The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Robert F. Williams papers
Repository: University of Michigan. Bentley Historical Library
Collection Description (Extant): African American civil rights activist and black militant leader in Monroe County North Carolina who came to advocate armed self-defense in response to violence, left the United States in 1961 and lived in Cuba and China until 1969 when he settled in Baldwin Michigan. Papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, audio-visual material, manuscripts, petitions, and government documents documenting the civil rights movement, black nationalism, radical politics in the United States and Williams's experiences in Cuba and China.
The Audio Visual series (1964-1996) consists of three subseries: sound recordings, photographs, and videocassettes. The sound recordings include audio tape reels of Williams' "Radio Free Dixie" broadcasts, an oral history on cassette tape, a recording of a public discussion on China in which Williams participated, and a radio interview with Williams. The photograph subseries richly document Williams' residences in Cuba, China, and the United States.
Existing IDs: 85506 Aa 2, UAl
Extent: 14 linear feet and 1 oversize folder
Finding Aid URL: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/b/bhlead/umich-bhl-85506?byte=105772350
Interviewees: Robert F. Williams
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American radio broadcasters
Black militant organizations
Civil rights movements--Michigan
Civil rights movements--North Carolina
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People