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Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Accession Number

Archivist's Note

Description of Series

Series I. White South project photographs by D. Gorton, 1965-1980, undated

Series II. White South project audio files and related materials from Jeff Shero, circa 1968-1970, undated

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

White South Project Archive, circa 1965-1980



Title: White South project archive
Dates: circa 1965-1980
Abstract: D. Gorton and Jeff Shero began the White South project in 1968 as an attempt to document Southerners in the wake of the social and political changes wrought by the 1960s. The archive includes 91 negative sleeves, 120 contact sheets, a flash drive of digitized photographs, cassette tapes, and project notebooks.
Identification: camh-arc-004320
Extent: 2 linear feet
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Historical Note

Doy Gorton grew up in Mississippi and attended the University during the early 1960s. Active in the civil rights movement, Gorton started an underground newspaper at Ole Miss and joined the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, participating in the Selma-Montgomery Marches. He took up photography in the mid-1960s and became a staff photographer for Students for a Democratic Society. After finishing the White South collaboration, Gorton worked as a staff photographer for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s.

Jeff Shero grew up in Bryan, Texas, and attended Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville, where he participated in anti-segregation demonstrations. Transferring to the University of Texas in 1963, Shero served as a pioneering member of the local chapter of the Students for the Democratic Society. He moved to New York in 1968, where he started Rat, an underground tabloid. He later returned to Austin and published the Austin Sun, a local alternative biweekly publication. He continues to reside in Austin, Texas.

D. Gorton and Jeff Shero began the White South project in 1968 as an attempt to document Southerners in the wake of the social and political changes wrought by the 1960s. Walker Evans and James Agee's "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," a visual and verbal record of poor tenant farmers during the Great Depression, directly influenced the project. Gorton provided the project's photography, with Shero responsible for the written piece, taking notes and making audio recordings. The project was not contemporarily published after its completion, but a 2018 New York Times article introduced the photographs into the public's consciousness.

Sources:

Dreyer, Thorne. "Whatever Happened to the New Generation." Texas Monthly, November 1976. Accessed February 27, 2019. https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/whatever-happened-to-the-new-generation/

Estrin, James. "Photographing the White South in the Turbulence of the 1960s." The New York Times, September 13, 2018. Accessed February 19, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/lens/photographing-the-white-south-in-the-turbulence-of-the-1960s.html

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Scope and Contents

Ranging in date from the mid-1960s through 1980, the White South project archive consists of the materials produced by D. Gorton and Jeff Shero during their work on the project from 1968 to 1970 along with associated materials. The archive includes 91 negative sleeves, 120 contact sheets, a flash drive of digitized photographs, cassette tapes, and project notebooks.

Southern towns and cities documented in the archive include Greenville and Jackson in Mississippi; Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; and Memphis, Tennessee. The archive documents a very broad range of subjects including religious revivals, riot police on the street in Memphis, a George Wallace campaign event, anti-Vietnam demonstrations, prisoners at Parchman Farm Prison, Roy Acuff, Mississippi State football games, the University of Mississippi, debutante events, automobile races at Talladega, and bikers with KKK members.

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Arrangement

The papers are arranged by creator into two series:
I. White South project photographs by D. Gorton, 1965-1980, undated
II. White South project audio files and related materials from Jeff Shero, 1968-1970, undated

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This archive is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

A portion of the archive's audio material is by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information. Use of digital materials by appointment only; please contact digital archivist for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research use. Donors maintain copyright of materials.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Wallace, George C. (George Corley), 1919-1998
Corporate Names
Mississippi State Penitentiary
Mississippi State University
Mississippi. Legislature
University of Mississippi
Subjects
School integration
Places
Atlanta
Birmingham
Greenville
Jackson
Memphis
Southern States
Document Types
Photographs

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

White South project archive, circa 1965-1980, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amy Bowman, February 2019.

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Accession Number

2019-026

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Archivist's Note

Folders of photographic assignments in the finding aid contain single negative sleeves or contact sheets unless otherwise indicated. Researchers should note that contact sheets in the archive were not made from the current negative sleeves; while many negatives are reproduced in print version in the contact sheets, there is not a one-to-one correspondence between the contact sheets and negatives.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. White South project photographs by D. Gorton, 1965-1980, undated

A. Film negatives, circa 1969-1980, undated
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2019-026/1 [23464099] Debutante and G'ville, Mississippi (2 negative sleeves), 1969
Drag strip, G'ville (2 negative sleeves), 1969
Kudzu, Jackson, Mississippi, 1969
Greenville, 1969
Greenville, Mississippi, bridge, 1969
Legislature, Jackson, Mississippi, 1969
Memphis, Tennessee (2 negative sleeves), 1969
Mississippi legislature, Jackson and drag strip, G'ville, 1969
Mississippi State (3 negative sleeves), 1969
Natchez, Mississippi, 1969
New Orleans, 1969
Ole Miss, October 15, 1969
Oxford, Mississippi, 1969
Parchman (3 negative sleeves), 1969
Parchman Prison (2 negative sleeves), 1969
Revival, G'ville (7 negative sleeves), 1969
Roy Acuff, Nashville, 1969
Shriners, G'ville, 1969
Vicksburg, Mississippi (2 negative sleeves), 1969
Wedding, G'ville and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1969
Whitfield, 1969
Alabama and Starkville, Mississippi, 1969, undated
Mississippi State, Dave Jone, Rolling Fork, Mississippi, 1969, undated
Atlanta and Lake Washington, 1969-1970
Houma, Louisiana, and Vicksburg, circa 1969-1970
Anti-integration, 1970
Atlanta (7 negative sleeves), 1970
Atlanta and Wallace, Alabama, 1970
Birmingham, Alabama, 1970
Funeral, Haxton, G'ville, 1970
G'ville, 1970
Glen Allan, Mississippi, 1970
Geo Wallace, Alabama, 1970
Greenwood, Mississippi, anti-integration (2 negative sleeves), 1970
Greenwood, Mississippi, New Year's, 1970
Louisiana, 1970
N. Georgia, 1970
New Orleans, 1970
Talladega, Alabama, 1970
Wallace, Alabama, 1970
Wayside, Mississippi, 1970
Whitfield, Mississippi, mental, 1970
Ariola, Mississippi, Greenville, undated
Atlanta, undated
Birmingham, Alabama (2 negative sleeves), undated
Cleveland, Mississippi, Delta State, undated
Cleveland, Mississippi, Ernest Tubb, Greenville, Mississippi, undated
Delta State, Cleveland, Mississippi, undated
Edward, Mississippi, KKK and left students, undated
Edward, Mississippi, meeting and Selvidge, Memphis, Tennessee, undated
Geo Wallace, Alabama, undated
Grandmother Emma Wharton, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, undated
Kudzu, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, undated
Mississippi State, Ole Miss, undated
Parchman, Mississippi (2 negative sleeves), undated
Revival, G'ville (2 negative sleeves), undated
Speedway, Talladega, Alabama, and Jackson, Mississippi, undated
Vicksburg, Mississippi, undated
Wallace, undated
Wallace, Arab, Alabama (4 negative sleeves), undated
Wayside, Mississippi, honky tonk and Merigold, Mississippi, undated
Whitfield, undated
Whitfield, Jackson, Mississippi, 1970
Unidentified negatives (2 negative sleeves), circa 1969-1970
D. Horton, circa 1970-1980
B. Contact sheets, 1965-1970, undated
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2019-026/2 [23463970] Arkansas City, Arkansas (4 contact sheets), 1965
Near Lake Village (3 contact sheets), 1965
Atlanta, Georgia (2 contact sheets), 1969
Atlanta, strike, 1969
Auction, Alabama or Mississippi, 1969
Birmingham, Alabama (3 contact sheets), 1969
Birmingham, Alabama, state fair, 1969
Brodie Crump, Greenville, Mississippi, 1969
Delta State, Cleveland, Mississippi, 1969
Delta State, pep rally, Cleveland, Mississippi (2 contact sheets), 1969
Ed King, Jeannette King, New Orleans and parade, Greenville, 1969
Farmer Hollandale, Mississippi, Mississippi State football, 1969
G'ville, Mississippi, 1969
Greenville, Mississippi (2 contact sheets), 1969
Greenville people, 1969
Hollandale, Mississippi, 1969
Louisiana, 1969
Memphis (2 contact sheets), 1969
Memphis riots, 1969
Mississippi State (5 contact sheets), 1969
Natchez, 1969
New Orleans, 1969
Ole Miss, Mississippi State, 1969
On way to Mississippi, stopped in Austin, Jeff, Pittman, etc., 1969
Oxford, Mississippi, delta, 1969
Parchman Farm, Mississippi (4 contact sheets), 1969
Pep rally, Delta State, Cleveland, Mississippi, Kenneth Haxton, Greenville, Mississippi, 1969
Revival, Greenville, Mississippi (19 contact sheets), 1969
Roy Acuff, etc., at his music store, Nashville, 1969
Sanitation Workers' Strike at [Corta?], 1969
Schoolteacher, Greenwood, Mississippi, 1969
Staff of the Kudzu, underground paper, 1969
Greenville, Mississippi, bridge and portraits, 1969, undated
Delta debutante cotillion, Greenville, Mississippi (2 contact sheets), 1969-1970
George Wallace event (6 contact sheets), circa 1969-1970
Sid Selvidge (2 contact sheets), Memphis, 1969-1970
Talladega, George, 1969-1970
Anti-integration rally, 1970
Anti-integration rally, Greenville, Mississippi (2 contact sheets), 1970
Arkansas City, Arkansas, 1970
Atlanta, Georgia (3 contact sheets), 1970
Birmingham, 1970
Birmingham, Alabama, state fair (3 contact sheets), 1970
Burial of Kenneth Hoxton's father, Greenville, Mississippi, 1970
D and Alice, Brown Brothers, Greenville, Brown's Delish Shop, 1970
Drag races, Greenville, Mississippi, 1970
George Wallace event and unidentified cemetery (2 contact sheets), 1970
Greenville, Mississippi, 1970
George Wallace and unidentified individuals, 1970
Greenville, Mississippi, Jeff Sheri, Alice and Beth, 1970
Meeting of radicals, Edwards, Mississippi, 1970
Mississippi state legislature, 1970
Mississippi state legislature, Jackson, and drag races, Greenville, 1970
Mississippi state mental institution (2 contact sheets), Whitfield, 1970, undated
N. of Atlanta (2 contact sheets), 1970
Natchez, 1970
New Orleans, 1970
Ole Miss, 1970
Parade, Greenville, 1970
Parchman Farm (4 contact sheets), 1970
Peace March, Ole Miss, 1970
Police riot, Memphis, Tennessee, 1970
Rider in small town n. of Cleveland, Mississippi, roadhouse near Greenville, 1970
Vicksburg National Cemetery, 1970
Whitfield (2 contact sheets), 1970
Arkansas City, Arkansas, undated
Atlanta, undated
City scene and room and ladders, undated
Drag races, Greenville, undated
Ole Miss, undated
Parchman Farm and Everett Long, Greenville, undated
Vicksburg, Mississippi, Robert E. Lee statue and Plaquemines, Louisiana, graveyard, undated
Textile mill, Atlanta, undated
Unidentified George Wallace event, undated
Unidentified contact sheet; wrecked trucks and portraits of three men, undated
C. Digitized materials, circa 1969-1970
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2019-026/1 [23464099] Flash drive with digitized photographs

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Series II. White South project audio files and related materials from Jeff Shero, circa 1968-1970, undated

A. Audio files, circa 1968-1970
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2019-026/3 [22182761] Jeff Nightbird audiocassettes
Audio box 1 (cassettes)
Clifford Duff/Strazies night on levee
D & Jeff/Alice
Linda Hardy, Larry Reiner
Lorraine Blue Ridge
16 [unidentified]
Robert Fulton
Nightbyrd, Take 2 copy of 2
Larry Levin, Richard Hongisto
Debbie Sules
Unidentified cassette tape
L. T. Parsons Birmingham
Unidentified green cassette tape
Unidentified Maestro compact cassette
Mica McGuire
Roxanne Dunbar
Gary Smith, Birmingham
Miss. State, Ginny, Wayne Ethridge and Keith
Audio box 2 (cassettes and reels)
Steve Gaskin/Wings on My Heart
Clyde Butterfield, historian (2 tapes)
S [unidentified tape]
Copa
Steve Gaskin
Birmingham, lawyers Shore and Tigar/Paris book shop, Birmingham
Rubin befit Alabama
Micha Maquire
Tuscaloosa, Tina Twitty/Doug Newby, Tina Twitty
Clifford Durr
Old Miss. apt
Sara K.
Reels [Restricted use; requires appointment]
Ochs tape
Unidentified tape in Plaza box
To M Hayden
Three unidentified reels
B. Project notebooks, circa 1969-1970
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2019-026/3 [22182761] Larger project notebooks (2 notebooks), circa 1969-1970
Notepads (5 notepads), circa 1969-1970
C. Assorted files, circa 1968-1970
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2019-026/3 [22182761] Handwritten notes, undated
Receipt and owner's manual, 1970, undated
Business card, undated
Loose label and receipts, undated

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