Series 1, Papers 1952-1961, contains business and professional papers, family records, and personal papers covering Meredith's life from 1952 to 1961, including his military service and studies at Jackson State College. Series 2 and 3, spanning the period 1962 to 1969, contain extensive documentation of Meredith's battle to enroll at The University of Mississippi in 1962, including his correspondence with the NAACP and all of the positive and negative letters he received from around the world during his ordeal. It also covers his later civil rights activities, including the James Meredith Educational Fund and the 1966 "March Against Fear" from Memphis to Jackson. In addition, it contains material related to family matters, his attendance at Columbia Law School, speaking engagements, and publication of Three Years in Mississippi. Series 4 and 5, covering the 1970s, contain correspondence and printed material covering Meredith's political activism on behalf of various candidates, his campaigns for Congress and Hinds County Tax Assessor, and various business ventures. Series 6 contains the records of Outlook magazine, a publication created by Meredith Enterprises, including copies of the magazine, drafts, financial documents, subscription records, layouts, research, and general correspondence. These records date from the 1970s. Series 7 documents Meredith's interests in Africa and Pan-African affairs from 1965 to 1989, including extensive correspondence with business people, diplomats, and activists in several countries, particularly Nigeria. Series 8 and 9, spanning the 1980s, consist of correspondence and printed material regarding Meredith's public engagements, writings, academic endeavors such as the Meredith Educational Institution, family relationships, legal affairs, conferences, business ventures, political activism, and his tenure with Sen. Jesse Helms. Also included are Meredith's subject files on race, higher education, and law. Series 10 and 11, covering the 1990s, contain files from his work as Special Assistant to Sen. Jesse Helms, publications, manuscripts, notes, financial and business documents, subject files on various topics and current events, and materials related to his speaking engagements, political activism, and publicity. Series 11 also contains undated documents similar to those found in the earlier series. Series 12, Audiovisual Materials, contains audio cassette tapes, videos, and film from 1984 to 1995, as well as many undated items, including 163 audio cassettes, one 8mm film reel, one Beta video, six VHS cassettes, and six floppy disks. Series 13, Oversize Materials, contains posters, certificates, awards, oversize newspaper clippings from 1963 to 1996, scrapbooks, and maps. Series 14, Photographs, contains prints and negatives, primarily depicting James Meredith's family and later career. Series 15, Publications, contains a variety of magazines and journals collected by Meredith.