Digital Spotlight: Rosa Parks Papers

The Library of Congress has digitized the papers of Rosa Parks. The archive spans the years of 1866-2006, with the bulk of the material dating from 1955 to 2000. This collection includes roughly 7,500 manuscript items and 2,500 photographs, including Park’s first-hand recollections of the Montgomery bus boycott and personal correspondence with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This online archive is free and available for the next 10 years on loan from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

“The impact of seeing Park’s own words allows for a fuller understanding of her legacy. We can learn so much more about her life and her activism thanks to the Library of Congress providing online access to her archive,” said Andy Carter, ATLA’s Digital Projects Manager.

The image selected by Andy:

Image 27 of Rosa Parks Papers: Writings, Notes, and Statements, 1956-1998; Accounts of her arrest and the subsequent boycott, as well as general reflections on race relations in the South, 1956-circa 1958, undated; Folder 2.

For the full collection, please go to the Library of Congress website.

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