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Finding Aid for the Sidna Brower Mitchell Collection (MUM01767)

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The Sidna Brower Mitchell Collection is open for research. Photographs from this collection are stored at an off-site facility. Researchers interested in using these photographs must contact Archives and Special Collections at least two business days in advance of their planned visit. As the photographs have been digitized and made available (http://clio.lib.olemiss.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/sbm_photos), researchers are strongly encouraged to use the digital versions.

Finding Aid for the Sidna Brower Mitchell Collection



Descriptive Summary

PURL: http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM01767/
Title: Sidna Brower Mitchell Collection
Dates: 1959-2003
Collector: Mitchell, Sidna Brower
Physical Extent: 10 boxes (9.42 linear feet)
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM01767
Location: General Special Collections; Visual Collections
Language of Material: English
Abstract: Collection of letters written to Sidna Brower while she was editor of the Mississippian. The letters discuss Brower, James Meredith, and the integration of the University of Mississippi. The collection also includes photographs, many newspaper clippings, newspapers, and other printed materials.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Sidna Brower Mitchell, 2011

Processing Information

Collection processed by Joel Gillaspie, 2011-2012. Finding aid encoded by Kathryn Michaelis, June 2012.

Additions

No further additions are expected to this collection.

Alternative Formats

Photographs and a scrapbook from this collection have been digitized and made available online: http://clio.lib.olemiss.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/sbm_photos.


Subject Terms

Brower, Sidna Mitchell
Meredith, James, 1933-
University of Mississippi -- History
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
African Americans -- Civil rights
Civil rights -- Mississippi -- Oxford -- History
College integration -- Mississippi -- Oxford -- History
Political activists
Riots - Mississippi - Oxford
Segregation in education
Pulitzer Prizes


Formats

correspondence
photographs
newspapers
clippings (information artifacts)
scrapbooks


Biographical Note

In 1962 Sidna Brower became the editor of the Mississippian, the University of Mississippi's student newspaper. During her time as editor, James Meredith became the first African-American to enroll in the University of Mississippi, and on 30 September and 1 October 1962 riots occurred in Oxford. In response to the riots, Brower wrote several editorials condemning the violence. As a result of her editorials, Brower received hundreds of letters both supporting and condemning her and/or integration. She received multiple awards and was even nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.


Scope and Content Note

The Sidna Brower Mitchell Collection documents the reaction of many different people in the United States and abroad to the integration of the University of Mississippi and Sidna’s editorials. The collection is arranged in four series. The first series consists of all the letters supporting Sidna and/or integration and they are arranged chronologically. Most the correspondences are letters though some individuals included favorable newspapers clippings. All favorable newspaper clippings that had envelopes attached to them are included in this section.

The second series includes many letters, editorials, and newspapers clippings that are against Sidna and/or integration. Most of the correspondences are letters though some individuals included unfavorable newspapers clippings. All unfavorable newspapers clippings that had envelopes attached to them are included in this series.

The third series includes many letters, newspaper clippings, propaganda tracts, and other printed material that does not directly address Brower or integration. The section also includes categorized folders compiled by Sidna Brower Mitchell before the collection was donated. The collection maintains the original organization of those folders.

The fourth series includes all newspapers and newspaper clippings that had no envelopes attached. These newspapers and newspaper clippings are organized by date. This section also includes three scrapbooks compiled and organized by Sidna.

Several of the most significant letters include:

Letter to Ole Miss Students from James Meredith discussing his reasons for attending the University of Mississippi – 30 April 1963 – Box 5

Letter to Sidna from Martin Luther King Jr. asking for a donation – March 1963 – Box 5

James Meredith’s statement about enrolling in the Spring of 1963 – 7 Jan 1963 – Box 6


User Information

Preferred Citation

Sidna Brower Mitchell Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The Sidna Brower Mitchell Collection is open for research. Photographs from this collection are stored at an off-site facility. Researchers interested in using these photographs must contact Archives and Special Collections at least two business days in advance of their planned visit. As the photographs have been digitized and made available (http://clio.lib.olemiss.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/sbm_photos), researchers are strongly encouraged to use the digital versions.

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.


Related Material

Resources at the University of Mississippi

Photographs and a scrapbook from this collection have been digitized and made available online: http://clio.lib.olemiss.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/sbm_photos.

James Howard Meredith Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library

Mississippian/Daily Mississippian, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library

For more materials related to the University of Mississippi's integration, please see our Civil Rights and Race Relations Subject Guide.


Separated Material

Photographs have been moved to cold storage for preservation.


Arrangement

The Sidna Brower Mitchell Collection is arranged in four series according to format and content, then chronologically within each series.

Series 1. Letters supporting Sidna Brower and/or integration
Series 2. Letters against Sidna Brower and/or integration
Series 3. Miscellaneous letters and Brower's files
Subseries 3.1. Miscellaneous letters
Subseries 3.2. Brower's files
Series 4. Newspapers and Scrapbooks
Series 5. Photographs

Container List

Series 1. Letters supporting Sidna Brower and/or integration
b1.f1 2 September 1962
b1.f2 4 September 1962
b1.f3 8 September 1962
b1.f4 9 September 1962
b1.f5 21 September 1962
b1.f6 27 September 1962
b1.f7 28 September 1962
b1.f8 30 September 1962
b1.f9 1 October 1962
b1.f10 2 October 1962
b1.f11 3 October 1962
b1.f12 4 October 1962
b1.f13 5 October 1962
b1.f14 6 October 1962
b1.f15 7 October 1962
b1.f16 8 October 1962
b1.f17 8 October 1962
b1.f18 9 October 1962
b1.f19 10 October 1962
b1.f20 11 October 1962
b1.f21 12 October 1962
b1.f22 13 October 1962
b1.f23 14 October 1962
b1.f24 15 October 1962
b1.f25 16 October 1962
b1.f26 17 October 1962
b1.f27 18 October 1962
b1.f28 19 October 1962
b1.f29 20 October 1962
b1.f30 21 October 1962
b1.f31 25 October 1962
b1.f32 26 October 1962
b1.f33 28 October 1962
b1.f34 29 October 1962
b1.f35 30 October 1962
b1.f36 31 October 1962
b1.f37 1 November 1962
b1.f38 2 November 1962
b1.f39 5 November 1962
b1.f40 6 November 1962
b1.f41 7 November 1962
b1.f42 8 November 1962
b1.f43 9 November 1962
b1.f44 11 November 1962
b1.f45 12 November 1962
b1.f46 13 November 1962
b1.f47 14 November 1962
b1.f48 15 November 1962
b1.f49 17 November 1962
b1.f50 19 November 1962
b1.f51 20 November 1962
b1.f52 21 November 1962
b2.f1 22 November 1962
b2.f2 23 November 1962
b2.f3 25 November 1962
b2.f4 26 November 1962
b2.f5 27 November 1962
b2.f6 28 November 1962
b2.f7 29 November 1962
b2.f8 30 November 1962
b2.f9 1 December 1962
b2.f10 2 December 1962
b2.f11 3 December 1962
b2.f12 3 December 1962
b2.f13 4 December 1962
b2.f14 5 December 1962
b2.f15 5 December 1962
b2.f16 6 December 1962
b2.f17 6 December 1962
b2.f18 7 December 1962
b2.f19 8 December 1962
b2.f20 9 December 1962
b2.f21 10 December 1962
b2.f22 11 December 1962
b2.f23 12 December 1962
b2.f24 13 December 1962
b2.f25 14 December 1962
b2.f26 15 December 1962
b2.f27 16 December 1962
b2.f28 17 December 1962
b2.f29 18 December 1962
b2.f30 19 December 1962
b2.f31 20 December 1962
b2.f32 21 December 1962
b2.f33 23 December 1962
b2.f34 24 December 1962
b2.f35 25 December 1962
b2.f36 27 Decemeber 1962
b2.f37 29 December 1962
b2.f38 30 December 1962
b3.f1 1 January 1963
b3.f2 2 January 1963
b3.f3 4 January 1963
b3.f4 6 January 1963
b3.f5 7 January 1963
b3.f6 8 January 1963
b3.f7 9 January 1963
b3.f8 10 January 1963
b3.f9 11 January 1963
b3.f10 12 January 1963
b3.f11 14 January 1963
b3.f12 15 January 1963
b3.f13 16 January 1963
b3.f14 17 January 1963
b3.f15 18 January 1963
b3.f16 19 January 1963
b3.f17 20 January 1963
b3.f18 21 January 1963
b3.f19 22 January 1963
b3.f20 24 January 1963
b3.f21 25 January 1963
b3.f22 27 January 1963
b3.f23 28 January 1963
b3.f24 30 January 1963
b3.f25 31 January 1963
b3.f26 1 February 1963
b3.f27 2 February 1963
b3.f28 3 February 1963
b3.f29 10 February 1963
b3.f30 17 February 1963
b3.f31 4 March 1963
b3.f32 5 March 1963
b3.f33 26 March 1963
b3.f34 4 April 1963
b3.f35 10 April 1963
b3.f36 11 April 1963
b3.f37 12 April 1963
b3.f38 30 April 1963
b3.f39 Undated
Series 2. Letters against Sidna Brower and/or integration
b3.f40 21 September 1962
b3.f41 30 September 1962
b3.f42 1 October 1962
b3.f43 2 October 1962
b3.f44 3 October 1962
b3.f45 4 October 1962
b3.f46 5 October 1962
b3.f47 6 October 1962
b3.f48 7 October 1962
b3.f49 8 October 1962
b3.f50 9 October 1962
b3.f51 10 October 1962
b3.f52 11 October 1962
b3.f53 12 October 1962
b3.f54 13 October 1962
b3.f55 14 October 1962
b3.f56 15 October 1962
b3.f57 16 October 1962
b3.f58 17 October 1962
b3.f59 18 October 1962
b3.f60 19 October 1962
b3.f61 21 October 1962
b3.f62 22 October 1962
b3.f63 23 October 1962
b3.f64 25 October 1962
b3.f65 28 October 1962
b3.f66 29 October 1962
b3.f67 30 October 1962
b3.f68 31 October 1962
b3.f69 1 November 1962
b3.f70 3 November 1962
b3.f71 6 November 1962
b3.f72 7 November 1962
b3.f73 8 November 1962
b3.f74 10 November 1962
b3.f75 11 November 1962
b3.f76 18 November 1962
b3.f77 20 November 1962
b3.f78 22 November 1962
b3.f79 27 November 1962
b3.f80 28 November 1962
b3.f81 30 November 1962
b3.f82 1 December 1962
b3.f83 3 December 1962
b3.f84 4 December 1962
b3.f85 5 December 1962
b3.f86 6 December 1962
b3.f87 7 December 1962
b3.f88 8 December 1962
b3.f89 10 December 1962
b3.f90 11 December 1962
b3.f91 13 December 1962
b3.f92 15 December 1962
b3.f93 17 December 1962
b3.f94 20 December 1962
b3.f95 24 December 1962
b3.f96 29 December 1962
b3.f97 4 January 1963
b3.f98 9 January 1963
b3.f99 11 January 1963
b3.f100 12 January 1963
b3.f101 14 January 1963
b3.f102 17 January 1963
b3.f103 26 March 1963
b3.f104 27 March 1963
b3.f105 April 1963
b3.f106 Undated
Series 3. Miscellaneous letters and Brower's files
Subseries 3.1. Miscellaneous letters
b4.f1 29 January 1959
b4.f2 November 1960
b4.f3 24 July 1961
b4.f4 1 November 1961
b4.f5 November 1961
b4.f6 16 February 1962
b4.f7 17 March 1962
b4.f8 May-June 1962
b4.f9 1 and 9 May 1962
b4.f10 10 May 1962
b4.f11 Autumn 1962
b4.f12 3 August 1962
b4.f13 24 August 1962
b4.f14 13 September 1962
b4.f15 15 September 1962
b4.f16 20 September 1962
b4.f17 21 September 1962
b4.f18 24 September 1962
b4.f19 25 September 1962
b4.f20 26 September 1962
b4.f21 27 September 1962
b4.f22 28 September 1962
b4.f23 29 September 1962
b4.f24 30 September 1962
b4.f25 1 October 1962
b4.f26 2 October 1962
b4.f27 3 October 1962
b4.f28 4 October 1962
b4.f29 5 October 1962
b4.f30 6 October 1962
b4.f31 7 October 1962
b4.f32 8 October 1962
b4.f33 9 October 1962
b4.f34 10 October 1962
b4.f35 11 October 1962
b4.f36 12 October 1962
b4.f37 13 October 1962
b4.f38 14 October 1962
b4.f39 15 October 1962
b4.f40 16 October 1962
b4.f41 17 October 1962
b4.f42 18 October 1962
b4.f43 19 October 1962
b4.f44 20 October 1962
b4.f45 21 October 1962
b4.f46 22 October 1962
b4.f47 23 October 1962
b4.f48 24 October 1962
b4.f49 25 October 1962
b4.f50 26 October 1962
b4.f51 27 October 1962
b4.f52 29 October 1962
b4.f53 30 October 1962
b4.f54 31 October 1962
b4.f55 1 November 1962
b4.f56 2 November 1962
b4.f57 3 November 1962
b4.f58 5 November 1962
b4.f59 6 November 1962
b4.f60 7 November 1962
b4.f61 9 November 1962
b4.f62 10 November 1962
b4.f63 11 November 1962
b4.f64 12 November 1962
b5.f1 13 November 1962
b5.f2 14 November 1962
b5.f3 15 November 1962
b5.f4 16 November 1962
b5.f5 18 November 1962
b5.f6 19 November 1962
b5.f7 21 November 1962
b5.f8 22 November 1962
b5.f9 23 November 1962
b5.f10 27 November 1962
b5.f11 28 November 1962
b5.f12 29 November 1962
b5.f13 30 November 1962
b5.f14 1 December 1962
b5.f15 2 December 1962
b5.f16 3 December 1962
b5.f17 4 December 1962
b5.f18 5 December 1962
b5.f19 6 December 1962
b5.f20 7 December 1962
b5.f21 8 December 1962
b5.f22 9 December 1962
b5.f23 10 December 1962
b5.f24 11 December 1962
b5.f25 12 December 1962
b5.f26 13 December 1962
b5.f27 14 December 1962
b5.f28 15 December 1962
b5.f29 16 December 1962
b5.f30 17 December 1962
b5.f31 18 December 1962
b5.f32 19 December 1962
b5.f33 20 December 1962
b5.f34 21 December 1962
b5.f35 22 December 1962
b5.f36 23 December 1962
b5.f37 25 December 1962
b5.f38 26 December 1962
b5.f39 28 December 1962
b5.f40 29 December 1962
b5.f41 30 December 1962
b5.f42 31 December 1962
b5.f43 December 1962
b5.f44 1 January 1963
b5.f45 4 January 1963
b5.f46 5 January 1963
b5.f47 7 January 1963
b5.f48 9 January 1963
b5.f49 10 January 1963
b5.f50 11 January 1963
b5.f51 12 January 1963
b5.f52 13 January 1963
b5.f53 14 January 1963
b5.f54 15 January 1963
b5.f55 16 January 1963
b5.f56 18 January 1963
b5.f57 20 January 1963
b5.f58 21 January 1963
b5.f59 22 January 1963
b5.f60 23 January 1963
b5.f61 24 January 1963
b5.f62 25 January 1963
b5.f63 27 January 1963
b5.f64 29 January 1963
b5.f65 30 January 1963
b5.f66 31 January 1963
b5.f67 February 1963
b5.f68 5 February 1963
b5.f69 7 February 1963
b5.f70 10 February 1963
b5.f71 11 February 1963
b5.f72 12 February 1963
b5.f73 14 February 1963
b5.f74 16 February 1963
b5.f75 18 February 1963
b5.f76 21 February 1963
b5.f77 23 February 1963
b5.f78 25 February 1963
b5.f79 26 February 1963
b5.f80 27 February 1963
b5.f81 28 February 1963
b5.f82 1 March 1963
b5.f83 8 March 1963
b5.f84 9 March 1963
b5.f85 10 March 1963
b5.f86 11 March 1963
b5.f87 12 March 1963
b5.f88 13 March 1963
b5.f89 15 March 1963
b5.f90 16 March 1963
b5.f91 17 March 1963
b5.f92 20 March 1963
b5.f93 22 March 1963
b5.f94 23 March 1963
b5.f95 25 March 1963
b5.f96 26 March 1963
b5.f97 27 March 1963
b5.f98 30 March 1963
b5.f99 April 1963
b5.f100 8 April 1963
b5.f101 10 April 1963
b5.f102 11 April 1963
b5.f103 12 April 1963
b5.f104 13 April 1963
b5.f105 15 April 1963
b5.f106 16 April 1963
b6.f1 17 April 1963
b6.f2 20 April 1963
b6.f3 22 April 1963
b6.f4 23 April 1963
b6.f5 25 April 1963
b6.f6 26 April 1963
b6.f7 27 April 1963
b6.f8 30 April 1963
b6.f9 April 1963
b6.f10 1 May 1963
b6.f11 2 May 1963
b6.f12 5 May 1963
b6.f13 14 May 1963
b6.f14 25 May 1963
b6.f15 4 June 1963
b6.f16 10 June 1963
b6.f17 5 August 1963
b6.f18 September 1963
b6.f19 5 September 1963
b6.f20 6 October 1963
b6.f21 27 October 1963
b6.f22 21 November 1963
b6.f23 February 1964
b6.f24 24 February 1964
b6.f25 11 October 1972
b6.f26 4 October 1982
b6.f27 10 August 1997
b6.f28 28 August 1997
b6.f29 17 June 2000
b6.f30 24 June 2002
b6.f31 2 July 2002
b6.f32 4 August 2002
b6.f33 10 August 2002
b6.f34 22 September 2002
b6.f35 26 September 2002
b6.f36 27 September 2002
b6.f37 3 October 2002
b6.f38 25 October 2002
b6.f39 Undated
b6.f40 Undated
b6.f41 Undated
b6.f42 Undated
b6.f43 Undated
b6.f44 Undated
Subseries 3.2. Brower's files
b6.f45 Record Book for CWENS Sophomore Women’s Honorary Society, 1959-1960
b6.f46 The University of Mississippi and the Meredith Case, 15 November 1962
b6.f47 Empty envelopes for letters sent to Sidna, undated
b6.f48 Articles from different internet sites discussing the anniversary of the University of Mississippi’s integration, 1997-2002
b6.f49 Categorized Folder: James Meredith, undated
b6.f50 Categorized Folder: Rebel Underground, undated
b6.f51 Categorized Folder: William Faulkner, undated
b6.f52 Categorized Folder: Ross Barnett, undated
b6.f53 Categorized Folder: Mississippian, undated
b6.f54 Categorized Folder: Dr. James Silver, undated
b6.f55 Categorized Folder: Joe Baylen, undated
b6.f56 Categorized Folder: Editor’s Conference – New York, undated
b6.f57 Categorized Folder: University of Mississippi Integration 40th Anniversary, undated
b6.f58 Categorized Folder: Miscellaneous – Award and Christmas Card, undated
b6.f59 Categorized Folder: Ole Miss, undated
b6.f60 Categorized Folder: Writings – editorial drafts, undated
b6.f61 Categorized Folder: Mademoiselle, undated
b6.f62 Categorized Folder: Responses to several letters about internships by Brower, undated
b6.f63 Categorized Folder: "Race and Reason," undated
b6.f64 Categorized Folder: Drafts of articles about the Mississippian and its staff, undated
b6.f65 Categorized Folder: Letters to the editor, undated
b6.f66 Categorized Folder: Oxford, U.S.A., undated
b6.f67 Categorized Folder: Constitution, undated
b6.f68 Categorized Folder: Correspondences, undated
b6.f69 Categorized Folder: James Meredith’s Case, undated
b6.f70 Photographs (Removed to cold storage--see Series 5 for descriptions)
b6.f71 Categorized Folder: G. Ray Kerciu, undated
b6.f72 Folder with Reunion material, undated
b6.f73 Categorized Folder: Ole Miss Hall of Fame Reunion, 2003
Series 4. Newspapers and Scrapbooks
b7.f1 Newspapers, October 1962
b7.f2 Newspapers, November 1962
b7.f3 Newspapers, December 1962
b7.f4 Newspapers, 1963-1964
b7.f5 Newspaper Clippings, undated
b7.f6 Newspaper Clippings, August 1959-September 1962
b7.f7 Newspaper Clippings, September 1962
b7.f8 Newspaper Clippings, October 1962
b7.f9 Newspaper Clippings, November–December 1962
b7.f10 Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1964
Box 8 Multiple copies of different Mississippians, 1962-1963
Box 9 Multiple copies of different Mississippians, 1963
Box 10 Pulitzer nomination scrapbook and other scrapbooks, 1962-1964; 2002-2003
Series 5. Photographs
CPB 80.30.1 G. Ray Kerciu
CPB 80.30.2 G. Ray Kerciu
CPB 80.30.3 G. Ray Kerciu’s artwork
CPB 80.30.4 G. Ray Kerciu’s artwork
CPB 80.30.5 G. Ray Kerciu’s artwork
CPB 80.30.6 G. Ray Kerciu’s artwork
CPB 80.30.7 G. Ray Kerciu and his artwork
Scope: 4 items
CPB 80.30.8 J.D. Williams
Scope: 2 items
CPB 80.31.1 Sidna Brower at desk with two others
CPB 80.31.2 Sidna Brower at typewriter
CPB 80.31.3 Sidna Brower on a panel with six others
CPB 80.31.4 Sidna Brower at desk
CPB 80.31.5 Sidna Brower with two men
CPB 80.31.6 Sidna Brower on the phone
CPB 80.31.7 Sidna Brower at meeting with others
CPB 80.31.8 Sidna Brower with newspaper
CPB 80.31.9 Sidna Brower
CPB 80.32.1 3 photographs: Morris Spivey; "Greasy Charlie the Sandwich Man" Blackwell; Sidna Brower and a woman holding an award certificate
CPB 80.32.2 Three women with ribbons reading "Mississippi,""Missouri," and one not visible
CPB 80.32.3 Two men and one woman looking at a machine
CPB 80.32.4 Eudora Welty looking at William Faulkner’s bust
CPB 80.32.5 John Faulkner
CPB 80.32.6 Negatives
CPB 80.33.1 Two U.S. Marshals, 1962
CPB 80.33.2 James Meredith and U. S. Marshals, 1962
CPB 80.33.3 Co-ed and U. S. Marshalls, 1962
CPB 80.33.4 Man sleeping on the grass, 1962
CPB 80.33.5 U. S. Army soldier at Ole Miss stadium, 1962
CPB 80.33.6 Crowd and military, 1962
CPB 80.33.7 James Meredith, Joseph McShane and Paul Johnson, 1962
CPB 80.33.8 Military presence on the Ole Miss campus, 1962
CPB 80.33.9 James Meredith in front of Connor Hall, 1962