Civil Rights Movement Documents
Summer Project (Freedom Summer), 1964-1965


Mississippi Summer Project (Freedom Summer)
      Freedom Summer Planning Documents
      Mississippi Anti-Freedom Summer Laws
      Freedom Summer Recruitment Documents
      Freedom Summer Training Documents
      Freedom School Documents
      Community Center Documents
      Freedom Summer Voter Registration & Organizing Documents
      Chaney-Schwerner-Goodman Lynching Documents
      Freedom Summer Parents-Related Documents
      Freedom Summer Miscellaneous Documents
      MFDP and Democratic Convention Challenge
CORE Louisiana Summer Task Forces
      1964 CORE Documents
      1965 CORE Documents
CORE's North Florida Citizenship Education Project (NFCEP) 1964-1965

Mississippi Summer Project Documents

Freedom Summer national public opinion poll, Harris Survey Inc. July 6 1964.

Freedom Summer Planning Documents

Mississippi Freedom Summer Map, showing counties and types of projects.

Mississippi Freedom Summer Map, showing the major projects.

Memorandum, re Mississippi Freedom Summer, Carl Rachlin, CORE. April 13 1964

Urgent Memorandum re Mississippi Summer Project Fund-raising and Support Work, Betty Garman, SNCC. Undated (probably late May or early June 1964)

Memo to George Raymond re planning for summer program (MS), Richard Haley, CORE. June 15 1964.

COFO Contact List, unsigned COFO. June 23 1964

Prospectus for the Mississippi Freedom Summer.

Mississippi Legislates to Outlaw Summer Civil Rights Project. SNCC Report, 1964.

Proposal for MFDP Convention Challenge, Democratic Convention, Atlantic City.

Two letters sent to Bob Moses, Joseph Rauh. June 1964

Mississippi: Structure of the Movement, Present Operations, and Prospectus for This Summer, COFO, Spring 1964. Detailed 8-page description of COFO on the eve of Freedom Summer.

Report of a Subgroup of the Leadership Development and Current Issues Committee at the Mississippi Summer Project Curriculum Conference, COFO? March 21-22.

Outline of Mississippi Project Areas, undated, unsigned. County by county analysis. Assumed to be a COFO planning document.

COFO Letter to Roy Wilkins re Freedom Summer Plans, Bob Moses, March 1, 1964.

Memo to "Friends of Freedom in Mississippi", Bob Moses. Undated (probably late March or early April of 1964). Addressed to Black leaders. Early use of term "Freedom Summer."

Letter to College Professors re Freedom Summer, April 8, 1964. COFO.

Berea Bars Civil-Rights Training, Louisville Times, May 21, 1964

Plan for Freedom Summer Orientation, Bruce Hansen, CORR. June 9, 1964.

Mississippi Anti-Freedom Summer Laws

See also Mississippi Girds for Armageddon for background.

Anti-Picketing Law Passed in Mississippi to Combat Civil Rights Activities, Unsigned, presumed to be COFO or SNCC. April 1964.

Current Status of Mississippi Legislation, May 13, 1964. Analysis of laws proposed or enacted in response and opposition to Black demands for civil rights.

Resolution of Tribute to the Democratic Party of the State of Mississippi, Unsigned (assumed to be white segregationist Democratic Party officials). Undated summer of 1964

Mississippi State Bill attempt to stop Freedom Schools, Unsigned, SNCC. June 1964

Mississippi Legislature - 1964 (Repressive laws enacted to oppose Freedom Summer.)

Mississippi, the Cancer of Democracy -- Will This Spread? (synopsis of report of Mississippi Legislature anti-Freedom Summer legislation). COFO. June 1964.

Mississippi Legislates to Outlaw Summer Civil Rights Project, SNCC report.

Mississippi Anti-Freedom Summer Legislation, 1964, House Bill 870

Freedom Summer Recruitment Documents

Mississppi Freedom Summer (flyer for local MS Blacks), Unsigned, COFO. Undated 1964

Mississppi Freedom Summer (brochure for local MS Blacks), Unsigned, COFO. Undated 1964

Dear Friend, undated and unsinged recruitment letter. Presumably from COFO.

Mississippi Summer Project. Freedom Summer recruitment and fundraising brochure. SNCC.

Mississippi Freedom Project. A second Freedom Summer brochure mostly used for fundraising and explaining the project to supporters, press, and worried parents. SNCC.

Operation Freedom: Mississippi - 1964. NAACP Freedom Summer recruitment brochure.

Information Sheet — Project Mississippi. Five-page Freedom Summer fact sheet prepared at Stanford University and distributed to West Coast students interested in participating in the project.

Volunteer Application & Registration Forms

Blank volunteer application form
Andrew Goodman's Freedom Summer Application, April 15, 1964.
Andrew Goodman's Freedom Summer Registration Form, June 15, 1964.
Judy Richardson's Freedom Summer registration form, June 17 1964
Judy Michalowski's Freedom Summer Registration Form, June 22 1964

Memo to Freedom Centers. COFO.

Guidelines for Interviewing Volunteers. COFO.

Criteria for Screening Applicants for Work With COFO in Mississippi, COFO. Undated (presumed May or June 1964).

Volunteer Rejection Letter. COFO.

Volunteer Acceptance Letter. COFO.

Memo #1 to Accepted Applicants. COFO.
Memo #2 to Accepted Applicants. COFO.
Memo #3 to Accepted Applicants. COFO.
Orientation Letter to Volunteers, 1st session, June 14 1964. COFO.
Orientation Letter to Volunteers, 2nd session, June 21 1964. COFO.
Letter to Voter Registration Volunteers. COFO.

Volunteers in the State, Mississippi Freedom Summer, COFO. 1964 Volunteers in the State, Mississippi Freedom Summer, COFO.

Recruiting of New Volunteers for Work in Mississippi, August, 1964, Betty Garman. SNCC.

Sample Letter to Start Chain SCEF (fund appeal) spring, 1964.

Freedom Summer Training Documents

Job Preference Form

Freedom Summer orientation schedule, June 1964

Tentative Project Assignments (preliminary list). Probably issued before or during first orientation session.

Freedom Summer Orientation Briefing, Dr. Vincent Harding.

Overview of the Political Program, COFO.

Mississippi: Handbook for Political Programs, COFO.

Overview of the Community Centers, COFO.

Sources of information on the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, undated 1964. Unsigned, CORE. Undated, possibly 1964

Letter to Freedom Summer volunteers re COFO research project, Jesse Morris, COFO. Undated (probably May or early June 1964)

Outline of Public Food Distribution in MS, Unsigned, COFO. Undated (probably May or June 1964)

Community Organizations, undated (probably June 1964)

Organizing for Freedom Registration, COFO/MFDP. Undated (probably June 1964)

Techniques for Field Work: Voter Registration, unsigned (presumed COFO or SNCC). Undated 1964 (presumed Freedom Summer training document)

Materials to Bring for the Summer, COFO, Mississippi Summer Project Staff.

Security Handbook, COFO.

"Critical Incident" Descriptions (training document), unsigned CORE.

COFO Legal Guide, R. Hunter Moroy

Power of Attorney for Selection of Legal Counsel, COFO. Undated (probably June 1964)

If You Are Arrested in Mississippi, NAACP "Inc Fund"

Possible Role Playing Situations, unsigned. Undated (possibly 1964 Freedom Summer)

Mississippi — SNCC Arrest Form, Summer 1964

Hostile letter sent to John Lewis re Freedom Summer, Charles Benner, NSRP. June 16 1964

Questionaire, University of Wisconsin study of volunteers, Aiken, Demerath & Marwell, Dept. of Sociology. June.

Freedom School Documents

Prospectus for a Summer Freedom School Program in Mississippi, Charlie Cobb, 1963.

Overview of the Freedom Schools, COFO. May 5 1964

Overview of the Freedom Schools - II, COFO.

Adopt a Freedom School, COFO. Undated 1964.

Memorandum to Freedom School Teachers, COFO.

First letter to Freedom School teachers, COFO.

Second letter to Freedom School teachers , COFO.

Notes on Teaching in Mississippi, COFO (many authors).

A Talk to Teachers, author unidentified.

Freedom School Assignments as of June 23 1964, unsigned COFO.

Freedom School flyer, unsigned COFO (possibly from Shaw MS).

Freedom School flyer, unsigned COFO (possibly from Laurel MS).

Mississippi Freedom School Curriculum Materials, June 1964

Table of Contents, teacher note #1

A Note to the Teacher

Part 1, Academic Curriculum

Part 2, Citizenship Curriculum
     Unit 1, Comparison of Students' Reality With Others
     Unit 2, North to Freedom (Negro in the North)
     Unit 3, Examining the Apparant Reality (the "better" life that whites have)
     Unit 4, Introducing the Power Structure

Unit 5, The Poor Negro, The Poor White, and Thier Fears

Unit 6, Material Things and Soul Things

Unit 7, The Movement

The Mississippi Power Structure
     Lesson Plans for the Unit on Mississippi Politics
     Sample Sections of the Mississippi Constitution

Guide to Negro History

Africa: It's History and People

Readings in Nonviolence

Mathematics Note to Freedom School Teachers

Case Study: Statements of Discipline of Nonviolent Movements

Case Study on the Civil Rights Bill

Statistics on Education, Housing, Income, and Employment, and Helath

Non-Material Teaching Suggestions

Freedom School Data, unsigned, COFO. July 1964

Example of Freedom School class talk on Haitian slave revolt, unidentified Freedom School teacher.

The House of Liberty, Joyce Brown. (Poem by Freedom School student)

Seeds of Freedom, Medgar Evers play written & performed by Holly Springs Freedom School students.

Responses by Freedom School Students to the Burning of Their School, August 10, 1964.

Behind the Cotton Curtain, Charles Remberg. (Freedom School curriculum resource document)

Declaration of Independence, Summer, 1964. Freedom School students, Hattiesburg, MS

Freedom Schools — Final Report, unsigned COFO? SNCC? Undated 1964

Platform: Mississippi Freedom School Convention, Student Delegates.

Mississippi Student Union brochure.

Profiles of Typical Freedom Schools, COFO.

Jackson Freedom Schools Report, August 1964

Letter to Lois Chaffee re Youth for Freedom Schools (MS), Stephen Lichtenberg, YFS. August 21 1964

Freedom School, Unsigned, CORE. Undated possibly 1964

Madison County (MS) Freedom School Reports, Jo Ann Ooiman, COFO. August-October, 1964.

Report From Batesville Conference on Freedom Schools October 2, 1964. Jo Ann (Ooiman?)

Report Mainly on Ruleville Freedom School, Kirsty Powell.

Report From Moss Point-Pascagoula, MS, author & date unknown.

The Mississippi Idea: Schools in Context, Howard Zinn, Nation Magazine, November 23 1964. SNCC reprint.

Freedom Schools in Mississippi 1964, Liz Fusco, Freedom School Coordinator.

The Poor in America, Resource Materials for Freedom Schools, unsigned. Undated (possibly 1965)

Freedom Schools Concept & Organization, Staughton Lynd, 1965

Freedom Schools, summary of staff meeting 3rd & 5th MS congressional districts, Waveland MS, April 14-17, 1965

Later freedom school materials from CORE Louisiana projects (mostly 1965):

Guide For Teachers on Contributions of Afro-Americans, Edwina Chavers Johnson. 1963. (Distributed by CORE)

Books and Supplies Needed in Freedom Schools, Unsigned, CORE. Undated (probably 1965)

State Freedom School Curriculum, Unsigned, CORE. Undated (probably 1965)

Freedom School Program, Unsigned, CORE. Undated (probably 1965)

Materials to Be Used and How They Are Ordered, Unsigned, CORE. Undated (probably 1965)

Study Questions, Negro History 1860-1900, Unsigned, CORE. Undated (probably 1965)

Curriculum - Negro History, Unsigned, CORE. Undated (probably 1965)

Community Center Documents

Overview of the Community Centers, undated (probably summer 1964), COFO, Mississippi summer project staff.

You Are Welcome Here: Freedom Community Center flyer, unsigned COFO - Shaw MS. Undated.

Affidavit on Burning of Bovina Community Center, David Riley, COFO. July 7 1964

Memo to Community Center Staff re Adult Program, Annell Ponder, SCLC/COFO. Undated summer 1964

Report on Summer Community Centers, Annell Ponder & Lois Chafee, July 10, 1964

Letter to Jewell Gresham re community centers (MS), Annell Ponder, COFO. July 31 1964

Letter to Ted Levine re adopting a center (MS), Annell Ponder, COFO. July 31 1964

Progress and Problems of the COFO Community Centers, unsigned. Summer 1964

Letter to Lois Chaffee re COFO programs (MS), Richard Haley, CORE. August 18 1964

Dear Friend re help for community center (MS), Kaufman, Levine, & Lodge, ACSW. August 24 1964

Adopt a Mississippi Freedom Center, unsigned COFO. Undated probably later part of 1964

Freedom Summer Voter Registration & Organizing Documents

Mississippi Freedom Summer, COFO. Brochure. Primarily used in Black communities to explain and solicit support for the Mississippi Summer Project.

MFDP Voter Registration Report. From court cases & Federal reports.

Freedom Registration Form (Mississippi). Used during Freedom Summer to register people for the freedom vote and Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.

Memo re Freedom Registration, Dona, COFO. Undated (probably June or July 1964)

Why Mississippi? Bay Area Friends of SNCC

Fact Sheet Mississippi Summer Project: the White Community Too, SCEF, 1964.

Report on Freedom Vote registration (MS), Unsigned, COFO. July 12 1964

Securing Justice Department Action, internal COFO memo, July 13 1964

Memo to All Staff 2nd Congressional District re Freedom Democratic Party, Stokely Carmichael, SNCC/COFO. July 1964.

Precinct Meetings, MFDP. July 24 1964

Precinct Conventions, undated flyer. COFO.

Freedom Primers

MS Freedom Primer #1 The Convention Challenge & the Freedom Vote.
MS Freedom Primer #2 The Freedom Vote & the Right to Vote.
MS Freedom Primer #3 The Right to Vote & the Congressional Challenge.

COFO Statement of Policy re Lawsuit Demanding Appointment of Federal Commissioners, July 10, 1964

COFO Memo to Volunteers, August, 1964.

Flyer, MFDP County Convention Meeting, Holmes County, MS, Summer 1964.

FBI Investigation and Arrests in Itta Bena (MS), unsigned (presumed COFO or SNCC). June 25 and 16 1964

Report From Indianola Miss., John Harris, COFO.

See also COFO/MFDP Documents for documents outside the Freedom Summer June-August 1964 timeframe.

Chaney-Schwerner-Goodman Lynching Documents

See also Chaney-Schwerner-Goodman Lynching Articles

Hourly reports compiled on disappearance of Chaney-Schwerner-Goodman, June 22 1964. Mary King, Ron Carver, Louise Harney, Bob Weil, Bill Light, CORE, SNCC, COFO.

Memo re Disappearance of Chaney, Schwerner, Goodman, June 22, 1964.

Letter to The Reporter re article on Michael Schwerner (MS), Annell Ponder, COFO. July 30 1964

The Philadelphia, Mississippi Case: Chronology of Contacts With Agents of the Federal Government, COFO.

Post Mortem Examination Report of the Body of James Chaney, Dr. David Spain. August 7 1964

Conduct for Vigil, Friends of SNCC, Los Angeles, CA. (Federal Building vigil after discovery of Chaney, Schwerner, Goodman bodies in MS.)

Statement to FBI re lynching of Chaney, Schwerner & Goodman, Horace Doyle, participant in the murders. November 24 1964.

To Who it May Concern, petition letter re Chaney Schwerner Goodman case. Ellen Fox, Stephen Clorfeine, Univ. Rochester Friends of SNCC. February 1965

Appeal for federal action on civil rights & lynching of Chaney, Schwerner, Goodman, Unsigned, academe. February 3, 1965.

Freedom Summer Parents-Related Documents

Mississippi Freedom Project. A second Freedom Summer brochure mostly used for fundraising and explaining the project to supporters, press, and worried parents. SNCC.

Letter to Parents of Freedom Summer Volunteers, Bob Moses, COFO.

Parents List – Addreses and Names (re Mississippi Freedom Sumer volunteers), COFO? SNCC? Undated summer of 1964

Dear Parents, Parents Mississippi Emergency Committee, Washington DC. Undated.

Mr. President (letter to LBJ), professors & parents of Freedom Summer volunteers. June 9 1964

SNCC letter to White House re potential violence during Mississippi Freedom Summer, June 9 1964

Press release by parents of Freedom Summer volunteers (re their delegation to Washington), June 25 1964.

Mississippi Project Parents Committee meeting minutes, Miriam Tanzman, Secretary. July 24, 1964

Letter to Parents from Mississippi Project Parents Committee, August 5, 1964. W. Fraser.

Mississippi Project Parents Committee meeting minutes, Unsigned. February 9, 1965

Mississippi Freedom Project Clothing and Food Drive, Gloria Patman, New Britain (CT) Area Human Rights Committee. Undated (believed to be November 1964)

Freedom Summer Miscellaneous Documents

SNCC/COFO Daily WATS Reports

Dear Friends the Mississippi Summer Project needs funds and supplies, Betty Garman, SNCC. Undated summer 1964

Supplies Needed for Mississippi Freedom Project, Unsigned Philadelphia FoS. 1964

June 9 Hearing and June 10 Meeting With President Johnson, Julian Bond, SNCC. Undated (probably early June 1964)

Fund appeal letter to Ladislaus Michalowski, Stephen Bingham, COFO/New Haven Freedom Center. June 13 1964

Dear Friend (report on address by Judy Michalowski), Harry Webb, New Britain Area Committee on Human Rights (CT). June 25 1964

Memorandum: Report From Moss Point, unsigned COFO. undated (believed to be June 24 1964)

Memo to Mississippi Summer Project Contacts (re violence in Mississippi & federal inaction), Bob Moses, SNCC/COFO. June 27, 1964.

Mississippi Summer Project Workers in State as of June 29, 1964, COFO report

Mississippi Summer Project: Administrative Structure of Jackson COFO Office, undated Includes personnel assignments

Incidents Reported to the Jackson COFO Office During a 24 Hour Period, June 24, 1964.

Mississippi Summer Project: Running Summary of Incidents, June 16 — August 26, 1964. SNCC.

Memorandum for the President re Use of Marshals etc for Law Enforcement in Mississippi, Nicholas Katzenbach, U.S. Attorney General. July 1 1964

Letter to Charles MacLaurin re meeting in Jackson (MS, Michael Finkelstein, USCCR. July 28 1964

Letter to Amzie Moore re food and clothing donations (MS), Mary Anderson, Watts Action Committee. July 28 1964

Letter to the League of Women Voters re latest catalog (MS), Annell Ponder, COFO. July 30 1964

McComb Incident Summary June - September 1964. Unsigned. COFO? SNCC?

A Minister Counselor in Jackson, undated. Unsigned (report about Rev. Lee Ball's experiences).

Petition to President Johnson, unsigned (possibly COFO or parent's support committee). Summer 1964

Dear _________________ (re phone bill), Meridian MS COFO. Fall 1964

Affadavits collection from Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964. COFO.

Affadavit of white violence & police brutality, Robby Osman & Mario Savio, volunteers. July 22 1964

Affidavits, Unsigned, COFO. Summer 1964

Affadavit of white violence and police repression, Sam Block, SNCC. June 11 1964

Statement of Robert Moses re future plansBob Moses, COFO/SNCC. August 19 1964

Rough Minutes, National Council of Churches discussion of Mississippi Summer Project, September 18, 1964

Letter to Goldsmith Brothers re account with store (MS), Lois Chaffee, COFO. September 13 1964

Statistics of Negro and White Voter Registration in the Five Congressional Districts of Mississippi, U.S. v Mississippi Federal Court Case.

The Mississippi Summer Project report. Unsigned SNCC? COFO? 1964

The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Steve Max, SDS Political Education Project.

MFDP and Democratic Convention Challenge

See also:

Freedom Summer Articles by Movement Veterans
Mississippi ~ Into the Storm (articles 1955-1963)
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) (articles)
Personal Memories of Freedom Summer
Freedom Summer Web Links
1964 Freedom Summer Project (Wisconsin Historical Society)
Mississippi Movement web links
Mississippi Movement for books.

CORE Louisiana Summer Task Forces

[CORE often used the term "task force" as a synonym for "project," and at other times used "task force" as a synonym for staff or volunteers.]

1964 CORE Documents

Letter to national CORE leaders Jim McCain and Marvin Rich re Mississippi situation and ideas for the summer of 1964, Dave Dennis, CORE. November 18, 1963.

Schedule: The Long Hot Summer, Louisiana, 1964, CORE Southern Regional Office.

Louisiana Summer Project 1964 (planning document).

CORE 1964 Louisiana summer project plans, undated (content missing)

CORE Freedom Schools Brochure, undated, probably 1964.

Sample Task Force Application & Questionaire forms

Application Form for Field Worker in CORE Task Force
Fatima Cortez

Louisiana Summer Task Force preliminary volunteer list, CORE Southern Regional Office.

Field Report, West Feliciana Parish Louisiana, Ronnie Sigal & Mimi Feingold, CORE.

Report from Pointe Coupee Parish, Peggy Ewan, Catherine Cortex, Sharon Burger, CORE

List of subjects for teaching, Unsigned, CORE. October 27 19647

1965 CORE Documents

Suggested Readings, Mike Lesser, CORE. 1965

An Overview of the Reading Process, Mike Lesser, CORE. 1965

Format of Louisiana Summer Project, undated possibly May, 1965

See also:
     Letters & Reports From Mississippi Freedom Summer
     Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) Documents
     Freedom Summer Press Releases
     Freedom Summer Articles by Movement Veterans
     MFDP Articles by Movement Veterans

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