Delta Cooperative Farm papers, 1938-1964.

Creator: Vanderwood, Paul J.
Collection number: 3892
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Abstract: Material related to Delta Cooperative Farm, Rochdale, Miss.: articles, clippings, and other items; notes made by Vanderwood of the Memphis, Tenn., “Press-Scimitar”; and letters, 1964, to Vanderwood from Constance Rumbough and David R. Minter recounting in some detail their experiences as workers at the farm in the 1930s.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Delta Cooperative Farm of Rochdale, Miss., was a philanthropically supported endeavor founded in 1936 to help southern agricultural labrorers out of their economic plight. Interracial efforts on the farm were primarily interested in establishing economic equality between African Americans and whites who worked together for equal wages.

This collection contains correspondence, documents, and other misc. materials such as two published articles from the¬†Arkansas¬†Historical Quarterly (1960-1961) about the Blaine Race Riots in 1919. There is also the copy of an article entitled “The Voice of the¬†Disinherited: A Brief History of the Agricultural Workers Union, 1934-1959”.

This collection contains materials that have been digitized and are available online. Click here to link to the finding aid and to access the digital material.

For more related materials about Delta Cooperative Farm, please also see the Delta Health Center Records. Click here to access that finding aid.