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William “Bill” G. McAtee Civil Rights Collection

Identifier: M581

Scope and Contents

Folder 1 contains pamphlets and brochures either published or distributed by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Folder 2 consists of notes taken by McAtee during his visit to the SNCC-NCC training center in Oxford, Ohio, and Folders 3-4 relate to the Freedom School curriculum he received at the center.


  • Creation: circa 1963-1964


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

William “Bill” G. McAtee was a Presbyterian minister at Amory and Columbia, Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s. When he was appointed at the Columbia Presbyterian Church in May 1964, McAtee joined an interracial group of local ministers who worked to make public institutions and facilities available for all citizens, as required by the 1964 Civil Rights Act. McAtee visited the SNCC-NCC training site in Oxford, Ohio on June 25, 1964, where he was given a curriculum for Freedom Schools. In ca. 1971, McAtee started ministering at the Transylvania Presbytery in Lexington, Kentucky, from which he retired in in 1997. He has taught at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the McCormick Presbyterian Seminary, and the Lexington Theological Seminary. His books include:

Dreams, Where Have You Gone?: Clues for Unity and Hope

Transformed: a White Mississippi Pastor's Journey into Civil Rights and Beyond


.25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



The William “Bill” G. McAtee Civil Rights Collection consists of pamphlets and brochures published by SNCC, as well as a Freedom School curriculum McAtee received from the SNCC-NCC training center in Oxford, Ohio. This collection is of particular value to researchers interested in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, Freedom Summer, Freedom Schools, interracial involvement, and religion.


This small collection consists of four folders arranged topically.


Donated by William “Bill” G. McAtee on 03 November 2011.

Existence and Location of Copies

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

Related Materials

Transformed: a White Mississippi Pastor's Journey into Civil Rights and Beyond by William G. McAtee, 2011. Available in McCain and Gulf Coast Library, F349.C69 M43 2011

M647, McAtee/Marion County Civil Rights Oral History Collection


Case File

Contents from the collection

Additional source located in External Documents below.

William “Bill” G. McAtee Civil Rights Collection
Collection processed and finding aid written by Jonathan Puckett
24 January 2020
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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