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Margaret Leonard / Long Collection

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Collection Overview

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 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Undated, complete articlesAdd to your cart.
articles by M. "Sissy" Leonard, undated and complete
Names: Margaret Leonard (Author), shropshires
Other Information: Various articles, written by Margaret Leonard, covering subjects from gas, oil and politics, to the treatment of the mentally handicapped, weather and court cases.
Physical Description: Some tearing, folding, and discoloration
Processing Information: Some articles photocopied, more need it, acid free paper between articles
Folder 2: Undated, incomplete articlesAdd to your cart.
Other Information: various
Physical Description: discoloration
Processing Information: none
Folder 3: The Times (for staffers) insert, undatedAdd to your cart.
Other Information: Post 1966-- possibly from the Chattanooga Times introduces Margaret Leonard (daughter) as Times City desk reporter.
Physical Description: Partial torn, includes pages 3-6 fair
Processing Information: none
Folder 4: Movie Star Union News, Jan-64Add to your cart.
pamplet
Other Information: Movie Star found not barganing in good faith. Insurance ads.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: none
Folder 5: Southeastern News, September - October 1985 and November - December 1985Add to your cart.
2 Newsletters
Other Information: September - October 1985 news - 2 full copies, November - December 1985 News - 3 full copies
Physical Description: good
Processing Information: none
Folder 6: France up to the Minute, Mar-66Add to your cart.
Other Information: A newsletter for AEI members
Physical Description: good
Processing Information: none
Folder 7: Southeastern News, March-June 1966Add to your cart.
News
Other Information: Union politics March-June 1966.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: none
Folder 8: American Educational InternationalAdd to your cart.
Publicity
Other Information: Two copies of flyers advertising AEI.
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: none
Folder 9: L'ete en France, September - October 1966Add to your cart.
Newsletter
Names: Margaret Leonard, Karen Fite
Other Information: A newsletter in French. Mock-up, no pictures or advertisements, separate pages.
Physical Description: Poor, torn, discolored, folded
Processing Information: copied
Folder 10: Southeastern News, January - February 1967Add to your cart.
Newsletter (fall)
Other Information: 1 copy - Southeastern News Jan.-Feb. 1967 ; unions
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: none
Folder 11: The Chattanooga Times 1967, 1967Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Names: Margaret Leonard; Bloodsworth, Harlan; Floyd, Carson Delaney
Other Information: Floyd Carson Delaney was an active civic leader. Harlan Bloodworth was in the military during the vietnam war and gives lighting on how it really was. Margaret Leonard writes about the community and all the good deeds being completed.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between articles
Folder 12: Newspaper Articles 1968, 1968Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Names: Margaret Leonard, Louis Brooks, Art Walker
Other Information: A summary of the lives and achievments of Louis Brooks and Art Walker are included in these articles. Various articles pertaining to state PTA, bank and politics are listed throughout.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between articles
Folder 13: Articles 1969, 1969Add to your cart.
cut out articles
Names: Margaret Leonard (Sissy)
Other Information: Unmarked articles by Margaret Leonard on a variety of topics including drugs, churches, politics, flu, race, and race relations, ACLU and more.
Physical Description: Fair, discoloration, folding, tearing
Processing Information: photo copies, acid free paper in between articles
Folder 14: Incomplete Articles, dated, 1960s-1970s, 1960s & 1970sAdd to your cart.
Clipped articles
Other Information: Various articles by Margaret (Sissy) Leonard on political topics including racism, model citiesand others
Physical Description: None are complete, torn, folded and discolored, some are crumbled
Processing Information: Acid free paper between articles, some need photocopying
Folder 15: Newspaper Clippings 1970, 1970Add to your cart.
1970
Other Information: The talk of social workers condeming model cities and future plans for these areas.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between each article
Folder 16: Chatanooga Times, 1971Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Other Information: A variety of topics pertaining to school systems including zoning, lunch system and the influence of NAACP.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between each articles
Folder 17: The Chattanooga Times, Wednesday May 19, 1971Add to your cart.
Other Information: Seeking to desgregate Chattanooga's pubic schools. Half paper contains pages 1 - 14.
Physical Description: second page to article missing; fair; discolored, fragile, some tears
Processing Information: made photo copy of existing article
Folder 18: The Chatanooga Times, Jul-71Add to your cart.
Article clippings
Other Information: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard's articles on local Chatanooga politics and school board.
Physical Description: Fair, some stapling
Processing Information: acid free paper between articles
Folder 19: Chatanooga Times, 14-Aug-71Add to your cart.
Article by
Names: Avon Williams
Other Information: The Chatanooga School Board requested an appeal to desegregation.
Physical Description: Fair condition
Processing Information: photocopy of article
Folder 20: Newspaper Article, December 1972, 7-Dec-72Add to your cart.
Chatanooga Times
Other Information: An article from December 1972 on a robbery subject.
Physical Description: fair some folding; article discoloration
Processing Information: acid free paper placed in between articles
Folder 21: Articles Undated, St Petersburg Times, 1973-1976, 1973-1976Add to your cart.
Other Information: a small collections of newspaper clipping by Margaret Leonard while a staff writer at St. Petersburg Times.
Physical Description: Fair
Processing Information: sheets, some copies
Folder 22: Newspaper Clippings February 1973, Feb-73Add to your cart.
article clippings
Other Information: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard articles on various subjects including politics, weather, drugs and oil.
Physical Description: Fair condition; some need photocopied
Processing Information: Some photo copied, acid-free paper between articles
Folder 23: Complete Clippings March 1973, Mar-73Add to your cart.
Clippings by Sissy
Names: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard;Richard Nixon; Roy Wilikns
Other Information: Margaret "sissy" Leonard articles on politics, meat boycott, navy and more.
Physical Description: Fair; some are tearing
Processing Information: Photocopes and acid-free paper between articles
Folder 24: Complete Clippings April 1973, Apr-73Add to your cart.
Other Information: Margaret Leonard's article on various articles.
Physical Description: fair; some could use photo copies
Processing Information: Acid free paper between articles
Folder 25: St. Petersburg South Sun Coast Sun. May 20, 1973, Sunday May 20, 1973Add to your cart.
newspaper
Other Information: Fighting amongst students (white and black)
Physical Description: stained, slightly torn
Processing Information: made photo copies of article
Folder 26: Complete Clippings May 1973, May-73Add to your cart.
Complete Clippings
Other Information: A family rescued a dog who almost drwoned.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between each article; some photo copied
Folder 27: Complete Clippings June 1973, Jun-73Add to your cart.
Complete Articles St. Petersburg Times
Other Information: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard's St. Petersburg Times articles June 1973 covering a variety of subjects.
Physical Description: Fair to poor; discoloration, tape, staples, tearing, glue
Processing Information: Acid-free paper between articles; some photocopied
Folder 28: Complete Clippings July 1973, Jul-73Add to your cart.
Articles
Other Information: SEED controversy on patient regulations. Controversial condominimum projects.
Physical Description: Good
Folder 29: Newspaper Clippings August 1973, Aug-73Add to your cart.
August 1973 Newspaper clippings
Other Information: Articles on robbings, trials and scared witnesses. Police are told to close records and move on.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid free paper placed in between each newspaper article; copies made
Folder 30: Newspaper Articles Septemeber 1973, Sep-73Add to your cart.
newspaper article
Other Information: Some people believe if people are on drugs Seed is the only place that will give them a full recovery, while most believe differently.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: copies of the article were made
Folder 31: Newspaper Articles October 1973, Oct-73Add to your cart.
article from a newspaper
Other Information: St. Petersburg Seed got a grant from the government. A Seed program in Florida, which used to be its most successful location closed. The Seed program begins to die out.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: copies of the articles were made
Folder 32: Newspaper Clippings November 1973, Nov-73Add to your cart.
newspaper clippings
Other Information: The school ciriculumn is to be studied and possibly changed. The Seed program is causing more trouble than its worth with its recent closings.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between each article
Folder 33: Newspaper Clippings December 1973, Dec-73Add to your cart.
newspaper article clippings
Other Information: The Seed program is starting to see money again, this time from private investors.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between articles
Folder 34: St. Petersburg Times Jan- April 1974, January - April 1974Add to your cart.
St. Petersburg Times Clippings
Other Information: Articles cover a range of topics including politics, rape, gas, drugs and more.
Physical Description: fair
Processing Information: acid-free paper in between articles
Folder 35: St Petersburg Times May - December 1974, May - December 1974Add to your cart.
St. Petersburg Times
Other Information: The hiring of a black teacher is questioned. A lot of articles pertaining to school and family life. An old veteran feminist talking about what it was like to gain equal rights.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: put acid-free paper in between newspaper articles
Folder 36: St Petersburg Times, 1975, 1975Add to your cart.
articles by Margaret Leonard
Names: Charles Colson, Scott Camil,
Other Information: Articles from 1975.
Physical Description: Fair
Processing Information: Copies
Folder 37: St Petersburg Times, 1976, 1976Add to your cart.
articles by Margaret Leonard
Other Information: Articles from 1976.
Physical Description: Fair
Processing Information: copies
Folder 38: The Austin American Statesman, 1977-1980, 1977-1980Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Other Information: Little girls are not the only ones who play with dollhouses, but adults are in fact beginning to take part in investments of dollhouses. Neighbors are beginning to map out their neighborhoods for security purposes.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: copies of the article
Folder 39: The Williamson County Sun, 1978, 1978Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Other Information: Drunk driving has been a recurring issue and the court has been trying to crack down on getting the offenders into AA meetings.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between articles and copies were made of the fragile artilcles
Folder 40: Proofs, 1980, 1980Add to your cart.
Newspaper Articles
Other Information: Margaret Leonard's newspaper articles written in 1980.
Physical Description: edges crumpled; minor stains
Processing Information: none
Folder 41: Newspaper Article Clippings May 1981, May-81Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Other Information: The school systems are trying to change their ideas when it comes to the students. More attention needed to be placed in children who were close to flunking, and the gifted should receive various scholarships.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between articles; copies were made
Folder 42: Newspaper Articles June 1981, 1981Add to your cart.
Other Information: responsible hard-working seniors. Elderly threatened to be forced out of homes
Physical Description: good
Processing Information: placed blank sheets between the articles
Folder 43: Newspaper Article Clippings July 1981, Jul-81Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Other Information: Inspectors went to 30,000 pre-schools and daycare centers to make sure they were up to par with regulations and codes.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between articles and photo copies made
Folder 44: Newspapre Article Clippings August 1981, Aug-81Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Names: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard; Bruce McDonald
Other Information: Bruce McDonald wants to improve the appearance of South County schools.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid free paper placed in between articles; photo copies made
Folder 45: Sep-81, Sep-81Add to your cart.
news articles
Processing Information: paper between articles
Folder 46: Newspaper Article Clippings October - December 1981, October - December 1981Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Other Information: The school system is taking more notice in the school system when it comes to grades and the condition of the school. Daycares are being inspected to make sure they are up to par with codes and regualtions.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between articles
Folder 47: Proofs, 1981, 1981Add to your cart.
Copies of editorial pieces
Other Information: A majority of the stories seem to come from the state of Texas, subjects are a wide range of topics.
Physical Description: Fair, most of the writing is too light to reas. Some of the papers have what seems to be stains or water damage.
Processing Information: None

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