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M320 Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection

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In Collection: Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Digital Collection



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From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. A Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) poster. Photo by Danny Lyon of John Lewis with two others demonstrating at the "all white" swimming pool in Cairo Illinois in the summer of 1962. The SNCC turned the photo into a poster in 1963 adding the inscription "Come Let Us Build a New World Together."

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. A letter from Zoya Zeman's father to Zoya Zeman. The letter regards catching Zoya up on what has been going on as well as his opinion of her civil rights activism.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Two-sided tri-fold brochure about the Freedom Registration drive sponsored by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO)" COFO explains who can register, how and where to register, and includes a registration form and contact information.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>One-page document listing names and addresses of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committe (SNCC) Freedom Centers in Michigan, California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Ohio, Washington, Illinois, North Carolina, and Connecticut.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>This five-page document provides background and justification for the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Project. It gives a description of the project, the importance of community centers and voter registration, COFO, Stanford University's role, and the assets and liabilities of student participation.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>This handbook was produced by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO)" It includes an introduction of Mississippi political programs, voter registration, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) and the seating of delegates at the National Democratic Convention, and some techniques for field work. The handbook continues with an outline of Mississippi project areas, a political map of Mississippi, the number of African Americans registered by county, a summary of relevant federal powers relating to voting rights, and a history of federal action in Mississippi.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Cover letter from Staughton Lynd and Harold Bardanelli of Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) in Jackson, Mississippi, to Freedom School volunteer teachers. The cover letter gives preliminary information and transmits the attachment, Notes on Teaching in Mississippi, by Jane Stembridge, Charlie Cobb, Mendy Samstein, and Noel Day. Notes includes background information about Mississippi, race relations in the state, and the educational and social backgrounds of potential students. Details about the curriculum and suggestions for effective teaching methods are also included.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Letter written by Jesse Morris for the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), and sent to the workers and friends of the Mississippi Freedom Project of 1964. The letter is written on the back of a CODO poster that reads "Now with your hand, pull the lever down." Voting booth levers are labeled Justice, Equality, and Freedom. Also shows chains and three pairs of hands labeled with the names of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, who were murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi in June 1964. The first pair of hands is chained, the second is breaking the chain, and the third pair is unchained.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Letter from Steven McNichols to the United States National Student Association (NSA) student body presidents, coordinators, and student editors about the Thanksgiving Fast for Freedom scheduled for November 19, 1964. McNichols describes the problem of hunger experienced by African Americans in Mississippi during the winter and encourages students nationwide to participate in the fast to help feed hungry families.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>This document was enclosed with the letter written by Steven McNichols about the Thanksgiving Fast for Freedom (see mus-zz009). Philip Sherburne reports on his experiences in McComb, Mississippi, to the United States National Students Association. He discusses the outbreak of racial violence in Jackson and McComb, Mississippi, and he encourages participation in the Thanksgiving Fast for Freedom.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>This six-page document is a publication of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) regarding the cotton vote in Mississippi. It summarizes the attempts of African American farmers to run for the office of committeeman of the local ASC seat. The Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASC), is part of the Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for the regulation of cotton farming. The document also describes hate crimes against African American farmers who attempt to vote or run for office.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>This two-page document introduces the programs to be undertaken and/or continued by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) from the winter of 1964 to spring of 1965. Programs include Freedom Democratic Party and voter registration, Freedom schools, preschool education, the White Community Project, federal programs, community centers, literacy programs, medical programs, legal programs, audiovisual programs, food, clothing distribution, Mississippi Student Union, and libraries.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Describes the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), its structure and leadership, history, programs, and future plans.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Booklet produced by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) about Mississippi voter registration policies in the 1960's.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Confidential six-page newsletter by Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) contains information about arrests, violence, and harassment experienced by civil rights workers and local African Americans from July 7-27, 1964 throughout the South.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>This pamphlet explains what the Mississippi Summer Project is and how supporters can help this cause. It details the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) plans for voter registration activities, freedom schools, community centers, a research project, local community interaction, and legal aid.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>This pamphlet describes the efforts of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) with the Mississippi Freedom Project through voter registration, freedom schools, community centers, and legal aid. The document also requests contributions to help fund their efforts in Mississippi.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>This is a small handwritten poster meant to rally support of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP). A time and place to participate are given.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Position paper written by Aaron Henry, chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) in 1964. He describes the attempts of the MFDP to obtain delegation status in the National Democratic Party at the Democratic National Convention held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Cover letter written by Fannie Lou Hamer to the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee regarding the Congressional challenge being conducted by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic P:arty. The following four pages outline the challenge of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. It includes the plans for development of the party, organizational structure, and three major challenges: Freedom registration, Freedom candidates, and the Convention challenge. It ends with an explanation of the Convention challenge and the MDFP plan to challenge the seating in the Mississippi Delegation.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>This document contains details of events from July 2-5, 1964, relating to the Mississippi Freedom Project. It describes harassments, scare tactics, threats, and violence that the civil rights workers, freedom school teachers and the local African Americans endured during that time.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Describes the need for developing the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and outlines the reasons for challenging the seating of the regular Mississippi Democratic Party at the Democratic National Convention and the plan of action to complete this goal.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Describes the political campaigns of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) in 1964. It introduces the freedom registration and provides biographical sketches and platforms for the four Freedom Candidates: Fannie Lou Hamer, James Monroe Houston, Rev. John E. Cameron, and Victoria Jackson Gray (Adams).

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Copy of an application form used for Mississippi voter registration.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Cover memo from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) to friends of MFDP explaining upcoming activities, requesting financial and political support, and transmitting a four-page report. The report details MFDP involvement in the National Democratic Party Convention of 1964 and outlines the future plans of the MFDP.

From the Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection. <br>Cover memo from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) to Mississippi Summer Project volunteers requesting for volunteers for the Freedom vote to be held October 31-November 2, 1964. The following page explains other ways to support the MFDP by writing letters or sending telegrams to congressmen.

From the Zoya Zeman Freedom Summer Collection. Thirty-six pages (typewritten and handwritten) recounting Zoya Zeman's experiences in Mississippi from June 24, 1964, through September 6, 1964.

Transcribed copy of a letter from Zoya Zeman to her father, Dr. Erwin D. Zeman, dated July 1, 1964. Zeman writes about her activities as a Freedom Summer volunteer in Clarksdale, Mississippi, during her first three days in Mississippi.

Transcribed copy of a letter from Zoya Zeman to her father, dated July 3, 1964, 9:10am. Zeman writes that she is safe and staying at the home of Dr. Aaron Henry in Clarksdale, Mississippi. She is having an enjoyable time, but needs to work on fixing up the building for the community center.

Transcribed copy of a letter from Zoya Zeman to her father dated July 5, 1964. Zeman writes about possible dates for her father to come to Mississippi to help with the health team on the Mississippi Freedom Project. She mentions the Freedom rides and important people in the civil rights efforts.

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