Civil Rights Movement
Letters & Reports
Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964

One of Freedom Summer's strategic objectives was to raise national awareness of southern realities, demand Federal action, and mobilize political support for the MFDP. All the summer volunteers were urged to write frequent letters to family, friends, teachers, and ministers about the Freedom Movement and their experiences. Many volunteers arranged to have their letters published in local newspapers, school or church bulletins, or reproduced and distributed to informal networks. This was before the era of cheap photocopy machines, so letters had to be retyped with carbon copies, or mimeographed from hand-typed stencils, often by parents who just days or weeks earlier had been desperately pleading with their daughters and sons not to to to Mississippi.

Letters from Many locations
      1964 Letters From Mississippi (collection)
Letters from Carthage MS
      July 16 Lettter From a Freedom School Teacher, Dorothy Teal
Letters from Cleveland MS
      Aug Report: Arrested for Leafletting, Wally Roberts
      Sept. 2 Report: Observations Regarding Cleveland MS, Robert Hall & Robert Gregg
Letters from Greenville MS
      Aug 28 Letter From Irene & Everett MacNair
Letters from Holly Springs MS
      JulyThree Letters From a Freedom School Teacher, Chude Allen
      July 8Letter re the freedom project, Gitta Perl
      July 8Letter re leave of absence, David W. Trimble
      July 12Weekly report, Kathleen Dahl
      July 13Letter re end of service, Gitta Perl
      July 19Weekly report, Eugene Hunn
      July 19Weekly report, Ruth Koening
      July 26Weekly report, Ruth Koening
      July 26Weekly report, Eugene Hunn
      August 2Weekly report, Eugene Hunn
      August 2Report on visit to Welfare Office, Eugene Hunn
      August 9Weekly report, Eugene Hunn
      August 19Letter re Frank Caccatori (Frank Cieciorka), Karin Kunstler
      October 22   Letter re news from San Francisco, Sandy
Letters from Itta Bena MS
      June 26 FBI Investigation and Arrests in Itta Bena, Unsigned
Letters from Jackson MS
      July 2 Dear Jack, letter re MFDP. Signature illegible  
Letters from Oxford MS
      June 18 Letter re Orientation & Training, Mike Yarrow
      June 16Letter re Freedom Summer training, William Hodes
      June 22Nonviolence debate at Freedom Summer training, William Hodes
      June 26 Dear Parents and All (re CSG), Eugene Nelson
Letters from Ruleville MS
      June Arriving in MS, first days, & fear., Mike Yarrow
      July 1 Letter home, Wally Roberts
      July 2 Experiences of a Summer Volunteer #1, Mike Yarrow
      July 11 Experiences of a Summer Volunteer #2, Mike Yarrow
      July 18 Account of Arrest and Jail, Mike Yarrow
      July 27 Experiences of a Summer Volunteer #3, Mike Yarrow
Letters from Other Places
      May 31 Letter From Jim Boebel
Letters from New York, NY
      July 4To Mrs. Hodes re Newsletter, Kay Raphael, parents group
      1965 Meeting of Miss. Project Parent's Committee, Unsigned

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See also:
     Summer Project Documents
     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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