James M. Houston Papers, 1937, 1955, 1962-1967

Summary Information

Title: James M. Houston Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1937, 1955, 1962-1967

  • Houston, James M.
Call Number: Mss 545

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

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of a Vicksburg, Mississippi man who was active in civic affairs and community organizing among the Negro population of Vicksburg, and who was a candidate for Congress from the Third District, Mississippi, in 1964. Houston's papers consist of scattered correspondence; campaign flyers, affidavits, correspondence, and other material; notes and reports from meetings; and newsclippings. The collection includes files regarding the activities of and proposed cut-off of funding for the Child Development Group of Mississippi and its local affiliate, the Mt. Carmel Head Start center, of which Houston was chairman; and general political papers, containing Freedom Democratic Party form letters and mailings, and correspondence, and papers concerning the 1962 Smith-for-Congress campaign (Houston was chairman of the campaign committee). There is also a file of similar material from Houston's campaign; and correspondence, memos, reports, and a statement of purpose of the Warren County Improvement League. A folder of Houston's writings and speeches contains a history of the Colored American Civic Institute, written circa 1937, a 1955 pamphlet concerning segregation, two addresses given by Houston as a candidate, and a 1966 letter to the editor written by Houston.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-mss00545
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