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Vermont in Mississippi Collection

Collection Summary

Repository
University of Vermont Libraries Special Collections Burlington, Vermont 05405-3596
Creator
Vermont in Mississippi, Inc..
Title
Vermont in Mississippi Collection
ID
mss.158
Dates [inclusive]
1965-1967
Quantity
4 boxes
Shelf location
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library.
Language
English
Abstract
Vermont in Mississippi, Inc. (VIM), a civil rights movement project, was organized in June 1965, under the auspices of the Vermont Civil Rights Union. The collection is comprised of correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed materials, business and financial records, progress reports, photos, and audio tapes.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Vermont in Mississippi Collection, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections © 1997 

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Acquisition Information

The collection consists of materials received in October 1985 and January 1986, as gifts from the President of VIM, Dr. Irving Adler of No. Bennington, and Myrtle Lane of Montpelier, a member of the Board of Trustees.

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Biography

Vermont in Mississippi, Inc. (VIM), a civil rights movement project, was organized in June 1965, under the auspices of the Vermont Civil Rights Union. The honorary directors included Vermont Governor Philip Hoff, and Rabbi Max Wall, Bishop Robert Joyce, and Reverend Harvey Butterfield, of Burlington, Vermont, as well as other prominent persons from throughout the state.

This non-profit organization promoted community advocacy projects for blacks in Jackson, Mississippi, to develop voter education classes, voter registration drives, a cooperative day-care center, and a community center, the Medgar Evers Neighborhood Guild. Montpelier High School English teacher, Edward (Ted) Seaver and his wife Carol directed the activities of VIM in Jackson. Ted Seaver applied for a one-year leave of absence from his teaching position, however in January 1965, the Montpelier Board of School Commissioners voted to deny Seaver's teaching contract for "attitudes unbecoming a teacher." This action created a controversy over whether the decision of the Board was related to Seaver's civil rights activities.

The Seavers' goal in Jackson was to teach local community members to assume leadership in gaining constitutional rights for blacks in Mississippi. This goal was achieved and the Rev. Jesse Montgomery gradually took over the Seaver's responsibilities. Funded primarily though private contributions with the assistance of the Michael Schwerner Memorial Fund, as well as the Taconic Foundation, VIM was entirely self-supporting. Due to declining financial support, Vermont in Mississippi, Inc. was dissolved in 1967.

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Scope and Contents

While the Vermont in Mississippi project collection contains materials from 1963 through 1973, the bulk of the collection covers 1965-1967. The collection has been arranged chronologically by three subjects: Vermont in Mississippi, Inc. (Two boxes), the Ted Seaver Teaching Contract Controversy (one box), and Civil Rights Movement - 1960's (one box). The collection is comprised of correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed materials, business and financial records, progress reports, photos, and audio tapes.

The collection consists of materials received in October 1985 and January 1986, as gifts from the President of VIM, Dr. Irving Adler of No. Bennington, and Myrtle Lane of Montpelier, a member of the Board of Trustees. The material from the two collections has been integrated and duplicates have been sorted and placed in Box 4.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Audiotapes
  • Photographs
  • Financial records

Geographic Name(s)

  • Jackson (Miss.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Seaver, Edward

Subject(s)

  • Civil rights
  • Civil rights movement--United States

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