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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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Folder 1: Family InformationAdd to your cart.
Family Tree and General information about collection
Folder 2: Agnes Long Potter (MLL aunt) Death Certficate, Will, Letter, 1981Add to your cart.
Names: Agnes Long Potter
Other Information: Death certificate, funeral services & will for Agnes Long Potter
Physical Description: Good
Processing Information: Acid free paper placed between items
Folder 3: Various family & friendsAdd to your cart.
Letters , articles, pictures, post cards
Names: Sissy, Agnes Potter, Bunny
Other Information: A various collection of letters and pictures from family & friends
Physical Description: Good - a lot of loose pages, small things to keep up with
Processing Information: None
Folder 4: Undated Articles by Howard LeonardAdd to your cart.
Newspaper articles
Other Information: Howard Leonard's articles represent politics and murder trials.
Physical Description: Good condition
Processing Information: Acid free paper placed in between articles
Folder 5: Rev. George H. Long, 1880-1909Add to your cart.
Newspaper Articles/certificate
Other Information: A tribute to the late Rev. George H. Long and a certificate from the methodist church.
Physical Description: Fair
Processing Information: Some of the articles taped to white paper
Folder 6: Howard Leonard Orbituary, April 12, 1955 is written in some cornersAdd to your cart.
Death of Howard Leonard
Names: Howard Leonard, Catherine Leonard (Bunny), Margaret Leonard (Sissy), Alice B. Leonard, Emily Leonard, George B. Leonard, Charles W. Leonard
Other Information: This was basicaly an orbituary for Howard Leonard. They are basically describing the life of the deceased. No dates were given; however April 12, 1955 is written in the corner. He died in Rome, GA afrer a lenghty illness.
Physical Description: Worn clippings, one with rusty nails
Processing Information: Taped to white piece of paper
Folder 7: Miscelleaneous items Catherine Leonard, Most dates on on the passports, which include expiration, date of birth, daAdd to your cart.
Various items
Other Information: A majority of the items appear to be from when Catherine traveled to Africa, such as passport, vaccination records, etc. Also includes report cards and an English report.
Physical Description: Fair
Processing Information: Acid free paper placed between items
Folder 8: Howard Leonard, 1953, 1953Add to your cart.
Newspaper clippings
Other Information: Various newspaper clipings written by Howard Leonard while he worked at the Press Chronicle in Tennessee
Physical Description: Fair, a lot of rips and tears to edges
Folder 9: Photos of Margaret Leonard Long (mother), 1953?Add to your cart.
Other Information: Only pictures
Physical Description: Good, not torn or tattered too bad
Processing Information: Paper placed on and between all pictures
Folder 10: Strozier Funeral - Friends & Aquantences, 9-Sep-49Add to your cart.
Orginal copy of funeral services for Harry S. Strozier
Names: Harry S. Strozier, conducted by Kelley Barnett
Other Information: A copy of the funeral services for Harry S. Strozier
Physical Description: Fair for the time it is from
Processing Information: Staples removed & paper clipped with acid-free paper
Folder 11: PostcardsAdd to your cart.
Other Information: Three unused postcards, possibly  part of Jay's collection
Physical Description: Good, some bending and discoloration
Processing Information: None
Folder 12: Miscelleaneous items of Margaret Long, Not many dates; 1929 (Macon Telegraph,Add to your cart.
Various items; resume, cover letter, correpsondents, notes, announcement of death of Margaret Leonard Long, etc
Physical Description: Fair, a lot of the items are discolored & bent
Folder 13: Still Falls the Rain, 1940Add to your cart.
Poem
Names: Edith Sitwell
Other Information: Poem written by Edith Sitwell: London Blitz
Physical Description: Good

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