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Crawford Company Civil Rights Letter

Identifier: M612

Scope and Contents

This collection is a single letter written to Crawford and Company Inc. on December 7, 1964. The author of the letter is not given but the purpose of the letter is to ask for contributions for SNCC’s Mississippi Project and its purpose was to encourage African American voter registration.


  • December 7, 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

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was established in 1960 after a series of sit-ins occurred dedicated to fighting segregation in public spaces. After witnessing the activism of college youth Ella Baker of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) advocated to bring them together at Shaw University. Students from all across the country attended the Shaw Conference and thanks to Ella Baker it was at this conference that SNCC was founded. SNCC was dedicated to organizing protest to desegregate public places and later incorporated advocating for voter registration within the African American community. In addition to Ella Baker, other prominent Civil Rights leaders like Diane Nash, John Lewis, Bob Moses and Amzie Moore helped with the foundation of SNCC. The letter in this collection demonstrates one of the ways SNCC reached out to the public to register African American Voters. This letter would be of interest to anyone interested in the Civil Rights Movement from the bottom-up perspective.


1 Folder (One letter)

Language of Materials



Letter dated December 7, 1964 to Crawford & Co., Inc. in Madison, Wisconsin from The Friends of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), soliciting contributions for SNCC's Mississippi Project.


The contents of the collection were kept in the order in which it was received.


Donated by James A. Riley on November 21, 1996.

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• Contents from the collection

Crawford Company Civil Rights Letter
Collection processed and finding aid written by Amanda Abulawi
March 25, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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