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Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld Collection

Identifier: M483

Scope and Contents

The collection contains newspaper clippings, two DVDs, and one photograph.


  • Creation: 1964; undated


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

Arthur J. Lelyveld was born on February 6, 1913. He became a prominent rabbi and lived in Nebraska, New York, and Ohio. Rabbi Lelyveld was an active person in the Civil Rights movements of the 1960’s. He came to Hattiesburg, Mississippi in the summer of 1964 to assist in registering local African American citizens to vote. On July 10, 1964, two segregationists attacked Rabbi Lelyveld, civil rights workers Lawrence Spears, and civil rights worker David Owen with iron pipes as they were walking along a railroad track with two local African American women in Hattiesburg. Rabbi Lelyveld suffered lacerations and a concussion from the attack and was taken to Methodist Hospital for treatments to his injuries. He retired from the rabbinate in 1986 and became Rabbi Emeritus. Arthur J. Lelyveld died on April 15, 1996.


.25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



The collection contains photocopies of newspaper articles describing the attack on Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld, Lawrence Spears, and David Owen on July 10, 1964. There are also two DVDs of interviews with Rabbi Lelyveld.


The materials in the collection were organized by subject, grouping items by organization when possible (newspaper articles, DVD, photograph).


Donated by Robin Lelyveld Newell and The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas.

Related Materials

Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:

M482 Spears (Lawrence D.) Civil Rights Collection

M485 Temple B’Nai Israel Records

Photograph Log

M483-1 Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld 5 x 7 B & W undated
Rabbi Arthur J. Lelyveld Collection
Collection processed and finding aid written by Brandon Ball, November 2013.
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001