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Collection Number: 20450

Collection Title: Si Kahn Collection, 1970s-2000s

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Size 232 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 20,000 items)
Abstract Si Kahn (1944- ) is a folk singer and songwriter, community and labor organizer, civil rights and social justice activist, and the founder and retired executive director of Grassroots Leadership, a nonprofit organization which advocates for the rights of prisoners and immigrant detainees. The collection contains correspondence; songbooks and song sheets with original lyrics; organizational records for Grassroots Leadership and Citizen Action, Inc.; printed items and publications; name and subject files; newspaper clippings; t-shirts, pin back buttons, and posters; and audio and video recordings. Organizational records include memoranda, meeting minutes, reports, manuals, contracts, financial documents, and bylaws for Citizen Action, Inc. Audio and video recordings are chiefly of interviews and musical performances. Organizations represented in the collection include Jewish Fund for Justice, Youth Project, Forest Service, Save Our Cumberland Mountains, United Mine Workers of America, Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, and AFL-CIO. Materials reflect Kahn's musical career and his work and interests in student activism, unionism, community organizing, voting rights, health and safety of textile workers and coal miners, and environmental justice. Union materials document his work on the 1970s campaign to organize in J.P. Stevens textile plants across the South and the 1973 Brookside coal miners' strike in Harlan County, Ky. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.
Creator Kahn, Si.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Si Kahn Collection #20450, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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This summary description was created in March 2018 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Laura Smith, March 2018

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