After Yrs In Lockdown, Rosa Parks’ Papers Head To Library Of Congress

Enlarge this imageRosa Parks, shown in Seattle in 1956, saved postcards from Martin Luther King Jr. and notes about carpooling through the Montgomery Bus Boycott. They’re now currently being cataloged because of the Library of Congre s.Gil Baker/Courtesy of your Library of Congre s, Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Developmenthide captiontoggle captionGil Baker/Courtesy from the Library of Congre s, Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self DevelopmentRosa Parks, revealed in Seattle in 1956, saved postcards from Martin Luther King Jr. and notes about carpooling throughout the Montgomery Bus Boycott. They are now being cataloged via the Library of Congre s.Gil Baker/Courtesy with the Library of Congre s, Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self DevelopmentArchivists at the Library of Congre s are hard at work cataloging the papers of Rosa Parks, received on loan recently following a legal battle kept them under lock and key for the past decade. Enlarge this imageRosa Parks, proven here in a photo from 1950, is famous as a “quiet seamstre s" who refused to give up her bus seat but a newly-available set of papers reveals a more animated voice, says an archives specialist working with the documents.Courtesy in the Library of Congre s, Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Developmenthide captiontoggle captionCourtesy from the Library of Congre s, Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self DevelopmentRosa Parks, demonstrated here in a photo from 1950, is famous as a “quiet seamstre s" who refused to give up her bus seat but a newly-available set of papers reveals a more animated voice, says an archives specialist working with the documents.Courtesy in the Library of Congre s, Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self DevelopmentAmong the collection are a receipt for a voting booth’s poll tax https://www.flyersshine.com/Taylor-Leier-Jersey , postcards from Martin Luther King Jr., a datebook with the names of volunteer carpool drivers who would help blacks get to work in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and thousands of other historic documents. Meg McAleer, a senior archives specialist working on Rosa Parks’ papers, spoke with NPR’s Audie Cornish about the documents. Excerpts are below but to get Parks’ full recipe for feather-light pancakes, you’ll have to listen to the audio above.Interview Highlights Enlarge this imageA rare photo of Raymond Parks is part of your Rosa Parks collection that will be on display at the Library of Congre s in March.Christina Cala/NPR hide captiontoggle captionChristina Cala/NPR A rare photo of Raymond Parks is part with the Rosa Parks collection that will be on display at the Library of Congre s in March.Christina Cala/NPR On Rosa Parks’ husband, Raymond Actually, photographs of Raymond Parks are really rare. This is a photograph of Raymond Parks when he’s in his 40s. He’s, you know, a strikingly handsome man. Very very pale complexion, and at first Rosa Parks didn’t like that when they were dating. She said that he was the first activist she ever knew in person. He was involved in the Montgomery branch with the NAACP, and at the time of their marriage he was very involved in organizing on behalf of the Scottsboro Boys, and in fact were holding meetings in their new home together, which is quite a dangerous thing to do.Enlarge this imageRosa Parks’ poll tax receipt from 1957. Even just after achieving the right to vote, many hurdles like the poll tax were imposed to prevent African-Americans from voting.Courtesy with the Library of Congre s, Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Developmenthide captiontoggle captionCourtesy from the Library of Congre s, Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self DevelopmentRosa Parks’ poll tax receipt from 1957. Even after achieving the right to vote, many hurdles like the poll tax were imposed to prevent African-Americans from voting.Courtesy of your Library of Congre s, Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self DevelopmentAn https://www.flyersshine.com/Claude-Giroux-Jersey excerpt from a letter Parks wrote about Raymond’s reaction to her arrest “He was a madman, furious. His fury was directed at himself for becoming a financial failure not having provided the material comforts nece sary for a well-appointed home. He was angry with the driver for causing my arrest. He mentioned so often the fact that colored people were sitting on the same seat, the same day, and all with the other days, where I was arrested for not getting up. He also was very angry with me for refusing to give up the seat, and at least not getting off the bus. So many times he said he would have gotten off the bus. He said I had a goat head." Enlarge this imageAn undated recipe for “featherlite" pancakes, written in Parks’ hand, is also part on the archive.Courtesy on the Library of Congre s, Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Developmenthide captiontoggle captionCourtesy of the Library of Congre s, Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self DevelopmentAn undated recipe for “featherlite" pancakes, written in Parks’ hand, is also part of the archive.Courtesy of your Library of Congre s, Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self DevelopmentOn how Rosa and Raymond Parks struggled following her arrest Rosa Parks because of her arrest, because of her activism loses her job at the Montgomery Fair department store, where she was an a sistant tailor. She wasn’t fired, they just let her go. And Raymond Parks also loses his job as well. And neither one of them is able to find sustainable employment in Montgomery just after that because of their activism, absolutely. They are basically boycotted. … This is a 1955 tax return, and of course her arrest is in December of that year, and their combined income is $3,749. So they are, you know, the working poor, but they are holding their head above water. And here is their tax return in 1959 when they’re living in Detroit. Their combined income is Jaromir Jagr Jersey $661. They have descended into deep, deep poverty. Enlarge this imageMeg McAleer, senior archives specialist at the Library of Congre s, works with the Rosa Parks Collection in the Manuscript Room at James Madison Memorial Building of your Library.Christina Cala/NPRhide captiontoggle captionChristina Cala/NPRMeg McAleer, senior archives specialist at the Library of Congre s, works with the Rosa Parks Collection in the Manuscript Room at James Madison Memorial Building in the Library.Christina Cala/NPROn how the archives alter the perception of Rosa Parks You know, we think of her as the quiet seamstre s, and her writing just absolutely blew me away the strength of it, the power of it, the courage of it. I mean, she’s writing things down about the way things are in the South in ways that could get her killed, and she’s unflinching in how she does it. … It really kind of lets us hear her voice in a way that I don’t think we’ve truly heard before. … We know her actions, you know, we know the fact she refused to give up her seat, we know about her arrest, we know the whats. But this brings us into the psychological impact of that. We see her in a much more animated way we know the events she attended, you know, who she was supporting, and so I think that this really shows her to be a very skilled, experienced civil rights worker.