Thursday, April 10, 2014

Community Archives Project Update: SNCC Archives up for bid; Dr. Nathan Hare Slams Stanford rejection of his archives

Archivist Marvin X, Dr. Julia Hare, Dr. Nathan Hare, Attorney Amira Jackmon

Keep me posted. It doesn’t look good. I’m not sure how much many white liberals valued black studies, especially the empirical silent majority, unless maybe they wanted to teach in it. They would have preferred that it be polka dot. specially those of an empirical mindset. But more than that they prefer the battle to take place off campus. Or be an off campus issue or one that is not divisive. Not only was what you call history-making done to the historian’s home, but more than that, it could be tantamount to them touting black studies itself, as you yourself imply. However, it is not possible to make them like it if they don’t. Maybe if I didn’t have all of their degrees it would help. Lol. It will be a great disappointment and put me in a bind, but there’s nowhere to go but forward and no place to go but up. The challenge will be to keep on going. If nothing significant happens soon, I will want to set up a legal prohibition to keep anybody from acquiring my archives after I am dead. Or simply have them destroyed in the early future. I don’t care if they’re historically white, historically black or historically chartreuse or whatnot. So time is running out.
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Dear Marvin,

Thanks so much for your note.  I'm pleased to hear that the Hare archives are close to finding an institutional home.  Unfortunately, I am unable to provide the counteroffer that you propose, so I'm afraid Stanford will have to bow out.  

I appreciate your patience during this long process and would be pleased to learn where the archives are placed, so that I might eventually refer interested researchers to them.  Again, thanks for your patience and engagement; I applaud your Community Archives Project and your care of the Hare archives. 

Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope our paths cross again. 

All best,

Ben Stone
Green Library
Stanford University
The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Was In The Forefront Of The Civil Rights Movement Of The 1960's. This Massive Financial Archive Provides An Insight To That Organization

Up for Auction: SNCC's Massive Financial Archive


NOTE: This important SNCC archive must be in the hands of CONSCIOUS Blackfolk. Morehouse, Spellman, Tuskeegee, Fisk, Howard, Hampton and other HBCUs should be bidding on this treasure trove. Or Black individuals who can afford to buy this archive and donate it to an HCBU should be in on the bidding. We should not let this go to some white college/university or some white individual's personal archives to appreciate value for his or her personal wealth. Or can a collective of former SNCCFolk pool their meager resources and "rescue" this archive?-- Sam Anderson

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) (snik) was one of the organizations of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

Many unpaid volunteers worked with SNCC on projects in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, and Maryland. SNCC played a major role in the sit-ins and freedom rides, a leading role in the 1963 March on Washington, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party over the next few years. SNCC's major contribution was in its field work, organizing voter registration drives all over the South, especially in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Archive consists of greater than 4000 pieces, all of which have been placed in slip sheets and organized in [20] Three-Ring Binders. This financial archive covers various dates ranging in 1963-68 to include accounting and bookkeeping documents such as doner lists, expense reports, vouchers, travel receipts, ledger sheets, office expenses reports, vendor bills, utility bills, ect. There is some type of document for nearly every city in the Southern states. And, there are literally 1000's of names involved within these SNCC documents.

Although the archive is too volumnus to fully collate, we do note documents associated with several key Black Civil Rights leaders.

John Lewis signed an expense request. (Lewis was an influential SNCC leader and is recognized by most as one of the important leaders of the Civil Rights Movement as a whole).

Julian Bond is listed on an expense report. (On Easter weekend, 1960, Bond was one of the several hundred students who formed SNCC. Bond also took part in voter registration drives in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas.)

Stokley Carmichael, ALS regarding expenses. (Carmichael took part in the SNCC Freedom Rides of 1961. When he reached Mississippi he was arrested, the first of his nearly three dozen arrests. Carmichael later became a field organizer for SNCC and led voter registration drives in Mississippi.)

Fannie Hamer, a doctor's bill. (In 1962, when Hamer was 44 years old, SNCC volunteers came to town and held a voter registration meeting. She was surprised to learn that Blacks actually had a constitutional right to vote. She became a SNCC Field Secretary and traveled around the country speaking and registering people to vote.)

James Forman docket approval on expense report (Forman was an American Civil Rights leader active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, and the International Black Workers Congress.)

MacArthur Cotton, listed on expense report. (Arthur was an ealry ally of Medger Evers).

Robert Weil on several financial documents. (white member of SNCC staff).

Betty Miles on dozens of documents. (Miles was the SNCC accountant).

There are several topics which are very well represented in this archive. Those topics include Voter Registration and Training for those Registras.

• The Miles College Work Study, 1963-64, a literacy effort;

• Freedom Singers, formed in 1962 in Albany, Georgia to educate communities about civil rights issues through song;

• The Arkansas Project, designed to combat segregation in public facilities and schools, to assist voter registration;

• Council of Federated Organization (COFO), organized Freedom Summer, a national campaign launched in June 1964 to attempt to register as many Black voters as possible in Mississippi. In addition to these topics, there are some really fascinating items.

For example, [6] $100 Cash Bond receipts dated early March 1964 from Jackson Mississippi. Also 100's of Bus Ticket receipts to dozens of Southern cities in 1964.

A complete binder filled with Contributors and organized by state. Another binder of utilities bills for each SNCC office in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

An unusual letter regarding a Bond Fund for Selma Alabama.

This immense archive will provide years of research opportunites and a unique opportunity to understand the inner workings of one of America's most prolific Civil Rights organizations.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid:  $3,750
Current Bid:    $0.00
Estimate:    $7500 - $15000

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