Pat Vail Collection
Pat Vail Collection
Civil Rights Movement
Pat Vail was a Wilson College student who went to Mississippi to volunteer during the Freedom Summer of 1964.
Pat Vail '63 Papers
C.Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives, Wilson College
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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.
Newspaper article describing what the Mississippi Summer Project is, who is involved, and what is at risk for the volunteers.
Newspaper article that describes the COFO volunteers from July 12, 1964.
Letter to Pat Vail from Congressman Charles Vanik.
Provisions for Federal Prosecution in Civil Rights, Title 18 U.S. Code including FBI Arrests, Interference with the Vote, and Deprivation of Constitutional Rights.
Sticker for the Democratic candidates running for positions in Ohio.
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 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 describing her living arrangements and the situation in Greenville, Miss.
Satirical article from the Delta Democrat Times on how to improve picketing demostrations.
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 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 describing recent events in Jackson, Mississippi to her friend Lisa, who worked with her in Greenville.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 describing the Summer Project staff and their arrest in March.
Photograph of civil rights protest just before the group, including Pat Vail, was arrested on March 22, 1965.
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.
Photograph of man leaning on car down Nelson Street from the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) Office during winter.
Photograph of house on Nelson Street near the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) Office during winter.
Photograph of men near train tracks on Nelson Street near the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) Office during winter.