George Albertz Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Controlled Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Freedom Summer Papers

George Albertz Papers


Finding aid and machine-readable finding aid prepared by Thomas Cleary

Some items from this collection have been digitized and are available through the Civil Rights Movement Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Department of Special Collections and Archives
Creator: Albertz, George
Title: George Albertz Papers
Dates: 1964-2013
Extent: 0.1 Linear feet
Abstract The George Albertz Papers (1964-2011) document Albertz’s stay and arrests in Greenwood, Mississippi during the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, a national campaign to register black voters in Mississippi. The collection also covers his involvement in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, a civil rights party that challenged the whites-only Democratic Party in Mississippi. Included are articles on the deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, who were murdered on June 21, 1964 by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Identification: CR.2014.003
Language: English

Biographical Note

George Albertz was born in 1935 in New York, NY to Hubert and Krescenz Albertz, both German immigrants. He graduated from St. John’s University in 1961 and was a member of the Army Reserve for seven years. Influenced by his father, who fought corruption in the AFL-CIO Services Employees’ Union Local 32-E and whose papers are also at Queens College, Albertz joined the Civil Rights movement. Albertz joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in February 1964. He helped raise awareness of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party by contacting local churches and organizations for support. Albertz traveled to Greenwood, Mississippi in 1964 as part of the Mississippi Freedom Project. He was arrested there 3 times, twice for “reckless driving” and once for “parading without a permit and contributing to the delinquency of minors.” The last charge occurred while Albertz was walking back to the Greenwood SNCC office after participating in a demonstration of teenagers picketing a store in response to police brutality. This arrest led to a $500 payment for bail. A high volume of targeted arrests were made against civil rights activists in Mississippi, which were lumped together and sent to the Federal Courts and over concerns of fair trial. They were sent back to the Mississippi courts where they were not further pursued. The charges against Albertz accumulated that summer were eventually dropped by City of Greenwood. In August 1964, Albertz went to protest the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, after returning to New York from Mississippi. In 1966, he joined the Woodcrest commune in Rifton, New York, which in 1964 donated a car to a group of Queens College students. These students, under the guidance of Queens College Professor Sid Simon, went down to Mississippi to rebuild churches destroyed by the Ku Klux Klan.

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Scope and Content Note

The George Albertz Collection documents Albertz’s 1964 participation the Greenwood Freedom School, part of the Mississippi Freedom Project. While in Greenwood, he was arrested 3 times, twice for “reckless driving” and once for “parading without a permit and contributing to the delinquency of minors.” His bail receipts, a written account of his arrest record and correspondences with lawyers dealing with his arrests are part of the collection. Once back in the New York area, he participated in the Democratic Party Convention in Atlantic City to support the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party efforts to be legitimately recognized. In the collection there are also a number of news articles relating to the deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, as well as articles on a group of students led by Sid Simon on a trip to rebuild churches in Mississippi.

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Arrangement

The George Albertz Papers is comprised of one series:

Series I: Freedom Summer Papers

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Restrictions

Access

Collection is open for research. Staff may restrict access at its discretion on the basis of physical condition.

Copyright

Some materials include copyright stipulations by George Albertz. Researchers are to contact him to obtain permission for reproduction. The George Albertz Papers are physically owned by the Queens College Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assignees. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Queens College assumes no responsibility for the infringement of copyrights held by the original authors, creators, or producers of materials.

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Controlled Access Terms

Civil rights--United States
Council of Federated Organizations (U.S.)
Mississippi
Mississippi Freedom Project
Race Relations – Southern States

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Related Material

Sid Simon Collection (Queens College Special Collections & Archives)

Hubert Albertz Papers (Queens College Special Collections & Archives)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation Note

Item, date (if known), box, folder, George Albertz Papers, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York.

Source

Donated by George Albertz in 2011.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

Series I Freedom Summer Papers Box-folder 3-4
The series contains George Albertz’s essay, with a timeline of events, on his personal experience as a volunteer for Freedom Summer. Included are press clippings and a pamphlet on Freedom Summer and Civil Rights activism (most of the articles mention Albertz’s activism specifically), a handwritten list of his arrests, a bail bond, and correspondence. The collection also contains a 2013 article written by Albertz looking back on his activism.
Materials are located within the Hubert Albertz Papers.