Pat Vail Collection

Title

Pat Vail Collection

Subject

Civil Rights Movement

Description

Pat Vail was a Wilson College student who went to Mississippi to volunteer during the Freedom Summer of 1964.

Source

Pat Vail '63 Papers

Publisher

C.Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives, Wilson College

Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact the C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives.

Collection Items

"A Report from Mississippi"
Newspaper article written by Gail Falk, a teacher at one of the Freedom Schools set up by COFO, describing her school and the situation in Meridian, Miss.

"Race Corps Moving on Mississippi"
Newspaper article describing what the Mississippi Summer Project is, who is involved, and what is at risk for the volunteers.

"Lelyveld, Group Exit Hattiesburg"
Newspaper article that describes the COFO volunteers from July 12, 1964.

Letter to Pat Vail from Congressman Charles Vanik
Letter to Pat Vail from Congressman Charles Vanik.

Provisions for Federal Prosecution in Civil Rights, Title 18
Provisions for Federal Prosecution in Civil Rights, Title 18 U.S. Code including FBI Arrests, Interference with the Vote, and Deprivation of Constitutional Rights.

"The Democrats...A Team You Can Trust with Ohio's Future"
Sticker for the Democratic candidates running for positions in Ohio.

"Miss. vote rides racial lines"
Newspaper article describing the race to fill Congressional openings in Greenville, Miss. years after the Mississippi Freedom Project.

Letter from Pat Vail to her family
Letter from Pat Vail to her family describing an event planned for the following night, the pickets in Greenville, her living conditions, and possible travel plans.

Letter from Pat Vail to her family
Letter from Pat Vail to her family describing her living arrangements and the situation in Greenville, Miss.

"Pep Up the Picketing"
Satirical article from the Delta Democrat Times on how to improve picketing demostrations.

Letter from Dave Yorick to Lisa
Letter from Dave Yorick to Lisa describing what various volunteers, including Pat Vail, are working on and additional news.

Letter from Pat Vail to her family
Letter from Pat Vail to her parents while stationed in Cleveland Miss. to learn from the state freedom school coordinator. Pat describes how she may become the freedom school coordinator, community center organizer, and representative to the local…

Letter from Pat Vail to Lisa
Letter from Pat Vail describing recent events in Jackson, Mississippi to her friend Lisa, who worked with her in Greenville.

Letter from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Chairman to Mr. and Mrs. Vail
Form letter from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to parents of the Mississippi Summer Project volunteers encouraging their support for the MFDP.

Letter from Walter Tillow of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to Mr. and Mrs. Vail
Letter from Walter Tillow soliciting parents of the Mississippi Summer Project volunteers to support the seating of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the National Democratic Convention by calling their area delegates.

Letter from Operation Mississippi Committee to Pat Vail
Letter from the Operation Mississippi Committee to Pat Vail providing $25 toward her stay in Greenville, Miss. The letter also explains that additional support will be forwarded to the COFO Office in Jackson by residents in the Pittsburgh area.

Letter from Lisa to the Andersons
Letter written by Pat Vail's friend Lisa to the Andersons in New Jersey about media coverage of the Freedom Project and her assignment to Greenville, Mississippi's office.

"Enforce the Law, or Else"
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article entitled "Enforce the Law, or Else" encouraging federal enforcement of laws against segregation in Mississippi following a bombing of workers in McComb, Miss.

Inside Report: Civil Rights - Danger Ahead news clipping
"Inside Report: Civil Rights - Danger Ahead" news clipping from the New York Herald Tribune, written by Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, published in 1964. The article describes the growing civil rights movement and the involvement of the Student…

Letter from Pat Vail to her friend Lisa
Letter from Pat Vail to her friend Lisa describing the Summer Project staff and their arrest in March.

Protest prior to arrest
Photograph of civil rights protest just before the group, including Pat Vail, was arrested on March 22, 1965.

Protest in Greenville, Mississippi
Protest in Greenville, Mississippi. Front poster reads: "C.O.F.O. and the Delta Ministry Support This Protest". Pat Vail stands just behind the person holding that sign.

Winter scene from Nelson St. COFO Office
Photograph of man leaning on car down Nelson Street from the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) Office during winter.

House on Nelson Street near COFO Office
Photograph of house on Nelson Street near the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) Office during winter.

Winter scene near Nelson St. COFO Office
Photograph of men near train tracks on Nelson Street near the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) Office during winter.
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