Freedom Information Service Records, 1962-1979

Summary Information

Title: Freedom Information Service Records
Inclusive Dates: 1962-1979

  • Freedom Information Service
Call Number: Mss 515; Micro 780; Audio 415A

Quantity: 0.4 c.f. (1 archives box), 3 reels of microfilm (35 mm), and 1 tape recording

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Records of a Mississippi communications clearinghouse where all forms of useful information were gathered, organized, and transmitted to the poor, rural, black population. Included are materials written and printed by FIS, and items created by allied Mississippi civil rights groups, all of which were distributed by the Service. In the collection are freedom primers; political handbooks concerning county and municipal government; leaflets and flyers on a variety of political, economic, and agricultural subjects; news releases; and a small file of correspondence and printed form letters. There are also copies of the proposal for organizing FIS, and a prospectus for later expansion; with small files regarding the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. From the 1970s are records created and collected by Jan Hillegas and Ken Lawrence, some of which were produced under the aegis of FIS. These later documents concern women's rights and feminism, the Republic of New Afrika, farm workers and labor, and racism in the military. On microfilm are papers and clippings which pre-date the organization of FIS, but which were deposited for use by FIS by the Council of Federated Organizations. These materials include WATS Reports; clippings, statements, and news releases concerning the disappearance and murder of Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman in 1964; and similar documentation of incidents of brutality and harassment. On tape is “A Visit to Sunflower County, Mississippi,” a recording made by FIS head of news and tape programs, Phil Lapsansky.

Language: English

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