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Collection Number: 70107

Collection Title: Terry Buffington Papers, 1952-2014

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 750 items)
Abstract Collection contains anthropological work of Terry Buffington (1947- ), a Black cultural anthropologist and social activist originally from West Point, Miss. Buffington's research focused on Black men from West Point, Miss., who came of age during the civil rights movement and were influenced by SNCC field organizers like Ralph Featherstone and Stokely Carmichael. In addition to tapes and transcripts of this work, the collection contains materials documenting life and work in Clay County, Miss., 1950s-1970s, materials from Buffington's late husband, John Buffington, and a scrapbook highlighting the Oxford-Afro Cultural Center, 1981-1983, with which Terry Buffington was heavily involved. Also included are photographs, printed materials, LPs, and a commemorative poster of a SNCC organizational chart.
Creator Buffington, Terry, 1947-
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Access to audio and visual materials may require production of listening and viewing copies.
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No usage restrictions.
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 Terry Buffington Papers #70107, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Terry Buffington of Washington, October 2021 (Acc. 20211007.3).
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Processed by: Jodi Berkowitz, March 2022

Encoded by: Jodi Berkowitz, April 2022

Film deaccessioned, February 2023

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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Terry Buffington (1947- ) is a Black cultural anthropologist and social activist originally from West Point, Miss. She was an active member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960s and in her research studied Black men who were high school students in West Point, Miss. in 1960, during the civil rights movement. She is the widow of former Penn Center executive director John Buffington and resides in Washington state.

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The Terry Buffington Papers document Buffington's anthropological work with Black men from West Point, Miss. who came of age during the civil rights movement and were influenced by SNCC field organizers like Ralph Featherstone and Stokely Carmichael. In addition to tapes and transcripts of this work, the collection contains materials documenting life and work in Clay County, Miss., 1950s-1970s, materials from Buffington's late husband, John Buffington, and a scrapbook highlighting the Oxford-Afro Cultural Center, 1981-1983, with which Terry Buffington was heavily involved. Also included are photographs, printed materials, LPs, and a commemorative poster of a SNCC organizational chart.

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Arrangement: alphabetical by file name. Folder titles were derived from original folder names and from descriptive metadata found within the files by the processing archivist.

Folder 1

Clay County (Miss.) Day Care Center report and related papers, 1959-1973

Folder 2

Clippings, 1964-2014

Clippings relate mostly to civil rights current events.

Folder 3

Collected newspapers, 2001-2009

Newspapers include coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Coretta Scott King, and the inauguration of President Obama.

Folder 4

Interview with John Buffington, 1964

At the time of the interview Buffington was project leader of Clay County, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and member of SNCC.

Folder 5

Interview, Mayor Barnes Marshall and John Buffington, 1970

Folder 6

Letter (copy) from James Baldwin to Mr. Fuller, 17 February 1952

Folder 7

Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission records (copies), 1961-1970

Folder 8

Oral history: Terry Buffington with Dr. John Bennett, 2011

Folder 9

Oral history: Terry Buffington with Eddie Brooks, 2010

Folder 10

Oral history: Terry Buffington with Janie Alse Brown, 2010

Folder 11

Oral history: Terry Buffington with David Gibbs, 2006

Conducted for the Mississippi oral history program of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Folder 12

Oral history: Terry Buffington with Clifton R. Whitley, 2010

Folder 13

Oral history: Tom Dent with John Buffington, 1977

Folder 14

Oral history: Tom Dent with John Buffington, 1978

Folder 15

Oral history: Tom Dent with John Buffington, 1983

Folder 16

Oral history: Tom Dent with Mary Ann Davidson, 1979

Folder 17

Oral history: Tom Dent with Sylvester Harris, 1991

Folder 18

Oral history related materials: John W. Jackson, Sr.

Folder 19

Resumes: John Buffington, Jesse C. Pennington

Folder 20

Printed material: A poem by Margaret Walker, commissioned for sculpture in Farish Street Green: commissioned sculpture by Trobaugh

Folder 21

Printed material: Ain't Just Idle Talk by Lloyd Medley

Folder 22

Printed material: black pride by Don L. Lee

Folder 23

Printed material: Blue Lights and River Songs, Tom Dent; Magnolia Street, Tom Dent

Folder 24

Printed material: How I Wrote Jubilee by Margaret Walker

Folder 25

Printed material: Mississippians, edited by Neil White

Folder 26

Printed material: Palmer Hayden exhibit pamphlet, 1977

Folder 27

Printed material: Penn Center pamphlets: Black Land Manual; One Year------One Giant Step: Penn Cultural Program, 1973-1974

Folder 28

Printed material: Southern Rhythms by Robert Townsend Jones, Jr.

Folder 29

Printed material: Southern Roads/City Pavements: Photographs of Black Americans by Roland L. Freeman

Folder 30

Printed material: The Face of Black Music: photographs by Valerie Wilmer

Folder 31

Printed material: The Movement, a souvenir journal from SCL 18th annual convention, Anniston, AL, August 12-15, 1975; published by Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Folder 32

Printed material: The Mule Train: A Journey of Hope Remembered, by Roland L. Freeman (autographed by Freeman)

Folder 33

Printed material: The Story of SNCC

Folder 34

Printed material: Three Views of the Segregation Decisions, William Faulkner, Benjamin E. Mays, Cecil Sims

Folder 35

SNCC

Includes SNCC notes from the field for March 1966, a resume of John Buffington, and memorial booklets for John Buffington, Tom Dent, Ruby Doris Smith Robinson, and Margaret Walker Alexander. Many items are photocopies.

Folder 36

West Point, MS: A report by the Tombigbee Council on Human Relations, about 1971

Folder 37

West Point, MS Daily Times Leader centennial edition, 1858-1958

Folder 38

West Point, MS oral history project related material, 2013

Folder 39

Scrapbook: Oxford-Afro Cultural Center, 1981-1983

Terry Buffington (often spelled Terri here) was the coordinator for the committee for the Promotion of Black Art, working to develop a youth repertory theater in Oxford, MS, and was heavily involved with the OACC. Please note that the scrapbook was dismantled following digitization in order to stabilize the items within it, and these items can be found in this folder.

Audiocassette C-70107/1

Eddie Brooks tape 1

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/2

Eddie Brooks tape 2, 18 November 2010

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/3

Eddie Brooks tape 3

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/4

John D. Brown tape 1, 28 July 2014

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/5

John D. Brown tape 2, 26 July 2014

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/6

Mrs. Brown tape 2

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/7

Amistad Research Center, Tom Dent Papers, tape 1, 16 August 1978

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/8

Amistad Research Center, Tom Dent Papers, tape 2, 17 August 1978

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/9

Amistad Research Center, Tom Dent Papers, tape 3, 13 July 1977

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/10

Amistad Research Center, Tom Dent Papers, tape 4, 27 March 1983

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/11

Amistad Research Center, Tom Dent Papers, tape 5, 12 October 1991

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/12

Amistad Research Center, Tom Dent Papers, Sylvester Harris tape 1, 7 October 1991

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/13

Amistad Research Center, Tom Dent Papers, Sylvester Harris tape 2, 7 October 1991

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/14

Thomas Golden tape 2

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/15

Mr. Jack Jackson, 31 July 2003

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/16

Mr. Jack Jackson, sides 6 and 7

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/17

Rev. Clifton Whitly, tape 1

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/18

Rev. Clifton Whitly, tape 2, 27 May 2011

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70107/19

Rev. Clifton Whitly, tape 3

Audiocassette

Audiodisc D-70107/1

Rev. James Cleveland: "I Walk with God," 1979

LP record

Audiodisc D-70107/2

The Council for United Civil Rights Leadership: "The March on Washington: We Shall Overcome!," 28 August 1963

LP record

Audiodisc D-70107/3

Quincy Jones: "Roots," 1977

LP record

Audiodisc D-70107/4-6

D-70107/4

D-70107/5

D-70107/6

Smithsonian Institution Program in Black American Culture: "Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, Black Freedom Songs 1960-1966," 1980

LP record

Audiodisc D-70107/7

Sweet Honey in the Rock: "Good News," 1981

LP record

Image Folder PF-70107/1

Community Arts Festival, Oxford, MS, 1981 photographs by Robert Townsend Jones, Jr.

Image Folder PF-70107/2

Photographs, black and white, many taken in Memphis, Tenn., and by Robert Townsend Jones, Jr.

Image Folder PF-70107/3

John Brown

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-70101/1

Commemorative poster of organizational chart of SNCC

Calendar: Brian Lanker, I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women who Changed America, 1992

This calendar was not written in.

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