Beinecke Top Tens: Civil Rights

April 7, 2013

By Nancy Kuhl

Ella Barksdale Brown Papers
Call #: JWJ MSS 41

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The Ella Barksdale Brown Papers document Brown’s life as an educator, suffragist and anti-lynching activist and span the dates 1885-1952 although the bulk of the papers are from 1906-1926. The papers consist of printed material, correspondence and financial papers documenting her involvement with war relief efforts, teaching, women’s rights, civil rights and other social issues, mostly pertaining to African Americans during the early twentieth century. The correspondence documents Brown’s personal acquaintance with several leaders and civil rights pioneers in the African American community including W.E.B. Dubois, Booker T. Washington and Paul Robeson.

Richard Avedon and James Baldwin, Nothing Personal
Call #: JWJ Zan B193 +964N

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Robert Penn Warren, Segregation: The Inner Conflict in the South
Call #: Za W255 956Sd

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Related: Robert Penn Warren Papers

Malcolm X, Two Speeches
Call #: JWJ Zan L725 965T

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Printed Ephemera Related to African American Political Activism and Arts
Call #: JWJ MSS 36
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Printed ephemera related to African American political activism and arts primarily in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1913-1990, with the bulk of the material from 1963 to 1976. Significant organizations documented in the collection include the Philadelphia chapters of the Black Panther Party and Peace and Freedom Party, as well as local and national electoral campaigns of the Communist Party of the United States of America. Many of the items document speakers and events sponsored by political, art, and social pressure groups. Items include handbills, leaflets, direct mail, posters, and other printed ephemera.

Myrlie Evers-Williams with William Peters, For Us, the Living
Call #: JWJ Zan Ev27 W967E
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Ernest C. Withers, Let Us March On!
Call #: Friedlander 67
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Papers Relating to the American Civil Rights Movement, circa 1965-1967
Call #: JWJ MSS 78
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From the collection of Peter Spann. Various printed ephemera and documents pertaining to the American civil rights movement. Includes: broadside calling for “Negro voters” to register depicting cartoon of Martin Luther King, Jr., knocking out Governor Wallace in a boxing ring (made by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference) (circa 1965); banquet menu and program from the Citizenship Education Program (1966); flyer advertising weekly meetings at Muhummad’s Mosque, Birmingham, Alabama (undated); statement by the Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth, President of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights, and Hosea Williams of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; memorandum protesting statement by A.G. Gaston regarding voter registration (1966); broadside announcing a “Freedom Rally” at the St. John A.M.E. Church, Birmingham, Alabama (undated); typescript copy of a lecture given by Martin Luther King, Jr., on the topic of “The Future of Integration” (1967).

Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching
Call #: Nvp64 As8m
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Grace Mott Johnson Papers
Call #: YCAL MSS 622
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The Grace Mott Johnson Papers are comprised of correspondence, writings, photographs, and personal papers, which document the personal and professional life of the American artist Grace Mott Johnson. The Papers reflect Grace Mott Johnson’s involvement in civil rights and involvement in the N.A.A.C.P. The papers also include material pertaining to Grace Mott Johnson’s ancestors, including her father Alfred Van Cleve Johnson and grandfather Ebenezer Alfred Johnson. The most prominent correspondents in the papers are Johnson’s son Alfred Dasburg and husband Andrew Dasburg.

Coretta Scott King, My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr.
Call #: JWJ Zan K588 W969K
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Catherine Roraback Catherine Collection of Ericka Huggins Papers
Call #: JWJ MSS 96
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The collection consists of papers compiled by Catherine Roraback during the New Haven trial of Black Panther Ericka Huggins, including Huggins’ prison writings, legal files, and other documentation of the trial and Huggins’ imprisonment.

(Pictured) Didn’t the Angels Sing: for Martin Luther King, words by Noble Sissle; music by Eubie Blake; sheet music published circa 1968 by Leo Feist, Inc. Call #: JWJ Sheet Music V3 B581 D562

Compiled by Ariel Doctoroff, Y2013

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