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Finding Aid for the William E. Ready Collection
Table of Contents
Open for research. This collection is stored at an off-site facility. Researchers interested in using this collection must contact Archives and Special Collections at least two business days in advance of their planned visit.
- University of Mississippi Libraries
- Creator - Collector
- Ready, George B.
- William E. Ready Collection
- 6-20 December 1962
- 0.5 Linear feet
- Language of Materials
- The collection consists of two letters of appreciation by President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to U.S. Marshal Ernest S. Mike, who was wounded at the University of Mississippi riot in 1962, and one newspaper clipping.
William E. Ready Collection (MUM01794), Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi
A former Middleboro, Ky. police officer, Ernest S. Mike became a United States Deputy Marshal who worked out of the Lexington, Kentucky Marshal’s office. On the night of September 30, 1962, Mike was wounded in the line of duty on the campus of the University of Mississippi when a riot broke out protesting the integration of the campus by African American James Meredith.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of two letters by President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy as well as one newspaper clipping. All are related to U.S. Marshal Ernest S. Mike’s service and wounding during the 1962 integration riot at the University of Mississippi.
University of Mississippi Libraries May 2013
The William E. Ready Collection is open for research.
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No further additions are expected to this collection.
George Ready donated the material to Special Collections in May 2013 in honor of his father, William E. Ready, one of the few white Mississippi civil rights attorneys in the state during the 1960s.
Collection processed by Leigh McWhite, May 2013. Finding aid created by Kathryn Michaelis, May 2013, and updated by Susan Ivey, November 2013.
Related Materials at the University of Mississippi
Controlled Access Headings
- University of Mississippi -- History
- clippings (information artifacts)
- Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
- Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
- Civil rights -- Mississippi -- Oxford -- History
- College integration -- Mississippi -- Oxford -- History
- United States marshals
1-1 U.S. Marshal Ernest S. Mike and the Integration of the University of Mississippi, 6-20 December 1962
Scope and Content
Includes two letters of appreciation from President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Attorney Robert F. Kennedy as well as a newspaper clipping.