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Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Arkansas Project: Records

Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives

Collection Description (CRHP): Includes tape-recorded interviews made by Bob Gabriner in 1966 with William W. (Bill) and Ruthie (Ruth Buffington) Hansen, and also with Mitchell Zimmerman and James (Jim) Jones. [From finding aid]: "On tape both Bill and Ruthie discuss their background, how each became involved with the civil rights movement, Bill's earlier civil rights work in Maryland and Georgia, and the beginnings and evolution of SNCC. Other interesting parts of the discussion are Hansen's recollections of the difficulties encountered by SNCC; problems within SNCC such as personnel, personalities, ideas, and the strains of the black-white, native Arkansan-outsider difficulties (Hansen was the only white SNCC field secretary). Hansen also gives his opinion of SNCC leaders James Forman, Stokely Carmichael, and Bob Moses, and talks about SNCC's financial woes and its lack of a realistic program in Arkansas at that time." Tape 3 "records Jones's recollections of the Arkansas Summer Project, his work in Pine Bluff and Lincoln County, and other areas where he tried to organize local residents. He also discusses projects in Mississippi (his original home, the black-white tensions among workers, and gives his personal opinion of Bill Hansen. Zimmerman, a relative latecomer to the Movement, spends a short time discussing his work from the fall of 1965 to 1966."

Collection Description (Extant): Records of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's Arkansas Project initiated in 1962 and of the Arkansas Summer Project begun in 1965, which were designed to combat segregation in public facilities and schools, to assist voter registration, and to raise the consciousness of black citizens. Included in the collection are records of the state headquarters in Little Rock, consisting of files of correspondence, memos, notes, and clippings. Also present are the records of three local SNCC-sponsored citizens' groups: the Gould Citizens for Progress, the Pine Bluff Movement, and the St. Francis County Achievement Committee. Accessions of personal papers of Arkansas SNCC workers have also been added to this collection. These include materials from Laura Foner, William W. Hansen, Collin Minert, Vincent O'Connor, and Mitchell Zimmerman. The records of all these allied groups and individuals consist of correspondence, reports, notes, affidavits and legal papers, and reference
The photographic portion of the collection documents activities of SNCC from 1964 to 1966. Included are images of the Little Rock SNCC office and staff meetings, Freedom Schools, Freedom Centers, demonstrations, political campaigns, court hearings, peace demonstrations, and a Black high school. The photographs were made by Brian E. Rybolt, Dwight Williams, and Don Shaw.

Date(s): 1960-1971

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: RLIN WIHVS4450-A; call number Tape 805A; call number Mss 488

Extent: 2.8 c.f. (8 archives boxes); 3 tape recordings; 98 photographs (23 folders); additions of 0.4 c.f.

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: William W. Hansen, Ruth Buffington Hansen, Mitchell Zimmerman, James Jones

Rights (Extant): Reproduction of passages exceeding l,000 words in length from the papers of Mitchell Zimmerman requires permission from Zimmerman during his lifetime.


African Americans--Education
Carmichael, Stokely
Civil rights movements--Arkansas
Civil rights movements--Georgia
Civil rights movements--Maryland
Civil rights workers
Forman, James, 1928-2005
Interracial marriage
Moses, Bob
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Voter registration


Sound recordings


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