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Collecting Civil Rights Manuscripts in the 1960s

Mimi Feingold singing at a civil rights meeting in W. Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, in 1963.

Why does one of the nation's richest archives on the Southern civil rights movement reside in Madison? Why has every serious researcher on civil rights over the past half century traveled to the Midwest to conduct research? You can learn the answers to these and other questions about the Wisconsin Historical Society's extensive civil rights collections in an upcoming talk at the Wisconsin Historical Museum on Tuesday, February 18.

A Handful of Committed Student Workers in the 1960s

Join Library-Archives Deputy Director Michael Edmonds as he describes how a handful of committed student workers at the Wisconsin Historical Society gathered thousands of letters, diaries, meeting minutes, phone logs, internal memos, photographs, press releases, audio tapes and other primary sources while events were still unfolding in the South. Learn how they and their boss, Society Director Les Fishel, shaped the nation's understanding of this pivotal era in American history by making sure that grassroots evidence of the movement did not perish. Edmonds shares his interviews with movement activists and investigations into the Society archives to tell the story of one the country's richest civil rights collections.

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:: Posted February 10, 2014

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