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1. Overview of the Collection

Repository

McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi

Creator

Lawrence D. Spears

Collection Number

M482

Collection Title

Spears (Lawrence D.) Civil Rights Collection

Size

.25 cubic feet

Language

English

Dates

1964-1999

Collection Status

Fully processed

Abstract

Photocopies of the Federal Bureau of Investigation files on the assault of civil rights workers Lawrence Spears, David Owen, and Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on July 10, 1964.

 

2. Subjects

Spears, Lawrence D.

Lelyveld, Arthur J., 1913-             

Owen, David.

United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Civil rights workers.

 

3. Biographical/Historical Note

During Freedom Summer 1964, Lawrence Spears was a Stanford University student from Palo Alto, California doing voter registration work among the African American community in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. On July 10, while walking along the railroad tracks in southeast Hattiesburg with two other volunteers, Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld of Cincinnati, Ohio and David Owen, an Oberlin College student from Pasadena, California, and two young African American women from Hattiesburg, one of whom was Janet Crosby, the men in the group were assaulted with iron pipes by two white men from Collins, Mississippi. Rabbi Lelyveld had to be hospitalized.

 

4. Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of photocopies of the Federal Bureau of Investigation files about the assault of Lawrence Spears, David Owen and Rabbi Arthur Lelyveld in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The files were obtained by Spears under the Freedom of Information Act. Many lines in the files were redacted by the FBI. Also included is a "Reserved" sign from a parking lot on the University of Southern Mississippi campus reserved for visitors to USM's Freedom Summer symposium held June 7, 1999. Spears, Owen, and other former Freedom Summer volunteers returned to Hattiesburg to join with the local African American activists and Freedom School students with whom they had worked in 1964. Spears and Owen roomed together that week-end as they had during Freedom Summer. Photographs of Rabbi Lelyveld, Spears, and Owen taken shortly after the beating by Herbert Randall are in the Herbert Randall Freedom Summer Photograph Collection.

 

5. Related Material

Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:

 

 

6. Administrative Information

Provenance

 

Use Restrictions

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Provision of photocopies or digital reproductions does not constitute permission to publish, distribute, provide internet access to, or otherwise display images of materials in this collection. Copyright is retained by the lawful copyright holder, and it is the responsibility of the permission seeker to contact and secure permission from the copyright holder. Where copyright permission is not granted, images are only for use in private study subject to the Fair Use exceptions made in U.S. Copyright Law.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation Method

In citing these materials, the following information should be included:

Item, title of collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Amanda McRaney and Yvonne Arnold, November 2013.

Sources

Collection case file.

 

 

7. Container List

 

Box 1

Folder 1           Federal Bureau of Investigation Files 1964

Folder 2           Federal Bureau of Investigation Files 1964

Folder 3           Federal Bureau of Investigation Files 1964

Folder 4           Federal Bureau of Investigation Files 1964

Folder 5           Federal Bureau of Investigation Files 1964

Folder 6           Federal Bureau of Investigation Files 1964

Folder 7           Federal Bureau of Investigation Files 1964

Folder 8           Federal Bureau of Investigation Files 1964

Folder 9           Correspondence and Reserved Parking Sign 1985-1999

 

8. Publication Information

Publisher

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections

URL

http://www.lib.usm.edu/spcol/index.php

Physical Address

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

McCain Library & Archives

118 College Drive #5148

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148

 

Email Contact

To email, go to: http://www.lib.usm.edu/askalibrarian/

Revision date

Last revised: November 5, 2013

 


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118 College Drive #5148   Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148


Last Edited: Apr 13 2016 03:36:55 PM