John S. Zippert Papers, 1965-1966

Summary Information

Title: John S. Zippert Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1965-1966

  • Zippert, John S.
Call Number: Mss 530

Quantity: 0.2 c.f. (1 archives box)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of John S. Zippert, a Congress of Racial Equality worker in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, who organized farmers into marketing and agricultural cooperatives. Zippert, a history student and former student government president at City College of New York, went to Louisiana in the summer of 1965, and stayed to continue his work. The papers illustrate his efforts to organize the Grand Marie Vegetable Producers Co-operative, Inc., Sunset, Louisiana (also known as the Grand Marie Sweet Potato Co-operative), to market sweet potatoes, with future plans to open supply cooperatives and canning operations. Also in 1966, Zippert helped write the Rural Community Visitors Proposal, designed to bring information on federal assistance programs, civil rights, and voter education to poor people in rural areas. Copies of the proposal (in varying forms) are present in the collection, with organizational papers, promotional items, and progress reports of the Grand Marie Co-operative; flyers, material on political candidates for local offices, and a letter from Zippert to his draft board, summarizing his work in Louisiana.

Language: English

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