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Collection Number: 04343

Collection Title: Mississippi Freelance Records, 1968-1972

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract Mississippi Freelance was begun in Greenville, Miss., in April 1969 as a "non-profitable sideline" for its editors, Lew Powell and Ed Williams who, then in their twenties, were reporters for the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville. Mississippi Freelance was a liberal monthly newspaper, dedicated to "reporting the otherwise unreported." All of its writers worked on a volunteer basis. The paper had about 700 subscribers in and out of Mississippi. Mississippi Freelance ceased publication in March 1970, after twelve issues. As of April 1983, Powell and Williams were writing for the Charlotte Observer. The collection consists of business correspondence, financial material, writings and research material, distribution material, printed material (including a copy of each issue of Mississippi Freelance), and other material. The correspondence includes comments on contemporary social and political issues, especially race relations and civil rights, chiefly in Mississippi.
Creator Mississippi Freelance.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mississippi Freelance Records #4343, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Lewis E. Powell and Edwin N. Williams of Charlotte, N.C., in January 1983.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Mississippi Freelance was begun in Greenville, Miss., in April 1969 as a "non-profitable sideline" for its editors, Lew Powell and Ed Williams who, then in their twenties, were reporters for the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville. Mississippi Freelance was a liberal monthly newspaper, dedicated to "reporting the otherwise unreported." All of its writers worked on a volunteer basis. The paper had about 700 subscribers in and out of Mississippi. Mississippi Freelance ceased publication in March 1970, after twelve issues. As of April 1983, Powell and Williams were writing for the Charlotte Observer.

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The collection consists of business correspondence, financial material, writings and research material, distribution material, printed material (including a copy of each issue of Mississippi Freelance), and other material. The correspondence includes comments on contemporary social and political issues, especially race relations and civil rights, chiefly in Mississippi.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1968-1972 and undated.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Mostly incoming letters to Lew Powell and Ed Williams concerning routine business matters. Many of these letters include suggested additions to the list of subscribers and comments relating to contemporary social and political issues, chiefly in Mississippi.

Two frequent correspondents and key supporters of the Mississippi Freelance were Democratic National Committeewoman Patricia Derian and writer Curtis Wilkie. Their letters relate to various personal, political, and business matters, including fund-raising for the newspaper and ideas for stories.

Note that there are a few letters included in Series 2.

Folder 1

1968 #04343, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1968-1972 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2-8

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

1969 #04343, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1968-1972 and undated." Folder 2-8

Folder 9

1970 #04343, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1968-1972 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1971-1972 #04343, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1968-1972 and undated." Folder 10

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About 140 items.

Arrangement: chronological within each folder.

Financial, distribution, legal, research, printed, and other material relating to the Mississippi Freelance. Financial material includes notes concerning advertising, income tax, and other financial matters; completed tax forms; bills and receipts; and related items. Distribution material includes notes, postage forms, and two copies of the list of subscribers, one partial and the other presumably complete. Also included are two receipts for stock issued to Ed William and Lew Powell, a certificate of incorporation, and a statement of intent to dissolve Mississippi Freelance, Incorporated.

Research material consists chiefly of drafts of articles written for the newspaper. There are also newspaper clippings, correspondence, and notes relating to articles or ideas for articles for the newspaper. Many articles concern political matters at the University of Southern Mississippi, including appointments of department chairs and plagiarism charges by the University's president, William D. McCain. Printed material includes one copy of each of the twelve issues of Mississippi Freelance (OP-4343/1-12) and four news items concerning the newspaper. Other material consist of two business cards, a press pass, three original editorial cartoons by W. Ethridge, and Minutes; Board of Directors, Mississippi Freelance, Inc.

Folder 11

Advertising #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Tax forms and related correspondence #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Notes, bills, and receipts #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Distribution material #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Legal material #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16-17

Folder 16

Folder 17

Writings and research material #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." Folder 16-17

Folder 18

Printed and other material #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." Folder 18

Oversize Paper OP-4343/1

Mississippi Freelance, Volume 1, Number 1, April 1969 #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." OP-4343/1

Oversize Paper OP-4343/2

Mississippi Freelance, Volume 1, Number 2, May 1969 #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." OP-4343/2

Oversize Paper OP-4343/3

Mississippi Freelance, Volume 1, Number 3, June 1969 #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." OP-4343/3

Oversize Paper OP-4343/4

Mississippi Freelance, Volume 1, Number 4, July 1969 #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." OP-4343/4

Oversize Paper OP-4343/5

Mississippi Freelance, Volume 1, Number 5, August 1969 #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." OP-4343/5

Oversize Paper OP-4343/6

Mississippi Freelance, Volume 1, Number 6, September 1969 #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." OP-4343/6

Oversize Paper OP-4343/7

Mississippi Freelance, Volume 1, Number 7, October 1969 #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." OP-4343/7

Oversize Paper OP-4343/8

Mississippi Freelance, Volume 1, Number 8, November 1969 #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." OP-4343/8

Oversize Paper OP-4343/9

Mississippi Freelance, Volume 1, Number 9, December 1969 #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." OP-4343/9

Oversize Paper OP-4343/10

Mississippi Freelance, Volume 1, Number 10, January 1970 #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." OP-4343/10

Oversize Paper OP-4343/11

Mississippi Freelance, Volume 1, Number 11, February 1970 #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." OP-4343/11

Oversize Paper OP-4343/12

Mississippi Freelance, Volume 1, Number 12, March 1970 #04343, Series: "2. Financial and Other Material, 1969-1971 and undated." OP-4343/12

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Processing Information

Processed by: Linda Mackie Griggs; revised by Suzanne Ruffing, August 1996

Encoded by: Joseph Nicholson, March 2006

Updated by: Amanda Loeb, March 2012

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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