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Philip Davis papers

Philip Davis papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Philip Davis papers
Creator: Davis, Philip, 1939-1970
Inclusive Dates: 1962-1965
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.1 Linear Feet (1 box)
Collection Number: ms3964
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Philip Davis was from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Though his parents opposed his activities, Davis was a staunch supporter of desegregation and racial equality. In the 1960s, he became an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He spent time as an activist in Berkeley, California. From June 1963 to June 1964, Philip Davis was a field worker, organizing voter registration, for SNCC in Albany, Georgia. He subsequently served in San Francisco as the National Chairman of the W.E.B. DuBois Clubs of America. He died under mysterious circumstances in 1970.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence and printed material from the civil rights activist Philip Davis. The letters were all sent from Albany, Georgia to activist friends in Berkeley, California. A copy of a letter sent to his parents from Berkeley before he embarked for the South is also included in the collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Philip Davis papers, ms3964, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Civil rights movements -- Georgia.
Civil rights workers -- Georgia -- Correspondence.
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1963
12Excerpts from Insurgent- magazine column by Philip Davis, 1965
13Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee printed material
14Photographs Albany, GA and portrait of Philip Davis, 1962-1963