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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 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Department of Health: Seed, 1974 - 1975Add to your cart.
1975
Other Information: The Seed is an anti-drug program and stereotypes "different" teens and youngsters as drug abusers. Other documents relating to the seed are enclosed.
Physical Description: good condition
Processing Information: none
Folder 2: Margaret Leonard  ID, Press Pass - 1981 & 1982Add to your cart.
Photo Identification Cards
Other Information: Photo Identification Card for Duke University - Tallahasse Democrat & Texas House of Representatives. Title: UPI
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: Placed in a sheet protector sleeve
Folder 3: SNCC Meeting and Member Notes, 1960sAdd to your cart.
Names: Ruby Robinson
Other Information: Document on meetings and goings on in the community regarding politics and laws passed in voting, meeting notes, primary election documents in Alabama counties, white house conference press documents.
Physical Description: mold at top of first document, spread onto workds, ripped clippings
Processing Information: new folder, paper placed between documents
Folder 4: Stokely Carmicheal & SNCC, 1966Add to your cart.
transcripts and articles
Names: Stokely Carmichael, Dr. Martin Luther King; randolph blackwell; rep John Lewis
Other Information: Summary of transcripts between Carmichael and others. Includes clippings from "The Militant", Atlanta Journal, National Guardian
Physical Description: Mold stains, torn
Processing Information: Removed mold
Folder 5: Margaret Leonard Strike Rules, 1960sAdd to your cart.
Garment Factory
Folder 6: Sissy Look Magazine Article, October 24, 1960 (LOOK); October 15, 1960 (Narrative from Sissy)Add to your cart.
Copies of photographs, copies of LOOK article (Look Magazine), correspondents from Library of Congress, narrative from accounts of sit-in from Sissy Leonard
Names: Sidney Goldfinch, Joyce Taylor, Jerome Smith, Anna May Jiles, Kermit Moran, Edward Myers, Herbert Johnson, Margaret Long, Margaret (Sissy) Leonard
Other Information: A collection of articles/writing by and of Margaret Long about experiences during the civil rights movement (especially the sit-ins in New Orleans).
Physical Description: Fair; the article is very fragile had to be put in protective slip
Folder 7: Letter to Margaret Leonard, 9-Jul-84Add to your cart.
Letter
Names: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard, Mindi Keirnon
Other Information: Margaret "Sissy" Leonard got a job offering at Tallahasse Democrat and the letter explains her job, pay, and work week.
Physical Description: Stained
Processing Information: None
Folder 8: A Little Chat Each Morning - Sissy, No dateAdd to your cart.
A short story manuscript & picture
Names: Nell, Tace, Paul, Mother Tilden (mother-in-law), Edgar (Tilden's husband), Aunt Allie, Eliner, Minnie, Peggy Mitchell, Grandmother Aldman, Fanny Coutler
Other Information: Bascially a short story draft about a mother-in-law and her version of events that lead to her daughter-in-law leaving.
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: None
Folder 9: Sissy Memoirs & Resumes, No date, majority of writtings are reflecting Sissy's childhoodAdd to your cart.
Story draft of Sissy's childhood & resume along with cover letter
Names: Bunny (Catherine), Sissy's grandmother, Howard Long (Sissy's father), Mary (childhood friend), Margaret Leonard, John & Katie (Sissy's children)
Other Information: A collection of letters, story draft, notes about her childhood living up in the North and the relationships with family, children, and husband.
Physical Description: Fair
Processing Information: Paper seperated & paper clipped
Folder 10: Jay Cryer, 2000; April 13, 1987Add to your cart.
Story manuscript & legal records, correspondance between Maggie & Jay, pictures,
Names: Cathy, Jay Cryer, Kate, John E. Casey, Becky, Holly Elizabeth, Christy, Agnes L. Potter  To: Becky, From: Jay. To: Jay Cryer. To: J Casey, From: Jay Cryer
Other Information: A collection of letters, legal records and notes about Jay Cryer's DUI case
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: Paper placed between materials
Folder 11: SEED Margaret Leonard, Late 1960sAdd to your cart.
Other Information: Report on a family's (from St. Pete) experience with SEED drug rehab in Ft. Lauderdale.
Physical Description: Fair, paper is fragile & folded
Processing Information: Paper placed in sheet protectors.
Folder 12: Margaret (Sissy) Leonard Arrest Record, Date property received: 10/10/1973Add to your cart.
Arrest Record from Freedom Rider experience.
Names: Margaret Leonard (inmate) Catherine Long Leonard (visiting list,daughter) Margaret Long Leonard (visiting list,mother)
Other Information: The folder contains a copy of an arrest record from Florida Correctional Institution. The date received was 10/10/73. Not sure if date detained? There is also a list of items she had with her, visitors allowed, a signature from a witness & herself, and a
Physical Description: The pages are browning, 7 there are a few tears around the edges. The pages are still whole.
Processing Information: A piece of white paper was placed between two sheets.
Folder 13: Margaret Brides Article & Notes, Possibly late 1950s (article)Add to your cart.
Article & a notepad
Names: Margaret Bridges (author), Margaret Leonard
Other Information: An article by Margaret Bridges "What Can We Do?" about integration and Margaret Leonard. Notebook and notes on southern living, was packed with a note to Deborah that was Sissy's (paperclipped to front).
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: Paper placed between articles
Folder 14: Congressional Record- Remarks, 9-Sep-71Add to your cart.
Congressional Record, copy
Names: Rarick, John D. (Congressman) Leonard, Margaret (Sissy?)
Other Information: Note to Margaret from Rarick and Rarick's remarks in Congress.
Physical Description: Pages E9393-9396, torn and discolored
Processing Information: Acid paper placed between papers.
Folder 15: Model City Articles, Chattanooga, 1960s-1970sAdd to your cart.
Saved by Sissy
Other Information: Chattanooga Times articles about Model City development in Chattanooga- Research by Sissy?
Folder 16: Journal Writings, 1963 (Southern Regional Council); 2000 (San Diego)Add to your cart.
Names: James Moss, William Filmore  (Southern Regional Council); Kat, Red, Catherine (San Diego)
Other Information: Diary from an Amtrak train & bus trip across country (San Diego)
Physical Description: Good
Folder 17: Margaret Leonard (Sissy) Poetry and Short storiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Paris - Sissy Writings, Late 1950s & early 1960sAdd to your cart.
Typed and written pages
Other Information: Writings while ML (Sissy) was in Paris
Physical Description: Good
Folder 19: I Went to Women's Prison, 20-Jan-74Add to your cart.
Article
Other Information: Leonard toured a prison, then went in as a prisoner and again as a security gurad.
Physical Description: poor condition, fraying and tearing
Processing Information: photocopied
Folder 20: Writings on Women, Home, Divorce, and FamilyAdd to your cart.
Op-eds, memoirs, other writings
Folder 21: Margaret Leonard Articles from Texas, Late 1970s early 1980sAdd to your cart.
Subject: energy, redistricting
Folder 22: Margaret Sissy Notes and BudgetAdd to your cart.
notes and budget
Folder 23: Autobiography SissyAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: New South, New South pamphlet- 1973Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous items
Other Information: Miscellaneous papers that cannot be placed with a date from Margaret "Sissy" Leonard
Physical Description: Fair
Processing Information: Placed white sheets of paper between papers
Folder 25: Alcholism Treatment Manuscript, no dateAdd to your cart.
Manuscript article on Alcoholism Treatment.  The Rehabilitation Center at Butner NC
Book 1: Affair of the Heart by Margaret LongAdd to your cart.
Book 2: Louisville Saturday by Margaret LongAdd to your cart.

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