The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Staughton Lynd papers
Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives
Collection Description (Extant): Papers of a leftist historian and labor lawyer who was prominent in both the civil rights and the anti-war movements. The majority of the papers cover the mid-1960's to the early 1970's, with the emphasis on the varied social movements and radical activities with which he was affiliated rather than on Lynd himself. Articles and writings, correspondence, and clippings and other printed matter refer to campus protests of the 1960's; civil rights; the Vietnam War; tax reform; the Kennedy assassination; Jobs or Income Now (JOIN), a group which sought to organize the poor in Chicago; union organizing, especially among public employees in the Chicago and Gary, Indiana, area; the Mass Party Organizing Committee, a group which attempted to formulate a mass, Leninist, working-class party; and the New American Movement, a group which sought to build a mass-based democratic socialist movement in the United States.
The series CIVIL RIGHTS contains mainly clippings and printed material which Lynd collected while participating in the civil rights movement in the South in the early 1960s. It dates from 1958 to 1965, but concentrates on the middle years of this period. There is some material for the areas in which Lynd was active, such as Mississippi, but little that specifically records his activities. Photographs include images related to Freedom Schools in Indianola and Meridian, Miss., 1964, including images of students, a construction project, and convention.
There are also files on Lyndís attempt to bring a leftist perspective to the historical profession and to the American Historical Association. Related files and unprocessed tapes concern interest in oral history and the preparation with his wife of "Rank and File," a book about ordinary people in the labor movement. Also of interest are the Chicago Police Departmentís Red Squad file on Lynd and his father, Robert S. Lynd, and part of the Central Intelligence Agencyís file on Lynd.
Photographs include images related to Freedom Schools in Indianola and Meridian, Miss., 1964, including images of students, a construction project, and convention.
The recording is a speech Lynd made on the University of Wisconsin campus in 1972 during a labor teach-in. Additional tapes and discs are unprocessed.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: Mss 395; Tape 616A; PH Mss 395; M88-305; M91-219; M99-111; M2004-165; M2009-037
Extent: 8.0 c.f. (20 archives boxes), 1 tape recording, and 8 photographs; plus additions of 84.2 c.f., 116 tape recordings, 17 photographs, 0.8 c.f. of photographs, 8 disc recordings, and 17 videorecordings.
Finding Aid URL: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mss00395
Related Archival Items: A large collection of Lynd's papers are also deposited at Kent State University.
Rights (Extant): Copyright to the unprocessed materials described in M91-219 are retained by Mr. Lynd until January 2025 or his death, whichever is earlier.
Automobile industry and trade
Civil rights and socialism
Civil rights movements--Illinois
Civil rights movements--Indiana
Civil rights movements--Ohio
Civil rights--Economic aspects
International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (CIO)
Mississippi Freedom Schools
New American Movement (Organization)
Steel industry and trade
Strikes and lockouts
United States. Central Intelligence Agency