Robert and Vicki Gabriner Papers, 1964-1966

Scope and Content Note

Two folders of correspondence, news clippings, a diary, and other papers, most of which have been photocopied, documenting the Gabriners' work with the Fayette County, Tennessee voter registration and education project, as well as with their other civil rights work. Correspondence, 1964-1965, with friends and family details their experiences in Tennessee, as does the “diary,” which is dated December 1964. The tape recordings contain 1966 interviews by Nick Fisher with Vicki and Bob, and recount Vicki's involvement in civil rights work in Tennessee, her relationship with the blacks she lived and worked with and recruited, the effect of her work, and opposition encountered. Other topics discussed by Vicki were her 1963 return to Madison from the South, her desire to continue civil rights work, criticism of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) by others, and her views of education and graduate school. Two tapes of Fisher's interview with Bob Gabriner include a discussion of his first activist experience at Cornell University, the reactions of family and friends to his civil rights work, his work as community organizer and teacher in Fayette County and with the West Tennessee Organizing Project, problems he encountered doing such work, his relationship with those who worked with him, his views regarding politics in the North and in Vietnam, and his plans for the future. Some of the interview has been abstracted; the abstract is filed with the other paper documents in the collection.