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Kotz, Nick. Papers

Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): Materials filed under the call number M82-471 include 311 tape recordings and 1 videorecording related to "Kotz's books "A Passion for Equality" and "Let Them Eat Promises," for a Washington Post series on equality, and for other writings. A detailed contents list is in the Case file. The call number Tape 1304A has been assigned to some of these tapes. Also of particular interest are additions (1935-1968 and 1998-2004) consisting of the research materials for "Judgment Days: Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Laws that Changed America," which chronicles the civil rights legislation in the 1960s. Included are transcripts and recordings of White House telephone conversations, as well as transcripts and notes from interviews with politicians, civil rights leaders, and other players from the struggle. This addition contains 22 photographs, 23 compact discs (1 box), and 476 cassette tapes (25 boxes),
Other accessions include 23 cassettes of interviews conducted with union members and recorded between 1967-1973, as well as interviews with Carl Holman and Thomas J. D'Alesandro III, produced for the "Passion for Equality" series in the Washington Post.

Collection Description (Extant): Papers of Nick Kotz, a journalist who has worked for the Des Moines Register and the Washington Post, and who with his wife Mary Lynn has written extensively on the labor and civil rights movements. Included are research materials for his books "A Passion for Equality: George Wiley and the Movement," "Let Them Eat Promises: The Politics of Hunger in America," The Unions," "Wild Blue Yonder: Money, Politics, and the B-1 Bomber," and "Judgement Days: Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the laws that changed America" among others.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1935-2004

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: ocn173699553; (OCoLC)ocn173711522; WIHV85-A1195; M82-471; M86-271; M86-276; M2008-043

Extent: 89.2 c.f.; 812 tape recordings; 1 videorecording; 23 compact discs

Finding Aid: A detailed contents list is in the Case file.

Language: English

Interviewees: Olive Wiley, William Wiley, Lucille Wiley Davis, Shirley Wiley Green, Alton W. Wiley, Edwin K. Wiley, Beverly Wiley LaCorbiniere, Wretha Wiley Hanson, Daniel K. Wiley, Maya D. Wiley, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Thomas, Eliza Gladden, Henry Davis, Jeane Wiley, Robert Birrell, Wilbert Connery, Roosevelt Greer, Jr., Barrie Hackett, Jr., Russell Hackett, Graham Mann, Ralph Pellicano, Mrs. Joseph Rohloff, George Yanyar, Paul Abell, Stephen Aldrich, David Armor, Malcolm Bell, Nancy Bell, Clyde Bennett, Chester A. Berry, W. D. Cooke, Norris Culf, Belva Davis, Robert C. Fahey, Ruth Ann Fahey, Martha Goldsmith Schwartz, Ralph Helverson, Hyman Minsky, Scott McKenzie, Evelyn B. Morris, Glenn Olds, John F. Quinn, Jerrold Meinwald, Carol Condie Stout, Bertha Cooke Waring, Eugene Winslow, Henry Wirth, Wyatt Tee Walker, Jon B. Applequist, David Braddon, Donald Botteron, James Cason, Donald Dittmer, J. D. McCullough, Kenneth Pitzer, William Pryor, Andrew Streitwieser, Norman Balbanian, Robert Blanchard, Philip Booth, Clint Byers, Ronald Corwin, Edward Daner, Edwin Day, Albert Ettinger, Fern Freel, Charles Goldsmith, Inez Heard, David Jaquith, Rudy Lombard, Susan Rice, Timothy Rice, Barbara Rumsey, Faith Seidenberg, Landers Smith, Bruce Thomas, Dr. and Mrs. William Wasserstrom, Anna Mae Williams, Val Coleman, Robert Curvin, David Dennis, James Farmer, Alan Garner, Richard Haley, Gregg Harris, James T. McCain, Floyd McKissack, S. M. Miller, Rev. Paul More, Ruth Turner Perot, Elaine Slater, James Slater, Nancy Amedei, Nancy Barnes, Barbara Bode, Simeon Booker, Richard Boone, Hobart Burch, Joyce Burson, Kenneth Clark, Richard Cloward, Audrey Colom, Wilbur Colom, John Conyers, Shirley Dalton, Bert DeLeeuw, Ronald V. Dellums, Gary Delgado, Barbralee Diamonstein, Leslie Dunbar, Rudy Duncan, Marian Wright Edelman, Peter Edelman, Faith Evans, James Evans, Seymour Facher, John Ferren, Harold Fleming, Victor French, Mitchell Ginsberg, Fred Gipson, Thomas Glynn, Leonard Goodwin, Don Green, Jane Hart, Joel Handler, Jill Hatch, Robert Hatch, Catherine Jermany, Helen Hess, William Hess, Carl Holman, Etta M. Horn, David Hunter, David Ifshin, Hulbert James, Tom Joe, Roxanne Jones, Frankie Jeter, Vernon Jordan, Jonathan Kaufman, Edward Kennedy, Michael Kerr, Andrea Kydd, John R. Kramer, Trude Lash, Rhoda Linton, George T. Martin, Jr., John Marqusee, Robert Maynard, Eugene McCarthy, Maya Miller, Daniel P. Moynihan, Andrew Norman, Ben Okner, Sam Orr, Susan Orr, Robert W. Ostrow, Richard Ottinger, Mary Lou Oates Palmer, William Pastreich, Anne Peretz, Phil Perkins, Geoffrey Peterson, Jennifer Cafritz Phillips, Frances Fox Piven, Ronald Pollack, Rafe Pomerance, Wade Rathke, Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Laura Rockefeller, Phyllis Ryan, William Ryan, Tim Sampson, Beulah Sanders, Austin Scott, Pete Seeger, Paul Sherry, Steve Simonds, Edward Sparer, Mark Splain, Gloria Steinem, Gilbert Steiner, Terry Szpak, Robert Theobald, Johnnie Tillmon, Michael Trister, Melvin E. E. Turner, Betty Vorenberg, Thomas Wahman, Rev. Lucius Walker, Rev. John Walker, Jennette Washington, Stephen Weschler, Barbara Williams, Joanne Williams, Peggy Winkler, Catherine Wolhowe, Irving Workoff, Andrew Young, Thomas J. D'Alesandro III

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

Rights (Extant): Restricted: Interviews with Wretha Wiley are closed unless she grants permission for their use.


Dirksen, Everett McKinley
Economic assistance, Domestic
Farmer, James, 1920-1999
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Levison, Stanley D., 1912-1979
National Welfare Rights Organization (U.S.)
Public welfare
Selma to Montgomery Rights March (1965 : Selma, Ala.)
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
United States. Voting Rights Act of 1965
Wiley, George A.


Sound recordings


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