Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez Papers, 1964-1966

Summary Information
Title: Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1964-1966

  • Martinez, Elizabeth Sutherland, 1925-
Call Number: Micro 790

Quantity: 2 reels of microfilm (35mm)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Elizabeth Sutherland Martinez, editor of the book Letters from Mississippi (1965) which concerned the civil rights activities of Freedom Summer and particularly the COFO voter registration drive. Present are editorial correspondence, letters from volunteers, research material, drafts, and promotional material relating to the book.

Language: English

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1925, December 12 Born in Washington, D.C.
1946 Graduated from Swarthmore College.
1947-1952 Worked as a researcher on African problems for the United Nations.
1956-1958 Served as administrative assistant in the Photography Department of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
1958-1964 Employed on the staff of Simon and Schuster, where she edited The Negro Revolution in America and The Movement. During this period she also published in a variety of magazines.
1964 Became Books and Arts Editor for The Nation, and during that summer spent over a month in Mississippi talking with volunteers in the COFO voter registration project.
1965 Published Letters From Mississippi. The Mississippi Parents Project Committee sponsored this book and got 150 of the 800 volunteers to contribute the letters written during the project to their parents and friends.
1965 Joined the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee as administrative secretary of the New York Office.
Scope and Content Note

The papers, 1964-1966, relate exclusively to her book Letters From Mississippi and include editorial correspondence, letters and biographical information on about forty of the volunteers, news releases, drafts, and promotional material. Many of the original letters of the volunteers are missing or were so heavily edited that they could not be reconstructed in their original state. Two successive draft versions and additional cuts are arranged by chapter.

Administrative/Restriction Information
Acquisition Information

Presented by Elizabeth Sutherland, New York, New York, March 21, 1966. Accession Number: M66-102

Processing Information

Processed by JB (Intern) and Eleanor McKay, May 1973, and prepared for microfilming by Carolyn Mattern, February 1980.

Contents List
Reel   1
Frame   1
Correspondence, 1964-1966
Volunteers' letters
Reel   1
Frame   03
Letters, A-Y, 1964
Reel   1
Frame   760
Letters, authors unknown or received too late for publication, 1964-1965
Reel   1
Frame   836
Information cards on volunteers without letters, undated
Chapter drafts, 1964-1965
Reel   1
Frame   849
1 - The Road to Mississippi
Reel   1
Frame   1056
2 - At Home in a Black World
Reel   2
Frame   1
3 - The Other Country
Reel   2
Frame   174
4 - The Long Walk to the Courthouse
Reel   2
Frame   302
5 - The Greenwood Story
Reel   2
Frame   383
6 - Looking North (unpublished)
Reel   2
Frame   415
7 - School for Freedom
Reel   2
Frame   554
8 - Mr. and Mrs. Charlie
Reel   2
Frame   666
9 - Philadelphia, August Third
Reel   2
Frame   692
10 - Profile in Pride (unpublished)
Reel   2
Frame   739
11 - The Nitty Gritty
Reel   2
Frame   795
12 - Democrats for Freedom
Reel   2
Frame   880
13 - Shadows of Autumn (unpublished)
Reel   2
Frame   905
14 - The Road Back
Reel   2
Frame   971
Rejected and unorganized material
Reel   2
Frame   1179
Promotional material, 1964-1965