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  • Collection: Historical Manuscripts

Sheila B. Michaels<br />
87 Columbia Street<br />
New York City, New York 10002<br />
Telephone: Yukon 2-0794<br />
Office: 9352261<br />
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	She was scared of Negroes, but her newspaper conscience called her to join the civil rights <br />
movement.  She knew she would feel guilty if she associated with Negroes, and guilty if she did not; and <br />
she thought it was as well to hang for a sheep as a lamb.  Southern Interracial Student Teams had the greatest reputation for spectacle and derring-do.  In view of the momentous step she was about to take it did seem niggling and just too dull to settle on a cause that would be half-measure.<br />
	It was a Saturday in early Fall.  The first weekend of her sophomore year.  Her roommate had gone home for the weekend, and she did not want to begin tackling the cleaning that had to be done in the new apartment.  The last tenants had been pigs.  She and Sherry would be no different.  She went by the Student Union, but there was no one to whom she could confide her plan.  She really didn’t want anyone to know, anyway.  If she made some spectacular failure, better not to do it in a three-ring circus.  She went to the bookstore and read picture books and looked at greeting cards for about an hour.  Then she went home and piddled about, daydreaming until after lunch,. [typo] Finally, she called the Funds for SIST – the group’s Northern, fund-raising arm—and got the directions.<br />
	The bus rumbled and splatted away over the cobblestones through the empty downtown streets; leaving her alone.  She would have stayed on until it circled back to school if she could have faced the bus driver.  It seemed like an awfully bright, unreal day in the downtown silence, full of clear sun and sharp [typo] shadows.
First page of draft manuscript for "The White Girl" written by Sheila Michaels

October 15, 1971<br />
Dear Ms. Steinem:<br />
I hear you are putting out MS., a magazine, and thought you might be interest in the chronology of the term--then again, maybe not.  I am avoiding several overextended deadlines, and so have all the time in the world to tell you.  The pronunciation, "Miz", by the way, is not inflexible.  I simply though of both at the same time because I am from Missouri, and it was always necessary to ask whether Miz Lovercam or Miz Schnackenberg were married.<br />
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At the end of 1961 my roommate  became CORE's first female field secretary (CORE was founded in 1943 or 4).  She was in Detroit lecturing on the Freedom Rides and ran into a little group called "News and Letters", headed by a woman who, I believe, knew Trotsky.  They were about 50 people, mostly auto workers, and having withstood the vicissitudes of time and politics in this country are still, I think , about the same number.  Anyway, they had a singularly sensible line for that time and Mari, having a great deal of the ex-nun about her, believed in encouraging them and strongarming me at the same time, and took out subscriptions for both of us.<br />
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The copies that came to me where all addressed, "Ms. Sheila Michaels."  I never knew if it was a means of saving space, a typo, or a radical posture.  But it struck a responsive chord.  Her subscription was to "Miss Mari Hamilton," but that gave no clarification, as she has always been so insistent upon the use of courtesy titles that she dragged the entire State of Alabama before the Supreme Court for their refusal to use them.<br />
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I toyed with the idea for several years.  When I finally left SNCC in 1965, I had a heightened respect for myself and a beginning self consciousness.  (I had been a SNCC field secretary for 1962-4, and as there were few women in the position, and I was one of even fewere with any degree of autonomy, I had become thoroughly sick of the limitations, not to say aware of how little freedom I had been given and how tenuous that was.  I though it was interesting that SNCC, which was founded by Diane Nash, and had a white Georgian, Jane Stembridge, as its first field secretary, should in time, as its importance grew, [typo] narrow its opportunities to women to near the point of exclusion.)<br />
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I tried out the "Ms." then, in 1965.  But it was more trouble than it then seemed worth.  I would explain very carefully and continually that I refused to be defined by whether I "belonged" to a man.  Well, I was laughed out of it.
Letter sent to Gloria Steinem from Sheila Michaels in 1971, explaining the origin of popularizing the feminist address from women as Ms.

Shiki Hikaru, a Japanese man is smiling wearing a red shirt, holding a light brown puppy with a black nose with a blue leash attached to its collar.  Shiki Hikaru is standing in a room that is painted green.  He is surrounded by art supplies on shelves and art on the wall.  There are colorful paper cutouts of various shapes, people, and animals hanging from the ceiling
Photograph of Hikaru Shiki holding a dog with Japanese paper cutouts , husband to Sheila Michaels from 1979 to 1985.

JL Front.jpg
Draft of John Lewis Speech with edits by Sheila Michaels. Title says "March on Washington 1963", but the speech was written after the assassination of President Kennedy.

A small sheet of four gold stamps.  Each stamp has an extended black fist turned inward and raised.   Gripped tightly in the fist are a book with the text "Education", a gavel with the text "Justice" a voting card with the text "Vote",  paper money with a "$" sign, and an obscured item with obscured text.  There are broken chains on the wrist the text "sncc" on the inside forearms and a white starburst in the upper right corner.
Four seals with the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) name and graphic

A front cover for a play on tan paper.  It has a wide orange brush stroke on the left, the middle, and the bottom.  A partial graphic of the Eiffel Tower is from top to bottom on the left side.  There is a drawing of two rows of buildings that go across the bottom with a few taller buildings behind it and a wispy cloud.  A large rectangular box  that resembles a luggage tag is placed at the top and middle of the page with the text: "Assignment: Paris".
Cover of program for production of "Assignment: Paris" at William and Mary College where Sheila Michaels is the writer.

Bright yellow sticker with text in bold red lower case letters "this exploits women".
Yellow sticker with red text "This Exploits Women" which could be adhered to advertising or promotion materials that exploited women.

A pink identification card for a French school.  Handwritten entries within brackets.  <br />
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Ecole de l'Alliance Francaise<br />
19[69] - 19[70]<br />
To the right of the text is a photograph of Sheila Michaels with her hair pulled back looking to the left. <br />
 There is a stamped seal covering some of the text and photo.<br />
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Annee 19[ ] - 19[ ]<br />
NOM [Madamoiselle Michaels<br />
Prenom [Sheila]<br />
Nationalite [US]<br />
CARTE D'ETUDIANT Le Directeur<br />
No 003200<br />
To the right of the number is a stamped seal with an illegible signature.
Sheila Michaels identification card for French language school in Paris, France in 1969-1970.

Gold-colored card with black text.  The text reads "TONY BENNET, OSSIE DAVIS, RUBY DEE, HERBIE MANN SEXTET, CHARLIE MINGUS AND THELONIOUS MONK and  The Students' own FREEDOM SINGERS ----IN<br />
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For their courageous, dedicated and persistent struggle for Human Dignity<br />
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 1963 - 8:00-11:30 P.M.<br />
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CARNEGIE HALL, 7th Avenue and 57th Street<br />
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Tickets $2, 2.50, 3.00, 3.30, 3.60, 4.00<br />
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On the third anniversary of the Sit-Ins, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee an its New <br />
York friends will present a program at Carnegie Hall to support students working in Georgia where<br />
churches have been burned, and Mississippi, where students have been shot.<br />
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SNCC, Room 1025, 5 Beekman Street, New York City ---- CO 7-5541"
Advertising card for 1963 Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY featuring Tony Bennett, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Mingus and others

Brochure Cover for Congress of Racial Equality, Rules for Action.<br />
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The left half of the brochure cover is orange which looks like it's been partially painted on.   Speckles of orange intersect with the right side.   The right side is white.  There is a graphic of Ghandi's head in the upper left corner looking down toward the center graphic of a stylized sunburst in orange gray and white.  Text across the starburst reads: "CORE Rules for ACTION.  Text at the  bottom reads, "Congress of Racial Equality 38 Park Row, New York 38, New York.
Cover of brochure for Council of Racial Equality, New York, NY - CORE Rules for Action
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