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Jesse Jackson Collection

Identifier: RB-8004

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers, slides, photographs, and audio recordings of children’s book author Jesse Jackson. It includes manuscripts, notes, short stories, research on race, slavery, and the family of Henry Clay of Kentucky, class notes and lecture material, autobiographical material, correspondence, newspaper, magazine, and journal articles, and material relating to the Jesse Jackson memorial conference held in November 1983.


  • 1941-1984, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1983

Conditions Governing Access

The materials from Appalachian State University Libraries' Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The nature of these collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. As a result, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Conditions Governing Use

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Appalachian State University assumes no responsibility.

Biographical Note

Jesse Jackson was a native of Columbus, Ohio. He studied journalism at Ohio State University and published his first book, Call Me Charley, in 1945. He published nine books, most for children and young adults, between 1945 and 1974, and worked at Appalachian State University as a writer-in-residence and visiting lecturer for 1973 to 1983. He was awarded an honorary Doctor in Humane Letters by Appalachian State University in 1982. He was married to Ann Jackson.


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Collection was donated to Appalachian State by Ann Jackson in 2008.

Copyright Note

Copyright of unpublished materials is owned by the Jesse Jackson estate. Written permission from the estate is required for publication.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository