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Ruth Perry papers

 Collection
Identifier: P13

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection includes various documents relating to Perry’s work with the NAACP and civil rights.  These documents include copies of “Along Freedom’s Road,” correspondence, reports, journal articles, speeches, press releases, subpoenas, and petitions.

Dates

  • Created: 1951 - 1968
  • Other: 1987-04-01

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.  The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright.  Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.

Biographical or Historical Information

Ruth Willis Perry was a white civil rights activist. She served as secretary (1950-1956) and as vice-president (1957-1963) of the Miami branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She helped publicize the NAACP through her radio broadcasts on WMBM and her weekly column in the Miami Times entitled “Along Freedom’s Road.” During her testimony in 1957 (and again in 1958) before the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, also known as the Johns Committee, Perry refused to relinquish NAACP membership lists or answer incriminating questions. Her civil rights activities on behalf of the NAACP threatened her career as a librarian at the Miami Beach Public Library.

Note written by Unknown; revised by Jean McAllister, 2011.

Extent

0.21 Linear Feet

1 boxes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Ruth Perry was a white civil rights activist and an active member of the Miami branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The collection includes copies of Perry's Miami Times newspaper columns in additional to materials documenting Perry's activism.

Arrangement Note

Organized by subject

Source of Acquisition

Ruth Perry

Method of Acquisition

Donation

Related Materials

Cody Fowler papers, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

http://digital.lib.usf.edu/?u29.39-f26-ead

Other Descriptive Information

published

Processing Information

Complete

Creator

Source

Title
Ruth Perry papers
Author
JA
Date
03/14/2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2011: JJM

Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

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