Norma Becker Papers, 1961-1975 (bulk 1963-1968)

Scope and Content Note

Although the papers are disappointing with respect to Mrs. Becker's prominence within the anti-Vietnam War movement, they do provide an interesting though limited glimpse of the support provided to the civil rights movement by one northern professional group. The collection includes correspondence, form letters, clippings, newsletters, flyers, and other printed matter, all filed by organizational name. There are a few items of both earlier and later date, but coverage is best for the period 1963-1968. Of special note within the United Federation of Teachers files are the materials for the curriculum conference which planned instruction for the Mississippi Freedom schools. The other Freedom School papers are generally more revealing about project planning and follow-up than about Norma Becker's teaching in Greenville, Mississippi. The Teachers Committee for Peace in Vietnam is documented chiefly by form letters and clippings. There are also a few copies of a newsletter. Material which concerned the Fifth Avenue Vietnam Peace Parade Committee was compared with the Society's holdings on that group and photocopies of printed matter were filed in that collection. Correspondence, however, was retained as part of Mrs. Becker's papers. This consists largely of letters from 1967 protesting an apparent dilution of the committee's original purpose with other social concerns.