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Dorothy Bishop Papers

Identifier: MSS-660

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of papers, audio visual material, and awards belonging to Dorothy Bishop from the 1960s(approximate date) to 2009. The papers include personal papers, articles regarding Dorothy Bishop's civil rights activism and community involvement, legal transcripts and paperwork regarding desegregation, NAACP educational and promotional materials, NAACP conference materials, NAACP membership materials, newspaper articles, a cassette, a DVD, a VHS tape, funeral programs, protest materials, personal and formal correspondence, awards, photographs and other miscellaneous materials dated 1960s-2009 and undated.


  • 1969 - 2009


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Biographical Note

Dorothy Bishop, daughter of Robert Lee Bishop and Addie Mae Bash, was born on January 24, 1943, in Starkville, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. A long-time Civil Rights activist, she served as the Youth Advisor for the Oktibbeha County branch Youth NAACP for 12 years. In 1993, she became the first female president of the Oktibbeha County branch of the NAACP. In 2005, she organized the Coalition of Concerned Citizens. Her many activities include several trips to Washington, D.C. to participate in Civil Rights marches, including: Solidarity Day (September 19, 1981), NAACP Silent March in Washington (1988), and Jena Six March on Washington (2007). She also organized and participated in many protest and marches in the State of Mississippi. Dorothy Bishop died on February 4, 2014 at the age of 71.


3 Cubic Feet

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Arrangement Note

Each series in this collection is organized individually. Series 1, Dorothy Bishop: Alphabetical Series 2, Desegregation: Alphabetical Series 3, NAACP: Alphabetical Series 4, Miscellaneous: Alphabetical Series 5, Awards: Chronological, then Alphabetical for undated materials Series 6, Photographs: Chronological Series 7, Oversized Materials: Chronological

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dorothy Bishop donated her papers to Mississippi State University Libraries in 2009.


No further accrurals are expected.

Preservation Information

Folders were put into viewable order, non-archive grade materials were removed (staples, paperclips, etc.) and replaced with archive grade materials. "NAACP Outstanding Service in the Area of Long Runners for NAACP Mother of the Year, April 24, 1993" was in a plastic picture frame that had been damaged and was falling apart, so it was removed from the frame and placed between two sheets of acid-free paper and into a folder. In progress placeholder Finding aid started in 2018 by Jenifer Ishee, completed by Brett Barnhill in 2020.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in December 2019 by Brett Barnhill.

Dorothy Bishop Papers
Brett Barnhill Carrie Mastley, editor
2020 January 2
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts Repository