Guide to the Larry Rubin Papers, 1961-2010

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Audio and video of meetings and activities of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Georgia recorded by Larry Rubin in the early 1960s; audio letters from Larry Rubin to his parents from Georgia in the early 1960s; Rubin's radio program, "Revolution in Georgia," created at Antioch College in the early 1960s; two video documentaries of the movement in Georgia featuring Rubin; two programs commemorating SNCC, dating from 2003 and 2010; papers relating to the arrest of Rubin and other SNCC/COFO members in Mississippi in 1964 for hauling books to Freedom Schools.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Larry Rubin papers
Rubin, Larry, 1942-
29 items, 1 Linear Feet
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Collection Overview

The collection contains six audio reels, with CD user copies, for Larry Rubin's Antioch College radio program, "Revolution in Georgia"; 18 audiocassette tapes containing recordings Rubin made in Georgia in the early 1960s (originally recorded on audio reels), of SNCC meetings and audio letters home; and three VHS videocassettes, including transferred 8mm film Rubin shot in Albany, Georgia in 1962-1963. Also includes papers that document SNCC involvement in 1964 in Mississippi and commemorative SNCC and COFO programs in the 2000s.

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Arranged chronologically.

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Contents of the Collection

Rubin family audio correspondence - Letters to and from Larry Rubin and parents, 1960-1961
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0001
"Revolution in Georgia" radio show hosted by Larry Rubin, part 1, tape 1, 1962
Box 1
Audio-reel RL11179-RR-0001
"Revolution in Georgia" radio show hosted by Larry Rubin Radio Show, part 1, tape 2, 1962
Box 1
Audio-reel RL11179-RR-0002
"Revolution in Georgia" radio show hosted by Larry Rubin, part 2, 1962
Box 1
Audio-reel RL11179-RR-0003
"Revolution in Georgia" radio show, #2, original 1/4-inch open reel audio tape, 1962
Box 1
Audio-reel RL11179-RR-0004
"Revolution in Georgia" radio show hosted by Larry Rubin, part 3, 1962
Box 1
Audio-reel RL11179-RR-0005
"Revolution in Georgia" radio show hosted by Larry Rubin, part 4, 1962
Box 1
Audio-reel RL11179-RR-0006
"Revolution in Georgia" radio show hosted by Larry Rubin, parts 1 and 2, 1962
Box 1
Audio-cd RL11179-CD-0001
"Revolution in Georgia" radio show hosted by Larry Rubin, parts 3 and 4, 1962
Box 1
Audio-cd RL11179-CD-0002
Lee County, Georgia mass meeting - includes speech by Rev. Johnson, 1962
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0007
Antioch College Committee on Racial Equality (ACRE) race relations meeting, Willett Hall, Summer 1963, 1963, 1963
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0011
Sumter County, GA mass meeting, 3/7/1962
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0004
Terrell County, GA mass meeting, 10/21/1962
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0008
Terrell County, GA (Sasser) mass meetings, speakers include Rev. CB King and Samuel Wells, 11/28/1962
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0003
Terrell County, GA meeting, speakers include Mr. Trim Porter, 12/18/1962
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0002
Affidavits of local people in Albany, GA describing their attempts to vote, 12/21/1962
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0009
Terrell County, GA (Sasser) mass meeting, 1/29/1963
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0005
WYSO (Antioch College Public Radio) radio news programs covering local protests in Xenia, OH, 9/7/1963
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0014
Affidavits from women of Barry Farms Public Housing, Washington, DC re: cohabitation with men, WYSO (Antioch College Public Radio) news report on desegregation in Yellow Springs, OH, 9/16/1963
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0012
Rubin family correspondence - letter from Larry Rubin to parents, 1962-07-16, 1962-11-21
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0013
Rubin family correspondence - Larry Rubin to parents, 1962-12
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0015
WYSO (Antioch College Public Radio) radio news programs covering memorial march for victims of Birmingham church bombing and hearings in Xenia, OH for local protests, 1963-09-22, 1963-09-24
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0018
Rough cuts from "Revelution in Georgia" radio show hosted by Larry Rubin; Correspondence to Bob Ayres in Monroe, NC, January 24-25, 1964; Mass meeting recording in Monroe, NC, 1964-01-24, 1964-01-25
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0006
Leet County, GA mass meetings excerpts, 1960s
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0016
Freedom Singers performance at Anticoh College and "Revolution in Georgia" radio show hosted by Larry Rubin, 1960s
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0010
Interview with Virginia Durr (Birmingham, AL activist) by Larry Rubin, 1/15/1988
Box 2
Audio-cassette RL11179-CS-0017
Scenes from Albany, GA movement, includes activist meetings and protests downtown, 1962-1963
Box 1
Video-cassette RL11179-VHS-0003
Set on Freedom, 7/3/1994
Box 1
Video-cassette RL11179-VHS-0001
James Forman presents High Tide of Black Resistance, 2000
Box 1
Video-cassette RL11179-VHS-0002

2. Papers

The Papers series contains reports, letters, and clippings relating to Rubin's arrest, along with other SNCC/COFO organizers in Mississippi in 1964. They were attempting to haul books to Freedom Schools; their subsequent arrest is referred to here as the "Book Bust." The papers also include two programs commemorating SNCC and COFO in 2003 and 2010.

Affidavit and search warrant for printed materials advocating the overthrow of the government of the state of Mississippi, 1964 May 6
Box 3
Council of Federated Organizations report of arrests in Holly Springs and Oxford and Larry Rubin's report, 1964 May and undated

Photocopies of COFO report. Re: Larry Rubin's field report, it's almost identical to COFO report. Rubin discarded the original and re-typed the report as part of larger project for Antioch College.

Box 3
Coverage of Eastland's speech, 1964 July 22
Box 3
Eastland's speech, 1964 July 22

Photocopy of the Congressional Record

Box 3
Jackson Daily News on Book Bust, 1964 May 8
Box 3
John Papworth report, 1964 May-June
Box 3
Letter to Attorney Bill Kuntsler regarding Eastland, 1964 July 29
Box 3
Oxford Eagle and South Report clippings about the Book Bust, 1964 May-July
Oversize-folder 1
State Sovereignty Commission report of book bust, 1964 June 1
Box 3
Program for the COFO SNCC Civil Rights Celebration in Holly Springs, Mississippi at Rust College, September 18 to 21, 2003
Box 3
Program for the SNCC 50th Anniversary in Raleigh, North Carolina at Shaw University, April 15-18, 2010
Box 3

Historical Note

Larry Rubin is a journalist, advocate, organizer, and public relations specialist working in the labor movement. Rubin worked in Georgia and Mississippi with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee from 1961 to 1965, registering voters, taking depositions from those who were denied their right to vote, and organizing and participating in sit-ins and boycotts, as well as supporting unionization efforts. In 1963-1964 he worked on the Mississippi Summer Project. As a student at Antioch College, Rubin shared his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South via a radio show employing the recordings in this collection, which he had made in Georgia and Mississippi of SNCC meetings and other events.

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The Larry Rubin Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2016 and 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Craig Breaden, April 2016. Updated by Laurin Penland, April 2018.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0019, 2018-0029.