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Stephen L. Saltonstall Photograph Collection, 1962
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Collection number: PH 014

Abstract:
In the summer 1962, future Harvard student Steve Saltonstall was one of the early wave of white northerners who went into the Jim Crow south to work for civil rights. During that summer, he worked with SNCC to organize public accommodations in Cairo, Ill., and with an AFSC crew to help clear brush from a drainage ditch near Circle City, Missouri, encountering local resistance in both places. Saltonstall later became an attorney and currently practices in Vermont.

The Saltonstall collection consists of approximately sixty photographs taken by John Engel during his tour with an AFSC crew during the summer of 1962. While most of the images depict the crew's work near Circle City, Missouri, six photos document a civil rights rally in Cairo, Ill. The images are available in digital form only.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Biographical Note
Civil Rights demonstration, Cairo

Civil Rights demonstration, Cairo

In the summer 1962, future Harvard student Steve Saltonstall was one of the early wave of white northerners who went into the Jim Crow south to work for civil rights. Still a teenager, Saltonstall assisted a SNCC project in Cairo, Illinois, then a hotbed of KKK activity, that sought to integrate public accommodations built with federal funds.

From there, Saltonstall enlisted on a crew organized by the American Friends Service Committee, to travel fifty miles west to work on a seemingly more mundane project, to help clear a tree-filled drainage ditch near the segregated, all-white community of Circle City, Missouri, that caused the city to flood each year. The AFSC crew was integrated by a single African American woman who, as Saltonstall recalled, "ultimately left the camp for unknown reasons I never fully understood," and as a result, the northerners was visited nightly by night riders. "But the head camp counselor, Mick Micklem," Saltonstall wrote, "was a southerner who persuaded the rednecks to leave. We cleared the trees from the ditch and had a Quaker Meeting in it on the last day of camp. It was a beautiful sight, pink cotton flowers as far as one could see."

After college, Saltonstall spent some time as a back to the land hippie and later received a law degree from Northeastern University. Today he does civil trial work in Vermont, with a specialty in personal injury and wrongful death, criminal defense, and civil rights and civil liberties.

Scope and contents of the collection

The Saltonstall collection consists of approximately sixty photographs taken by John Engel during his tour with an AFSC crew during the summer of 1962. While most of the images depict the crew's work near Circle City, Missouri, six photos document a civil rights rally in Cairo, Ill. The images are available in digital form only.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Stephen L. Saltonstall Photograph Collection (PH 014). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Alternative Formats Available

Digitized versions of the images in this collection have been added to SCUA's online repository, Credo.

History of the Collection

Acquired from John Engel by Tom Fels, 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Dex Haven, August 2010.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Link to SCUA
Language
English

Contents List
1. AFSC trip 1962Stephen Saltonstall and unidentified crew member posed outside white frame building
1962
Digital

2. AFSC trip 1962Man photographing young woman holding a baby outside small home
1962
Digital

3. AFSC trip 1962Unidentified man, apparently emerging from makeshift outdoor shower
1962
Digital

4. AFSC trip 1962Group of volunteers talking with elderly man
1962
Digital

5. AFSC trip 1962Volunteers posing in makeshift outdoor shower
1962
Digital

6. AFSC trip 1962Group of six volunteers taking lunch at picnic tables
1962
Digital

7. AFSC trip 1962Swimmers at a public swimming spot
1962
Digital

8. AFSC trip 1962Swimmers in a public swimming spot (image underexposed)
1962
Digital

9. AFSC trip 1962Volunteers horsing around with crutches, lying on a concrete path
1962
Digital

10. AFSC trip 1962Volunteers having lunch at a picnic table, probably near swimming spot
1962
Digital

11. AFSC trip 1962Dramatic colors in the sunset sky
1962
Digital

12. AFSC trip 1962Dramatic colors in the sunset sky
1962
Digital

13. AFSC trip 1962Dramatic colors in the sunset sky
1962
Digital

14. AFSC trip 1962Door to makeshift structure with bumper sticker reading "In event of nuclear attack, this shelter will be useless."
1962
Digital

15. AFSC trip 1962Group of volunteers heading to work at the edge of a neatly plowed soybean field
1962
Digital

16. AFSC trip 1962Group of volunteers heading to work at the edge of a neatly plowed soybean field
1962
Digital

17. AFSC trip 1962Volunteers using axes and other tools to clear thick brush at the edge of fields
1962
Digital

18. AFSC trip 1962Volunteers using axes and other tools to clear thick brush at the edge of fields
1962
Digital

19. AFSC trip 1962Volunteer cutting up a felled tree by the edge of a field
1962
Digital

20. AFSC trip 1962Volunteer using an axe to clear young saplings
1962
Digital

21. AFSC trip 1962Volunteer clearing brush from beside a field
1962
Digital

22. AFSC trip 1962House behind a stand of trees, laundry drying on the line and a blanket on the grass. One unidentified woman stands on the porch, another unidentified male is sitting on a scooter
1962
Digital

23. AFSC trip 1962Volunteers clearing thick brush from beside a field
1962
Digital

24. AFSC trip 1962Piles of brush cleared from edge of soybean field
1962
Digital

25. AFSC trip 1962Two volunteers standing by the edge of soybean field
1962
Digital

26. AFSC trip 1962Three volunteers resting beside a large tank
1962
Digital

27. AFSC trip 1962View across soybean fields
1962
Digital

28. AFSC trip 1962View across field of migrant labor housing(?). Image underexposed
1962
Digital

29. AFSC trip 1962Group of volunteers walking in soybean field. Tractor and power lines and tractor is in background. Image underexposed
1962
Digital

30. AFSC trip 1962View down a row of a soybean field. Power lines in background
1962
Digital

31. AFSC trip 1962Close-up of unidentified plant
1962
Digital

32. AFSC trip 1962Group of ten volunteers inspecting field
1962
Digital

33. AFSC trip 1962Farmhouse as seen across the fields (image underexposed)
1962
Digital

34. AFSC trip 1962Group of fifteen volunteers inspecting plants in field
1962
Digital

35. AFSC trip 1962Row of migrant labor shacks(?). Image underexposed
1962
Digital

36. AFSC trip 1962Migrant labor shacks(?) along roadside. Unidentified boy in background. Image underexposed
1962
Digital

37. AFSC trip 1962Volunteers in front of migrant labor shack(?). Image underexposed
1962
Digital

38. AFSC trip 1962Migrant labor shack(?) with power line attachment and shed in background. Image underexposed
1962
Digital

39. AFSC trip 1962Migrant labor shack(?). Image underexposed
1962
Digital

40. AFSC trip 1962Volunteer inspecting brush litter in drainage ditch, Circle City, Mo.
1962
Digital

41. AFSC trip 1962Dense brush litter in drainage ditch, Circle City, Mo.
1962
Digital

42. AFSC trip 1962Burning brush and other litter, Circle City, Mo.
1962
Digital

43. AFSC trip 1962Burning brush and other litter, Circle City, Mo.
1962
Digital

44. AFSC trip 1962Burning brush and other litter, Circle City, Mo.
1962
Digital

45. AFSC trip 1962Burning brush and other litter, Circle City, Mo.
1962
Digital

46. AFSC trip 1962View down a cleared drainage ditch after brush burning, Circle City, Mo.
1962
Digital

47. AFSC trip 1962Young man on a ladder, painting a house, Circle City, Mo.
1962
Digital

48. AFSC trip 1962Young woman with man on a ladder, painting a house, Circle City, Mo. Laundry in foreground. Tent in background.
1962
Digital

49. AFSC trip 1962Image of house with a car in the driveway, Circle City, Mo. (image underexposed)
1962
Digital

50. AFSC trip 1962Group of white and Black civil rights demonstrators, gathering outside a brick building in Cairo, Ill. Demonstration organized by SNCC.
1962
Digital

51. AFSC trip 1962Group of white and Black civil rights demonstrators marching past Blankenship and Co. auto parts store and IGA supermarket in downtown Cairo, Ill. Several cars are parked in background. Woman on crutches in at the head of the march. Demonstration organized by SNCC.
1962
Digital

52. AFSC trip 1962Group of white and Black civil rights demonstrators marching past Shemwell's Barbecue, Cairo, Ill. Parking meters are in the foreground. Demonstration organized by SNCC.
1962
Digital

53. AFSC trip 1962Civil rights marchers march past two uniformed police officers and a hotel in Cairo, Illinois. Mailbox and cars in foreground. Cairo, Ill. Demonstration organized by SNCC.
1962
Digital

54. AFSC trip 1962Civil rights demonstration, Cairo, Ill. Signs read "Jim Crow must go" and "We demand our rights," "We shall overcome," and "Segregation is evil." Civil rights picket line, Cairo, Ill. Signs read "Jim Crow must go" and "We demand our rights," "We shall overcome," and "Segregation is evil." Demonstration organized by SNCC.
1962
Digital

55. AFSC trip 1962Civil rights demonstrators, Cairo, Ill.: signs read "We demand Human Relations Council", "Join the march for freedom" and "Love is our motto". Demonstration organized by SNCC.
1962
Digital

56. AFSC trip 1962Three young volunteers sunning themselves on a blanket on grass.
1962
Digital

57. AFSC trip 1962Three young volunteers sunning themselves on a blanket on grass.
1962
Digital


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • American Friends Service Committee.
  • Cairo (Ill.).
  • Circle City (Mo.).
  • Civil rights demonstrations--Illinois--Photographs.
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)

Contributors
  • Engel, John P.
  • Saltonstall, Stephen L.

Genre terms
  • Photographs.


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