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Freedom Summer 50th anniversary at USM Libraries

11 Aug 2014 8:30 AM | Tina Harry (Administrator)

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries’ Special Collections has been actively supporting “Freedom Summer” 50th anniversary activities: an exhibit in the Cook Library lobby running June 8 through September 12; a digital exhibit “loop” on Eaglevision in the Thad Cochran Center during the June 19-21 Freedom Summer 1964-2014 Conference at USM; a panel on archival resources at the same Conference; fulfilling numerous requests from internal and external researchers for information about Freedom Summer collections and copies of related photographs preserved at USM; and greatly expanding the number of related images online (e.g., over 800 images from the collections of negatives taken by nationally acclaimed photographer Herbert Randall in 1964 now online at http://digilib.usm.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/randall).

USM also provided a description of its collections development interests and procedures that was accepted to be among nine institutions nationally listed under "Preserving Our History, What to do With Your Freedom Movement Papers" posted for public access on the Civil Rights Movement Veterans website http://www.crmvet.org/docs/docs_kit1.pdf and the SNCC Legacy Project website http://www.sncclegacyproject.org/pdf/docs_kit1.pdf.

For additional information, please contact Steve Haller, Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives at Stephen.Haller@usm.edu.

Submitted by

Steve Haller

Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives

The University of Southern Mississippi



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