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Collection Title: Zeman (Zoya) Freedom Summer Collection

Collection Number: M320

Dates: ca. 1962 - 2002

Volume: 2 cu.ft.

Provenance: Materials in this collection were donated by Zoya Zeman in several increments between 1999 and 2003.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

James Silver and Zoya Zeman.  September 1964.

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Zoya Zeman was born on June 27, 1943, in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Dr. Erwin D. and Inez M. Hansen Zeman. The Zemans lived in Virginia and Utah before settling in Lincoln, Nebraska, where Dr. Zeman worked as a pathologist at St. Elizabeth Hospital. The oldest of four children, Zeman has three younger brothers -- William, Albert, and Michael. Before graduating from high school in 1961, she spent some time in New Zealand as an exchange student.

Zeman received her education at Scripps College in Claremont, California, earning a degree in psychology-sociology in 1965. In February 1964, Zeman attended a conference at Pomona College and learned of plans for the Mississippi Summer Project. She made the decision to volunteer her time and services in Mississippi for the summer. Several months later, she attended another conference at Stanford University, which served as the western headquarters for coordinating student volunteers for the project. At the conference, Zeman had the opportunity to meet and talk with Robert Moses about the summer project.

Before going to Mississippi, Zeman attended the training sessions held at Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, from June 22-27, 1964. The Mississippi Summer Project had four areas of focus: voter registration, freedom schools, community centers, and special projects. Zeman chose to participate in the community center project, and received training primarily in the areas of health education and adult literacy. She was assigned to Clarksdale, and her role there was to inspire community members and help set up various programs that would enable the community to provide for itself after the summer workers had gone. She was in Clarksdale from June 28 to July 11, and August 11 through early September. During her three-week absence from the project, Zeman was in Copenhagen, Denmark, attending her brother's wedding and visiting family members who were traveling in Europe.

Zeman received a master's degree in social work, studying her first year at San Francisco State University in 1969, and completing her second year and earning the degree at the University of Nebraska in 1973. She specialized in medical social work of terminally ill patients. Her career took her to a number of cities throughout the West between 1965 and 1996, including San Francisco, California; Los Angeles, California; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of Zeman's greatest accomplishments is her development and administration of three international and intercultural programs at the University of Nebraska between 1970 and 1974. These programs, which are still in operation today, were designed as a means of enabling people to live in other cultures.

Although Zeman retired in 1995 because of health problems, she remains concerned with social justice and equality. She is a member of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, which was started as a result of the Mississippi Summer Project. She also pursues her interest in creativity and arts, comparative religions, and the psychology of radical personal, social and political change. Ms. Zeman currently lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Sources:

Contents of the Collection

Zeman, Zoya. Freedom Summer Interviews Vol. 626, Hattiesburg: The University of Southern Mississippi, 1996.



Scope and Content:

This collection consists primarily of materials that document Zoya Zeman's activities as a student volunteer in Clarksdale, Mississippi, during Freedom Summer. The majority of the items in the collection date from 1964 and after.

Box 1:
Folders 1-5 consist of correspondence between Zeman and her family, friends, other summer volunteers, and Clarksdale community members.

Folders 6-7 contain materials from the Mississippi Freedom Summer training sessions in Oxford, Ohio, in June 1964.

Folders 8-15 include information about the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), and several issues of The Student Voice.

Folders 16-29 are comprised of various documents related to Freedom Summer, including photographs and Zeman's personal notes. While most of the items document the Clarksdale area, there are some from Hattiesburg and Meridian. Of particular interest is Zeman's senior thesis entitled "Mississippi Summer Project - 1964: Report by a Student Volunteer," written for Scripps College in 1965. Also of interest are Zeman's diary of the Clarksdale project, and the diary of Hattiesburg/Palmer's Crossing student volunteer Jinny Glass.

Box 2:
Folders 1-13 consist of materials related to Freedom Summer, such as photographs, articles, and maps of Freedom Summer sites in Clarksdale.

Folders 14-20 hold items from the Queen's College 25th anniversary reunion of Freedom Summer participants held in 1989, including correspondence, notes, and photographs.

Folders 21-31 are comprised of numerous articles, pamphlets and other items that document the Civil Rights Movement and black history at both the state and national levels. Noteworthy among these items is the diary of a Presbyterian minister, Rev. Dean Hay, of Lincoln, Nebraska, who spent a week in Hattiesburg in February 1964, working on a voter registration campaign.

Box 3:
Folders 1-2 contain newspaper clippings and pamphlets concerning the Civil Rights Movement and black history.

Folders 3-11 contain miscellaneous items not directly related to Mississippi Freedom Summer. These items include two sermons from the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Nebraska, two journals, and an assortment of other materials.

Folders 12-20 consist of biographical files regarding Zoya Zeman, including her birth announcement, newspaper clippings, photographs and poems.

Folders 21-23 contain videocassettes related to African-American history.

Box 4:
Folders 1-4 contain videocassettes related to African-American history and the Civil Rights Movement, plus a film on pain management.

Box 5:
Folder 1 holds videocassettes about Bob Moses, and Folders 2-3 contain a book titled Silver Rights and a postcard book featuring notable African Americans.

This well-rounded and comprehensive collection should be of benefit to any researcher interested in Freedom Summer and the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi.



Related Collections:

Margaret Hazelton Freedom Summer Collection (M359)

Zoya Zeman Oral History Interview, transcript call number F341.5.M57 vol. 626 (McCain Library).

Matthew Zwerling Freedom Summer Collection (M336)

Other Finding Aids:

Box and Folder List

Photograph Log


Box and Folder List:

Box 1

 
Folder 1 Correspondence: Friends and Family (July 5, 1964 - ca. December 10, 1980; undated)
Folder 2 Correspondence: Summer Volunteers (July 4, 1964 - December 1989; undated)
Folder 3 Correspondence: Clarksdale Community Members (August 17, 1964 - December 27, 1965)
Folder 4 Correspondence: Dr. Erwin D. Zeman (March 5, 1964 - August 27, 1964; undated)
Digitized materials from this folder include:
Letter to Dad, March 5, 1964
Letter to Dad and Mother, Bill, Al, and Mike, April 26, 1964
Letter to family, May 23, 1964
Letter to Dad, July 1, 1964
Letter to Dad, July 3, 1964

Letter to Dad, July 5, 1964
Letter to Dad, July 6, 1964
Letter to Dad, July 7, 1964
Folder 5 Correspondence: General (July 3, 1964 - April 23, 1998; undated)
Folder 6 Oxford, Ohio: Handwritten Notes (June 21 - 26, 1964; undated)
Folder 7 Oxford Ohio Training Materials (ca. 1964)
Digitized materials from this folder include:
Sources for civil rights literature
Role playing situations
Folder 8

Council of Federated Organizations: Mississippi Freedom Project Materials (1964 - 1965)
Digitized materials from this folder include:
Freedom registration brochure
Freedom centers
The Philadelphia, Mississippi case, chronology of contacts with agents of the Federal government
Security handbook
Information sheet - Project Mississippi
Notes on teaching in Misissippi
Letter to workers and friends of the Mississippi Freedom Project
Letter to student body presidents, NSA coordinators, and student editors from Steven McNichols
Report on McComb
Cotton vote in Mississippi
COFO program
Wats Line Digest
Some aspects of black-white problems as seen by field staff
Federal programs project
Affidavits
COFO cartoon

Folder 9 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: Mississippi Freedom Project Materials (Aug. 1963 - Jan. 20, 1965)
Digitized materials from this folder include:
SNCC brochure
Mississippi subversion of the right to vote
SNCC newsletter
Mississippi summer project pamphlet
Mississippi Freedom Project pamphlet
SNCC flyer for the book, "The Movement"
Folder 10 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: Pamphlet - "Danville, Virginia" (August 1963)
Folder 11 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: Pamphlet - "Liberty & Justice for All" (February 1965)
Folder 12 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: "Claremont Friends
of SNCC" (ca. 1964-1965)
Folder 13 United States National Student Association (Oct. 12, 1964)
Folder 14

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (ca. August - December, 1964; undated)
Digitized materials from this folder include:
Poster of support for the Freedom Democratic Party
Position paper
Challenge of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Freedom candidates of Mississippi
Sworn written application for registration
A report on the convention challenge of the MFDP
Letter from MFDP to Mississippi Summer Project volunteers
Freedom Democrats sticker

Folder 15 The Student Voice (June - December 1964)
Digitized materials from this folder include:
Student voice, vol. 5 no. 13
Student voice, vol. 5 no. 18
Student voice, vol. 5 no. 19
Student voice, vol. 5 no. 20
Student voice, vol. 5 no. 23
Folder 16 Articles Written by Zoya Zeman: "Role of My Father in Freedom
Summer" and "Later Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Nonviolence" (2002)
Folder 17

Freedom Summer Posters (ca. 1964)
Digitized materials from this folder include:
COFO poster

Folder 18 Freedom Summer: Notes from Staff Meetings (Summer 1964)
Folder 19 Freedom Summer: Zeman's Diary (June 24 - August 31, 1964)
A transcript of this item is available online.
Folder 20 Freedom Summer: Addenda to Zeman's Diary (2002)
Folder 21 Freedom Summer: Zeman's Notes to Self (Summer 1964)
Folder 22 Freedom Summer: Assorted Handwritten Notes by Zeman
(ca. Feb 18 - July 15, 1964)
Folder 23 Freedom Summer: Zeman's Retrospective Notes (Aug. 13, 1999)
Folder 24 Freedom Summer: "Mississippi Thesis" (1965)
Digitized materials from this folder include:
Mississippi Summer Project - 1964
Folder 25 Freedom Summer: Assignments of Freedom Summer Volunteers (1964)
Folder 26 Freedom Summer: Application for Registration to Vote (1964)
Digitized materials from this folder include:
Application for registration to vote
Folder 27 Freedom Summer: Jinny Glass (June 18, 1964 - February 13, 1965)
Digitized materials from this folder include:
Letter to Zoya, August 3, 1964
Letter to Zoya, August 15 & 16, 1964
Folder 28 Freedom Summer: Selected Documents (Summer 1964)
Folder 29 Freedom Summer: Information Regarding Volunteers in Clarksdale, MS


Box 2

 
Folder 1

Freedom Summer: Photographs
Digitized materials from this folder include:
Clarksdale community center

Folder 2 Freedom Summer: Photographs
Folder 3 Freedom Summer: Photographs
Digitized materials from this folder include:
Photograph from inside of bus, June 27, 1964
Oxford, Ohio training session, June 1964 (1)
Oxford, Ohio training session, June 1964 (5)
Oxford, Ohio training session, June 1964 (4)
Oxford, Ohio training session, June 1964 (3)
Oxford, Ohio training session, June 1964 (2)
Folder 4

Freedom Summer: Slides of Photographs M320-2 and M320-9 through
M320-47
Digitized materials from this folder include:
James Silver & Zoya Zeman
Dr. Erwin D. Zeman and Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer
Heidi Dole and Zoya Zeman
Unidentified man, Jimmie Lou Tolbert, and Zoya Zeman
Zoya Zeman and Etrulla Trotter
Zoya Zeman, Carolyn Lane, and friends
Freedom Summer worker and an unidentified child (1)
Freedom Summer worker and an unidentified child (2)
Carolyn Lane and others
Three unidentified people in front of the community center
Three children at the community center
Carolyn Lane and six unidentified children (1)
Carolyn Lane and six unidentified children (2)
Two unidentified Freedom workers
Zoya Zeman and Freedom workers
Freedom house library (1)
Freedom house library (2)
Group of unidentified people (1)
Group of unidentified people (2)
Unidentified man and Lafayette Surney
Carolyn Lane, RN, and Dr. Leo Orris
Unidentified child
Freedom house in Clarksdale
Freedom house library, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Unidentified house (1)
Unidentified house (2)
Fifth St. grocery
George Peabody building at Ole Miss
First Baptist Church
Clarksdale courthouse
Coahoma County Hospital
Unidentified park
Cotton field (1)
Cotton field (2)
Cotton field (3)

Folder 5 Freedom Summer: Photographic Negatives
Folder 6 Freedom Summer: Photographs (computer scans)
Folder 7 Freedom Summer: Margaret Hazelton Photographs (Photocopies - Summer 1964)
Folder 8 Freedom Summer: Article, "The Allie Mae's Beauty Shop Calendar", by
Zoya Zeman (2002)
Folder 9 Freedom Summer: Article, "An After-the-Summer Grieving Dream", by
Zoya Zeman (2002)
Folder 10 Freedom Summer: Article, "Lend a Hand, Give a Hand", by Zoya Zeman (2002)
Folder 11 Freedom Summer: Articles (May 21, 1964 - September 18, 1989; undated)
Folder 12 Freedom Summer: Sheet Music and Lyrics (ca. 1964)
Folder 13 Freedom Summer: Maps of Freedom Summer Sites in Clarksdale, MS
Folder 14 Queens College 25th Reunion: Memorabilia (Jan. - June 1989)
Folder 15 Queens College 25th Reunion: Correspondence (Feb. 24, - Apr. 20, 1989)
Folder 16 Queens College 25th Reunion: Post-Reunion Correspondence June 28, 1989 - August 25, 1992, undated)
Folder 17 Queens College 25th Reunion: Miscellaneous Notes (June 1989)
Folder 18 Queens College 25th Reunion: Photographs (June 1989)
Folder 19 Queen's College 25th Reunion: Photographic Negatives (June 1989)
Folder 20 Queen's College 25th Reunion: Unidentified Computer Scans (June 1989)
Folder 21 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: Articles (1963 - 1964)
Folder 22 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: Articles (ca. 1970 - 1999, undated)
Folder 23 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: "A Hattiesburg Diary", by Rev. Dean Hay (Feb. 9 - 16, 1964)
A transcript of this item is available online.
Folder 24 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: Images of the
Civil Rights Movement (ca. 1964)
Folder 25 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: Notes Taken at
Friends of SNCC Planning Meeting, Either at Claremont College
or the Los Angeles Area (Mar. 6, 1965)
Folder 26 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: Bob Moses
(ca. 1965)
Folder 27 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: Parents' Mississippi Freedom Association of California (Nov. 19, 1964)
Folder 28 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: Freedom Singers Visit Claremont College (Dec. 1964)
Folder 29 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: Congress of
Racial Equality News Release (ca. 1960s)
Folder 30 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: Mississippi:
The Closed Society
- A Pamphlet Reprinted from The Journal of
Southern History
and a Book Jacket (1964)
Folder 31 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: "The Oxford
Disaster - Price of Defiance" (1962)

Box 3

 
Folder 1 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: Pamphlets (ca. 1960s - Feb. 1988)
Folder 2 Materials Re: Civil Rights Movement and Black History: Newspaper
Clippings (1940 - 1998)
Folder 3 Miscellaneous: "Andy Goodman's Poem" - Corollary to "An Athlete
Dying Young" by A. E. Houseman (Spring 1964)
Folder 4 Miscellaneous: Business Cards, Names and Addresses
Folder 5

Miscellaneous: Clarksdale, Mississippi Memorabilia (ca. 1964)
Digitized materials from this folder include:
Clarksdale youth meeting flyer

Folder 6 Miscellaneous: Fellowship of Reconciliation - Book List and List of
Fellowships (ca. 2001)
Folder 7 Miscellaneous: Journals - "False Patriots" (1966) and "You're in
Jackson" (1964)
Folder 8 Miscellaneous: People Who Assisted Zoya with Gathering and
Completing this Collection (ca. 2002)
Folder 9 Miscellaneous: Petition to Abolish the House Un-American
Activities Committee (Dec. 1964)
Folder 10 Miscellaneous: Unitarian Church Sermons (September 23, 1962 - February 9, 1964)
Folder 11 Miscellaneous: Wheeler, Allie Mae (1964)
Folder 12 Biographical Files: Application for "Crossroads Africa Program" (1962)
Folder 13 Biographical Files: Birth Announcement and Name Derivation
(1943, undated)
Folder 14 Biographical Files: Certificate from Scripps College Alumnae
Association (1964)
Folder 15 Biographical Files: Newspaper Clippings (1973;1988)
Folder 16 Biographical Files: Notes Regarding Zoya's Mother and Grandmothers
(2002)
Folder 17 Biographical Files: Photographs
Folder 18 Biographical Files: Photographs of Family and Friends (Photocopied
Images)
Folder 19 Biographical Files: Poems by Zoya Zeman (1986, undated)
Folder 20 Biographical Files: Poems - Two of Zoya's Favorites, "People" and
"Symphony for a Sea Bird"
Folder 21 Biographical Files: Zeman, Dr. Erwin D.: Obituary (July 1993)
Folder 22 Videocassettes: "Tony Hillerman on Colores" and "African- American Army Liberates German Concentration Camps" (undated)
Folder 23 Videocassettes: "A Dry White Season" and "Glory" (1989)
Folder 24 Videocassettes: "Eyes on the Prize"- parts 5 & 6 (1987)



Box 4

 
Folder 1 Videocassettes: "Monsignor Quixote/Eyes on the Prize/Go Tell it on the Mountain" (undated) and "Murder in Mississippi" (1994)
Folder 2 Videocassettes: "The Meeting (King and Malcolm X)/Shorefront School in Harlem/Civil Rights Movement and the Press" and "Alberta Hunter (jazz singer)/Madame C. J. Walker (Patron: Harlem Renaissance)" (undated)
Folder 3 Videocassettes: "Sounder" (1982) and "Native Son" (ca. 1989)
Folder 4 Videocassettes: "St. Joseph Pain Management - New Guidelines and
Procedures for Assessing Pain" (This training film for hospital
staff in Albuquerque, NM, features Zoya Zeman) and "Down in the
Delta" (ca. 1999)



Box 5

 
Folder 1 Videocassettes: "Freedom Song" (about Bob Moses - undated) and a
cassette with two documentaries about Bob Moses (2001)
Folder 2 Book: Silver Rights, by Constance Curry (1995)
Folder 3 Book of Postcards From the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery:
"Notable African Americans" (1995)




Oversize Materials in Mapcase

Item 1 Allie Mae's Beauty Shop Calendar (1964)
Item 2 Pamphlet: "The Films of the Civil Rights (1989)
Item 3 Folder of Newspaper Clippings (ca. 1964-1990)
Item 4 Life Magazine - Special Issue (Spring 1988)
Item 5 Image of Robert Moses (photocopy)
Item 6 Image of Mrs. Fannie Chaney and Ben Chaney, Jr. (photocopy)
Item 7 SNCC Poster: "Come Let Us Build a New World Together"
Item 8 SNCC Poster: "Now" (2 copies)
Item 9 Poster Advertising "Eyes on the Prize"
Item 10 Newspaper Article, "I Have a Dream", The New Mexican, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Jan. 17, 1988)


Accession Number: AM08-17

Dates: June 25, 1964

Given By: Zoya Zeman

Volume: 1 item

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Form of Material:

A letter written by Dr. Erwin D. Zeman to his wife and three sons (Bill, Al and Mike), who were traveling in Europe. The letter was written from Oxford, Ohio, where Dr. Zeman's daughter, Zoya, was undergoing training as a Freedom Summer volunteer in June 1964.


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