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Freedom Summer online archive now available

Great news: now there’s a digital archive to access the historically important “[[Freedom_Summer|Freedom Summer]]”, a seminal moment in the US civil rights movement. The Wisconsin Historical Society has just released the 1964 Freedom Summer Project. Not only are there 25,000 manuscripts and key documents, but there are finding aids to help users access the information and instructional materials for teachers.

Dear colleagues,

We’ve just released an online collection of 25,000 manuscripts related to the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project. It’s free and open to anyone for non-profit educational purposes at


Besides thousands of archival documents from COFO, CORE and SNCC and papers from dozens of individual activists, the site includes a downloadable Powerpoint about Freedom Summer and a PDF Sourcebook of key documents for teachers.

I’d be grateful if you’d forward this note to colleagues and educators who might be interested. As the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer approaches, we want teachers, students, historians, librarians, museum curators, the media, and anyone else to use these primary sources in their 50th anniversary programming.

We’ll be adding a few thousand more pages this year, so please “like” us on Facebook and follow along:


Best wishes,

Michael Edmonds

Deputy Director,
Library-Archives Division
Wisconsin Historical Society

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