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Steve Whitaker Papers

 Collection — Box: 1818
Identifier: MSS 2019-007

Scope and Contents

Press clippings and correspondence received and collected by Whitaker, relating to Emmett Till and racism in the American South, including poll tax receipts and a 1962 pamphlet on the integration of the University of Mississippi campus.


  • 1960-2019

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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical Note

Hugh Stephen "Steve" Whitaker was born September 22, 1939 in Charleston, Mississippi. Whitaker earned a BA from University of Mississippi, an MA in History from Florida State University in 1963, and a PhD from Florida State University in 1965. His master's thesis A Case Study in Southern Justice: The Emmett Till Case was an early and significant academic work on the infamous 1955 murder of Emmett Till. Whitaker leveraged personal contacts and experiences in Mississippi to research and write the thesis.

Whitaker remained a resident of Tallahassee, FL after graduation from Florida State University. He died there on February 6, 2023.


Cully's MeadowWood Funeral Home. (2023) "Hugh Stephen Whitaker."


4 folders

Works by Whitaker

Whitaker, H. Stephen. (1963). A Case Study in Southern Justice: The Emmett Till Case (master's thesis). Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Whitaker, H. Stephen. (1965). A New Day: The Effects of Negro Enfranchisement in Selected Mississippi Counties (doctoral dissertation). Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.

Separated Materials

Monographs donated with these materials are described in the FSU Libraries catalog.

Steve Whitaker Papers
Jennifer Fain
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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