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Carl and Anne Braden papers

Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): The sound recordings in the Braden papers include a number of radio interviews with the Bradens. Other recordings of interest include: 1957, James Forman interviewing white woman and son about integration of Little Rock High School; 1962, Carl Braden and Maurice McCrackin interviewing others during Operation Freedom in Mississippi field trip; 1963, Amzie Moore account of his experience in the CRM; 1963, Robert Moses account of Voter Registration drive in Mississippi in 1961; 1964, Carl & Anne Braden discuss SCEF, politics in Fayette County, and developments in racial cooperation; 1969 (April), Jim Braden interviews individuals re: the Louisville disorders: Manfred Reid, Bill Peterson, Jay Thomas, Florian and Reginald Meeks, Eugene Robinson, Glen Stassen, Father Tom Moffet, Nay Ross, Father Charles Tachau; 1973, interviews with Mike Welch, Anne Braden, Penny Lane and Pat Martin, and Joe Phillips about the SCEF crisis. Circa 1977, interviews with Louisville residents Vernon Roberson, Louis Coleman, and a "Mrs. Torkel" about changes in the city. Circa 1979, interview with Fred Shuttlesworth by Anne Braden about his role in school desegregation; 1986, Interview of Fluker and Lukerson, residents of Metropolitan Gardens in Birmingham, Alabama; Circa 1986, Interview with Rev. Frederick Douglas Kirkpatrick (Brother Kirk) about housing in Birmingham, black music and culture, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Undated, interview of Jim Dombrowski by Anne Braden about the origins of his social activism and involvement with SCEF.

Collection Description (Extant): Papers, 1928-2006, of Louisville, Kentucky, civil rights activists Carl and Anne Braden, primarily documenting their work with the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF), 1954-1974, and the Social Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice (SOC), 1974-2006. Additional records of SCEF and its predecessor, the Southern Conference for Human Welfare (1938-1948) are also included and were once in the possession of James Dombrowski, who headed both organizations before the Bradens. Dombrowski's early records include executive board minutes; subject files; and correspondence (some available only on microfilm) with leaders such as James Aronson, Leonard Boudin, Virginia and Clifford Durr, James Forman, and William Howard Melish; Harvey and Jessie O'Connor, Fred Shuttlesworth, Frank Wilkinson, and Aubrey Williams.
The collection includes a large number of chronologically-arranged sound recordings of the Bradens' speeches and interviews, and SCEF and SOC activities and meetings. Among the individuals documented in this manner are Ralph Abernathy, Stokely Carmichael, Ben Chavis, Ron Chisholm, Walter Collins, James Dombrowski, Jesse Jackson, Frederick Douglas Kirkpatrick, Maurice McCrackin, William Howard Melish, Amzie Moore, Robert Moses, Jack O'Dell, Anne Romaine, Pete Seeger, Fred Shuttlesworth, and Howard Zinn.
The photographs include portraits and snapshots of the Bradens, events in their careers, a historical exhibit, and photographs of demonstrations, union activities, and conferences submitted for publication in the Southern Patriot and Fight-Back. Pictured are Ben Chavis, Angela Davis, Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Fred Shuttlesworth, C.T. Vivian, and Aubrey Williams.

The Sound Recordings, both tapes and discs, are arranged in a single chronological order. They include speeches and presentations by both Carl and Anne Braden as well as many others including Amzie Moore, Robert Moses, Howard Zinn, William Howard Melish, and Stokely Carmichael; interviews with the Bradens and interviews with others by them; music by Pete Seeger; recorded meetings and informal discussions; Carl Braden's memorial services in 1975; and undated memoirs by Anne Braden. Also present is a group of interviews done by Jim Braden for a research paper on Louisville civil disorders.
The two films and 5 video recordings in the collection date between 1953 and 2003 and are diverse in subject matter. Details are provided in the contents list below. Note: A 16mm film about Jim Dombrowski noted in the accession records was missing in 2008.

Origin Info: Presented primarily by Carl and Anne Braden, Louisville, Kentucky, 1966-1997. A few items presented by James Dombrowski and by various SCEF offices; and 5 sound recordings loaned for copying by Judy Greenspan, Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1970.

Access Copy Note: Some of the original disc recordings are also available on tape. Researchers may access collection materials at the repository during regular hours.

Date(s): 1928-2006

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: Mss 6; PH 3299; PH 3499 (5); Tape 443A; Tape 667A; Tape 909A; Disc 72A; Micro 306; CA 503; DC 799; VHA 637-641

Extent: 9.6 c.f. (62 record center cartons, 95 archives boxes, 1 card box); 1.4 c.f. of photographs (3 archives boxes, 1 flat box, and 1 oversize folder); 174 tape recordings; 14 disc recordings; 5 reels of microfilm (35mm); 2 films; 5 videorecordings

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: In addition to the papers at Wisconsin, the Bradens presented nine feet of papers to the Special Collections Department of the University of Tennessee. This collection covers many of the same subjects as are documented in the Wisconsin collection.

Interviewees: Carl Braden, Anne Braden, Amzie Moore, Robert Moses, Manfred Reid, Bill Peterson, Jay Thomas, Florian and Reginald Meeks, Eugene Robinson, Glen Stassen, Father Tom Moffet, Nay Ross, Father Charles Tachau, Mike Welch, Penny Lane, Pat Martin, Joe Phillips, Vernon Roberson, Louis Coleman, Mrs. Torkel, Fred Shuttlesworth, Rev. Frederick Douglas Kirkpatrick, Jim Dombrowski

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


Civil rights workers
Mississippi Freedom Project
National Alliance against Racist and Political Repression (U.S.)
National Anti-Klan Network
Race riots
Segregation in education
Southern Conference Educational Fund
Southern Conference for Human Welfare
Women civil rights workers


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