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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Controlled Access

Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Series I: Sid Simon, QC Volunteers and other people

Series II: Rebuilding Churches

Series III: Scenes of Local Area

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Sid Simon Collection


Finding aid prepared by Thomas Cleary

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Department of Special Collections and Archives
Creator: Simon, Sid
Title: Sid Simon Collection
Dates: 1965
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feetOne box with 4 sleves of photos
Abstract Sid Simon was the Queens College professor and faculty advisor for the student groups who wanted to volunteer in civil rights initiatives in the South. In 1965, Simon traveled twice to Mississippi to help rebuild churches that were burned down by the Ku Klux Klan. The first group traveled in February; the second during Easter recess. The photos in this collection depict students participating in the February construction projects, as well as scenes of the region in which the volunteers worked.
Identification: CR.2014.001
Languages: English

Historical Note

Mississippi in 1965 was a dangerous place for African American communities. A common target of hate crimes were community churches, which were often burned down by the Ku Klux Klan. Following up on the civil rights activism of Queens College students during th1 964 Mississippi Freedom summer, Professor Sidney Simon helped coordinate two student trips to Mississippi to help in church rebuilding efforts. The projects were developed by the Committee of Concern, a group of Mississippi religious leaders. The local communities did not have enough money to hire people for reconstruction, instead working on the buildings themselves on weekends and in free hours. Volunteer help was much needed and appreciated. Two trips were organized, the first for two weeks in January/February 1965, and the second during the Easter Recess. Sid Simon was the faculty advisor for the first trip, which created the photographic documentation that comprises this collection. Professor Steve Zeigfinger served as the faculty advisor for the second trip. Though there were faculty advisors, students organized and funded the trip themselves. A transport car was donated to them by the Woodcrest Commune in Rifton, NY. The first trip consisted of six students: Jon Alexander, Nick (“Gus”) Pereos, Walt Jarsky, Art Gatti, Robert Masters, and Bob Madden. They worked primarily in the Tougaloo and Jackson, Mississippi. The second trip’s members were Bob Madden again, Marc Helman, Lewis Fein, Ronny Pollack, and Bob Morrissey. This group worked on churches around Meridian, Mississippi.

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Scope and Content Note

The Sid Simon Collection (1965) was donated by Sid Simon in 2013. The photographs document the first of two trips of Queens College students to Mississippi to help rebuild churches that were burned down in retaliation to Civil Rights activities. The collection consists solely of photographs.

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Arrangement

The Sid Simon Collection is comprised of three series:

Series I: Profiles of Sid Simon, Queens College volunteers and other people
Series II: Rebuilding Churches
Series III: Scenes of local area

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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

The Sid Simon Collection is 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

African Americans -- Mississippi – Social conditions
Committee of Concern (Jackson, Miss.)
Mississippi
Queens College (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, date (if known), box, folder, Sid Simon Collection, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York.

Source

Donated by Sid Simon in 2013.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

Series I: Sid Simon, QC Volunteers and other people
This series contains photos of Sid Simon, Queens College students, and people from the communities in which the students volunteered.
Sid Simon, QC volunteers and other people ( 1965 ) Box-folder 1-1
Series II: Rebuilding Churches
This series contains photos of the volunteers (both QC and local) rebuilding churches, as well as churches in various states of construction.
Rebuilding Churches ( 1965 ) Box-folder 1-2a1-2b
Series III: Scenes of Local Area
This series contains photos of the areas near the churches. The photos depict buildings, work sites, landscapes, and farm animals.
Scenes of local area ( 1965 ) Box-folder 1-3