City." And, in Mississippi, Good covered the disappearances of three civil rights activists, voter registration efforts in Hattiesburg and Greenwood, Mississippi, and the state convention of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). Martin Luther King, Jr. and Andrew Young appear on several of the tapes.

The Paul Good audio recordings also document the opponents of the civil rights movement. The collection includes interviews with Robert Shelton, the Imperial Wizard of the United Klans of America, Inc. and recordings of Klan rallies in Atlanta, Georgia and St. Augustine, Florida

The recordings from Good's time as Latin America bureau chief feature reports and interviews from presidential elections in the Dominican Republic and Panama, an attempted overthrow of Haitian President Francois Duvalier, and a meeting of the "Alliance for Progress" in Mexico City, Mexico.

Date(s): 1963-1964

Digital Status: Yes

Existing IDs: Manuscript Collection No. 1025

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Lester Maddox, Charles Evers, James Forman, Bob Moses, John Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson, C. T. Vivian, Verle Pope, Ralph McGill, Robert A. Thompson, Joseph E. Boone, Rev. Wyatt T. Walker, Ivan Allen, Jr., Jeremiah X, Ralph David Abernathy, Bud Cole, Dick Frey, Alvin Packer

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


Chaney, James Earl, 1943-1964
Civil rights movements--Alabama
Civil rights movements--Florida
Civil rights movements--Georgia
Civil rights movements--Mississippi
Civil rights movements--Press coverage
Goodman, Andrew, 1943-1964
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Schwerner, Michael Henry, 1939-1964
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)


Sound recordings


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