Open Doors Collection

MUM00346

Summary Information

Creator
University of Mississippi
Title
Open Doors Collection
Date [inclusive]
1962-1963; 2002-2003
Extent
2.085 Linear feet (3 holinger boxes, 2 small A/V storage boxes)
Physical Description Note
Collection includes broadsides, correspondence, manuscripts, newspapers, pamphlets, and audiovisual materials.
Abstract:
Collected materials and oral histories documenting the 40th anniversary of the University's integration and the experiences of individuals present during the integration of the University of Mississippi.

Preferred Citation

Open Doors Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Historical Note

Open Doors was a series of events held in 2002 at the University of Mississippi to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the university's integration.

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Scope and Content Note

Manuscripts, letters, newspapers, and other materials documenting the experiences of individuals present during the integration of the University of Mississippi.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries

Revision Description

Encoded by Kathryn Michaelis, September 2011, and Susan Ivey, June 2014.

Access Restrictions

The Open Doors Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Additions

No further additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

A majority of materials were acquired during the Open Doors events of September-October 2002.

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Related Materials

Resources at the University of Mississippi

For more University of Mississippi Archives & Special Collections Civil Rights materials, see our Civil Rights & Race Relations subject guide.

For more materials concerning the University of Mississippi, housed in the Archives & Special Collections, see our University of Mississippi subject guide.

Separated Materials

Audiovisual materials have been digitized.

Masters located in Annex cold storage.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Mississippi

Format(s)

  • broadsides (notices)
  • correspondence
  • manuscripts (document genre)
  • newspapers
  • pamphlets

Geographic Name(s)

  • Mississippi -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century

Personal Name(s)

  • Meredith, James, 1933-

Subject(s)

  • College integration -- Mississippi -- Oxford -- History

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Collection Inventory

Collected Materials 

Box 1 

Folder 1: Photocopy. Jesse Dale Jordan, Deputy U.S. Marshal, So. District of Indiana to Chief U.S. Marshal James McShane. Regarding the University of Mississippi riot of September 30-October 1, 1962. Donated by Jordan. 19 October 1962 

Folder 2: Photocopy. [after October 1, 1962]. Report by Captain Murry C. (Chooky) Falkner, Armor, Troop E. Commander, 2nd Squadron, 108th Armored Cavalry Regiment, MS. National Guard, regarding the University of Mississippi Riot. Donated by M.C. Falkner 

Folder 3: Pamphlet. University of Mississippi Library Bulletin, First Edition. Regarding Constitutional rights and the integration of the University. Donated by Karl Gottschalk. Fall 1962 

Folder 4: Copies of The Mississippian (Sept. 28, Oct 3rd; 5th and 17th, 1962 and January 16, February 6, 1963), regarding the integration of the University of Mississippi. Donated by Karl Gottschalk. 

Folder 5: Copy of The Gulf Coast Gazette (Long Beach, Mississippi), regarding the University of Mississippi integration. Donated by Karl Gottschalk. 17 October 17 1962 

Folder 6: Broadside. [1962]. “Ole Miss POW” sign. Donated by Karl Gottschalk. 

Folder 7: Dr. Clare Leslie Marquette to Lt. William Collins, regarding Dr. Marquette’s experiences teaching James Meredith during the Fall semester in 1962. 1p. Written on University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts' letterhead. Donated by William Collins. 14 December 1962 

Folder 8: “Joel Hale Remembers: Indelible Mark”/ Wayne Carter. Ridge Rider News. Vol. 344 (January 26, 2003). Regarding Joel Hale’s experiences as a member of the Mississippi National Guard involved in the 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi. Donated by Joel Hale. 

Folder 9: “A Story for Ole Miss Archives About the Integration of Ole Miss"/ Judy H. Tucker, regarding the effect the integration of the University of Mississippi had on Lexington, MS and the efforts of Reverend Paul Bragg. Donated by Judy H. Tucker. 28 August 2002 

Folder 10: Mrs. Clyde B. Everett to Mississippi Arts for Southern Culture, regarding Mississippi Economic Council, Frank Everett, and the integration of the University of Mississippi. Donated by Mrs. Clyde B. Everett 5 September 2002 

Folder 11: Recollections of Jerry L. Stephens. 501st Airborne Division on the University of Mississippi campus, Fall 1962. 5pp. Donated by Jerry L. Stephens. 23 March 23 2003 

Folder 12: “Scenes in Black and White: The Youth of States Rights’ Grandson”/ F.E. Beemon. 6pp. Donated by F.E. Beemon. 28 March 2003 

Folder 13: “Chapter V: A Firebomb and a Burning Cross”/ J. Ralph Noonhester. 28pp. Regarding William Carey College, South Mississippi and racism, and the Dahmer Family. Donated by J. Ralph Noonhester. 

Folder 14: "The Ole Miss Crisis, 1962"/ John Autry. 3pp. Recollections of the 1962 events. Donated by John Autry. 

Folder 15: Letter to Russell Barrett from Gerald Walton. Letter recounts Walton's journal entry the morning of October 1, 1962. Donated by Gerald Walton. 158 June 1964 

Folder 16: "The Exodus" / Mable Williams Hurt. 3pp. Regarding African Americans moving out of the South. Donated by Mable Williams Hurt. 

Folder 17: Letter and articles by Ken Wooten, who spent the night of September 30, 1962 in the Lyceum. Donated by Ken Wooten. 30 September 1982 

Folder 18: Copies of materials from Joe Wroten, House of Representatives 1952-1964. 9 items, highlighting the Mississippi legislature role in integration and civil rights. Donated by Joe Wroten. 

Folder 19: "Ole Miss as I Saw Her"/ Gene Maughan. 8pp. Article recounting the night of the riot. Donated by Gene Maughan. 

Folder 20: Copies of materials and letter from J. Kimbrough Johnson. Collected letters and propaganda regarding riot and integration. Donated by J. Kimbrough Johnson. 1962 

Folder 21: Copies of articles and letter from Jimmy Robinette, 503d Military Police, during the riot. Donated by Jimmy Robinette. 

Folder 22: "The Admission of James Howard Meredith" / Compiled by Dr. David Sansing. 4pp. 

Folder 23: "The Role of the Army in the Oxford, Mississippi Incident. 1962-1963" / Paul J. Scheips. 24 June 1965 

Folder 24: Time, Newsweek, and National Guard articles about James Meredith and the riot. 1962 

Folder 25: Published works about James Meredith and Civil Rights in GSU Law Review and National Black Law Journal. By Mitchell F. Crusto. 

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Administrative 

Box 1 

Folder 26: Invitation list for Open Doors event. 

Folder 27: Promotional materials for Open Doors. 

Folder 28: "You in 1962" Promotional Leaflet. Printed for Open Doors event. 

Folder 29: Open Doors Background Materials Kit. 

Access Restrictions

RESTRICTED. Financial data concerning Open Doors events.

Folder 30: News articles about Open Doors Events. 

Folder 31: Oral Histories participant List and interview questions. 

Folder 32: Correspondence concerning the 40th Anniversary, regarding James Meredith, Planning of events, calendars, and Open Doors General Information. Some letters contain brief histories and recounts of 1962 events. 

Folder 33: Correspondence concerning the 40th Anniversary, regarding James Meredith, Planning of events, calendars, and Open Doors General Information. Some letters contain brief histories and recounts of 1962 events. 

Box 2 

Folder 1: Financial data concerning Open Doors events. 

Access Restrictions

Restricted.

Folder 2: Correspondence concerning the 40th Anniversary, regarding James Meredith, Planning of events, calendars, and Open Doors General Information. Some letters contain brief histories and recounts of 1962 events. 

Folder 3: Correspondence concerning the 40th Anniversary, regarding James Meredith, Planning of events, calendars, and Open Doors General Information. Some letters contain brief histories and recounts of 1962 events. 

Folder 4: Correspondence concerning the 40th Anniversary, regarding James Meredith, Planning of events, calendars, and Open Doors General Information. Some letters contain brief histories and recounts of 1962 events. 

Folder 5: Correspondence concerning the 40th Anniversary, regarding James Meredith, Planning of events, calendars, and Open Doors General Information. Some letters contain brief histories and recounts of 1962 events. 

Folder 6: Correspondence concerning the 40th Anniversary, regarding James Meredith, Planning of events, calendars, and Open Doors General Information. Some letters contain brief histories and recounts of 1962 events. 

Folder 7: Correspondence concerning the 40th Anniversary, regarding James Meredith, Planning of events, calendars, and Open Doors General Information. Some letters contain brief histories and recounts of 1962 events. 

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Oral Histories 

Box 4: MiniDV's -- Oral Histories. See Open Doors Digital Collection. 

Separated Materials

These materials are located in the Library Annex.

Box 5: Cassettes -- Oral Histories. (recordings of MiniDV's). See Open Doors Digital Collection. 

Separated Materials

These materials are located in the Library Annex.

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