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Robert W. Lentz Collected Papers


Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399

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Robert W. Lentz was a civil rights lawyer, originally from West Chester Pennsylvania. He was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1959, and was admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1970; the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980 and the U.S. Tax Court. Lentz received his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1958). He worked with the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) in Mississippi; for two weeks in the summer of 1964, and served as a lawyer to aid volunteers who were jailed in Mississippi for their civil rights efforts. Lentz returned to Mississippi in November 1966 to help with voter rights in the general election.

The collection contains personal material about Lentz's 1964 civil rights work in Mississippi, including letters and his manuscript "Diary of a Country Lawyer During Two Weeks in Mississippi"; letters and certificates about his speaking engagements to recount this experience (1964-1966); and reference material about the civil rights movement in Mississippi (1960s-2001).

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is not the official repository for the papers of Robert W. Lentz.

Gift of Rick Valelly, 2003 [Acc. 03A-050]

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Processed by Anne M. Yoder; this finding aid created by Wendy E. Chnmielewski, April 2015.

One photograph of Lentz (1964) removed to the Photograph Collection.

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Collection Inventory

Biographical information.
Box 1
Reference material: Civil Rights in Mississippi-- sources, 1960s.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

2 folders

Civil rights efforts in Mississippi: Correspondence, 1964.
Box 1
Civil rights efforts in Mississippi: Transcription of diary- "Diary of a Country Lawyer During Two Weeks in Mississippi", 1964.
Box 1
Civil rights efforts in Mississippi: General, 1964.
Box 1
Civil rights efforts in Mississippi: Speaking engagements relating to Lentz' experiences, 1964-1966.
Box 1
Civil rights efforts in Mississippi: Restrospective resources, 1989-2001.
Box 1

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