Special Collections Finding Aids


Source Collection

Special Collections Department, University Libraries, University of Memphis


This collection is comprised of research materials collected by Jerry Thornbery. The materials were assembled by Thornbery from various archives and universities in the United States, such as the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Cincinnati Historical Society, American Friends Service Committee, Wilmington College, and Swarthmore College. It contains three boxes of photocopied correspondence that deal with the work of Operation Freedom and later by Virgie Hortenstine in aiding families and with the establishment of workcamps in West Tennessee. A fourth box of photocopies deals with civil rights in general and Amzie Moore’s work in Mississippi in particular. A fifth and sixth box contains photocopies concerning the origins and activities of Operation Freedom, focusing primarily on the activities of Reverend Maurice F. McCrackin and his pacifist associates in West Tennessee and in Mississippi.


2024 April