Featured Collections: Miami University

Published on July 23, 2017

Miami University’s Freedom Summer Digital Archive is a collection of materials documenting Miami University’s involvement in the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project, or “Freedom Summer”. In June of 1964, volunteers gathered at the former Western College for Women (now a part of Miami University) to be trained to register African-American voters in Mississippi and to protest the state’s violent oppression of its African American citizens. Three of these volunteers were subsequently found murdered in Mississippi. The Freedom Summer Digital Archive was developed to help commemorate these individuals, as well as to preserve and share historical documents related to Miami’s role in the Mississippi Project. The Archive is split into two collections: the Freedom Summer Text & Photo Archive, and the Freedom Summer A/V Collection. Curriculum Guides are also available.

Featured Collection


Image: Freedom Volunteers in Mississippi

Collection: Freedom Summer Digital Archive

Dates: 1964-present

Description: The events of Freedom Summer helped to call attention to racial inequality and serve as a catalyst for change. The Freedom Summer Digital Collection is a part of the Miami University Libraries’ commitment to preserving and sharing rare and historical documents for this generation and for those to come. The Freedom Summer Digital Archive began in 2009 with a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, the Miami University Libraries, and through the generous support of Catherine Ross-Loveland, a 1952 graduate of the Western College for Women. The Archive is split into two collections, the Freedom Summer Text & Photo Archive, and the Freedom Summer A/V Collection.


Primary contact: Jacky Johnson


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