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Dorothy M. and Robert Zellner papersp

Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives

Collection Description (Extant): Papers created and collected by two civil rights workers who worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Conference Educational Fund during the 1960's and early 1970's. Most of the materials are near-print items, with some original correspondence, memos, reports, and notes, concerning SNCC, SCEF and its Grass-Roots Organizing Work (GROW) project, among white southerners and many other civil rights and labor organizing groups. Among the other topics treated are the seven-month strike of Local 5-443, International Woodworkers of America against the Masonite Corp., in Laurel, Mississippi and the Gulfcoast Pulpwood Association. Few personal papers are included; among them are autobiographical and biographical writings; other writings and correspondence; and a few items pertaining to Robert's father, Rev. James Z. Zellner, and his civil rights activities. The tape recordings include a meeting of poor white people from Sunflower and Bolivar counties in Missisippi with GROW representatives in 1968 and an account by Robert Zellner of his early civil rights experiences and the couple's role in the formation of GROW. The photographs portray picketing by the Boston Friends of SNCC in 1965 and various unidentified meetings and rallies.

Access Copy Note: The material in this collection that is designated as restricted (by an R next to the folder number) may only be used by researchers with the written permission of the donor or the donor's designee until 2038 or the death of the donor, whichever comes first.

Date(s): 1960-1979

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: Mss 674; Tape 1135A; PH 3677

Extent: 2.8 c.f. (2 record center cartons and 2 archives boxes), 4 tape recordings, 107 photographs, and 62 negatives

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Robert Zellner papers dating from a later period form a separate collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Interviewees: Robert Zellner

Rights (Extant): The donor has retained copyright until 2038 or her death, whichever comes first. At that time her copyright will be assigned to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.


Civil rights workers
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Southern Conference Educational Fund


Sound recordings


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