Civil Rights Movement Veterans Website

A non-commercial educational resource for students, academics, researchers, and people of all kinds who wish to learn more about the civil rights movement from the point of view of those who were a part of it. Features documents, photographs, and remembrances that emphasize the central role ordinary people played in transforming their lives through extraordinary courage.

Trinity College, 1988 SNCC Conference “We Shall Not Be Moved

A ten-part series of videorecordings of a conference held at Trinity College, Hartford, CT, Apr. 14 – 16, 1988, titled, “We Shall Note Be Moved: The Life and Times of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, 1960 – 1966.”

Wisconsin Historical Society, Freedom Summer Digital Collection

The Freedom Summer Digital Collection contains over 30,000 pages of official records of organizations, personal papers of Movement leaders, letters, racist propaganda, diaries, images, and newsletters documenting the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of 1964. Featured collections include the Amzie Moore papers, Ella Baker papers, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party papers, and more.

Duke University, Joseph Sinsheimer Papers, SNCC 40th Anniversary Tapes, and Faith Holseart Papers

Digitized civil rights collections at Duke include the Joseph Sinsheimer papers, which features oral history interviews with activists from the Mississippi Movement; the SNCC 40th Anniversary tapes, which document the SNCC 40th anniversary conference in 2000 at Shaw University; and the Faith Holsaert papers,which contain documents and correspondence related to SNCC’s organizing in Southwest Georgia.

University of Southern Mississippi, Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive

The Civil Rights in Missisippi Digital Archive includes digitized photographs, oral history transcripts and audio, letters, diaries, and other documents focusing on local struggles for civil rights in Mississippi. Featured collections include Herbert Randall Freedom Summer photograph collection and an extensive selection of oral history interviews by USM’s Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage.

Library of Congress, Civil Rights History Project

The Civil Rights History Project features video-recorded oral history interviews and transcripts with activists who participated in the struggle to obtain justice, freedom, and equality for African Americans. Interviews record recollections of a wide variety of topics within the civil rights movement, such as the influence of the labor movement, nonviolence and self-defense, religious faith, music, and the experiences of young activists. Many interviewees participated in national organizations, such as the NAACP, SNCC and CORE, and the interviews cover a broad geographical area.

Take Stock

Take Stock features images made by activist photographers dedicated personally to the cause of social justice, including Matt Herron, George Ballis, and Maria Varela. The Civil Rights Collection contains some 27,000 images taken by several photographers in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia in the mid-sixties. The collection includes movement photography, photojournalism, and social documentary photography.

Washington University, Eyes on the Prize Interviews

Eyes on the Prize is a 14-part series, which debuted on PBS stations in 1985 and 1988 and is considered to be the definitive documentary on the Civil Rights Movement. The collection contains complete transcripts of the Eyes on the Prize interviews conducted by Blackside, including sections which appeared in the final program and the outtakes.

Alabama Department of Archives and History, Jim Peppler Southern Courier Photograph Collection

The Jim Peppler Southern Courier Photograph collection contains 11,000 photographs documenting the civil rights movement and social conditions in Central Alabama. Jim Peppler was a staff photographer of The Southern Courier, a weekly paper based in Montgomery that sought to provide objective reporting on civil rights and social issues.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Records

Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission contains approximately 133,000 pages of material from Mississippi’s official counter civil rights agency from 1956-1973. Material includes investigative reports, correspondence, speeches, and a large amount of published material.

McComb Legacies

The McComb Legacies website shares the history of McComb, MS, with an emphasis on the stories of working people of all races, women, and young people and how they have strived for equity in labor, civics, education, economics, and the arts. The site is designed by students with an emphasis on oral histories conducted by students in an effort to understand, preserve, and share their local history.

Stanford University, KZSU Project South Interviews

A collection of transcribed meetings and interviews with civil rights workers and local activists in the South recorded by several Stanford students affiliated with the campus radio station KZSU during the summer of 1965. Includes interviews of members of CORE, the MFDP, the NAACP, SCLC, and SNCC; transcripts of formal and informal remarks of persons working with smaller, independent civil rights projects, of local Blacks associated with theMovement, and other people, including Ku Klux Klansmen; and transcribed action tapes of civil rights workers canvassing voters, conducting freedom schools, or participating in demonstrations.

University of Georgia, Civil Rights Digital Library

The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational material from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale. Includes a digital video archive of historical news film and serves as a civil rights portal by connecting related digital collections.

More Digital Sources

University of North Carolina, Southern Oral History Program Collection

Brown University, Choices Program, Civil Rights

Southern Courier Archives

Jackson State University, Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO, A Voice That Could Stir an Army: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Rhetoric of the Black Freedom Movement

National Visionary Leadership Project