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Boyte Family Papers


Collection Description:

The Boyte Family Papers, 1941-1981, reflects the political and social activism and community organizing in at local, regional and national levels, of several members of the Boyte family. The collection focuses on the careers of Harry C. Boyte, political organizer and writer, in the 1960s and 1970s, and to a lesser extent his father, Harry G. Boyte, in the 1950s and 1960s. The collection chiefly contain printed material, including periodicals, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, posters and booklets; correspondence; and reports, minutes, notes and other organizational records. Also included are drafts of essays and articles, photographs, notebooks, and audio tapes.

Harry G. Boyte, left the American Red Cross to work in race relations. Eventually he was appointed the first white man on the staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference under Martin Luther King, Jr. Boyte's job search is documented by correspondence in the Harry G. Boyte Series. Contacts included the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Friends Service Committee, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Urban League, SCLC, the Southern Conference Education Fund, and the Southern Regional Council. The letters provide background information on Boyte's previous experience in Civil Rights projects. While on the staff of SCLC, he headed Operation Dialogue. There is material in the Correspondence and SCLC files of this series about this program intended to foster interracial communication.

Materials selected for this project pertain to Boyte’s relationship with the American Friends Service Committee and his civil rights activism in Greensboro in 1963.

For more information on this collection, please consult the collection finding aid.

Repository: Duke University


Items from this collection included in the CRG digital archive

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Item thumbnail image National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) membership card
Date: 1963
By: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
From: Boyte Family Papers
This well-worn membership card for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) belonged to activist Harry G. Boyte....
Item thumbnail image Harry G. Boyte's employment with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Date: 1963
By: Janet Chatten Boyte
From: Boyte Family Papers
This essay written by Janet Boyte circa 1963, details her husband, Harry G. Boyte's, employment with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and his views on civil rights. Using quotations...
Item thumbnail image Notes regarding meetings with Sarah Herbin and Tartt Bell
Date: April 23, 1963
By: Harry G. Boyte
From: Boyte Family Papers

These notes, dated April 23, 1963, relate to meetings the unidentified author, presumably Harry Boyte, had with Sarah Herbin and Tartt Bell, both of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)an...

Item thumbnail image Draft news article by Harry G. Boyte
Date: June 7, 1963
By: Harry G. Boyte
From: Boyte Family Papers
This June 7, 1963 draft of an article was written by Harry G. Boyte for the North American Newspaper Alliance, and concerns recent civil rights demonstrations in Greensboro. Boyte begins the article b...
Item thumbnail image Letter from Harry G. Boyte to Sid Goldberg
Date: June 13, 1963
By: Harry G. Boyte
From: Boyte Family Papers
This June 13, 1963 letter from Harry G. Boyte to North American Newspaper Alliance editor Sid Goldberg details an altercation Boyte had with Greensboro Police Department Captain William Jackson while ...
Item thumbnail image Letter from Richard Ramsay to Harry G. Boyte
Date: January 23, 1964
By: Richard Ramsay
From: Boyte Family Papers
In this January 23, 1964 letter to Harry G. Boyte, Richard Ramsay informs Boyte of a rally to be held in Greensboro for the anniversary of the February 1, 1960 Woolworth lunch counter sit-ins. Ramsay ...