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Robert Zellner papers

Repository: Wisconsin Historical Society. Library-Archives

Collection Description (Extant): Papers of Robert Zellner, a civil rights activist, consisting of correspondence; materials from the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), National Civil Rights Coordinating Committee (NCRCC), and other activist organizations; articles and speeches by Zellner; and other miscellaneous writings concerning social activism. The correspondence (1987-2002) includes personal letters as well as correspondence documenting his involvement in various organizations and events. The organizations' papers (1996-2002) document the events and activities of the NCRCC, SNCC, and Southampton Anti-Bias Task Force and include meeting minutes, promotional materials, and some lists of those involved. Zellner's writings include research papers, a journal on a trip to the White House, and biographical materials (1993-2002); other miscellaneous writings document the civil rights movement and SNCC. Also included are photographs of Zellner with others at unidentified rallies and events and one videotape depicting Zellner's keynote speech at a NAACP banquet in which he discusses his background, past experiences, and current issues of discrimination.
[. . .] Additions, 1960-1964, 1989, consisting of correspondence related to Zellner's civil rights activities, university applications, notes to the U. S. Draft Board, and other notes and ephemera. The correspondence consists of letters from lawyers, colleagues and friends, mostly while Zellner was incarcerated, including a handwritten letter from Howard Zinn. Other items include a thank you letter, a prayer bulletin, personal notes, and a revised SNCC constitution from April 29, 1962. The photographs depict Bob and his wife Dorothy with family and friends, early family home, church, and grade school in Alabama; and snapshots taken of various historic landmarks in the Civil Rights movement taken while revisiting these sites in 1989.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1960-1964, 1987-2002

Digital Status: No

Extent: 2.2 c.f.; 78 photographs; 1 videorecording

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The Dorothy M. and Robert Zellner Papers (Mss 674) contain related earlier records.

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


Civil rights workers
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)




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