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Highlander Folk School collection---Addition

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives

Collection Description (Extant): The Highlander Folk School Collection----Addition, comprising of 750 items, contains correspondences, speeches, memoranda, interviews, questionnaires, reports on Folk School extension projects, workshop evaluations, a play entitled "How Buddy Votes," a newsletter, "The Activist," and an audio tape of a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. given at Higlander's Twenty-Fifth Year Celebration in 1957.

The bulk of the addition deals with Highlander's work with the Civil Rights Movement, particularly the school's extension projects devoted to developing local community leadership and voter registration. Additionally, material in this collection deals with topics such as migratory labor and the Highlander Alumni Association.

Finally, the addition includes transcripts of a number of speeches by politicians and by labor and civil rights leaders. These speeches relate either directly to the work of Highlander or to the labor and civil rights issues in which Highlander was involved.

Access Copy Note: The materials were also microfilmed by TSLA.

Condition Note: Check with the repository to see what the listening quality is of the audiorecording.

Date(s): 1938-1969

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: Accession Number: 88-019

Extent: 1.26 linear feet (approximately 750 items)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: See the records of the Highlander Folk School at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Other collections on the Highlander Folk School are held at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. The University of the South's Archives and Special Collections also has a small, partially processed collection. The Highlander Research and Education Center's website ( contains an online archive and information on the school's 75th anniversary celebration.

Interviewees: John Beecher, James O. Eastland, Howard Frazier, Eli Ginzberg, Myles Horton, Lewis W. Jones, Martin Luther King, Jr., George S. Mitchell, Hilda W. Smith, Aubrey Williams, Harris Wofford, Marion A. Wright

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


Civil rights movements--Southern States
Civil rights workers
Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.)
Highlander Research and Education Center (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Labor movement--Southern States
Migrant labor
Voter registration


Sound recordings


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