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Devery Anderson Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2015-009

Scope and Contents

Newspaper articles, publications, interviews, and notes collected and created by author Devery Anderson during research for publications on Emmett Till, including his 2015 monograph Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement.

Online Copies Available

Select materials from the Devery Anderson Papers have been digitized and are available through the FSU Digital Library.


  • Creation: 1922 - 2014
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1955 - 2005

Conditions Governing Access

Except where specifically noted, content of this collection is open to all researchers.

Audio, audiovisual, and digital content in Box 9 is restricted from reading room use. See also Technical Requirements note.

Interview notes in Box 10 are restricted until January 1, 2045, and until then may only be accessed with written permission from Devery Anderson.

Contents of Box 11 are restricted pending further processing.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyrights held by Devery Anderson in donated works have been deeded to Florida State University. For permission to re-use content beyond Fair Use, contact Special Collections & Archives staff at

Copyright restrictions may apply to other works in this collection. Re-use or copying beyond Fair Use may require permission from the rights-holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

Devery S. Anderson is an author and editor at Signature Books, a scholarly press in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has published books and articles on Mormon history and the American civil rights movement, including the 1955 kidnapping and murder of Emmett Till. His book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement was released by the University Press of Mississippi in August 2015.


8.25 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

9 items : Computer disks: CD-R and DVD-ROM

10 Cassettes : Sound recordings: 9 compact audiocassettes, one microcassette

1 Cassettes : 8 mm videocassette

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Technical Requirements

Content of audio, audiovisual, and digital carriers may not be immediately accessible to researchers. Please contact Special Collections & Archives staff at for more information on access to this content.

Source of Acquisition

Devery S. Anderson

Method of Acquisition

Deed of Gift executed July 15, 2020

Related Publications

Devery S. Anderson. (2008). A Wallet, A White Woman, and A Whistle: Fact and Fiction in Emmett Till’s Encounter in Money, Mississippi. Southern Quarterly, 45(4), 10-21.

Devery S. Anderson. (2015). Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

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Repository Details

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