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M336 Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection

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In Collection: Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Digital Collection



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From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. A four-page document that discusses detailed plans for the development of the party, the organizational structure, and its three major challenges: Freedom registration, Freedom candidates, and the Convention challenge. The outline ends with an explanation of the MFDP Challenge to the Democratic National Convention. (See also: Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection, ID mus-zz020).

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Flyer soliciting support to seat members of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Typewritten statement by Robert and Carolyn Goodman, the parents of Andrew Goodman, dated August 5, 1964. The Goodmans express grief over the deaths of their son and fellow civil rights workers, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, who were murdered near Philadelphia, Mississippi. The statement informs the public of the struggle for equality in the South and requests support and protection for those civil rights workers who remain there.

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Newsletter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Discusses the position of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and describes legal barriers confronted by Mississippi Freedom Project. Also highlights racial violence in Mississippi and throughout the South.

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Newsletter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Includes an article about James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, civil rights workers who were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Also covers the Freedom Summer training session in Oxford, Ohio, and incidents of racial violence in Mississippi.

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Newsletter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Includes articles about the Mississippi Freedom Summer project, attacks against civil rights workers in Mississippi, and civil rights work in Selma, Alabama.

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Newsletter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Includes articles on the Mississippi Freedom Day in Greenwood, Mississippi, and church bombings across the state since the beginning of the Freedom Summer project. Also includes an article about voter registration in Selma, Alabama, as well as a section about harassment of civil rights workers in Mississippi.

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Copy of a typewritten document distributed by the New York office of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Document outlines the status of various legislative proposals in Mississippi. Information about these proposals was taken primarily from Mississippi newspapers.

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Cover and first five pages of a booklet compiled by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Provides a synopsis of the events leading up to and including Freedom Summer 1964. Includes details of organizations and programs involved in the project, including: Freedom schools, Free Southern Theater, the National Council of Churches, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Education Fund, and a variety of community centers. The list is followed by a 26-page summary of incidents and a 2-page epilogue.

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Confidential, internal newsletter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Includes descriptions of arrests of civil rights workers, harassment, and beatings by police and groups of citizens in Southern cities.

Running summary of various incidents that occurred during the Mississippi Freedom Project, Summer 1964. Organized chronologically, each entry gives the city and the incident. Includes instances of harassment, hostility, and violence against civil rights workers, as well as successful instances of integration.

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Copy of a typewritten document that provides guidelines for parents of New York area students who have committed to participate in Mississippi Freedom Project in 1964. Parents are encouraged to seek support for the efforts of their children and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from government officials, friends, and neighbors.

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Program for a Town Hall meeting held at New York University on August 20, 1964. The meeting,"Hearing on Mississippi," featured panelists listening to another group testify on their experiences in Mississippi. The meeting was sponsored by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Mississippi Project Parents Committee.

From the Zwerling (Matthew) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Flyer advertising a town hall meeting about civil rights in Mississippi to be held at New York University on August 20, 1964. Lists the panelists involved, and details of date, time, and location.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, and Sara, dated June 26, 1964. Discusses the positive community response in and around Clarksdale, Mississippi, to voter registration drives, and expresses optimism with regard to the lack of violence and police harassment experienced thus far. Zwerling also writes about his concern for Andrew Goodman. (Goodman was a civil rights worker and friend of Zwerling's from New York who was missing and later found murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi, along with James Chaney and Michael Schwerner.)

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, June 20, 1964. Zwerling notifies his parents of his arrival in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and includes his address there. He notes that the community is friendly and that he has yet to experience harassment.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, and Sara, dated June 23, 1964. Discusses voter registration canvassing activities, other aspects of his work in and around Clarksdale, Mississippi, as well as the lady with whom he and three other volunteers are staying. Zwerling mentions the summer heat in Mississippi, and his concern about tensions between the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee).

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, and Sara, dated June 30, 1964. Discusses civil rights work in the community of Riverton, near Clarksdale, Mississippi, and describes the dedication required to continue work through the end of the summer. Zwerling includes some details about the house in which he is staying, as well as his hostess.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, dated July 3, 1964. Discusses a recent meeting that was well-attended, as well as the COFO (Council of Federated Organizations) discouragement of public demonstrations. Zwerling also mentions that Congressman Fitz (William F.) Ryan recently visited Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, dated July 7, 1964. The letter is brief, and Zwerling states that he is busy and will write again soon.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, dated July 12, 1964. Discusses the change of emphasis in civil rights work in and around Clarksdale, Mississippi, from voter registration to Freedom registration for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and up-coming Freedom vote. Zwerling also mentions evening picnics given at the home of local civil rights leader, Aaron Henry.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to Israel and Florence Zwerling, dated July 14, 1964. Discusses the focus of civil rights volunteers in Clarksdale, Mississippi, on registering local people for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) before the up-coming Freedom Vote.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, dated July 20, 1964. Discusses working for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) registering people to vote and the positive response received from this effort. Zwerling also discusses the upcoming Freedom Day, and notes the change in his living quarters.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, dated July 24, 1964. Discusses the success of recent precinct meetings as well as work for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). Zwerling also mentions the upcoming Freedom Day.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, dated July 28, 1964. In the short note, he mentions voter registration work and the up-coming Freedom Day.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, dated August 3, 1964. Discusses an incident in which Zwerling was arrested for speeding, but not jailed. He also asks his parents for money for the project and car repairs.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, dated August 5, 1964. In this short note, Zwerling informs his parents of the amount of the fine he was charged for speeding.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, dated August 6, 1964. Zwerling updates his parents on his activities, including his efforts to set up contacts in Tunica, Mississippi, for SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) workers who will be arriving the fall. He also thanks them for money they recently sent.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, dated August 10, 1964. In this brief note, Zwerling notifies his parents that he moved to Marks.

Typewritten letter from Matthew Zwerling to his parents, Israel and Florence Zwerling, dated August 11, 1964. Discusses work in Marks, Mississippi, the possibility of future work in Tunica, and the recent convention of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in Jackson.

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