Civil rights--United States

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 40 Collections and/or Records:

John Robert Nelson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0313
Scope and Content Note This collection consists of Dean J. Robert Nelson’s materials relating to the events at Vanderbilt University that were known as “the Lawson affair.” In 1960, a graduate student in the Divinity School was dismissed from the University, despite the Dean’s objections, for his participation in local lunch-counter sit-ins. In protest Nelson resigned as Dean of the Divinity School. Most of this collection is comprised of correspondence ranging from before Nelson’s appointment as Dean in 1957 until...
Dates: 1952 - 1976

Ogden Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0690

Howard Romaine Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0883

Charles E. Roos Papers

 Collection — Folder 1: [30081048300713]
Identifier: MSS.0371
Overview This collection contains a single 6 page manuscript titled "Forty-Eight Hours at Vanderbilt" written by Charles Roos in 1985. The essay documents Roos's involvement in the 1960 James Lawson case at Vanderbilt. The '48 hours' document June 7-8, 1960.
Dates: 1985 October 22

Carol Hamilton Scott and James M. Lawson, Jr. Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0813
Overview This collection contains 30 pieces of correspondence from James M. Lawson, Jr. to Carol Hamilton during his time in prison for refusing to enlist in the Korean War. It also includes two pieces of correspondence from the Department of Justice to Carol Hamilton receiving permission to write James Lawson, three essays, and three postcards.
Dates: 1950 - 1953

John Seigenthaler Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0829
Overview This collection contains the papers of John Seigenthaler, journalist, writer, and longtime editor of The Tennessean. Seigenthaler was a prominent advocate for First Amendment rights and founded the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Seigenthaler also worked for Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and was a longtime friend of the Kennedy family.
Dates: 1920 - 2014

Kelly Miller Smith Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0400
Overview The Kelly Miller Smith Collection complements the Divinity School's Kelly Miller Smith Institute on the Black Church. Kelly Miller Smith was a great religious leader but, and this collection contains primary materials related to one of the most significant periods in black American history, ca. 1945-1984. Both contemporary and future scholars will view the collection as a valuable resource for inquiring into the thought and practice of a widely esteemed black leader.
Dates: 1920 - 1985

Eugene TeSelle Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0444

Martha Sue Thrasher Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0453

Voices of Vanderbilt Oral History Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0480
Overview This collection contains oral history interview tapes and transcripts from the Voices of Vanderbilt project. For a full list of subjects, transcripts, and interviews, contact Special Collections.
Dates: 1990s-2000s

Melvin Watson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0492
Overview This collection contains the papers of Rev. Dr. Melvin H. Watson (1908-2006), religious leader, educator, longtime friend of the King family, and important figure in the Civil Rights Movement. Many of the papers relate to his 30+ years of service as pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Atlanta (1958-1990).
Dates: 1915-1990; Majority of material found within 1960s-1980s

Victoria Webb Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0496
Overview This collection contains photographs taken by Victoria Webb as the result of her involvement with the women’s liberation movement in Nashville during the 1970s and with the publication titled “Women’s Free Express”.
Dates: 1970s

Women's Rights Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0820

Harmon Wray Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0666

 

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