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Adams, Frank. Papers

Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): Tape 824A Nos. 8-14 are undated research interviews with Lewis Jones, E. D. Nixon, Modjeska Simkins, and others. Tape 824A No. 16-17 is a recording of Myles Horton speaking informally to a group in Madison, Wisconsin, November 25, 1978. Tape 1230A No. 6 records Adams interviewing Orval Faubus on redbaiting in 1954, comparing his situation at Commonwealth College with Highlander. Tape 1230A Nos. 7-15 are tape-recorded research interviews with Dombrowski, 1978.

Collection Description (Extant): Papers of Frank Adams, a North Carolina author, journalist, educator, and community organizer. Included is correspondence revealing the interconnections of Southern social activists during the 1960s and 1970s; drafts and research material for his books on James A. Dombrowski and the Highlander Research and Education Center, copies of articles and related material for the “Facing South” column, microfilmed news stories from The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk); and subject files. The latter touch many aspects of Adams' education and career as a social activist, although files on adult education, Quaker anti-war activities, Goddard College, the Virginia Council on Human Relations (for which he was state coordinator), education of prisoners, Norfolk (Virginia) neighborhood associations, worker ownership, the Industrial Cooperative Association, and the Highlander Research and Education Center are the most substantive. On tape are several speeches and interviews, including one interview with Orval Faubus.

Part I consists of correspondence, research materials and drafts of Adams' writings, clippings of articles and newspaper reports, papers on organizations with which Adams worked, and other papers. Part I is organized in three subseries: General Correspondence, Subject File, and Newsclippings.

The majority of the documentation in Part II dates from 1979 to 1985. Overall, this addition documents Adams' continued work as a writer and consultant and his increasing focus on worker cooperatives and worker education. The types of material here are similar to the earlier portion of the collection, except, since he did not work for a newspaper during the time covered by this addition, there are no newspaper articles.

The addition's papers are divided into three subseries: General Correspondence, Subject Files, and Writings.

Access Copy Note: Portions of the collection are available only on microfilm.

Collection URL: http://arcat.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=18 External Link

Date(s): 1940-2001

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: WIHVA160-A; Tape 824A; Tape 1230A; M92-311

Extent: 8.8 c.f. (22 archives boxes); 28 tape recordings; 1 reel of microfilm (35mm); additions of 16.0 c.f.; 3 videorecordings; 8 tape recordings; 65 photograph

Finding Aid URL: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mss00343 External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: 65 photographs related to the professional and personal life of Adams, including images of James Dombrowski and the Highlander Research and Education Center, have been assigned call number PH 3943 and PH 3943 (3)

Interviewees: Lewis Jones, E. D. Nixon, Modjeska Simkins, Myles Horton, Orval Faubus, Jim Dombrowski

Rights (Extant): Researchers wishing to use the collection must have the prior written permission of Frank Adams or his agent until May 19, 2034.

Subjects:

African Americans--Education
Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.)
Highlander Research and Education Center (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Journalists
Labor unions
Southern Conference Educational Fund

Genres:

Interviews
Photographs
Sound recordings

 

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