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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 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Newspaper Clippings 1982, January - August 1982Add to your cart.
clippings by Maragert Leonard 1982
Names: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard; Richard Krob
Other Information: Mostly contain clippings on various topics, and cutout of some story about elderly foster homes.
Physical Description: fair condition, some taped, no fading, some torn
Processing Information: phot copies, acid free paper between clippings
Folder 2: Tallahassee Democrat, August 1984, Aug-84Add to your cart.
Articles
Other Information: Ted Bundy escape plot. Man sentenced for execution for torture and murder of his kids.
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: None
Folder 3: Tallahassee Democrat, September 1984, Sep-84Add to your cart.
Newspaper
Names: Margaret Leonard (daughter)
Other Information: Various newspaper clippings by Margaret Leonard
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: Acid free paper placed in between articles
Folder 4: Tallahassee Democrat, October 1984, Oct-84Add to your cart.
Articles
Other Information: Articles by Margaret Leonard about local news, prisoners, death row, "Amendment 9" (doctor fees/suits limitations), hospitals, schools.
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: Articles unfolded when possible, acid free paper between each article.
Folder 5: Tallahassee Democrat, November 1984, Nov-84Add to your cart.
Articles (Margaret "Sissy" Leonard)
Names: John & Wilma Sullivan,  George Wass (attorney for Sullivans), Attorney General Jim Smith, Timothy Charles Palms, Rosey Furman, Sheila Porter
Names: Supreme Court Justice James E. Alderman, Attorney General Robert Shevin, Arthur England, Chief Justice Joseph A. Boyd Jr., Gov. Bob Graham, Sen Dempsey Barron, Frank Smith, Justices Leander Shaw & Raymond Ehrlich, Rep. Lee Moffit
Other Information: Article clippings by Maragaret Leonard including politics, death row, prison, crime, law and punishment.
Physical Description: Most are folded  & stapled. But good condition. Some dark discoloration along folds.
Processing Information: Acid free paper between clippings. Most unfolded.
Folder 6: Tallahassee Democrat, December 1984, Dec-84Add to your cart.
News Articles
Names: Sen. President Harry Johnston, Gov. Bob Graham, House Speaker James Harold Thompson, D-Gretna, Victor M. Robinson, Gary Eldron Alvord
Other Information: Execution date for "disturbed" inmate re-considered. Chinese resteraunt sued w/food poisoning. Unamed millionaire "called-out" in article. Legislators OK child-care bill.
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: Acid free paper placed between aticles.
Folder 7: Tallahassee Democrat, January 1985, Jan-85Add to your cart.
Article Clippings
Other Information: Articles by Margaret Leonard on prisoners, execution, babies, rape, courts, MLK, drugs, local news and Florida Growth.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid free paper placed in between articles
Folder 8: Tallahasee Democrat,  February 1985, Feb. 1985Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper in between articles
Folder 9: Tallahassee Democrat, March 1985, Mar-85Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Other Information: Articles relating to doctor malpractice, Florida, legal system, and the education system
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between each article
Folder 10: Tallahassee Democrat, April 1985, Apr-85Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Names: Margaret "sissy" Leonard; Ted Bundy
Other Information: Medical neglect in prisons. Medical mal-practice and building of new schools. Along with various appeal cases and an article on Ted Bundy.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between each article
Folder 11: Tallahassee Democrat, May 1985, May-85Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Other Information: Newspaper clippings written by Margaret Leonard (daughter)
Physical Description: good, no tears or mold
Processing Information: seperated articles with acid-free paper
Folder 12: Tallahassee Democrat, June 1985, Jun-85Add to your cart.
article clippings
Other Information: Articles concerning politics, law, rape, prisons, education, teachers, home-schooling, weapons, divorce, child support, prison population.
Physical Description: good condition; most are folded and stapled, none are torn
Processing Information: acid free paper in between clippings
Folder 13: Tallahassee Democrat, July 1985, Jul-85Add to your cart.
Articles
Other Information: A single article by Margaret Leonard on Divorce Law.
Physical Description: fair, folded not torn, stapled
Processing Information: none
Folder 14: Tallahasee Democrat, August 1985, Aug-85Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Tallahasse Democrat, September 1985, Sep-85Add to your cart.
Newspaper Article Clippings (Maraget "Sissy" Leonard)
Names: Willie Jasper Darden, Chief Justice Warren Burger,  John Spenkelink, Gov. Bob Graham, Anthony Acata, Mario Abraham, Sen. Betty Castor, Rep. Chris Meffert
Other Information: Articles written by Margaret Leonard while working at the Tallahasse Democrat, the articles vary over a broad range of subjects. A majority of the articles focus on the inmate population.
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: Acid free paper in between articles
Folder 16: Tallahasse Democrat, October 1985, Oct-85Add to your cart.
Newspaper article clippings (Margaret "Sissy" Leonard)
Names: Jackie Moore, Rep. Chris Meffert, Nat Cole, Louie Wainwight, Bealer T. Rogers, Charlie Lewis Burr
Other Information: Newspaper clippings by Margaret Leonard. The subjects vary a wide range of subjects. A majority of articles focus on inmate population.
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: Acid free paper placed in between clippings
Folder 17: Tallahassee Democrat, November 1985, Nov-85Add to your cart.
Article clippings
Other Information: Articles written by "Sissy" in November of 1985.
Physical Description: good condition
Folder 18: Tallahassee Democrat, December 1985, Dec-85Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Tallahassee Democrat, January - April 1986, January - April 1986Add to your cart.
newspaper clippings
Names: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard; Barry Kutun; Bob Hattaway; Ralph Furlington; Betty Castar; Bob Graham; Harry Johnson
Other Information: Most of these articles have something to do with politics, bills, proposed bills, etc. and insurance reforms being a big topic in this group.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between articles
Folder 20: Tallahassee Democrat, May - August 1986, May - August 1986Add to your cart.
newspaper clippings
Names: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard; Johnston, Harry; FL Senate President; Nacher, Ralph; Bob Graham; Gunter, Bill
Other Information: The majority of these articles are on various political subjects, most however, cover insurance and reform for Florida.
Physical Description: most clippings are in good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between articles
Folder 21: Tallahassee Democrat, September - December 1986, September - December 1986Add to your cart.
newspaper clippings
Names: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard; Buttersworth, Bob; Gunter Bill; Smith, Jim; Martinez, Bob; Poole, Van; Gorsten, Joe; Graham, Bob
Other Information: Most of these clippings center around local and state politics for Florida.
Physical Description: good condition; most articles stamped, some stapled
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between articles
Folder 22: Tallahassee Democrat, 1987, 1987Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Other Information: This folder contains articles dealing with prison regulations, teacher salaries, insurance and medical mal-practice.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: none
Folder 23: The Atlanta Constitution/ The Chattanooga Times, 1989Add to your cart.
copies of newspaper
Names: Margaret Long; Dr. Martin Luther King
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: photocopied one article separate from newspapers
Folder 24: New York Times, Saturday, January 21, 1989, 21-Jan-89Add to your cart.
Full copy of New York Times
Names: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard; Reagan, Ronald; Bush, George
Other Information: Almost complete newspaper, and has Margarent Long Leonard's obituary.
Physical Description: FAIR- fold, and some discoloration
Processing Information: none
Folder 25: The Chattanooga Times 1990, 1990Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Other Information: In this article letters to the editor are presented on a political topic.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: photocopies made
Folder 26: Tallahassee Democrat, May - December 1991, May - December 1991Add to your cart.
newspaper articles
Other Information: New community projects are beginning to take notice. Other projects and board commities are being voted on.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: acid-free paper placed in between articles
Folder 27: Tallahassee Democrat, Proofs (Oct/Nov/Dec 1991), Oct-Dec 1991Add to your cart.
Copies of newspaper articles (rough drafts)
Other Information: Various articles before they hit the press. Parts of the actual newspaper are included with the rough drafts
Physical Description: Torn/crumbled edges, some minor staining
Folder 28: Photocopied articles, 1993, 1993Add to your cart.
Other Information: Various articles by Margaret (Sissy) Leonard in 1993 covering a range of topics from politics to the environment. All are photocopied, many are duplicated.
Physical Description: good to fair- all articles are photo copies; no originals
Processing Information: none
Folder 29: Tallahassee Democrat, November 1993, 28-Nov-93Add to your cart.
Copies of newspaper articles
Names: Margaret Leonard, Robert Hemenway, Don Quayle, T.K. Wetherell
Other Information: These men have impacted Florida State University, these articles go in depth of how and why they did.
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: None needed
Folder 30: Tallahassee Democrat, January- March 1994, January- March 1994Add to your cart.
Copies of newspaper articles
Other Information: Multiple copies of articles written by Margaret Leonard while working at the Tallahassee Democrat as a staff writer.
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: None needed
Folder 31: Tallahassee Democrat, April-May 1994, April- May 1994Add to your cart.
Newspaper Articles
Other Information: Multiple copies of the same articles written by Sissy while she worked at the Tallahassee Democrat as a staff writer.
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: None needed
Folder 32: Tallahassee Democrat, June - September 1994, June - September 1994Add to your cart.
Copies of articles written for the Tallahassee Democrat, also a correspondent to Gina (someone Sissy may write articles for her * recommendations for others that work with Sissy at Tallahassee Democrat)
Other Information: Articles written by Sissy while working at the Tallahasse Democrat as a staff writer.
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: None needed

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