Mississippi Humanities Council
Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Stanford University
Project South Oral History Program

Mailing Address: Department of Special Collections
Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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Telephone: 650-725-1022
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Project South

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In the summer of 1965 eight Stanford University students visited fifty civil rights projects in six Southern U.S. states and taped 330 hours (including 200 hours of personal interviews) with leaders of such civil rights organizations as Congress of Racial Equality, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, as well as with leaders of independent groups, local activists, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Clay County, Mississippi, sheriff's department. The project was sponsored by KZSU radio and the Institute of History with the intention of producing broadcast material. The principal interviwers were Mary Kay Becker, Mark Dalrymple, Roger Dankert, Richard Gillam, James McRae, Penny Niland, Jon Roise, and Julie Wells. They visited Batesville, Beasley, Belzoni, Biloxi, Canton, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Greenville, Greenwood, Hattiesburg, Holly Springs, Indianola, Jackson, Laurel, McComb, Mileston, Mount Beulah, Natchez, Pheba, Philadelphia, Quitman, Ruleville, Shaw, Vicksburg, West Point, and Whites, Mississippi. The transcripts are available on microfiche (archive number SC 066). The collection is also held by Pennsylvania State University and the Library of Congress. Stanford has housed the original tapes in the Library of Recorded Sound and transcripts in Special Collections. A guide to the collection is 20 pages long. Stanford will mail out copies for 25 cents per page plus $2 postage and handling. Seventy of the collection's interviews pertain to the movement in Mississippi and are listed below:

Patti Alter Lawrence Guyot Hazel Palmer
Cal Atwood Bert Halprin Velma Parness
Eve Bartle Fannie Lou Hamer James Phipps and George Jones
Edith Black Aaron Henry Alvin F. Poussaint
Nina Boal Caroline Hills Paddy Quick
Otis Brown Interviews at a Laurel office John Rapp
John Buffington Randy Ireson James Read
Warner Buxton Bobby James Michael Reuss
Don Chapman Mr. Jefferson David Ruff
Sam Carr Willie Johnson Bill Rusk
Pat Cohen James Kates Joyce Schurick
Annie Devine J. C. Killingsworth Alex Shimkin
Alma Jean Diller Louis King Bill Simons
Lee Dilworth Susan Levin Mack Smith
Warner Drexel Jay Lockard Frank Sorocco
Ulysses Everett Efram Lupkin Melinda Summerall
Charles Evers Mike Maller Bobby Talbert
Dave Farley Pat McGauley Judy Ann Thomas
Mitch Gerfield Robert Miles David Tobis
Bob Gilman Nancy Myron Eugene Turitz
Charles Graves Chip Neville Mary Varela
Victoria Gray Ben Ovshinsky Jonnie Mae Walker
Jo Green Lincoln Pain Cleveland Williams

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