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Correspondence, 1947-1948

 File — Box: 1511, Folder: 10
Identifier: SERIES I:

Scope and Content of the Papers

From the Collection: The Papers, 1933-1981, of Stetson Kennedy comprise correspondence; subject files on various organizations, individuals, and ideas; typescripts of articles written by Kennedy; newsclippings; press releases; bulletins and fliers; pamphlets; periodicals; and photographs. The subject files pertain to economic conditions, labor and anti-black violence, peace groups, peonage, Southern politicians, Mexico, the Spanish Civil War, and Kennedy's own campaign for a U.S. Senate seat from Florida in 1950. Articles, clippings, and pamphlets concern civil rights, international affairs, the Ku Klux Klan, labor (particularly CIO) organizing, and southern politics. The photographs depict WPA work in progress, attacks against Negroes (including lynching), and various organizations. The many periodicals include two issues (1947) of Eugene Talmadge's The Statesman, twenty-one issues (1943-1950) of The Southern Patriot, and eight issues (1939-1943) of Lillian Smith's North Georgia Review. The correspondence covers the period 1935-1979, and includes as correspondents students and peace groups, several committees to aid Spanish loyalists, social reform and civil liberties groups, government agencies, writer's organizations, publishers, literary agents, newspapers and magazines, and the New York Public Library, which obtained some Kennedy manuscripts for its Schomburg Collection in 1952. [L1979-37]

New accessions added to the Papers of Stetson Kennedy over the years have expanded the materials to include: the typescript for the unpublished manuscript The Four Freedoms Down South by Stetson Kennedy [L1983-10]; a videocassette tape of an interview with Kennedy on "Tony Brown's Journal" [L1985-04]; additional correspondence, press releases, newsclippings, articles, information on Kennedy's campaign in Florida for a US Senate seat, typescript by George Johnston concerning his 1947 labor organizing efforts, photographs relating to Johnston's labor organizing work, typescript by James A. Schnur on the conditions of African Americans in Florida during World War II, audiotapes of an oral history interview of Kennedy conducted by Ralph Peters in 1983 [L1987-38 and L1996-11]; the unpublished dissertation Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy by Peggy Bulger [1992-15]; the videocassette of Stetson Kennedy's honorary doctorate presentation from the University of North Florida on August 5, 1994 and Joyce Kennedy's birthday tribute in 1994 [L1995-10].


  • 1947-1948

Restrictions on Access

The Stetson Kennedy Papers are available to researchers in the form of preservation photocopies. Access to originals is restricted; consult Southern Labor Archivist.


From the Collection: 7 Linear Feet (in 17 boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

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