Civil Rights Movement Documents
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
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Contents:

Freedom Ballot, 1963 to June 1964
MFDP & Democratic Convention Challenge, 1964
MFDP Freedom Vote, Fall 1964
MFDP Congressional Challenge, 1964-1965
MFDP, 1965 & Later

Note: Over the course of 1964 and 1965, the work of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) in Mississippi gradually evolved into MFDP work so see also COFO Documents.

Freedom Ballot, 1963 to June 1964

See Freedom Ballot in MS for background.

????Mississippi Voter Registration Report. Derived from court cases and Federal reports.
1963Aaron Henry Campaign announcement, Unsigned SNCC. 1963
1963The Freedom Ballot, fact sheet. Unsigned SNCC. 1963
1963Freedom Ballot Registration Form, undated (probably used during the Freedom Ballot campaign Oct-Nov 1963.
1963Freedom Registration Form, undated (possibly used during the '63 or '64 election campaigns.
1963Application for Work on the Freedom Vote. Possibly used to screen northern volunteers. Undated.
1963Negroes Vote for Freedom - Protest Disenfranchisement, NAACP Policy Directive 1, August 14, 1963
1963MS Freedom Primer #2 The Freedom Vote & the Right to Vote. Undated (possibly 1964)
1963Mississippi Vote for Freedom, NAACP Policy Directive 2, August 16, 1963
1963The Freedom Ballot for Governor (MS). Letter from Joan Bowman COFO
1963Excerpts From Campaign Literature, Paul Johnson for Governor (racist Dixiecrat candidate).
1963Freedom Candidates Mississippi, October, 1963.
1963Freedom Vote Platform, November 1963.
1963Governor's Race platform, Freedom Ballot campaign. Unsigned COFO. 1963
1963Rev. Edwin King, Freedom Ballot campaign background. Unsigned COFO. 1963
1963Freedom Candidates flyer, November 1963.
1963Freedom Ballot Instructions, COFO, Aaron Henry for Governor. November 1963.
1963Guidelines for District Managers, Freedom Ballot campaign. Unsigned COFO. 1963
1963Report: MFDP Events in Mississippi November 2, 1963. Unsigned MFDP.
1963Summary report: MFDP Events in Mississippi November 1 and 2, 1963 Unsigned MFDP.
1963 Statement of Events in Natchez, Mississippi, Unsignee MFDP. November 1-2, 1963
1963Washington SNCC Office Report, Bill Mahoney and Mike Thelwell. SNCC. December 28, 1963
1964MFDP attempt to participate in Democratic meeting, Vicksburg MS. Unsigned MFDP. June 1964
1964Memorandum on Mississippi Summer Project to Congress, Unsigned COFO. June 3, 1964
1964Report on attempts by Negroes to participate in Mississippi Democratic Party convention delegate caucuses, unsigned (presumed COFO or MFDP). June 16 1964
1964The Right to Vote, Summary of Relevant Federal Powers, unsigned, probably COFO or SNCC. Undated assumed 1964
1964Segregation, Harrasment, and Arrest for Negro Congressional Candidate, Unsigned (probably MFDP or COFO). 1964.
1963Mississippi Freedom Vote Henry planning details, Unsigned MFDP. October 10, 1963
1963Statement from Allard K. Lowenstein, Allard K. Lowenstein. MFDP. October 27, 1963
1963Summary of Events, Unsigned MFDP. October 28, 1963

MFDP & Democratic Convention Challenge, 1964

1964MFDP brochure, 1964
1964Proposal for MFDP Convention Challenge, Democratic Convention, Atlantic City.
1964Two letters sent to Bob Moses, Joseph Rauh. June 1964
1964Organizing for Freedom Registration, COFO/MFDP. Undated (probably June 1964)
1964Memo re Freedom Registration, Dona, COFO. Undated (probably June or July 1964)
1964 Mississippi: How Negro Democrats Fared: a Summary View, June 2, 1964 Democratic Primary election.
1964Mississippi: How Negro Democrats Fared June 2, 1964 Democratic Primary election.
1964Voting rights denial affidavits, Holly Springs, MS. June 2, Democratic Primary election.
1964Memorandum on Mississippi Summer Project to Congress, Unsigned COFO. June 3, 1964
1964Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party pamphlet (Michigan), Unsigned MFDP. Summer 1964
1964Mississippi Faces Challenge (Michagan), Unsigned MFDP. Summer 1964
1964The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party ... (strategic analyses). Undated, proably summer 1964
1964Tentative Suggestions for Freedom Democratic Party Platform, Unsigned MFDP. June 1964
1964Minutes, MFDP Temporary State Executive Committee. June 7, 1964
1964Challenge of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (white-paper)
1964MFDP convention challenge considerations, unsigned MFDP. Summer 1964
1964 Memo re Democratic Convention Challenge, unsigned COFO. undated 1964.
1964Precinct Conventions, undated flyer. COFO.
1964Precinct and County Meetings, undated (possibly summer 1964)
1964Memo to All Staff 2nd Congressional District re Freedom Democratic Party, Stokely Carmichael, SNCC/COFO. July 1964.
1964Tentative Draft: Platform and Ideals of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Unsigned MFDP. July 9 1964
1964Letter to Convention Delegates about MFDP, Ella Baker. MFDP. July 18, 1964
1964Emergency Memorandum, Bob Moses, Dona, Casey, Dick Jewett, COFO. July 19 1964
1964Freedom Democratic Party list of precinct and county meetings, Unsigned COFO. July 20, 1964
1964Letter to Democratic Convention Delegates, Ella Baker. MFDP. July 20, 1964
1964Precinct Meetings, MFDP. July 24 1964
1964Flyer, MFDP County Convention Meeting, Holmes County, MS, Summer 1964.
1964Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). Facts & Background, 1964.
1964Flyer explaining the MFDP, Summer, 1964.
1964Working Draft: Challenge of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Summer, '64
1964Arguing with the Red Queen about Precinct Meetings, Barney Frank, MFDP. July 27, 1964
1964 MFDP Statement re MS state's resolution re national Democratic convention
1964Proposal to COFO to challenge the seating of the MDP, Unsigned, COFO. August 1964
1964MFDP background & history, Unsigned MFDP. August 1964
1964Memo: MFDP Basis for development, Unsigned MFDP. Undated, possibly August 1964
1964List of Credentials Committee Members, Democratic National Convention, Unsigned MFDP. August 1964
1964Memo re Credentials of Contested Delegations at Democratic National Conventions, Unsigned MFDP. August 1964
1964Convention delegate canvasing work sheets, MFDP, August 1964, Unsigned MFDP. August 1964
1964Memorandum of Law re seating of southern delegates, Raymond Guenter, NY Democratic Party. August 1964
1964Proposed Resolution of the Credentials Committee, Unsigned MFDP. August 1964
1964For Your Information, memo regarding Demoratic Convention challenge. Summer 1964. MFDP
1964MFDP Freedom Candidates, Summer 1964.
1964 Memo re Second District MFDP Convention, MS Stokely Carmichael, SNCC.
1964 The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (24-page backgrounder), Summer 1964
1964Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Delegates to 1964 Democratic Convention
1964Brief Submitted by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to the Credentials Committee of the Democratic Party Convention, August 1964. Joseph Rauh, Eleanor Holmes, H. Miles Jaffe.
1964A Primer For the Delegates to the Democratic National Convention, MFDP
1964State Democratic Party Resolutions In Favor of Seating the MFDP Delegation at the Atlantic City Democratic Convention, 1964.
1964Letter to Delegates to the Democratic National Convention re National Democratic Party, Laurence Guyot, Victoria Gray, Edwin King, Aaron Henry. MFDP. August 12, 1964
1964Civil Rights Decision at Atlantic City, Arnold Aronson. LCCR. August 13, 1964
1964Letter to DNC Chair John Bailey re MFDP convention challenge, Laurance Guyot. August 15 1964
1964Letter to President Johnson re Mississippi violence, federal inaction, and MFDP, John Lewis, SNCC. August 19 1964. ~ Response to John Lewis letter, Lee White, White House. August 20 1964
1964Memo to summer volunteers re MFDP convention challenge, Betty Garman, SNCC. Undated (presumed August 1964)
1964Statement of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party on Arrival in Atlantic City, August 21 1964
1964Fannie Lou Hamer's Testimony at Democratic Convention
1964Seat the MFDP, flyer passed out at Democratic Convention, August, Atlantic City, NJ.
1964Telegram to President Johnson re MFDP Democratic Convention Challenge, Martin Luther King, SCLC. August 24 1964
1964Draft speech for MFDP in Atlantic City (not given, page missing) Unsigned. August 1964
1964The Challenge: It's History, unsigned (possibly church-related), undated (probably late 1964 or early 1965).
1964MS Freedom Primer #1 The Convention Challenge & the Freedom Vote.
1964Position Paper, Aaron Henry (issued after convention challenge). August 29, 1964.
1964Position Paper: Reasons for the rejection of the Compromise at Atlantic City, Unsigned MFDP. September 20, 1964
1964Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Meeting Held in Jackson, Unsigned MFDP. September 26, 1964

MFDP Freedom Vote, Fall 1964

1964Precinct and County Meetings for FDP, Unsigned, MFDP. June 1964
1964To All Friends of the MFDP, MFDP. Undated, possibly September or October 1964
1964Statistics of Negro and White Voter Registration in the Five Congressional Districts of Mississippi, U.S. v Mississippi Federal Court Case: Mimeo version    Printed version.
1964To All Mississippi Summer Project Volunteers, call for volunteers re Freedom Vote, Robert Weil. October, 1964
1964Appendix B "How Mississippi Democrats Fared", Unsigned MFDP. October 1964
1964MFDP summary of events, Unsigned MFDP. October 1964
1964Freedom Democratic Party Vote Results, Unsigned MFDP. October 1964
1964Mississippi Freedom Vote Press Releases, MFDP. Oct 30 - Nov 2, 1964
1964Now With Your Hand Pull the Lever Down, MFDP. Undated (probably fall 1964)
1964MFDP Organizational Manual #1, Lawrence Guyot. MFDP. November 1964
1964SNCC Freedom Vote, October Incident Summary, Fast for Freedom, Jon Else. SNCC. November 3, 1964
1964Running Summary of Incidents During the Freedom Vote Campaign, Oct 18-Nov 2, 1964.

MFDP Congressional Challenge, 1964-1965

1964Report on possibility of Mississippi Congressional Challenge, Jack Minnis, SNCC. July 9, 1964
1965MFDP list of resolutions, Multiple Authors. MFDP. June 12, 1965
1965Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Challenge to Unseat the Mississippi Congressmen, Unsigned MFDP. June 13, 1965
1965Statement of Mrs. Victoria Gray, re the MFDP Congressional Challenge. June 29, 1965
1965Victoria Gray statement re MFDP Congressional Challenge. July 1, 1965
1965Report on the MFDP Congressional Challenge, Lawrence Guyot, MFDP. July 7, 1965
1965Memorandum in Support of the Challenge to the Seating of Mississippi Congressmen, Unsigned MFDP. September 9, 1965
1965Statement by Dr Martin Luther King support of MFDP congressional challenge, Martin Luther King Jr. MFDP. September 9, 1965
1965The Congressional Challenge is Defeated, report. Unsigned MFDP. September 13, 1965
1965Congressional Record report dismissing MFDP challenge, September 17, 1965
1965MFDP Letter re Mississippi challenge dismissed, Lawrence Guyot, MFDP. September 28, 1965
1964Challenge of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (white-paper)
1964MS Freedom Primer #3 The Right to Vote & the Congressional Challenge.
1964Report of Meeting of November 18 1964 re Details of Congressional Challenge, Mike Thelwell, SNCC
1964If Only Neshoba County Were In The Congo, SNCC reprint from I.F. Stone's Weekly. December 14 1964
1964Fact Sheet on the Congressional Challenge, unsigned SNCC. December 4 1964
1964Memo on History of Contested Elections Statute and Race ..., unsigned MFDP attornies. December 12 1964
1964Memorandum on the Legal Validity and Propriety of the MFDP Challenge to Mississippi Congressmen, Kinoy, Kunstler, Smith, Higgs, Stavis, MFDP attornies. December 12 1964
1964Memo on Challenge to Seating of Mississippi Congressional Delegation, Mark Howe, Harvard Univ. December 12 1964
1964I'm Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired, Fannie Lou Hamer. December 22 1964.
1964Student Involvement in the Challenge, Courtland Cox, SNCC. Undated probably late 1964 or early 1965
1965Congressional Challenge Fact Sheet, MFDP. Undated (probably late 1964 or early 1965)
1965We Shall Overcome, Register-Vote, MFDP/PEP/SDS poster/cover. Steve Max. Undated, possibly January 1965
1965We Want the Vote, unsigned SNCC brochure. Undated (probably early 1965)
1965MFDP Petition, unsigned MFDP. Undated (probably late '64 or early '65)
1965 Affadavits, MFDP Congressional Challenge, 1964
1965Letter to ACLU lawyers re legal help needed in Mississippi, unsigned ACLU. January 1965
1965MFDP Plans for Taking of Evidence on Negro Disenfranchisement in Mississippi, unsigned MFDP. January 3 1965
1965House of Representatives vote on MFDP Challenge, MFDP. January 4, 1965
1965Report on the first stage of the MFDP Challenge, January 4 1965, Unsigned, SNCC. January 4 1965
1965Minutes of the MFDP Statewide Convention, Unsigned MFDP. January 7, 1965
1965Approximate Time Table of the Statutory Challenge, unsigned MFDP lawyer. January 8 1965
1965Letter to Bay Area lawyers re legal help for Congressional Challenge, unsigned, Bay Area Friends of SNCC. January 9 1965
1964The Challenge: Its History, unsigned (possibly church-related), undated (probably 1965).
1965Testimony of Lawrence Guyot, 1965.
1965Public testimony regarding the Congressional Challenge, Fannie Lou Hamer, Annie Devine, Victoria Jackson Gray, MFDP. April 3 1965
1965Deposition of Mrs. Elizabeth Allen. Example deposition, 1965.
1965The Congressional Challenge, MFDP. 1965
1965A Message from Mississippi, re MFDP Congressional Challenge. May 1965
1965Statement by Martin Luther King, Martin Luther King. SCLC. May 17, 1965
1965Statement by John Lewis, John Lewis. SNCC. May 17, 1965
1965Letter to friends of SNCC re MFDP challenge to Congress, Margaret Lauren. SNCC. May 27, 1965
1965Report on the Congressional Challenge, MFDP. July 7 1965. (Progress report.)
1965Call to Action, MFDP Congressional Challenge, Lawrence Guyot, MFDP. August 4 1965.
1965Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) Supports the Challenge of the MFDP, September 1965.
1965Memo to Friends of SNCC re Congressional Challenge, Unsigned SNCC. September 15 1965
1965The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Steve Max, SDS Political Education Project. 1965
1965MS Freedom Primer #3 The Right to Vote & the Congressional Challenge.

See also Mississippi Congressional Challenge Articles by Movement Veterans

MFDP, 1965 & Later

1964?Concerning Mayor's Races in Mississippi, Unsigned MFDP
????Mississippi Political Handbook, MFDP. Undated (1964?)
1965Handout from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, undated. (Re current activities & poll taxes)
1965MFDP Newsletter #2, April 4, 1965
1965Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Application for Summer for 1965 summer volunteers, Unsigned MFDP. 1965
1965MFDP bulletin re new & fair elections amendment, MFDP. Undated (assumed 1965).
1965MFDP, explanatory flyer from mid-1965.
1965McComb MFDP Statement Against the Vietnam War
1965Tapes from Freedom School Workshop, unsigned, SNCC or MFDP. March 27-April 7, 1965
1965MFDP Federal lawsuit about voting rights, MFDP Legal Team. May 1965
1965State-Wide Meeting of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Peggy J. Connor. MFDP. May 16, 1965
1965What you can do to Help the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Unsigned MFDP. May 17, 1965
1965Letter about MFDP press conference, Lawrence Guyot. MFDP. May 24, 1965
1965Letter to all project directors re mail tampering, Jan Goodman. MFDP. May 29, 1965
1965MFDP and Viet Nam, Lawrence Guyot, MFDP. July 31 1965
1965MFDP Insider's Newsletter (re Jackson protests), Unsigned MFDP. June 17 1965
1965The Story Behind our Demonstrations (Jackson MS), Unsigned MFDP. June 1965
1965The Mississippi Challenge: Some Questions and Answers, Joseph Meissner, Washington Human Rights Project. August 8, 1965
1965Reapportionment of Mississippi (to disenfrancise Black voters), Unsigned MFDP. October 1965
1965Analyses of MFDP situation presented to staff, Lawrence Guyot. MFDP. October 19, 1965
65? 66?Program of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Undated (1965? 1966?).
1965Dear FDP Member, Natchez MS flyer re Africa. Bill Ware, SNCC. December 30, 1965
1966MFDP Keylist Mailing #5, MFDP. January 3, 1966
1966Report on a Meeting with MS state welfare commisioner re Project Help, Annie Devine. MFDP. January 3, 1966
1966Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Key List, unsigned MFDP. January 5, 1966
1966A Letter from Mrs. Devine, Annie Devine. MFDP. January 7, 1966
1966MFDP County Reports, unsigned MFDP. January 9-21, 1966
1966Telegram to President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Lawrence Guyot, Arthur Thomas, Isaac Foster. MFDP. January 29, 1966
1966Counties Participating in All Needy Surplus Food Program, Unsigned MFDP. February 1966
1966Warehousemen job description (for employement program), Unsigned MFDP. February 1966
1966MFDP County Reports, Unsigned MFDP. January20, 1966- February 5, 1966
1966Why we are here at the Greenville Air Force Base, Unsigned MFDP. February 6, 1966
1966Situation in the Mississippi Delta, Victoria J. Gray. MFDP. February 10, 1966
1966Sunflower County: A Call to Action, Unsigned MFDP. March 11, 1966
1966MFDP County Reports, Multiple MFDP authors. March 22, 1966
1966MFDP Federal lawsuit re discrimination in voting, MFDP Legal Team. April 1966
1966Whitley & King campaign pamphlet, Democratic primary, June 1966. Unsigned MFDP.
1966Letter about Mississippi voting, Edwin King, MFDP. June 1, 1966
1966Sunflower Elections Put Off, Lela Mae Brooks and Mary Francis Williams, SNCC. June 30, 1966
1966Vote Totals for Freedom Movement Candiates, Democratic Primaries 1962-1966. By county. Freedom Information Service.
1966Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party information, Unsigned, MFDP. Undated (possibly 1966)
1966What You Should Know About Poll Taxes, Unsigned, MFDP. Undated (probably 1966).
1966The ABC's of Voting, Unsigned MFDP. Undated (probably June 1966)
1966Holmes County Freedom Democratic Party Executive Members Handbook, Sue-Henry Lorenzi, MFDP, August 1966
1966Help Unseat Eastland and Abernathy, MFDP
1967The Power of Your Vote, Edwards MFDP Black and White Hummer. January 25, 1967
1967The Power of Your Vote, unsigned MFDP pamphlet. Undated (possibly 1967)
1967MFDP Memorandum: Political Workshops, Unsigned MFDP. July 15, 1967
1967MFDP Newsletter, Sunflower County, October 1, 1967
1967Attention: Help Elect a Negro Sheriff, MFDP, Holmes County MS
1968?MFDP and the Chicago Democratic Convention, Lawrence Guyot, MFDP. Undated (probably late 1967 or early 1968)

For MFDP history & background, see:

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) Founded (CRMVet History & Timeline)
MFDP Challenge to Democratic Convention (CRMVet History & Timeline)
MFDP Congressional Challenge (CRMVet History & Timeline)

For additional MFDP materials See:
       COFO & MFDP Newsletters 1963-1968
       Freedom Movement Press Releases
       WATS & Incident Reports

See also:
     Letters & Reports From Mississippi Freedom Summer
     Summer Project Documents
     Freedom Summer Press Releases
     Freedom Summer Articles by Movement Veterans
     MFDP Articles by Movement Veterans


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