Marion A. Wright papers, 1912-1982.

Creator: Wright, Marion A. (Marion Allan), 1894-1983.
Collection number: 3830
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Abstract: Marion Allan Wright (1894-1983) of South Carolina was an attorney, author, member of the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union, and civil rights supporter. Chiefly correspondence, financial and legal materials, speeches and writings, subject files, and other papers relating to the Southern Regional Council, 1951-1971; Penn Community Services, 1947-1965; and North Carolinians Against the Death Penalty, 1964-1971. The papers document Wright’s association with these organizations and his interest in human rights, desegregation, the abolition of the death penalty, and civil liberties. Correspondents include Guy B. Johnson, James McBride Dabbs, Raymond Wheeler, Benjamin Mayo, Paul E. Green, and Wright’s wife, Alice Spearman Wright.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Papers relate to the Southern Regional Council (1951-1971), the Penn Community Services, St. Helena Island, South Carolina (1947-1966), and the civil rights movement.

Series 2 (Folders 177-298) focuses on Wright’s tenure on the Board of Trustees at Penn Community Services and contains minutes, correspondence, printed materials, and financial records.

Series 4 contains various speeches on topics such as segregation (Folders 435) civil rights (Folders 430, 431, 434-436) and race relations (Folders 439-443; 461). There is also an audio tape of a speech at Tuskegee Institute.

Subject files in Series 6 contain documentation from the Civil Rights Commission from the North Carolina Advisory Committee (Folders 616-630).