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FIS records, 1962-1979.

Author: Freedom Information Service.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Microfilm : English
Database:WorldCat
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Records of a Mississippi communications clearinghouse where all forms of information deemed useful was gathered, organized, and transmitted to the poor, rural black population.
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Genre/Form: Manuscript collection
Microforms
Sound recordings
Named Person: James Earl Chaney; Andrew Goodman; Jan Hillegas; Phil Lapsansky; Kenan Barrett Lawrence; Michael Henry Schwerner
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Freedom Information Service.
OCLC Number: 173692527
Description: 0.4 c.f. (1 archives box), 3 reels of microfilm (35 mm), and 1 tape recording; plus 0.1 c.f. of additions.
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Abstract:

Records of a Mississippi communications clearinghouse where all forms of information deemed useful was 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 Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

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. These items are mounted on printed COFO news releases and other papers, which are also of interest.

Also in the collection is "A Visit to Sunflower County, Mississippi," which was the home of Senator James O. Eastland, a recording made by FIS head of news and tape programs, Phil Lapsansky, in August 1966.

The processed portion is summarized above and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below.

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