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1. Overview of the Collection



McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi


Robin Lelyveld Newell

Collection Number


Collection Title

Lelyveld (Rabbi Arthur J.) Collection


.25 Cubic Feet




1964; undated

Collection Status

Fully Reviewed


The collection contains photocopies of newspaper articles describing the attack on Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld, Lawrence Spears, and David Owen on July 10, 1964.  There are also two DVDs of interviews with Rabbi Lelyveld.


2. Subjects

Hattiesburg, Mississippi (United States)

Freedom Summer

Student Non-Violent Coordination Committee (SNCC)

Council of Federation Organizations

Lelyveld, Arthur J.

Owen, David

Spears, Lawrence


3. Biographical/Historical Note

Arthur J. Lelyveld was born on February 6, 1913.  He became a prominent rabbi and lived in Nebraska, New York, and Ohio.  Rabbi Lelyveld was an active person in the Civil Rights movements of the 1960’s.  He came to Hattiesburg, Mississippi in the summer of 1964 to assist in registering local African American citizens to vote.  On July 10, 1964, two segregationists attacked Rabbi Lelyveld, civil rights workers Lawrence Spears, and civil rights worker David Owen with iron pipes as they were walking along a railroad track with two local African American women in Hattiesburg.  Rabbi Lelyveld suffered lacerations and a concussion from the attack and was taken to Methodist Hospital for treatments to his injuries.  He retired from the rabbinate in 1986 and became Rabbi Emeritus.  Arthur J. Lelyveld died on April 15, 1996.  


4. Scope and Content Note

The collection contains newspaper clippings, two DVDs, and one photograph.


5. Arrangement

The materials in the collection were organized by subject, grouping items by organization when possible (newspaper articles, DVD, photograph).



6. Related Material

Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:


7. Administrative Information



Donated by Robin Lelyveld Newell and The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas.

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 Brandon Ball, November 2013.


Contents of the collection.

Collection case file.

Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld, 83, Rights Crusaderarticle from archives.


8. Container List

Box 1

Folder 1           New York Journal Newspaper Article 1964

Folder 2           DVD:  “Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld on the Meaning of the Library” undated

Folder 3           DVD:  “Televised Interview with Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld on his Beating during the summer of 1964 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi” undated

Folder 4           Photograph:  Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld M483-1


9.  Item List

Photograph Log











Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld

5 x 7

B & W




10. Publication  Information



The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections


Physical Address

The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

McCain Library & Archives

118 College Drive #5148

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148

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Revision Date

Last revised: 2013 November


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118 College Drive #5148   Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148