Sally Belfrage Papers, 1962-1966

Scope and Content Note

The Sally Belfrage Papers mainly concern the Mississippi Summer projects, and include a manuscript draft of her book, Freedom Summer; an index to the manuscript draft (the book was published without an index); her diary and notes concerning her summer 1964 experiences in Mississippi; voter registration reports and list from March to August 1963; miscellaneous COFO and SNCC newsletters and ephemera; a transcript of a 1966 radio program “This Little Light,” aired over station WBAI in New York City concerning the 1964 summer project; and a location file. The location file forms the bulk of her collection and documents project activities in thirty-three local areas in Mississippi; there are reports of harassment of project volunteers and local blacks and progress reports on various voter registration drives. Belfrage relied heavily on her own collection for source material for Freedom Summer, which includes most of the information in these papers.