by [CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY / SOUTHERN CONFERENCE EDUCATIONAL FUND]
[Mahopac, NY and elsewhere: ca 1960-65]: [Congress of Racial Equality / Southern Conference Educational Fund]. Rutledge, a resident of Mahopac, NY, was the son of Alabama civil rights activists Ida and Clara Rutledge, a white couple from Lillian, Alabama whose role in the Montgomery marches has been documented by historians of the period. The younger Rutledge's role in the movement appears to have been limited to donating funds and writing occasional letters to the editor of his local newspaper. A significant portion of the current archive, including the majority of the correspondence, relates to one such letter, a lengthy refutation by Rutledge of an article in the local (Westchester County) Patent Trader mis-characterizing Martin Luther King's communist affiliations. Other contents include fundraising appeals, newsletters, and internal documents. Inventory follows: • James D. Rutledge, Letter to the Editor: "Organization Soliciting for Dr. King Subversive Only in Southern Eyes." Westchester Co. Patent Trader, Mar 21, 1965 (4pp): includes two typed drafts and a first draft in holograph, all extensively edited; • Typed letter, signed, sharing contents of above letter and original article, with photocopied offprint. 3 identical copies sent to William Kunstler, James Dombrowski, and Carl Braden; • William Kunstler, Typed Letter, 1pp to Dr. Martin Luther King (carbon, unsigned), Mar 26, 1965, on Kunstler & Kunstler letterhead, referencing Rutledge's letter and article above; • James Dombrowski, TLS, 1pp Feb 24, 1965, sharing contents of Rutledge's letter with Carl and Ann Braden; • Carl Braden, 3 TLS, on SCEF letterhead, Feb 27-Apr 10 1965, to James D. Rutledge; • Ann Braden, TLS, on SCEF letterhead, July 10, 1965, to James D. Rutledge; • James Dombrowski, TLS, on SCEF letterhead, Aprl 14, 1965, to James D. Rutledge; • A.J. Muste, TLS to Joseph D. Rutledge, 1pp (CORE fundraising appeal, Nov. 25, 1955) • James Farmer, TLS to Joseph D. Rutledge, 1pp (on CORE letterhead, thanking him for contribution, Apr 19, 1962) • Printed ephemera ( CORE, SCEF, etc), ca 30 pieces. Small archive of approximately 40 items, including original correspondence and printed materials, relating to the Southern Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, from the estate of New York civil rights activist Joseph Dela Rutledge (b. 1928). Includes printed fundraising and publicity materials from the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF), as well as original correspondence between Rutledge and other individuals involved in the southern civil rights movement, including Carl and Anne Braden, James Dombrowski, James Farmer, A.J. Muste, William Kunstler, and others. Occasional light creasing and folds, age-toning, but no significant damage or wear; contents uniformly Very Good to Fine. (Inventory #: 28771)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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