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Guide to the John T. Grantham Papers

Overview of the Collection

 

Repository: McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi

Creator:  John T. Grantham

Collection Number:    M440

Title:    Grantham (John T.) Papers

Dates:   circa 1952-1973

Quantity: 25 Folders (.25 cu. ft.) 

Abstract:  This collection consists primarily of materials relating to desegregation in the South (especially Mississippi) and in the Methodist Church following the May 17, 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case, in which the United States Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools are inherently unequal.  The materials apparently were collected by Dr. John T. Grantham, and most of them exhibit the segregationists’ perspective.

 

Historical Sketch

Dr. John T. Grantham was a chiropractor who practiced in Yazoo City, Mississippi between the 1930s and 1950s.  He was born on August 1, 1911 and died on December 17, 1989.

 

Sources

Contents of the collection

 

Scope and Content Note

 

This collection consists of correspondence, newspapers, newsletters, newspaper clippings and other items related to desegregation in Mississippi.  Of particular interest are newspaper clippings featuring next day reactions to the May 17, 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case in which the US Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools are inherently unequal.

The collection includes charters and resolutions from various Methodist churches in Mississippi denouncing the Church’s decision to accept integration.  Also included are pamphlets and a list of suggestions by Pastor G. Stanley Frazer on how and why to resist integration in the Methodist Church.

Pamphlets and leaflets concern topics such as race mixing, communism and the NAACP, and crime rates following desegregation.

The John T. Grantham Papers should be particularly useful to anyone researching desegregation in Mississippi or in the Methodist Church, especially those researching the ideology of the segregationists.

 

Topics Covered

Segregation
Integration
The Methodist Church and Segregation

 

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Donated to McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi by Paul Cartwright on August 23, 2004 and August 17, 2005.

Restrictions Governing Access:

No restrictions.  Open for research.

Restrictions Governing Use:

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

Preferred Citation Method:

Item, Title of Collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Language of Materials:

English

Processing information:

Processed by Amanda McRaney

Related Material

M99     Citizens’ Council/Civil Rights Collection
M174   Newspaper Collection (Militant Truth circa 1956-1958)

Other Finding Aids

Container List

Container List

Folder 1 Affidavit: A.L. Hopkins and Albert Jones (Jan. 2, 1962)
Folder 2 Articles about Race (circa 1952-1963)
Folder 3  Bulletin:  Sons of Confederate Veterans
Folder 4  Correspondence (1956-1961; undated)
Folder 5  Correspondence: C.S. Bennett and S. Walter Martin (October 1958)
Folder 6 Correspondence: Albert Barnett and C.S. Bennett (June 1958)
Folder 7 Impromptu Remarks Relative to T.V. Program “Bonanza,” By Allen C.     Thompson (January 23, 1964)
Folder 8 Memorandum: Proposed Voter Registration Law (circa 1960s)
Folder 9 The Methodist Church and Segregation: Pastor G. Stanley Frazer (circa 1954)
Folder 10 The Methodist Church and Segregation: The Women’s Division of the Methodist Church (circa 1953-1954)
Folder 11 Mississippi Free Press (December 16, 1961)
Folder 12 Newsletter: Information Bulletin, Association of Methodist Ministers and Laymen (1957-1958)
Folder 13 Newsletter: White American News Service (1957-1958)
Folder 14 Newsletter: The White Sentinel (1960-1963)
Folder 15 Newspaper: The Citizens’ Council (1956-1959)
Folder 16 Newspaper: Militant Truth (1957-1962)
Folder 17 Newspaper Clippings: “Arrogance of Supreme Court School Integration  Decision Denounce by Northerner” (October 26, 1958)
Folder 18 Newspaper Clippings: Brown v. Board of Education (May 18, 1954)
Folder 19 Newspaper Clippings: The Methodist Church and Segregation (1954-1965;  undated)
Folder 20 Newspaper Clippings: Negro’s Rights Evaluated (undated)
Folder 21 Newspaper Clippings: Segregation (circa 1954-1965; undated)
Folder 22 Newspaper Clippings: Voting Rights (circa 1957-1961)
Folder 23 Pamphlets and Leaflets about Racial Issues
Folder 24  Poem: “The Eye Can Tell,” By John Crowe Ransom (circa 1973)
Folder 25 Resolution Adopted by First Presbyterian Church, Yazoo City, Mississippi (undated)






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