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Will D. Campbell Papers

 Collection
Identifier: M341

Scope and Contents

This collection is both an eclectic blend of materials from the civil rights era, and the writing materials and manuscripts from one of the South's most notable authors. The materials in the collection should be of use to those who are interested in the civil rights struggle as well as those who want to examine the literary and biographical materials of a successful Mississippi author.

Dates

  • circa 1950-2001

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Will Davis Campbell was born on an 80-acre farm in Amite County, Mississippi in 1924. He was the second son born to Lee Webb and Hancie Bea Parker Campbell, and spent his early years in and around the East Fork community in rural Southwest Mississippi. Will graduated from East Fork High School at age sixteen, and was ordained a Baptist minister when he was barely seventeen. He attended Louisiana College, a Baptist College, in Pineville, Louisiana until he enlisted in the Army in 1943.

In the United States Army, Will served in the Southwest Pacific as a surgical assistant in World War II. It was here that he encountered people from other religious and cultural backgrounds, and read a book called "Freedom Road" that opened his eyes to the growing racial problem that existed in America at the time.

After World War II, Will attended Wake Forest, Tulane, and Yale Universities on the G.I. Bill to complete his education. He accepted a position as Minister of a small Baptist Church in Taylor, Louisiana shortly after graduating from Yale Divinity School in 1952. This was to be his first and only pastorate. Finding the work "too repressive," he resigned his post after eighteen months.

Will became the Director of Religious Activities and Chaplain at the University of Mississippi in 1954. While at Ole Miss, Will was involved in a number of controversies, including "racial mixing," and decided to resign after only two and a half years. He accepted a position with the National Council of Churches, working in race relations.

With the National Council of Churches, he traveled around the South to help wherever he was needed. This work took Will to many "hot spots" of racial confrontation, and it was his job to prevent violence by providing spiritual guidance and counseling to those involved in the controversies. In 1957, Will was one of four people who escorted the "Little Rock 9" when they tried to integrate the high school in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was also the only white person present at the first meeting (and founding) of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

Feeling that the National Council of Churches was too structured, and beginning to have differing opinions and ideals, Will separated himself from the organization in 1963 to become the Director of the Committee of Southern Churchmen (formerly the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen), where he worked until the late 1970s. The organization was involved in many race-related projects and published a rather liberal periodical called "Katallagete" that showcased Will's first love-writing.

From the 1960s to the present, Will Campbell has been best known for his writing and lecturing. The author of seventeen books, and numerous articles and sermons, Will Campbell has won the Lillian Smith Book Award, Richard Wright Prize for Literary Excellence, and was a National Book Award Finalist for his most famous work, Brother to a Dragonfly. He received the degree Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa from USM on December 17, 1999, becoming only the second person in the history of the institution to receive an honorary degree. Will was also presented the National Humanities Medal by President Clinton in December of 2000.

Will is married to Brenda Fisher, his companion for over 50 years, and they have three children and four grandchildren. At this writing the couple resides on their 50 plus acre farm in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee where Will continues to write and lecture.

Extent

28.80 Cubic Feet : MC2/D16

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Literary manuscripts and office files of this Mississippi born author and Civil Rights activist.

Arrangement

The materials in the collection have been divided into thirteen series.

Series one consists of biographical and family materials pertaining to Will Campbell, including letters, articles, awards, and photographs.

Series two is general correspondence to and from Will Campbell from the 1950s to the 1970s. The series is arranged alphabetically by the writer's last name.

Series three contains literary works by Will Campbell and others arranged in articles, essays, short stories, book introductions, papers, poetry, and plays.

Series four holds oral presentations in the form of addresses, sermons, and speeches by Will Campbell and others, plus the speaking engagements of Will Campbell, all of which are arranged alphabetically.

Series five is comprised of printed materials such as bulletins and newsletters, newspaper articles, pamphlets, periodicals, and other publications. These are arranged alphabetically according to type of material and title of the work.

Series six consists of manuscripts of Will Campbell's books. These are arranged alphabetically according to title. Materials used in the writing of the books are grouped with the corresponding manuscript. Reviews and letters from readers are also included.

Series seven contains the documentary film, "God's Will" and the materials used in the making of the film. There are numerous videos with film clips and interviews that are included in this group of materials, as well as the finished documentary.

Series eight holds the materials collected by Will Campbell during his membership in several noteworthy organizations. Included are such organizations as the National Council of Churches, Committee of Southern Churchmen, and the Tennessee Council on Human Relations, as well as several small organizations.

Series nine consists of race-related materials collected by Will Campbell over the years. These materials are grouped into several categories, and are arranged alphabetically.

Series ten is comprised of general subject files. These are arranged alphabetically according to title.

Series eleven is reserved for miscellaneous materials such as incomplete speeches and writings, and notes written by Will Campbell during interviews and engagements. Of particular interest are Will's appointment books, which are arranged chronologically.

Series twelve contains photographs of various subjects, including photos of Will Campbell and photos taken by professional photographer Al Clayton in the 1960s and 1970s.

Series thirteen holds oversize materials such as photographs, newspapers, and other materials.

Provenance

Will D. Campbell

Existence and Location of Copies

For Digitized Materials from this collection, see: External Documents link at bottom of page.

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Photograph Log

M341-1 Will Davis Campbell 5x7 Color Close-up of Will Campbell dressed in a suit. Photo taken inside an unidentified building in Oxford, MS. (bookstore?) (Box 62, Folder 1) Photographer: Miley Moorhead

M341-2 Will Campbell In A Suit 5x7 B&W A smiling Will Campbell is looking away from the camera. He is wearing a suit. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-3 Will D. Campbell 5x7 B&W Will Campbell is looking away from the camera with his hand resting on his face. The shot is a close-up. (Box 62, Folder 1) Photographer: Judy Newby

M341-4 Will Campbell At Wooden Table 5x7 Color Will Campbell is sitting at a wooden table at his Mt. Juliet farm. He is whittling and talking, and a cup sits on the table. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-5 Will Campbell 4x6 Color Will Campbell stands with his walking stick outside a stone building. The photo was probably taken at his Mt. Juliet, Tennessee farm. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-6 Will Campbell Close-Up 5x7 B&W Close-up of Will Campbell at Mt. Juliet Farm. He is wearing a western-style shirt and playing his guitar. (Box 62, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-7 "Whittling Will" 8x10 B&W Will Campbell sits in the doorway of a building possibly located on his Mt. Juliet, TN farm. He is whittling on a long piece of wood. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-8 Will Campbell And Willis Hoover 8x10 B&W Will Campbell and his nephew, Willis Hoover, are sitting arm-in-arm on a log bench. A dog lies beside the bench. The photo was probably taken at Will's Mt. Juliet, TN farm. (Box 62, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-9 Will Campbell And Unidentified Female 8x10 Color Will Campbell sits next to an unidentified female who is wearing sunglasses and holding a guitar. The photo was probably taken at his Mt. Juliet farm. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-10 Will Campbell And Two Unidentified Females 8x10 Color Will Campbell is dressed in his "clergy attire" and standing to the left of two unidentified women. The female in the middle appears to be wearing a wedding dress. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-11 Will Campbell And Alex Haley 3 1/2 x 5 Color Oct. 8, 1991 Writer Alex Haley sits in a chair on the left, and Will Campbell sits in a chair on the right. Photo taken outside Will's office cabin on his farm in Mt. Juliet, TN. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-12 Will Campbell And Friends 8x10 B&W Will Campbell is sitting between an unidentified man (left) and woman (right) at a table in a bar or restaurant. The photo was taken for the Nashville newspaper, The Tennessean. (Box 62, Folder 1) Photographer: Nancy Warnecke, “The Tennessean”

M341-13 "Horsing Around" With Will Campbell 7x9 B&W Will Campbell and an unidentified woman strike a playful pose. The photo's setting is a restaurant or bar, probably in Mt. Juliet. The table in front of the couple is littered with glasses and beer cans. (Box 62, Folder 1) Photographer: Nancy Warnecke, “The Tennessean”

M341-14 Will Campbell And Bob McDill 5x7 B&W Oct. 1980 Will Campbell is sitting on the left, with singer/songwriter Bob McDill on the right. They are members of a University of South Carolina panel on Southern Roots in October 1980. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-15 Will Campbell At Southern Roots Program 8x10 B&W Oct. 1980 Will Campbell is shown on a panel with singer/songwriter Bob McDill, U. of South Carolina history professor Tom Connelly, and writer William Price. The men were speakers at U. of S.C. Program on Southern Roots. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-16 Will Campbell and Relatives 5x7 B&W Will Campbell is standing in the middle of a group of family members. He is wearing a tie and his arms are crossed in front of him. The family members are unidentified. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-17 "Campbell Family Reunion" 8x10 Color ca. 1970s or 1980s A large group of people in this photo. Will Campbell and his father are among those pictured. The photo was probably made at a family reunion in the late 1970s or early to mid 1980s.(Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-18 Webb Campbell 5x7 Color Appears to be a school photo of Webb Campbell (son of Will) in a suit. Probably taken in late 1970s or early 1980s. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-19 Parker Family 8x10 B&W Group photo of Will Campbell's mother's family--the Parkers--sitting on the front steps of a house. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-20 Boy And Dog 2x3 B&W 1930s or 1940s? Photo of unidentified boy in early teens wearing overalls and standing in front of a Chevrolet pickup truck. The boy's dog stands beside him. The boy could possibly be Joe Campbell, Will's older brother. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-21 Brother Will's Place of Baptism 5x7 Color Photo of the exact place in the Amite River where "Brother Will" Campbell was baptized. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-22 Campbell Home - East Fork, MS 8x10 B&W June, 1980 Photo of old "home-place" in East Fork, MS. This was the home of Hancie Bea Parker Campbell and Lee Webb Campbell along with their children: Paul Edward, Will Davis, Joseph Lee, and Lorraine Campbell Honea. (Box 62, Folder 1) Photographer: Ernest Herndon

M341-23 Campbell's Guest House/Barn 3 1/2 x 10 Color Panoramic photo of Will Campbell's guest house/barn on his Mt. Juliet, TN farm. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-24 Will's Office 3 1/2 x 10 Color Panoramic photo of Will Campbell's office on his Mt. Juliet farm. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-25 Driveway At Campbell Farm 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Appears to be a view of the driveway and entrance to Campbell Farm in Mt. Juliet, TN. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-26 Checker Marathon Wagon 5x7 Color Photo of a pink Checker Marathon wagon ca. 1960s. The car appears to be parked in the yard at the Campbell farm in Mt. Juliet, TN. (Box 62, Folder 1)

M341-27 Will Campbell, Webb Campbell, And Mac Bryan 8x10 B&W ca. 1984 Mac Bryan helps Will Campbell with his commencement attire while Will's son Webb looks on. (Box 62, Folder 2) Photographer: Cookie Snyder & Pam Corum

M341-28 Will Campbell And Mac Bryan 8x10 B&W ca. 1984 Will Campbell is dressed in a cap and gown and talking to Dr. G. Macleod "Mac" Bryan, who is also dressed for commencement. Campbell is receiving an Honorary Ph.D. from Wake Forest University. (Box 62, Folder 2) Photographer: Cookie Snyder & Pam Corum

M341-29 Will Campbell With Eudora Welty 8x10 B&W ca. 1984 Will Campbell is talking with writer Eudora Welty. Both are dressed for commencement at Wake Forest University. (Box 62, Folder 2) Photographer: Cookie Snyder & Pam Corum

M341-30 Will Campbell With Honorary Degree Recipients 8x10 B&W ca. 1984 Will Campbell stands with Honorary Degree recipients (left to right) Shermon Mellinkoff, Thomas H. Davis, Robert Penn Warren, Eleanor Clark, Eudora Welty, and Bill Moyers. (Box 62, Folder 2) Photographer: Cookies Snyder & Pam Corum

M341-31 Statue of Liberty Project 8x10 B&W March 18, 1986 Six rows of miniature photos taken during the Statue of Liberty Project. The shots are all taken in some kind of studio, and Will Campbell appears in most of the photos. (Box 62, Folder 3) Photographer: Alan L. Mayor

M341-32 Will With Waylon, Jessi, And Others 3 1/2 x 10 B&W March 18, 1986 Two rows of miniature photos, with shots of Will Campbell with Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, etc. The photos were taken during the Statue of Liberty Project in March 1986. (Box 62, Folder 3) Photographer: Alan L. Mayor

M341-33 Will Campbell With Johnny Cash 4x10 B&W March 18, 1986 Two and one-half rows of miniature photos of recording sessions for the Statue of Liberty Project. Will Campbell is shown with Johnny Cash and others. (Box 62, Folder 3) Photographer: Alan L. Mayor

M341-34 Will Campbell and Willie Nelson 8x10 B&W April 6, 1986 Six rows of miniature photos taken at a recording studio during the Statue of Liberty Project in 1986. Will Campbell is shown talking to Willie Nelson and others. (Box 62, Folder 3) Photographer: Alan L. Mayor

M341-35 Recording For Statue Of Liberty Project 4x10 B&W April 6, 1986 Shots of recording studio and Will Campbell with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, and others. The photos were taken during the Statue of Liberty Project in 1986. (Box 62, Folder 3) Photographer: Alan L. Mayor

M341-36 Duncan Gray Surveys The Damage 3 1/2 x 5 Color ca. 1968 Rev. Duncan Gray, Jr. surveys the damage at a fire-bombed synagogue (Temple Beth Israel) in Meridian, MS. (Box 62, Folder 4)

M341-37 Duncan Gray At Bombed Synagogue 3 1/2 x 5 Color ca. 1968 Photo of a fire-bombed synagogue in Meridian, MS. Rev. Duncan Gray is shown in the lower right corner of the shot. (Box 62, Folder 4)

M341-38 University Greys Memorial 4x6 Color March 4, 1996 Photo of stained glass window in Ventress Hall at Ole Miss. The scene on the window is a Civil War battle scene of the University Greys (Company A, 11th Mississippi Infantry Regiment) at Gettysburg. (Box 62, Folder 4) Photographer: Seattle Filmworks

M341-39 Memorial Window 4x6 Color March 4, 1996 Photo of memorial window to University Greys at Ole Miss (in Ventress Hall). The photo is slightly different than previous photo (M341-38). (Box 62, Folder 4) Photographer: Seattle Filmworks

M341-40 Window At Ole Miss 4x6 Color March 4, 1996 Close-up of words on memorial window at Ole Miss dedicated to University Greys. Window is at Ventress Hall (Geology building). (Box 62, Folder 4) Photographer: Seattle Filmwork

M341-41 Forty Acres And A Goat 3 1/2 x 5 Color Photo of the front cover of Will Campbell's book, Forty Acres and a Goat. (Box 62, Folder 4)

M341-42 Providence 4x7 B&W Photo of front cover of Will Campbell's book, Providence. (Box 62, Folder 5)

M341-43 Clinic At Providence Farm 3 1/2 x 5 Color Clinic made from dairy barn at Providence Farm, Holmes County, MS.(Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-44 Will Campbell At Providence Store 3 1/2 x 5 Color ca. 1955 Photo of Will Campbell playing a guitar and singing at Providence Store, ca. 1955. (Box 62, Folder 5)

M341-45 Colonel And Marcella Davis 5x7 B&W Photo of Col. Richard Davis and his wife, Marcella O'Reilly Davis, sitting on their front porch at Providence Plantation. (Box 62, Folder 5)

M341-46 Stile At Providence 5x7 Color Photo of the stile in front of Providence Plantation house. (Box 62, Folder 5)

M341-47 Stile 4x6 Color The stile in front of Providence Plantation house. The letters are "GWIN." (Box 62, Folder 5)

M341-48 Will Campbell At Davis Grave 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Will Campbell leans against the Davis grave at a cemetery in Yazoo City, MS. (Box 62, Folder 5)

M341-49 Graves Of Yellow Fever Victims 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Photo of graves of nuns who died in the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878. (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-50 Nuns' Graves 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Photo of the graves of nuns who died in Yellow Fever Epidemic in 1878. (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-51 Olenwood Cemetery 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Photo of Olenwood Cemetery where Col. Dick Davis and his wife Marcella are buried. (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-52 Davis Grave 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Photo of Davis Grave in Yazoo City, MS at Olenwood Cemetery. (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-53 Col. Dick Davis Grave 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Photo of Col. Dick Davis' grave at Olenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City, MS. (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-54 Davis Family Plots 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Photo of the gravesites of the Davis Family at Olenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City, MS. (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-55 Graves At Olenwood Cemetery 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Photo of Col. Davis grave on left, and unidentified grave on right at Olenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City, MS. (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-56 Davis Grave At Olenwood Cemetery 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Photo of the Davis graves at Olenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City, MS. (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-57 Graves Of Col. Davis And Wife 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Col. Dick Davis and wife Marcella's gravesites at Olenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City, MS. (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-58 Col. Davis' Headstone 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Photo of Col. Dick Davis' gravesite and headstone at Olenwood Cemetery, Yazoo City, MS. (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-59 Marcella Davis' Grave 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Photo of Marcella Davis, grave (wife of Col. Dick Davis). (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-60 Marcella Davis' Headstone 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Close-up of Marcella Davis, headstone on her grave. (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-61 Davis Headstones 3 1/2 x 10 Color Panoramic photo of Col. Dick and Marcella Davis graves with headstones. (Box 62, Folder 5) Photographer: Will Campbell

M341-62 J. Robert "Bob" Jones 3 1/2 x 5 Color Photo postcard of J. Robert "Bob" Jones, Grand Dragon of the North Carolina KKK. He is wearing his uniform/regalia and a cross is burning in the background. (Box 62, Folder 6) Photographer: Hope Powell Studio, Salisbury NC

M341-63 Unidentified Minister 5x7 B&W An unidentified African American minister stands in the foreground, a man wearing a tie stands in the background. The photo was apparently taken in an urban setting. (Box 62, Folder 6) Photographer: Milton McClurkan

M341-64 Paul Laprad 3 1/2 x 5 B&W Photo of Paul Laprad sitting against a blank wall. He is looking straight at the camera. (Box 62, Folder 6)

M341-65 Laprad 4x6 B&W Paul Laprad is in a suit and is sitting and looking at the camera. A bulletin board/wall is shown behind him with various notes and pictures tacked on it. (Box 62, Folder 6)

M341-66 Three Men 5 x 5 ½ B&W ca. 1960s (?) Two men are escorting a third man down a city street. The escorted man is wearing handcuffs, and is apparently being arrested. All of the men are unidentified. (Box 62, Folder 6)

M341-67 Jacques Ellul 4x6 B&W Jacques Ellul is standing outside a house (possibly in Paris). He is wearing a suit and is turned away from the camera with his hands in his pockets. (Box 62, Folder 6)

M341-68 Punkin's Daddy 3 1/2 x 3 ½ Color ca. May 1966 A picture of "Punkin's Daddy" standing beside his still in Talbot County, GA. (Box 62, Folder 6)

M341-69 Fannie Lou Hamer Close-Up 2 1/2 x 3 1/2; 4x5 B&W Close-up of Fannie Lou Hamer. (Box 62, Folder 6) Photographer: Bill Peltz, Southern Media, Inc. Jackson, MS

M341-70 James McBride Dabbs Smoking A Pipe 3 1/2 x 5 B&W James McBride Dabbs is wearing a suit and smoking a pipe. He is standing outside, in front of a flowering bush. (Box 62, Folder 6)

M341-71 James McBride Dabbs Reading A Book 3 1/2 x 5 B&W James McBride Dabbs poses in front of a bookcase and is holding an open book. (Box 62, Folder 6)

M341-72 James McBride Dabbs Close-Up 5x7; 7 1/2 x 9 ¼ B&W Close-up of James McBride Dabbs with his hand resting under his chin. (Box 62, Folder 6)

M341-73 Raymond E. Cranford 8x10 Color Portrait of Raymond Cranford dressed in his military-style uniform for the Klan (United Klans of America). (Box 62, Folder 6)

M341-74 Nashville Protest 5x7 B&W ca. Feb. 1960 Photo of African Americans standing along North Sixth Avenue in Nashville, TN. The group is protesting against segregation, and some are holding signs. (Box 62, Folder 7) Photographer: Milton McClurkan

M341-75 Cafeteria Picketers 5x7 B&W ca. Feb. 1960 A group of African Americans are picketing in front of B&W Cafeteria in Nashville, TN. (Box 62, Folder 7) Photographer: Milton McClurkan

M341-76 Picket Line 5x7 B&W ca. Feb. 1960 A group of African Americans are picketing a cafeteria in downtown Nashville, TN in February, 1960 during a "sit-in." (Box 62, Folder 7) Photographer: Milton McClurkan

M341-77 Unidentified Man At Nashville Sit-In 5x7 B&W ca. Feb. 1960 An unidentified man is staring at something across the street from the B&W Cafeteria. He is bending down, and a policeman is standing to his left. The cafeteria and picketers are behind him. (Box 62, Folder 7) Photographer: Milton McClurkan

M341-78 Unidentified Man In A Back Seat 5x7 B&W ca. Feb. 1960 An unidentified man is sitting in the back seat of a car. He is staring straight ahead of him. (Box 62, Folder 7) Photographer: Milton McClurkan

M341-79 Aerial View Of Nashville Sit-In Crowd 5x7 B&W ca. Feb. 1960 An aerial view of the crowd in front of B&W Cafeteria during a "sit-in" in Nashville, TN. (Box 62, Folder 7) Photographer: Milton McClurkan

M341-80 Nashville Sit-In Crowd 5x7 B&W ca. Feb. 1960 A large crowd gathers in front of the B&W Cafeteria in Nashville during a "sit-in." (Box 62, Folder 7) Photographer: Milton McClurkan

M341-81 Nashville Sit-In 5x7 B&W ca. Feb. 1960 A large crowd gathers in front of the B&W Cafeteria in Nashville during a "sit-in," February, 1960. (Box 62, Folder 7) Photographer: Milton McClurkan

M341-82 Crowd And Street At Sit-In 5x7 B&W ca. Feb. 1960 The street in front of a Nashville cafeteria is shown flooded with cars and people during a "sit-in" in February, 1960. (Box 62, Folder 7) Photographer: Milton McClurkan

M341-83 Unidentified Klan Funeral 8x10 Color Photo of an unidentified Klan funeral in Virginia. A man stands over the casket while guards stand at each end. (Box 62, Folder 8)

M341-84 Body In Casket 8x10 Color A close-up of a corpse dressed in Klan costume (Wizard?) and lying in a casket. (Box 62, Folder 8)

M341-85 Carrying The Casket 8x10 Color Six guards in military-style Klan uniforms carry the casket of an unidentified Klansman. Two men in suits help to guide the procession to the hearse. (Box 62, Folder 8)

M341-86 Graveside Services 8x10 Color A large crowd surrounds the tent during graveside services for an unidentified Virginia Klansman. A large portion of the crowd is dressed either in Klan robes and hoods, or military-style uniforms. (Box 62, Folder 8)

M341-87 Final Salute 8x10 Color Klan guards in military-style uniforms give a final salute to the casket of an unidentified Klansman during graveside services. The Grand Dragon of the Klan stands with his back to the camera. (Box 62, Folder 8)

M341-88 Inspecting The Electric Chair 8x10 B&W A group of men wearing gloves inspect the controls for the electric chair prior to an execution. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-89 Spectator At Execution 8x10 B&W Profile of a spectator wearing a bandana on her head and standing behind a man wearing suspenders and a hat at an unidentified execution. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-90 Escorting The Condemned To The Chair 8x10 B&W A group of men escort an African American prisoner to the electric chair during an unidentified execution. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-91 "Strapping-In" the Accused 8x10 B&W A man straps the prisoner into the electric chair while a preacher holds a Bible and prays during an unidentified execution. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-92 Last Rights 8x10 B&W A man straps the prisoner's arms to the electric chair, while a minister talks and prays for the accused during an unidentified execution. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-93 The Execution 8x10 B&W A man smoking a cigar turns the handle to begin the execution of an unidentified African American man sitting in the electric chair. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-94 The Execution - Part II 8x10 B&W A man turns the electricity handle during an unidentified execution. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-95 The Examination 8x10 B&W A doctor examines the prisoner after the execution, while another doctor stands behind him. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-96 Further Examination 8x10 B&W Close-up of a doctor examining the prisoner after the execution. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-97 Disposing Of The Body 8x10 B&W A group of men lay the body/corpse of the executed African American man in a coffin or vault of some kind. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-98 Escorting The Prisoner 8x10 B&W A group of men escort African American prisoner #2 to the electric chair during an unidentified execution. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-99 Putting The Accused Into The Chair 8x10 B&W A man straps prisoner #2 into the electric chair while a preacher/minister reads the Bible to him. Photo taken during an unidentified execution. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-100 Execution #2 8x10 B&W A man prepares the accused for execution while a minister prays for him. (Box 62, Folder 9)

M341-101 Painting Of A House 4x6 Color Photo of a painting of a large antebellum mansion surrounded with people waving the Confederate flag. The painting was probably done by Liz Willis. (Box 62, Folder 10)Photographer: Duncan Gray

M341-102 Photo Of Painting 4x6 Color Photo of a large painting of an antebellum mansion with a crowd of people surrounding it. People in the crowd are waving Confederate flags, and the painting was done by Liz Willis. (Box 62, Folder 10)

M341-103 Painting Close-Up 4x6 Color Close-up of the crowd that surrounds the Antebellum house in a painting by Liz Willis. (Box 62, Folder 10) Photographer: Duncan Gray

M341-104 Painting Close-Up #2 4x6 Color Slightly different angle than close-up in previous photo (M341-103). (Box 62, Folder 10) Photographer: Duncan Gray

M341-105 The Baptism 8x10 B&W An elderly man with a long, white beard and a man wearing a white robe hold an African American male between them while standing in a river. The baptism is being observed by a crowd on the riverbank. (Box 62, Folder 10)

M341-106 Services In Methodist Church 8x10 B&W ca. Oct. 1941 A congregation is standing and singing during church services in a Methodist church in White Plains, GA (Greene County). (Box 62, Folder 10) Photographer: Jack Delano

M341-107 Thomas Merton 8x10 B&W Close-up of Thomas Merton. (Box 62, Folder 10) Photographer: John Howard Griffin, Mansfield, Texas

M341-108 Thomas Merton At Work 8x10 B&W Autographed photo of Thomas Merton reading and writing. (Box 62, Folder 10) John Howard Griffin, Mansfield, Texas

M341-109 Outstretched Hand 8x10 B&W Photo and negative of an arm outstretched with the hand resting on a piece of wood. The photo was probably taken for Katallagete. (Box 62, Folder 10) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-110 Carolina Sunday 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Photo of small boy in the arms of a Klansman in full regalia. They appear to be leaving church. (Box 62, Folder 10) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-111 Pig And Chickens 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Photo of two pigs sleeping on the floor of a pig pen. One of the pigs has three chickens (hens) sitting on top of it. (Box 62, Folder 11) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-112 Al Clayton In Horse And Buggy 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Photo of Al Clayton (photographer) standing in a buggy pulled by a horse. A statue of a stable boy with one arm is standing in front of the horse and holding the front reigns. (Box 62, Folder 11) Photographer: Al Clayton
M341-113 Priest In Horse And Buggy 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A man dressed as a priest is sitting in a horse and buggy, which is being pulled by a stable boy statue with one arm. The photo was probably taken at Campbell's farm. (Box 62, Folder 11) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-114 Horses 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A horse and colt stand in a field at the Campbell farm. (Box 62, Folder 11) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-115 Man In A Buggy 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An unidentified man dressed in a white robe with a sash tied around his head is sitting in a horse and buggy. The horse is being led by a stable boy statue with one arm. (Box 62, Folder 11) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-116 Little Boy Eating Watermelon 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Close-up of a little boy eating a piece of watermelon. The juice and seeds are stuck to his face. (Box 62, Folder 11) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-117 Statue In A Bucket 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A smiling statue sits in a bucket filled with sand, toy soldiers, tanks, and helicopters surrounding it. Dollars are scattered among the toys, and the bucket is decorated with a map of the Middle East. (Box 62, Folder 11) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-118 Lady Behind A Fence 8x10 B&W An elderly African American woman sits on a chair in a yard behind a chain link fence. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-119 Cane Pole Fishing 8x10 B&W An African American man and woman sit on the banks of a river or lake fishing with cane poles. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-120 Woman Shelling Beans 8x10 B&W An African American woman sits in a rocking chair on the front porch of a house. She is holding a bowl of shelled beans, and the shells are scattered on the floor at her feet. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-121 Woman Sweeping The Steps 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An African American woman stands in the doorway of a house holding a broom. She is sweeping the steps, and looking away from the camera. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-122 Family 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An elderly African American woman stands behind three young children with her arms around them. They are standing in front of a house. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-123 Unidentified Woman 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A close-up of an unidentified African American woman. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-124 Family In The Doorway Of A House 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An African American woman and five children stand in the doorway of an old house. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-125 Young Girl And Friend 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A young African American girl holds a small, furry animal in front of her. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-126 Unidentified Woman Cooking 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An African American woman stands at a table and cooks/bakes inside an old wooden house. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-127 Man With A Pitchfork 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Photo of unidentified African American man sticking a pitchfork into what appears to be cured hams in a smokehouse or barn. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-128 A Man, A Woman, And A Trumpet 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An elderly African American couple sits on a window seat. The man holds a trumpet. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-129 Little Boys Wrapping A Cross 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Two little boys help wrap a cross with burlap for a Klan rally. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-130 Little Boy With Fish 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A little African American boy holds a string of fish and looks at the river. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-131 Children On A Bed 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Four African American children sit on a bed inside the bedroom of a house. The oldest child, a boy, is sitting on the bedstead/rails at the foot of the bed. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-132 Woman In A Chair 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An elderly African American woman sits in a chair near a window in a house. There is a table that sits beside her. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-133 Woman Lying In Bed 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An unidentified woman is lying in a bed with a quilt over her. There are newspapers and other stuff cluttering the floor and table beside the bed, and the door to the room/house is open. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-134 Child In Poverty 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A small child stands in the middle of a filthy room wearing only a diaper. The room is littered with trash and dishes. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-135 Children 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Close-up of three children standing in a doorway wearing tattered and dirty clothes. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-136 Children In A Doorway 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A young girl holds a child and stands in the doorway of a house with a dirty and cluttered floor. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-137 Mother And Child 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Close-up of a mother and child sitting on a chair in a dilapidated house. (Box 62, Folder 12) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-138 Sunday School 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A young African American girl stands in front of several younger children in a church. She appears to be teaching a Sunday School lesson, and the other children hold books and sit on a church pew. (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-139 Children At Church 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Two small African American children peer over the back of the bench/pew in church and stare at the camera. (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-140 "Laying-On Of Hands" 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A minister places his hands on the head of a woman during the "laying-on of hands" at a worship service. (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-141 Man With Snakes 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An unidentified man cradles several snakes in one arm during a worship service. (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-142 Men Holding Snakes During Worship 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A group of five men handle snakes during a worship service. (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-143 Women Snake-Handlers 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A group of women clap and pray while one woman holds snakes during a worship service. (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-144 Woman And Snake 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A woman holds a snake during a worship service. The rest of the congregation stands behind her. (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-145 Women At Worship Service 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Two women cry and worship during snake-handling service. (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-146 "Christ Is The Head Of This House" 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A table is littered with boxes, dishes, and photos. Two plaques that read, "Christ is the head of this house" and a picture of Jesus are hanging on the wall behind the table. (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-147 "Prayer Changes Things" 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An "Aunt Jemima" figure hangs on a wall to the left of a plaque that reads, "Prayer changes things." The Lord's Prayer hangs in the middle, with a second "Prayer..." plaque on the other side of it. (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-148 "I Have A Dream" 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A pair of sunglasses hangs on a photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. in a frame. The photo and frame say, "I have a dream." (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-149 "You Can't Fool God..." 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A triangular sign hangs on a wall. The sign reads, "You can't fool God so don't try to bluff his son." (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-150 Hog's Head 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A hog's head sits on a pole with a dented beer can in its mouth and a pilot's hat on its head. A Hard Rock Cafe button is pinned to the hat, and the hog is also wearing sunglasses. (Box 62, Folder 13) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-151 Man In Overalls 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Close-up of an elderly man wearing overalls and a cap and holding a stick or knife. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-152 Watching The Protest 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Three elderly African American men have their backs to the camera and are staring at a line of picketers walking on the opposite side of the street. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-153 Fruit Stand 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An elderly couple sit in chairs on the sidewalk and sell fruits and soft drinks. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-154 Man On A Mule 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An unidentified man rides a mule on the side of a winding, paved road. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-155 Woman Walking On A Road 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An elderly woman wrapped in a shawl walks along a paved road. (Box 62, Folder 14)Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-156 Windsor Ruins 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Photo of the Windsor Mansion ruins near Port Gibson, MS. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-157 Civil War Statue 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Statue of a soldier from the Civil War standing by his horse with his sword held aloft. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-158 Unidentified Man In A Suit 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s An unidentified man in a suit is standing in front of a flag with a lightning bolt in the middle. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-159 Shooting Pool 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A group of African American men are shooting pool in the back of what appears to be a barn. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-160 Tootsie 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Tootsie stands behind the counter in her bar in Nashville, TN. There are photos and signs posted behind her. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-161 Tootsie Pours A Beer 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Tootsie stands behind the counter at her bar in Nashville, TN pouring a beer. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-162 Man In A Bar 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Close-up of an elderly man in a bar (Tootsie's ?). A pool table stands idle behind him. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-163 Cloggers At The Opry 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Photo of cloggers at the Grand Ole Opry. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-164 Performers At The Opry 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Photo of a fiddle player balancing his bow on his nose at the Grand Ole Opry. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-165 Grand Ole Opry 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s Performers at the Grand Ole Opry stand onstage, while the audience takes photos. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-166 American Performance 8x10 B&W ca. 1960s A group of musicians perform country or bluegrass music in front of a huge American flag. (Box 62, Folder 14) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-167 Will Campbell Playing Guitar 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Will Campbell sits on an old wagon seat and plays guitar in front of a wooden/log building on his farm. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-168 Will Campbell and J. Robert Jones 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Will Campbell and North Carolina Klansman J. Robert "Bob" Jones sit at a table. Campbell is playing the guitar, and Jones is smoking a cigarette. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton Publication/Exhibit History: Esquire 1969 article

M341-169 Campbell and Jones At A Table 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Will Campbell and J. Robert Jones sit at a table. Jones smokes while Campbell plays the guitar. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton Publication/Exhibit History: Esquire 1969 article

M341-170 J. Robert Jones Trial 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s J. Robert "Bob" Jones has his arm around an unidentified woman while walking into a courtroom. A crowd of spectators and reporters encircle them. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-171 John Egerton 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Photo of John Egerton sitting on a chair and looking out the window. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-172 John Howard Griffin At Trappist Monastery 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s John Howard Griffin stands in front of a large wooden cross at the Trappist Monastery in Kentucky. He wears a camera around his neck. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-173 John Howard Griffin 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s John Howard Griffin stands in front of a large wooden cross at the Trappist Monastery in Kentucky. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-174 Sarah Patton Boyle 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Close-up of Sarah Patton "Patty" Boyle. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-175 "Patty" Boyle 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Close-up of Sarah Patton "Patty" Boyle. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-176 James McBride Dabbs On His Front Porch 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s James McBride Dabbs smokes his pipe and stands on his front porch at his Rip Rap Plantation. (Box 63, Folder 1)

M341-177 James McBride Dabbs At Rip Rap Plantation. 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s James McBride Dabbs stands in front of his house at Rip Rap Plantation smoking a pipe. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-178 John Lewis Close-Up 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Close-up of John Lewis wearing a suit. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-179 A Casual John Lewis 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s John Lewis, dressed casually, sits in a chair and appears to be speaking. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-180 John Lewis 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s John Lewis, wearing a tie, sits on a low brick wall under a tree. A house is visible behind him. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton Publication/Exhibit History: Civil Rights in Miss. Digital Archives, (Oral History)-currently

M341-181 Fannie Lou Hamer 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Close-up of Fannie Lou Hamer sitting in a chair on a porch. She is looking away from the camera and pointing. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-182 Howard "Buck" Kester Sitting On A Bench 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Howard "Buck" Kester, founding member of the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen (and ex-Secretary). (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-183 Howard "Buck" Kester Close-Up 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Close-up of Howard "Buck" Kester. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-184 Al Clayton In Biafra 11x14 B&W ca. 1970 Al Clayton squats in a doorway in Biafra (present-day Nigeria). He is wearing a cowboy hat and a camoflauge jacket. He is on location for Look Magazine. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-185 Man Worshipping With Snakes 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s A man is holding snakes during a worship service. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-186 Worship Service 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s A minister puts his hands on a woman's head while she holds her arms perpendicular. A man holds a snake in the background. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-187 Unidentified Man At A Desk 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s An unidentified man sits at a desk smoking a cigarette. He is wearing a suit and looking away from the camera. Three framed pictures hang on the wall--one of them is Jesus. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-188 Religious Collage 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s A Bible, Torah, newspaper, whisky bottle, and peanuts sill out of a "carpet bag." (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton Publication/Exhibit History: Katallagete

M341-189 Little Boy Blowing A Horn 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Two little boys are on what appears to be a bridge. One is sitting, and the other one is blowing an animal horn of some kind (sheep herder's horn?). (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton Publication/Exhibit History: Katallagete

M341-190 Helping To Wrap A Cross 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Two little boys help two men wrap a cross in burlap to burn at a Klan rally later that night. (Box 63, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton Publication/Exhibit History: Katallagete

M341-191 Three Little Boys And A Cross 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Three little boys watch two men wrap a cross with burlap for use at a Klan rally later that night. (Box 62, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton Publication/Exhibit History: Katallagete

M341-192 Al Clayton As The Church 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Al Clayton is dressed as a priest and driving a horse and buggy. He is posing as the church, as in "Like a mighty army" for Katallagete magazine. (Box 62, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton Publication/Exhibit History: Kallagete

M341-193 Al Clayton As A Priest 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s Al Clayton is dressed as a priest and driving a horse and buggy at Campbell's farm in Mt. Juliet, TN. (Box 62, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-194 Pioneer Days 11x14 B&W ca. 1960s A group of people stand in a clearing dressed as pioneer settlers. They appear to have gathered for some kind of worship service. (Box 62, Folder 1) Photographer: Al Clayton

M341-195 Campbell Sketch 11x14 B&W A photo of a sketch of Will Campbell and a still by an unidentified artist. (Box 62, Folder 1)

Photographer: Al Clayton
Title
Will D. Campbell Papers
Status
Completed
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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