ROMAINE (HOWARD M.) PAPERS

Mss. 3252

Compiled by

Barry Cowan

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collection

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, La.

2003

Contents of Inventory

Summary 3

Biographical/Historical Note 4

Scope and Content Note 5

List of Subgroups and Series 6

Series Descriptions 7

Index Terms 9

Container List 12

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Summary

Size. 3.5 linear feet

Geographic New Iberia, La., Atlanta, Ga., Washington, D.C., Alabama,

location. Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia.

Inclusive dates. 1931-1974

Bulk dates. 1963-1973

Language. English

Summary. Personal and professional papers including correspondence and letters, financial papers, photographs, printed items, and writings especially relating to Romaine’s involvement with the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements and political campaigns.

Access. Requires permission of donor.

Copyright. Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Citation. Howard M. Romaine Papers, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Stack 53:1-3; OS:R

location.

Biographical/Historical Note

Howard M. Romaine (1942- ) is an attorney born in New Iberia, La. He earned a B.A. degree from Southwestern (now Rhodes College) at Memphis, Tenn. in 1964 and an M.A, from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1967. It was during this time that Romaine became involved in the civil rights movement organizing protests and in the anti-Vietnam War movement. He was a member of the NAACP, Students for a Democratic Society, Southern Student Organizing Committee, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and Southern Conference Education Fund. These organizations sought to educate students and the general public about the problems of racial inequality and poverty, labor issues, and the unjustness of the Vietnam War through newsletters, protests, organizational pickets, and conferences.

In 1967, Romaine began working for the United States National Student Association (USNSA) in Charlottesville, Va., a group that studied issues such as civil rights and the Vietnam War that were important to students in higher education. Later that year, he moved to Atlanta, Ga. to direct the Southern Student Human Relations Project, part of the USNSA. By 1968 Romaine had helped begin The Great Speckled Bird, an alterative newspaper, and became involved in local Democratic Party politics. He worked for Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 presidential campaign and on Julian Bond’s successful election to the Georgia assembly. Romaine also began writing freelance articles on topics such as politics, race relations, the military-industrial complex, and the Vietnam War. He also submitted several book proposals on these topics that were never published

Romaine left the newspaper and founded the Institute for Southern Studies. He worked on George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign and after its failure, moved to Washington, DC. Romaine was involved in a severe automobile accident on a trip back to Louisiana and spent several years recuperating. He earned a law degree at Louisiana State University in 1979, practiced law briefly in Baton Rouge, and returned to Atlanta permanently to practice law.

Romaine’s parents were life-long residents of New Iberia, La. His father, Allie H. Romaine (1906-1970) was a guerilla fighter in the Philippines during World War II. He never completely recovered from illnesses contracted during the war and eventually died of cancer. His mother, Lucille Spencer Romaine, was a librarian. Romaine has a sister, Mary Lou, born in 1948. Romaine married the former Dorothy Anne (known as Anne) Cooke in 1965 and a daughter, Rita, was born shortly afterward.

Scope and Content Note

Collection divided into two subgroups: Subgroup 1. Romaine Family Papers and Subgroup 2. Howard Romaine Papers. Subgroup1 consists of the following series: correspondence and letters, financial and legal papers, and printed items. Correspondence and letters consist of those between Howard Romaine and his parents and other family members and friends. Financial and legal papers consist of Allie H. Romaine’s will, papers pertaining to oil leases on family property in Louisiana, and a power of attorney. Printed items consist of the hospital bill for Romaine’s birth, Lucille Romaine’s newsletters and newspaper clippings, and Allie H. Romaine’s death notice.

Subgroup 2 consists of the following series: campaigns, correspondence and letters, financial and legal papers, photographs, printed items, topical files, and writings. Campaigns consist of sample ballots, press releases, flyers, notes, and brochures from local political campaigns in Georgia and the McCarthy and McGovern presidential campaigns of 1968 and 1972, respectively. Correspondence and letters consist of personal and business letters between Howard Romaine and his parents, other relatives, friends, and associates. Financial and legal papers consist of a class-action lawsuit filed in Georgia alleging improper care of patients in mental hospitals and a purchase agreement for Romaine’s home in Atlanta. Photographs consist of Romaine’s family photographs, photographs taken of Doug Kershaw and Johnny Cash during concerts, photographs of a folk music tour in which Romaine’s wife Anne performed, and promotional photographs of Credence Clearwater Revival. Printed items consist of Howard Romaine’s newsletters from civil rights and anti-Vietnam War organizations, magazine article reprints, newspaper clippings, New York Times article indexes, and anti-war and civil rights posters, study guides, and pamphlets. Topical files consist of groups of newspaper and magazine articles, notes, pamphlets, and writings about a specific event, activity or person. These files pertain to the National Democratic Party and political conventions; book proposals, civil rights, antiwar, and labor activities; and syllabi and writings for classes at the University of Virginia. Writings consist of addresses given by Gunnar Myrdal, articles and papers by Howard Romaine, an interview of Julian Bond by John Britton, and a history paper by Marion Symington.

List of Subgroups and Series

Subgroup 1. Romaine Family Papers

Series I. Correspondence and Letters, 1931-1971, undated (Box 1)

Series II. Financial and Legal Papers, 1971-1972 (Box 1)

Series III. Printed Items, 1942-1974 (Box 1)

Subgroup 2. Howard Romaine Papers

Series I. Campaigns, 1968, 1972 (Box 1)

Series II. Correspondence and Letters, 1965-1973 (Box 1)

Series III. Financial and Legal Papers, 1972 (Box 1)

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Series IV. Photographs, undated (Box 4)

Series V. Printed Items, 1964-1972 (Box 1 and 2)

Series VI. Topical Files, 1964-1973, undated (Box 2 and 3)

Series VII. Writings, 1963-1971, undated (Box 3)

Series Descriptions

Subgroup 1. Romaine Family Papers

I. Correspondence and Letters, 1931-1971, undated

Letters between Lucille and Allie Romaine and family and friends about family matters

and Allie Romaine’s health; congratulations on Howard Romaine’s birth; letters to and

from Howard Romaine and Mary Lou Romaine and their parents; and letters of

condolence on Allie Romaine’s death.

II. Financial and Legal Papers, 1971-1972

Allie Romaine’s will and legal bill for its execution; contracts, orders, and other papers

relating to oil leases on family property; and a power of attorney.

III. Printed Items, 1942-1974, undated

Lucille Romaine’s Girl Scout membership card, newspaper clippings about her

family, newsletters from her sorority; various churches, the American Legion Auxiliary, and LSU; hospital bill for Howard Romaine’s birth; Howard and Anne Romaine’s marriage announcement; a pamphlet on the Vietnam War; and Allie H. Romaine’s death notice.

Subgroup 2. Howard Romaine Papers

I. Campaigns, 1968-1972, undated

Materials related to Eugene McCarthy’ presidential campaign including speeches, articles, pamphlets, newsletters, instructions for campaign workers, and notes. Materials related to presidential candidate George McGovern’s campaign are also present and include press releases, invoices, letters about fund raising and election strategy, newsletters, a report on Georgia delegates to the 1972 Democratic Convention, and other items related to a challenge to Georgia’s delegates

II. Correspondence and Letters, 1965-1973

Personal letters between Howard and Anne Romaine, and between them and his parents,

sister, and friends; professional letters regarding interviews, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Students for a Democratic Society, and the Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project; and book proposals.

III. Financial and Legal Papers, 1972

Class-action lawsuit alleging substandard treatment for patients in Georgia mental

hospitals and a purchase agreement for Howard Romaine’s home in Atlanta.

IV. Photographs, n.d

Photographs and negatives of Romaine’s family, concerts attended including Johnny

Cash and Doug Kershaw, and promotional photographs of Credence Clearwater

Revival.

V. Printed Items, 1964-1973, undated

Study guides and reports on civil rights and the Vietnam War; newsletters; New York Times article indexes, reprints of speeches, newspaper articles, editorial columns, and

interviews on civil rights, the Vietnam War, and military spending with special

emphasis on Lockheed; advertisements, an organizer’s manual, and instructions for

participating in the Vietnam Summer Project; statements from the New University

Conference; basketball schedule for Southwestern at Memphis, an election guide; ballot;

a legal brief challenging the appointment of an Alabama delegate to the National

Democratic Convention; and Paint Creek Miner, a book of labor songs.

VI. Topical Files, 1964-1973, undated

Consist of files that may contain correspondence, printed items, writings, and/or notes

on a particular topic. Arranged alphabetically by topic.

VII. Writings, 1963-1971, undated

Consists of addresses, articles, book reviews, and papers written by Gunnar Myrdal, Howard Romaine, and Marion Symington. Arranged alphabetically by author.

Index Terms

Materials about these topics are found in the subgroups and series indicated

Bode, Ken

Subgroup 2, Series II, V, VI

Bond, Julian, 1940-

Subgroup 2, Series I, II, V, VI, VII

Braden, Carl, 1914-1975

Subgroup 2, Series II, V, VI

Civil rightsUnited States

Subgroup 1, Series I; Subgroup 2, Series I, II, II, V, VI, VII

Civil rights demonstrationsUnited States

Subgroup 2, Series II, V, VI

Civil rights movementsUnited States

Subgroup 2, Series I, II, V, VI, VII

Civil rights workersUnited States

Subgroup 2, Series II, V

Democratic National Committee (U.S.)

Subgroup 2, Series V, VI

ElectionsUnited States

Subgroup 2, Series I, II, V, VI

Evers, Charles, 1922-

Subgroup 2, Series V

FeminismUnited States

Subgroup 2, Series VI

Institute for Policy Studies

Subgroup 2, Series II, V, VI

Institute for Southern Studies

Subgroup 2, Series II, V, VI

King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968

Subgroup 2, Series II, V, VII

Labor unionsOrganizingUnited States

Subgroup 2, Series II, V, VI

Lockheed Aircraft Corporation

Subgroup 2, Series VI, VII

McCarthy, Eugene J., 1916-

Subgroup 2, Series I, V, VI

McGovern, George S. (George Stanley), 1922-

Subgroup 2, Series I, V, VI

Military-industrial complex

Subgroup 2, Series VI, VII

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

Subgroup 2, Series II, V, VII

Myrdal, Gunnar, 1898-

Subgroup 2, Series VII

New University Conference (U.S.)

Subgroup 2, Series VI

Peace movementsUnited States

Subgroup 2, Series I, II, V, VI, VII

Political campaigns1968

Subgroup 2, Series I, V, VI

Political campaigns1972

Subgroup 2, Series I, V, VI

Political conventionsUnited States

Subgroup 2, Series I, II, V, VI

Political partiesUnited States

Subgroup 2, Series I, II, V, VI, VII

Presidential candidatesUnited States20th. Century

Subgroup 2, Series I, II, V, VI, VII

PresidentsUnited StatesElection--1968

Subgroup 2, Series I, II, V, VI

PresidentsUnited StatesElection--1972

Subgroup 2. Series I, II, V, VI, VII

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Subgroup 2, Series V

Southern Conference Education Fund

Subgroup 2, Series V, VI

Southern Folk Cultural Revival Project, Inc.

Subgroup 1, Series I; Subgroup 2, Series II, V

Southern Regional Council

Subgroup 2, Series V

Southern Student Organizing Committee (Nashville, Tenn.)

Subgroup 2, Series II, V, VI

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)

Subgroup 2, Series V, VI

Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)

Subgroup 2, Series II, V, VI

Textile Workers Union of America

Subgroup 2, Series V, VI

Vietnam Conflict, 1961-1975United States

Subgroup 1, Series I, III; Subgroup 2, Series I, II, V, VI, VII

World War, 1939-1945Prisoners and prisons

Subgroup 1, Series I

Container List

Stack Location

Box

Folder

Contents

Subgroup 1. Romaine Family Papers

I. Correspondence and Letters, 1931-1971, undated

53:1

1

1

1931-1946

1

2

1952-1953

1

3

1957-1961

1

4

1962

1

5

1963

1

6

1964

1

7

1965

1

8

1966-1969

1

9

Oct.-Nov. 1970

1

10

Dec. 1970

1

11

1971

1

12

undated

II. Financial and Legal Papers, 1971-1972

1

13

1971-1972

III. Printed Items, 1942-1974

1

14

1942-1974

Subgroup 2. Howard Romaine Papers

I. Campaigns, 1968-1972, undated

53:1

1

15

1968

1

16

March-April 1972

1

17

Sept.-Nov. 1972

1

18

undated

1

19

undated

1

20

undated

II. Correspondence and Letters, 1965-1973

1

21

1965

53:1

1

22

1966-1968

1

23

1969

1

24

1970

1

25

1971-1972

1

26

1973

Stack Location

Box

Folder

Contents

III. Financial and Legal Papers, 1972

1

27

1972

IV. Photographs, undated

53:1

4

1

undated: Family and concert photographs

2

undated: Negatives of family and concert photographs

3

undated: Credence Clearwater Revival promotional photographs

V. Printed Items, 1964-1973, undated

1

28

1964

1

29

1965

1

30

1966: The American Responsibility

1

31

1966: I. F. Stone’s Weekly

1

32

1966: The Southern Patriot

1

33

1966: What Price “Pacification?”

1

34

1966: Foreign Student Volunteer Service Program; Wind and Chaff; NCC Worklist; FCNL Washington Newsletter; Student Government Bulletin

1

35

1967: I. F. Stone’s Weekly

1

36

1967: The Southern Patriot

1

37

1967: V. E. P. News

1

38

1967: Vietnam Summer Organizers’ Manual

OS:R

1967: Vietnam Summer recruiting advertisement

53:1

1

39

1967

1

40

1967

1

41

1967

1

42

1968: I. F. Stone’s Weekly

1

43

1968: V. E. P. News

V. Printed Items, 1964-1973, undated con’t.

53:1

1

44

1968

53:2

2

1

1969: I. F. Stone’s Weekly

2

2

1969: V. E. P. News

2

3

1969

2

4

1969

2

5

1970: I. F. Stone’s Bi-Weekly

2

6

1970: Georgia Democratic Primary election guide and voting rules

2

7

1971: The Council Newsletter

2

8

1971: I. F. Stone’s Bi-Weekly

2

9

1971

2

10

1971

2

11

1971

2

12

1972

2

13

1972

Stack Location

Box

Folder

Contents

2

14

1973-1974

2

15

undated

2

16

undated

2

17

undated

2

18

undated

2

19

undated

2

20

undated

OS:R

undated: Southern Christian Leadership Conference posters

VI. Topical Files, 1964-1973, undated

53:2

2

21

Bode, Ken: 1971

2

22

Bond, Julian: 1968-1969

2

23

Bond, Julian: 1969-1971, undated

2

24

Book Proposal: 1971

2

25

Braden, Carl: 1966-1967, undated

2

26

Civil Rights: 1965-1972, undated

2

27

Democratic National Convention: 1968

2

28

Democratic Party Materials: 1970-1972

2

29

Force in International Relations-class syllabus and notes: undated

2

30

Georgia Convention of Loyal National Democrats: 1968

2

31

Institute for Southern Studies: 1971, undated

2

32

Labor: 1966-1967, undated

2

33

Mississippi Notes: undated

53:3

3

1

National Democratic Party: 1973, undated

3

2

The New South Student: 1966-1967

VI. Topical Files, 1964-1973, undated

OS:R

New University Conference: 1968-1969

53:3

3

3

Notes: undated

3

4

“Politics on Parade:” 1967-1969, undated

3

6

Southern Conference Education Fund: 1966-1967, undated

3

7

Southern Delegate Selection, Democratic Party: 1972

3

8

Southern Media Conference: 1969

3

9

Southern Student Organizing Committee (SSOC): 1964-1965, 1967, undated

3

10

Southern Student Organizing Committee Mailings: 1967-1968, undated

3

11

Southern Student Organizing Committee Proposals: 1965-1967, undated

3

12

Students for a Democratic Society: 1964-1965

3

13

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: 1967, undated

3

14

Vietnam Study Guide: undated

3

15

Virginia SSOC Chapter: 1966-1967

3

16

Wansley Case: 1965, 1967, undated

Stack Location

Box

Folder

Contents

3

17

White Community Organization: 1966-1967

3

18

Whiteville (NC) Textile Strike: 1967

3

19

Women’s Liberation Movement: 1968

VII. Writings, 1963-1971, undated

3

20

Myrdal, Gunnar: 1963

3

21

Myrdal, Gunnar: 1964

3

22

Myrdal, Gunnar: 1965

3

23

Myrdal, Gunnar: 1966

3

24

Myrdal, Gunnar: 1967

3

25

Myrdal, Gunnar: 1968

3

26

Myrdal, Gunnar: 1969

3

27

Myrdal, Gunnar: 1970

3

28

Myrdal, Gunnar: undated

3

29

Romaine, Howard: 1966, 1971, undated

3

30

Romaine, Howard: 1971

3

31

Romaine, Howard: 1971

3

32

Romaine, Howard: undated

3

33

Romaine, Howard: undated

3

34

Symington, Marion: 1969

List of Boxes by Subgroup and Series

Box Number

Contents

Subgroup

Series

1

Correspondence and Letters

1 and 2

I and II

Financial and Legal Papers

1 and 2

II and III

Printed Items

1 and 2

III and V

Campaigns

2

I

2

Printed Items

2

V

Topical Files

2

VI

3

Topical Files

2

VI

Writings

2

VII

4

Photographs

2

IV