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Jan Hillegas Letter

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LMD
Date: 12 May 2010

Biographical History

Jan Hillegas was an American civil right worker. She volunteered in Jackson, Mississippi in 1964-1965 and later managed the Freedom Information Service.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jan Hillegas Letter is a two-page, typewritten letter dated 5 Sep 1965 reporting on recent events in the civil rights movement in Jackson, Mississippi. Hillegas discusses activities of the Freedom Democratic Party (FDP) and the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO). Enclosed with the letter is a two-page "Proposal for a Civil Rights Information Center."

The collection also contains a related fund-raising letter for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) written by Nathan H. Schwerner.

Arrangement of the Collection

Items are arranged in chronological order.


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Subject Headings


Hillegas, Jan.
Schwerner, Nathan H.

Corporate Bodies

Council of Federated Organizations (U.S.).
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.).


Civil rights -- Mississippi -- Jackson.
Civil rights movements -- United States -- 20th century.


Jackson (Miss.) -- History.

Genres and Forms


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Jan Hillegas Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frank Piskor.

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