Papers, 1851-1990.


Horton, Myles, 1905-1990. Papers, 1851-1990.

Papers, 1851-1990.

Papers documenting the career and personal life of educator and social activist Myles Horton, founder and long-time director of the Highlander Folk School (later knwon as the Highlander Research and Education Center), and of his wife, Zilphia Horton. Present are personal and family material including extensive oral histories about Highlander, labor history, civil rights, and other topics; speeches and writings (some in recorded form); his autobiography, "The Long Haul"; correspondence with May Justus, Rosa Parks, and other Highlander staff and students; information on travel to Nicaragua and other countries exploring adult education efforts; diaries relating to his education at Cumberland University; genealogical information; and papers of his first wife Zilphia Mae Horton, a singer and noted collector of folk music. Extensive subject files contain references to Paulo Freire, Nikolai Gruntvig, Huey Long, and others. Among the early career materials are surveys of churches in McHenry County, Illinois, and reports on mental patients at the Worcester State Hospital in Massachusetts. A scrapbook documenting efforts of Lilian Wyckoff Johnson to establish a college for women in Tennessee at the turn of the century contains correspondence from John Dewey, Frederick Jackson Turner, and Woodrow Wilson. The processed portion of this collection is summarized above and is described in the register. Additional photographic accessions are described below.

6.6 c.f. (17 archives boxes and 1 flat box) and11 tape recordings; plusadditions of 640 photographs and48 negatives.

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Horton, Myles, 1905-1990 (person)

Myles Horton, founder of the Highlander Folk School (Mounteagle, Tenn.) and civil rights activist. From the description of Myles Horton oral history interview, 1989 Dec. 15. (Georgia State University). WorldCat record id: 38726954 ...

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Long, Huey Pierce, 1893-1935 (person)

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Turner, Frederick Jackson, 1861-1932 (person)

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Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.) (corporateBody)

Recordings (1954-1960) of folk music and of workshops on leadership, integration and voter registration conducted by the school, including a 1956 integration workshop with comments by Rosa Parks on Martin Luther King and the Montgomery bus boycott. Included are performances by Folk School students, Zilphia Horton, Pete Seeger, Guy Carawan, Jack Elliott, Frank Hamilton, and May Justus. Also, a radio interview (ca. 1960) with Septima Clark and school founder Myles Horton. From the desc...

Dewey, John, 1859-1952 (person)

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Parks, Rosa, 1913-2005 (person)

Rosa Louis Lee Parks (1913-2005) became an icon of the civil rights movement after she was arrested and jailed for refusing to relinquish her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus in 1955. Her courage led to the Montgomery bus boycott and eventual court order outlawing segregation and discrimination on buses in that city. She was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal, the United States' highest civilian honor, in July of 1999. ...

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Horton, Zilphia, 1910-1956 (person)

Director of Music, Highlander Folk School, Grundy County, Tennessee, 1935-1956; wife of school director Myles Horton. From the description of Zilphia Horton folk music collection, 1935-1956. (Tennessee State Library & Archives). WorldCat record id: 27089264 ...

Johnson, Lilian Wyckoff, 1864-1956 (person)

Lillian Wyckoff Johnson was born on June 19, 1864 in Memphis, Tennessee. Her family was active in education. During her childhood Lilian''s parents taught classes to needy children. At age 15, Lillian attended Wellesley and later received her bachelor''s degree from the University of Michigan. She returned to Memphis and joined and joined the faculty of Clara Conway Institute. From 1893 until 1897 she taught at Vassar College and then went to Europe where she studied at the Sorbonne and the Univ...