Segregation and desegregation efforts in Florida press photographs Edit


MSS 414 small


  • 1958-1964 (Creation)


  • 0.1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 folder



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research use.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright laws. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact MSU Libraries Special Collections.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder, Box, Segregation and desegregation efforts in Florida press photographs, MSS 414, Michigan State University Libraries, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The collection was acquired from Eureka Books in Eureka, California, in August 2014.

  • Processing Information

    This collection has been processed by Sarah McLusky, 2015.

    Sources consulted during the creation of the historical note include:

    Eureka Books, “[Department of Everyday Heroism] Photographs of Anti-Segregation Efforts in Florida” entry 53 in “Freedom is a constant struggle…” Catalog 30: Social Movements (Eureka, California: April 2014), p. 26 ( ).

  • Biographical / Historical

    In the late 1950s and early 1960s, many young African American Floridians protested the segregation of public places like the beaches and movie theaters pictured in this collection. While the NAACP was involved in some of the protests, many acts of civil disobedience were committed by individuals and were not coordinated by the NAACP. Demonstrations in other cities (such as Chicago, pictured in this collection) were held in support of the desegregation efforts, while in Floridians who favored segregation organized counter-demonstrations.

    Newspaper photographers documented the demonstrations, and many of their photographs were printed alongside articles in newspapers including the St. Petersburg Times and the Chicago Sun-Times. St. Petersburg Times photographers whose work is included in this collection are: Paul White, Weaver Tripp, Johnnie Evans, and Larry Alspaugh. Other photographers include Ralph Arvidson and Emmette Jackson.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection of press photographs of desegregation and segregation efforts in Florida consists of photographs used in newspaper articles chronicling Civil Rights struggles between 1958 and 1964. The majority of the photographs depict attempts to desegregate public beaches and movie theaters in the city of St. Petersburg, as well as backlash against those attempts.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is arranged chronologically by year.