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1. Overview of the Collection
Repository: McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi
Creator: Rev. Dr. Iain Whyte
Collection Title: Whyte (Iain) Civil Rights Collection
Size: 27 items
Collection Status: Fully processed
Abstract: Rev. Dr. Iain Whyte of Scotland was a volunteer in the Freedom Summer Project of 1964. Included in the collection are slides, letters, pamphlets, and flyers from his time in Greenville and Jackson working in the Freedom Schools.
Mississippi Freedom Summer Project
3. Biographical/Historical Note:
Rev. Dr. Iain Whyte is an honorary postdoctoral fellow at the University of Edinburgh in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology’s Scottish Center for Diaspora Studies were he researches and lectures on slavery and abolition in the United States and Britain. Rev. Dr. Whyte is the author of Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery 1756 -1838 (2006) and Zachary Macaulay (1768-1838), The Steadfast Scot in the British Anti-Slavery Movement (2011). Whyte has retired as a minister of the Church of Scotland but remains General Secretary of the Church of Scotland Guild. Over the past several years, Whyte has participated with many fundraising events and charity organizations such as “Freedom for All,” a program of the Scottish Charity Actions of Churches Together in Scotland and Anti-Slavery International, specifically the Glasgow Anti-Slavery Group. Whyte also participated in the 50th anniversary march from Selma, AL to Montgomery, AL during which he raised funds for Anti-Slavery International in memory of his friend David Batzka. David Batzka’s papers are also held at the University of Southern Mississippi and represent his time as a volunteer with the Mississippi Summer Project in Clarksdale.
At the time of this writing, Whyte currently resides in North Queensferry, Fife, Scotland with his family.
4. Scope and Content Note
The collection contains slides and papers from Rev. Dr. Iain Whyte’s time in Greenville and Jackson as a Mississippi Freedom Summer Project volunteer in 1964. The papers include two informational pamphlets on the Freedom Summer Project and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, an NAACP flyer for voter registration, two photocopied letters from Whyte’s contacts in Greenville, and a printed digital image of Whyte’s host in Greenville.
All items are maintained in a single folder. The 35mm slides are grouped by physical location and date (if known) and placed in a slide protector sheet. Since this grouping breaks original order, a table has been created to reflect the order of the processed collection (manuscript number) relative to the order the slides were received in (accession number).
6. Related Material
Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:
The University of Southern Mississippi houses many other Civil Rights collections related to the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project and the Civil Rights movement in general. The above represent a selection of potentially related collections.
7. Administrative Information
Provenance: Items donated by Rev. Dr. Iain Whyte in 2011.
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: Items available for research.
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 Stevie Evans, April 2016.
Contents of the collection
Notes from the collection case file
Information from Whyte’s features writings as published by the Life and Work magazine, the publication of the Church of Scotland.
8. Container List
Folder 1 Papers and slides from Whyte’s time in Greenville and Jackson, Miss.
9. Item List
Mississippi Summer Project informational pamphlet
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party informational pamphlet
N.A.A.C.P. “Crusade for Voters” flyer
Print out of a digital image taken from slide M500-6. On the back are handwritten notes by Whyte concerning Mr. Peters
Photocopies of two letters: one from Ms. Barbara Muthide (dated July 1964) regarding accommodations and requested services while in Greenville and one from Mr. Albert Peters (postmarked September 1965).
2 CDs from the USM Digital Lab containing digitized copies of slides (CD 1: AM11-64 images and CD 2: AM11-73 images)
10. Publication Information
Publisher: The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections
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: N/A