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Civil Rights Movement

A guide for locating primary sources and research materials about the U.S. civil rights movement.

What can I find in Organizational Papers?

Collections of papers, such as those listed here, frequently include items such as personal and professional correspondence, newspaper clippings, financial records, memos, and diaries. Papers from organizations may also have items such as meeting minutes and membership rolls. Because much of this information comes from "behind closed doors," collections of papers can frequently provide a different perspective than what is present in the speeches and press releases of the time.

While the majority of these collections come from prominent African American groups, sets dealing with the KKK and other right wing organizations are included to provide context from the opposition to the civil rights movement.

Organizational Papers

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