Myles Horton Papers, 1851-1990

Summary Information

Title: Myles Horton Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1851-1990

  • Horton, Myles, 1905-1990
Call Number: Mss 831; Tape 1271A

Quantity: 6.6 c.f. (17 archives boxes and 1 flat box) and 11 tape recordings

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers, mainly 1921-1990, of Myles Horton, the founder-director of the Highlander Folk School (later known as the Highlander Research and Education Center) in Monteagle, Tennessee, largely documenting his career before and after his association with the school. Included are personal and family materials including extensive oral histories about Highlander, labor history, civil rights, and other topics; speeches and writings (some available in recorded form); a copy of The Long Haul, his autobiography; correspondence with May Justus, Rosa Parks, and other Highlander staff and students; information pertaining to travel to Nicaragua and other countries in pursuit of his interest in adult education; diaries relating to his education at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee; genealogical information about the Horton Family; and papers of his first wife, Zilphia Mae Horton, a singer and noted collector of folk music. Extensive subject files compiled to supplement his travel, writings, and public speaking contain references to Paulo Freire, Nikolai Grundtvig, Huey Long, and others. Among the early career materials are surveys of churches in McHenry County, Illinois and a folder of restricted reports on mental patients admitted to the Worcester State Hospital in Massachusetts. A scrapbook documenting the efforts of Lilian Wyckoff Johnson, the original owner of the Highlander property, about her efforts to establish a college for women contains correspondence from John Dewey, Frederick Jackson Turner, and Woodrow Wilson.


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Language: English

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