Guide to the Virginia Chute freedom school papers, 1964-1968, n.d. | MC117

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Chute, Virginia
Title
Virginia Chute freedom school papers
ID
MC117
Date
1964-1968, undated
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Collection includes correspondence, a journal and other papers detailing Virginia (Vicky) Chute's trip to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 to set up a freedom school and canvass for voter registration.

Preferred Citation

Virginia Chute freedom school papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

Virginia (Vicky) Chute was born in Portland, Maine and earned a BA and MA at the University of Maine. She is married to Robert Chute, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Bates College. Mrs. Chute has tutored college students in California and Pennsylvania and taught introductory philosophy at Bates College. She and her husband have edited and published "Plowshare," a peace newsletter and "The Small Pond," a literary magazine. Mrs. Chute has also written a novel, "The Remembrances of Marietta Lufford."

In the summer of 1964 Virginia Chute spent several weeks in Mississippi as part of the Freedom Summer civil rights project, a massive effort that focused on voter registration drives and educating Mississippi students for social change. It was coordinated by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) and included other organizations such as the SNCC, CORE, NAACP and SCLC. Shortly after Mrs. Chute returned to Maine the freedom school where she had taught burned to the ground. Some of the funds to rebuild the school were raised by the presentation of her play, "Set on Freedom."

Scope and Content Note

Collection includes correspondence, a journal and other papers detailing Virginia (Vicky) Chute's trip to Mississippi in the summer of 1964 to set up a freedom school and canvass for voter registration; includes a large body of correspondence from people she met in Mississippi and typescript of her play "Set on Freedom."

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized into two series: I. Correspondence; II. Other papers.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Accession No.: 2012-105, 2012-107.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Mississippi.

Personal Name(s)

  • Chute, Robert M. (Robert Maurice), 1926---Archives
  • Chute, Victoria

Subject(s)

  • Voter registration

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Collection Inventory

 MC117/01 Correspondence 1964-1968, n.d.   

Scope and Content Note

Series contains several letters written by Mrs. Chute to her family while she was in Mississippi; letters describe living conditions, police harrassement, canvassing for voter registration and setting up the freedom school; also contains a large volume of correspondence from people she met in Mississippi including Sam Bouldin, Bennie Lou Bouldin, Ella Saddler and Walter Saddler; letters describe local events including the burning of the Gluckstadt Freedom School building; incidents of racial violence and police harrassement; issues surrounding the rebuilding of the freedom school; appreciation for Mrs. Chute's friendship and for the clothing and books she and others sent; and news of various family members including Walter Saddler's experiences at St. Joseph's Business College in Vermont.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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 MC117/02 Other papers 1964-1967, n.d.   

Scope and Content Note

Series contains Vicki Chute's journal which describes the people and events she encountered during her month in Mississippi including her fellow civil rights workers; living conditions; people she interacted with including host families and students; incidents of police harrassement; canvassing for voter registration; setting up freedom school and lessons taught; other material includes a copy of the "Madison County Citizen" newsletter; "Profiles of Typical Freedom Schools" document; typescript of Vicki Chute's play "Set on Freedom;" and typescript of excerpts from her journal and a few of the letters sent to her.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder ttitle.

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