Daisy Bates Papers, 1946-1966

Summary Information

Title: Daisy Bates Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1946-1966

  • Bates, Daisy, 1914?-1999
Call Number: Mss 523; Micro 801; Audio 814A; PH Mss 523; PH Mss 523 (3)

Quantity: 2.2 cubic feet (6 archives boxes), 6 reels of microfilm (35 mm), 4 tape recordings, and 123 photographs (1 archives box and 1 oversize folder)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Daisy Bates, a civil rights activist who as a former head of the Arkansas NAACP was a leading figure in the desegregation of the Little Rock schools in 1957. Included in the collection are general correspondence, primarily relating to Mrs. Bates' speaking and writing; speeches and biographical statements; and microfilm copies of drafts of her 1962 memoir The Long Shadow of Little Rock. Also available on microfilm are clippings pertaining to Mrs. Bates, her husband, L. C. Bates (publisher of the Arkansas State Press), and the school desegregation crisis in general; research files on the nine students who integrated Central High School; and behavioral record cards of many Central High School students, 1955-1958. Records of the Arkansas and Little Rock NAACP chapter as kept by Mrs. Bates include legal documents, minutes, printed memos, financial statements, correspondence, transcripts of telephone conversations, and a discussion between NAACP officer Clarence Laws and the nine students. Tapes in the collection contain portions of an interview with Mrs. Bates, a general discussion of the situation in Little Rock, and a speech by Orval E. Faubus. The photographs document the activities of Mrs. Bates and her involvement in the desegregation of Central High School and subsequent related events from 1957-1960. Included are images of Mrs. Bates, L.C., the Little Rock Nine students, and others involved in the desegregation events. Additional images document the violence that occurred as a result of this effort.


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Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mss00523
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