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Margaret Leonard / Long Collection

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Title: Margaret Leonard / Long CollectionAdd to your cart.

ID: MS/126

Primary Creator: Margaret Leonard

Extent: 8.0 Boxes

Subjects: Civil Rights--United States, Committee of Racial Equality, CORE, desegregation, Freedom Rides, 1961, integration, journalism, Look Magazine, Macon, Georgia, Macon Telegraph, Margaret Leonard, Margaret Long, segregation, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.), United Negro College Fund, Women's Liberation

Abstract

Margaret (Sissy) Leonard and her family have a long tradition of jounalism and activism during the twentieth century. This tradition began with her grandfather, George Long, who relentlessly attacked the Ku Klux Klan in his editorials at the Macon Telegraph in the early 1900's. Her mother Margaret Long, a progressive journalist, worked at various southern newspapers while writing two published novels and raising two children (mostly alone) at a time when female journalists were a rarity. Margaret Long wrote about and corresponded with many of the important people involved with both sides of the civil rights and women's liberation movements.

Margaret Leonard, while pursuing her own jounalism career,  began her activism in the civil rights movement while attending college in New Orleans. She participated in local sit-ins and  the Mississippi Freedom Rides of 1961 during which she was arrested and jailed. She is characterized as the "first unmistakably Southern white student to participate in the Mississippi Freedom Rides" by Raymond Arsenault in his book Freedom Riders. Her activism was detailed in Look magazine and served as an inspiration for participants that followed. Leonard is now retired after working for several newspapers including the Chattanooga Times, St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald, and Tallahassee Democrat.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Margaret (Sissy) Leonard and her family have a long tradition of jounalism and activism during the twentieth century. This tradition began with her grandfather, George Long, who relentlessly attacked the Ku Klux Klan in his editorials at the Macon Telegraph in the early 1900's. Her mother Margaret Long, a progressive journalist, worked at various southern newspapers while writing two published novels and raising two children (mostly alone) at a time when female journalists were a rarity. Margaret Long wrote about and corresponded with many of the important people involved with both sides of the civil rights and women's liberation movements.

Margaret Leonard, while pursuing her own jounalism career,  began her activism in the civil rights movement while attending college in New Orleans. She participated in local sit-ins and  the Mississippi Freedom Rides of 1961 during which she was arrested and jailed. She is characterized as the "first unmistakably Southern white student to participate in the Mississippi Freedom Rides" by Raymond Arsenault in his book Freedom Riders. Her activism was detailed in Look magazine and served as an inspiration for participants that followed. Leonard is now retired after working for several newspapers including the Chattanooga Times, St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald, and Tallahassee Democrat.

The collection documents the personal and professional lives of  Margaret (Sissy) Leonard, her mother Margaret Long, her father Howard Leonard (also a jounalist), and her sister Catherine (Bunny). Included are personal letters and notes, official correspondence, maunuscripts and newspaper or magazine articles written about or by the family members. Coverage is from the early 1900's through the 1980's, but is cenetered around 1950's- 1970's. The collection covers some national events, but is concentrated on the South. Subjects include the civil rights movement, the women's liberation movement, the Freedom Rides, sit-ins, SNCC (Sudent Nonviolent Coordinating Committe, CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), UNCF (United Negro College Fund), the Charleston Hospital Strike, southern union politics, prison conditions and the Albany Movement. The personal correspondence chronicles the experiences of the family. Struggles with alcoholism, divorce, single motherhood, finances and discrimination are revealed in  sometimes intimate details. The collection is not all encompassing as many items are incomplete or damaged, but  it documents the many subjects from a personal and jounalistic perspective.

Collection Historical Note

This collection was donated by Margaret Long

Subject/Index Terms

Civil Rights--United States
Committee of Racial Equality, CORE
desegregation
Freedom Rides, 1961
integration
journalism
Look Magazine
Macon, Georgia
Macon Telegraph
Margaret Leonard
Margaret Long
segregation
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
United Negro College Fund
Women's Liberation

Administrative Information

Repository: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

Acquisition Source: Margaret Leonard

Acquisition Method: gift


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Leading to Publication of Louisville Saturday, March 30, 1950 - May 19, 1950Add to your cart.
Getting out on the scene
Other Information: Getting publicity before the release of her book.
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between each clipping
Folder 2: Margaret Long articles (Interviews), 1951-1953, 1951 - June 1953'sAdd to your cart.
All articles about Margaret Leonard
Names: Blythe McKay, Sam Lucchese, Lois Bennett Davis, Whitney Bolton
Other Information: All interviews, articles, and places written about Margaret
Physical Description: old, tattered, worn out, careful
Processing Information: paper placed to protect each indivdual papers
Folder 3: Clippings of Louisville Saturday, August 28, 1950 - September 1951Add to your cart.
news articles about her book
Names: Letter to Donald from Alfred van Ameyden van buym book review of Louisville Saturday
Other Information: Clipping from Fall 1950 until September 1951. Promoting her book to the masses all over the United States. Book reviews/rave reviews.
Physical Description: old and folded at the pieces
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between articels
Folder 4: Affair of the Heart Reviews, May - August 1953Add to your cart.
book reviews, news paper clippings, book advertisments
Names: Celestine Sibley; Margaret Leonard
Other Information: Folder contains all reviews of Affairs of the Heart from various newspapers from various states and cities. Also included at the front of the folder, all undated advertisments.
Physical Description: tattered and most are ripped; very old
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between each clipping
Folder 5: Clippings:  Louisville Saturday and Affair of the Heart, August 28, 1950 - June 9, 1958Add to your cart.
Names: To Margaret Leonard From Bufferd Bone
Other Information: Newspaper clippings, western unions, letters and manuscripts (Louisville Saturday) about Lousiville Saturday or Affairs of the Heart
Physical Description: couple of pages are ripped and tapped down
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between white paper
Folder 6: Book Reviews, Newspaper Articles, 1930s-1950sAdd to your cart.
Newspaper articles about her books
Names: Margaret Long
Physical Description: just old and wrinkled
Processing Information: taped to paper
Folder 7: Reviews -- Affairs and Louisville, September 1950 - 1953Add to your cart.
Celestine Sibley, Joe Parham
Names: Celestine Sibley, Joe Parham
Other Information: book reviews from editors, book reviews by newspapers etc.
Physical Description: old, ripped, folded (be careful)
Processing Information: not organized; but preserved individually with new slips of paper
Folder 8: Louisville Saturday ScreenplayAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Louisville Saturday draftAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Letters, notes, cards and reviewsAdd to your cart.
in regards to Louisville Saturday
Folder 11: Louisville Saturday Reviews 1950s, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Scrapbook
Physical Description: poor, discoloration, tearing etc
Processing Information: none.
Folder 12: Unnamed, undated novel partial (Part 1), undatedAdd to your cart.
bits and pieces, incomplete
Names: Characters: Miz Weatherbright, Mrs. Digley, Willie James, Annabelle, Freddy, Betty, others
Other Information: Part of manuscript. Some typed, some handwritten. Also includes part of a screen play that uses same characters in same situation.
Physical Description: missing several pages, mostly discolored, pages are fragile, torn, burnt, molding, etc
Processing Information: some pieces are in protective sleeves, groups of papers are paperclipped together
Folder 13: Unnamed, undated novel partial (Part 2), No dateAdd to your cart.
Novel/short story drafts
Names: Characters: Winnie, Mallory, Archie, Anabelle, The Digleys, Betsey, Mrs. Weatherbright, Nancy, Gertrude, Brother,
Other Information: Appears top be either as short story or novel written by Margaret Long, there is different sections labled as "Chapter" and the title "Homecoming" appears, some pages have been put in order.
Physical Description: Mold on pages, some pages are burned and torn
Processing Information: Removed orginial paper clips,  replaced with new sheets of paper. Cut mold off edges.
Folder 14: Miscellaneous Short storiesAdd to your cart.
Two different stories
Other Information: 2 pages of a christmas short story. Perry, Tommy, Jane and Alvin.
Physical Description: Some tearing, discoloration
Processing Information: none
Folder 15: Miss Margaret Long - Short StoryAdd to your cart.
October Blend
Names: Anne, Martha, Johnny, Dick, Eddie, Piggy
Other Information: Mothers on a porch watching, children play
Physical Description: Mold stains at top
Folder 16: Manuscript, unnamed, undated, partial, undatedAdd to your cart.
incomplete, typed story
Names: Characters:  Bud, Richard, Patty, others
Other Information: Manuscripts, seems mostly complete of an unnamed novel. Missing page one, and more near the end.
Physical Description: fair. Discoloration, folds, tears, wrinkles, and some stains
Processing Information: none,
Folder 17: Margaret Long Story - Speech about writing a bookAdd to your cart.
Story/speech
Names: Walter Lamar, Mrs. Harrison Williams, Gladys Swathout, Helen Topping Miller, Ben Arnes Williams
Other Information: A speech for the Writer's club, about being a writer and the creative process.
Physical Description: Good, the pages are a little old/fragile
Folder 18: MacGregor's Seat, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Incomplete (?) short story
Names: Kit, Eddey, Joe, Brother, other
Other Information: Short story (incomplete?), main character is possibly Kit, domestic story
Physical Description: Poor, water, other damage, mildew & mold
Processing Information: None, needs photocopy
Folder 19: October Blend, No dateAdd to your cart.
short story
Names: Anne, Martha, Johnny, Dick, Eddie, Peggy
Other Information: Mothers on a porch watching children play.
Physical Description: incomplete, mold stains at top
Folder 20: Homecoming-short storyAdd to your cart.

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