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James Forman papers

Repository: Library of Congress. Manuscript Division

Collection Description (CRHP): See the interviews with and by Forman and others in the Subject Files series, Speeches and Writings series, and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee File series.

Collection Description (Extant): The papers of James Rufus Forman (1928-2005) span the years 1848-2005, with the bulk of the material dating from 1961 to 2001. The papers document Forman's interest in a wide variety of domestic and international issues, his activities as executive secretary and director of international affairs of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), one of the principal organizations of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, and his endeavors as president of the Unemployment and Poverty Action Committee (UPAC), a nonprofit organization concerned primarily with voter education and voter registration. UPAC was first established under the name of the Unemployment Poverty Action Council, but the last part of the name was changed to committee in the early 1980s. The papers are in English, French, and Spanish and are organized into the following series: Diaries, Correspondence, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee File, Subject File, Speeches and Writings File, Printed Matter, Miscellany, Oversize, and Electronic Files.

Access Copy Note: The papers of James Forman are open to research. Researchers are advised to contact the Manuscript Reading Room prior to visiting. Many collections are stored off-site and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.

Date(s): 1848-2005

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: MSS85370

Extent: 78,500 items ; 253 containers plus 2 oversize and electronic files ; 99.6 linear feet

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Language: English, French, and Spanish

Interviewees: James Forman

Rights (Extant): Copyright in the unpublished writings of James Forman in these papers and in other collections in the custody of the Library of Congress is reserved. Consult reference staff in the Manuscript Division for further information.


African American civil rights workers
Black Panther Party
Forman, James, 1928-2005
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1963
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Mississippi Freedom Project
Mississippi Freedom Schools
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Unemployment and Poverty Action Committee
Voter registration




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