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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 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Undated LettersAdd to your cart.
Letters to various people
Names: (to Katie, from: Mother), Bill Fuller, Mammy, Sissy, Bunny
Other Information: Undated letters to several different people covering a wide range of subjects.
Physical Description: Fair to poor. Most are legible. Some are typed, discoloration and staining.
Processing Information: Acid free paper placed between letters
Folder 2: Letters Pre 1940s, Pre 1940sAdd to your cart.
Letters
Names: Margaret Leonard, Egan Burns, Catherine Long; George H. Long, "Sistern"; Maudie`
Other Information: Personal letters to Margaret, and others. Pre 1940s. Mostly family news. Includes Mammy's and her sister's birth announcements. Some letters are presumed to "Maudie", Mammy, From George.
Physical Description: Good condition
Processing Information: Acid free paper placed in between letters; some were photocopied
Folder 3: Letters 1940s, 1940sAdd to your cart.
Letters
Names: Harry Strozier, Howard Leonard, Margaret Long, George Leonard
Other Information: Personal and work related letters going back and forth between Margaret Leonard, Howard Leonard, and Eric Strozier.
Physical Description: Good condition, for time period
Processing Information: Acid- free papers placed in between letters, photocopied, multiple pages fastened together with paper clips
Folder 4: Letters: Dear Howard, from Margaret, Presumed 1940s-1950sAdd to your cart.
Letters are clipped together, acid free paper between letters
Names: Howard, Margaret "Mammy"
Other Information: Letters during seperation between Mammy & Howard. All typed.
Physical Description: Poor, discoloration & tearing
Processing Information: Letters are clipped together, acid free paper between letters
Folder 5: Letters: To Howard from Margaret, Presumed 1940s- 1950sAdd to your cart.
Handwritten letters
Names: Howard, Margaret "Mammy"
Other Information: Handwritten letters from Margaret to Howard after their split
Physical Description: Poor, faded, discoloration, tearing, missing pieces, smudging
Processing Information: Acid free paper between lettes, some paper clipped
Folder 6: Letters 1950s, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Letters
Names: Howard Leonard, Margaret Leonard, field snodgrass; Elena Hughes, Judy Rayford, John Hughes
Other Information: Personal letters to or from either Margaret Leonard or Howard Leonard talking about personal issues or various topics.
Physical Description: Good condition
Processing Information: Acid-free paper placed in between letters, photocopied, multiple pages fastened together with a paper clip
Folder 7: Letters 1960s, 1960sAdd to your cart.
Letters including Freedom Rider arrest.
Names: Agnes, Maggie, Sissy , Bunny, Gilbert, Paula, others..
Other Information: Personal letters written back and forth between Maggie & Sissy, Bunny, Agnes. Concern arrest, politics and family letters. Most are clearly dated. Some in context, are dated and marked on paper.
Physical Description: Fair. Some in good condition. Others brown, torn, and thin paper.
Processing Information: Acid-free paper placed in between letters, multiple pages of a letter are fastened with a paper clip.
Folder 8: Fan Letters 1961, Mar-61Add to your cart.
Letters from fans
Names: Margaret Long; Angel A.S., J.O. Boothe, Marguerite H. Place, Paul A. Schilpp; Terry McLean; Samuel L. Herr; Sherman C. Hoeflioh; Louis J. Pierre; Mrs. Carl Johnson
Other Information: In these letters, fans are writing to Miss Long in order to thank her for her voice to a quiet subject. (Racism in the South) One letter entails a caregiver being afraid to come inside a funeral for his employers. One offers an interesting view on the pla
Physical Description: browning, old-worn
Processing Information: paper placed in between
Folder 9: Letters to George, Possibly early 1960sAdd to your cart.
Letters
Names: George, Little George, George & Emma Jean, Celestine Sibley
Other Information: Letters of business, letters, about jobs, connections & how things were going with any business people authors, editors, advertises.
Physical Description: Old, molded, tattered, ripped
Processing Information: Organized by date (if any), slips of fresh paper for seperation.
Folder 10: Letters 1970s, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Names: Sissy, Mammy, Bill, Bunny, Pat, Kay, Maybelle, Henry Long, Virginia? (VA)
Other Information: Letters to family, and friends mostly, keeping up with news. Some are not dated, but content suggests 1970s. Most are dated. Some only have envelopes.
Physical Description: Fair. Some are brittle & thin, tearing, staining, water damage.
Processing Information: Acid free paper, some photocopies, some in mylar.
Folder 11: Letters 1980-1985, 1980-1985Add to your cart.
Names: Bunny, Mammy, Sissy
Other Information: Mostly letters from Bunny to Mammy and Sissy
Physical Description: Not all complete, various conditions, some good, some torn, discoloration
Processing Information: Acid free paper
Folder 12: Letters 1986-1989, 1986-1989Add to your cart.
Names: Bunny, Mammy, Sissy
Other Information: Mostly letters from Bunny to Sissy and Mammy
Physical Description: Discoloration, fading, water damage, blurring
Processing Information: Acid free paper between letters
Folder 13: Condolence Letters 1989, 1989Add to your cart.
Names: Sissy, Margaret (Mammy), Bunny, Bill, Betsy, Mary Ellen, Pamela Drives, Celestine Sibley, Judy Cross
Other Information: Letters of sympathy and replies of thanks and a poem a "Mother that I love."
Physical Description: Fair
Processing Information: Acid free paper between letters
Folder 14: Undated Letters, 1980s, Presumably 1980sAdd to your cart.
Names: Mammy, Bunny
Other Information: Letters from Bunny during her Africa time, presumably 1980s
Physical Description: Blurring, water marks, discolored
Processing Information: Paper between letters
Folder 15: M. "Sissy" Leonard Letters 1990s, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Letters and cards
Names: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard, Bunny, Molly
Other Information: Letters to Sissy
Physical Description: Thin paper but good condition
Processing Information: Paper between letters
Folder 16: Letters, 2000s, 2008Add to your cart.
Two letters
Names: Margaret "Sissy", Mammy, Eleanor, Ruthie, Sullie, Glenn, Lucy, Bunny
Other Information: Two letters to Sissy. One thanking for being with Lucy before she died. The other about  writing and old times, and getting togther.
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: Paper between letters

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