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."
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."
This collection is organized into two series: I. Correspondence; II. Other papers.
Correspondence arranged chronologically and other papers arranged alphabetically by folder title.
The collection is open for research.
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.
These records are indexed under the following headings in the Bates College Library catalog. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.
Chute, Robert M. (Robert Maurice), 1926---Archives
Accession No.: 2012-105, 2012-107.
Virginia Chute freedom school papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.
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