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The Papers of Michael D'Orso MG 67

Scope and Contents - Access - Container List

Biography

Michael D'Orso earned both his undergraduate degree in philosophy and his master's degree in English from the College of William and Mary. He taught high school English and has been a staff writer for Commonwealth magazine. As a writer for the Virginian-Pilot Newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia, he won numerous national honors including the Penney-Missouri Prize for general feature writing and three Pulitzer Prize nominations.

D'Orso's work has also appeared in publications such as Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Reader's Digest and People magazine. Additionally he has written a chapter on journalism research methods for The Complete Book of Feature Writing; and his writing on author Jack Kerouac has been included in both Studies in American Fiction and the QPB Literary Review.

Michael D'Orso has also written 13 non-fiction books (see Bibliography). Included among those works is Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood, which was a New York Times best-seller, and American Library Association Notable Book of the Year, and winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award for writing on the subject of social justice. The Papers of Michael D'Orso housed in the Old Dominion University Special Collections consists of his notes, interview transcripts, research done while writing Like Judgement Day.

Bibliography

Seeds of Hope: A Physician's Personal Ttriumph Over Prostate Cancer, with Doreen L. Skardarasy, Acorn Publishers, 2000

In Praise of Public Life, with Joseph Lieberman, Simon & Schuster, 2000

Winning with Integrity: Getting What You're Worth Without Selling Your Soul, with Leigh Steinberg, Times Books, 1999

Body-for-Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength, with Bill Phillips, HarperCollins Publishers, 1999

Somerset Homecoming: Recovering a Lost Heritage, with Dorothy Spruill Redford, University of North Carolina Press, 1998

Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, with John Lewis, Harcourt Brace, 1998

Thin is Just a Four-letter Word: Living Fit--for All Shapes and Sizes, with Dee Hakala, Dell, 1997

Like Judgment Day: The Ruin and Redemption of a Town Called Rosewood, Boulevard Books, 1996

Pumping Granite: And Other Portraits of People at Play, Texas Tech University Press, 1994

Rise and Walk: The Trial and Triumph of Dennis Byrd, with Dennis Byrd, HarperCollins, 1993

For the Children: Lessons from a Visionary Principal, with Madeline Cartwright, Doubleday, 1993

The Cost of Courage: The Journey of an American Congressman, with Carl Eliott, Doubleday, 1992

Fast Takes: Slices of Life Through a Journalist's Eye, Hampton Roads Publishing Co., 1990

Scope and Contents

Michael D'Orso's Rosewood papers date from 1993-1995. Included in this collection are interview tapes and transcripts, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other materials collected by D'Orso while writing the book. Also included are edited sections of the manuscript and galley proofs.

The collection is arranged info five sections. Series I: Interviewees and Subjects, includes photographs, interview transcripts and notes on individuals interviewed for the book and on historical characters in the story. Series II: Background Research, includes newspaper clippings, book chapters and articles used as background research for the book. Series III: Legal/Legislative Papers, contains an insurance valuation report used to determine compensation and the transcript of the Florida state legislative hearing on the Rosewood claims bill. Series IV: Editing of the Manuscript, includes photographs used in the book, edited manuscript and galley proofs. Series V includes audio cassette tapes, video tapes and computer disks.

Provenance

Gift of Michael D'Orso, April 22, 1999

Access

Open to researchers without restriction. Questions on literary property rights should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.

Size

6.25 linear feet, 13 Hollinger document cases, 2 cassette boxes

Container List

Series I: Interviewees and Subjects

BOX 1

Folders
1. Wilson Hall
2. Willie Evans
3. Margie Hall Johnson
4. Katherine Hall (Sam Hall's granddaughter)
5. Lonnie Carroll
6. Michael O'McCarthy
7. Robie Mortin
8. Arnett Goins
9. Mary Hall Daniels
10. Lee Ruth Bradley (Davis)
11. Minnie Lee Langley
12. Vera Hamilton
13. Dorothy Hosey

BOX 2

Folders
1. Rosewood Committee/"Family"
2. Lillie Washington
3. Eva Jenkins
4. Janie Bradley Black
5. Annette Shakir
6. Mae McDonald
7. Gretchen Douglas
8. Rosetta Bradley Jackson
9. Gary Moore - AG correspondence
10. Gary Moore I
11. Gary Moore II
12. Gary Moore stories from "Tallahassee Democrat"
13. Joel Bernstein (reporter)
14. Ed Bradley (reporter)
15. Ella Fitzgerald
16. "Mudcat" Grant
17. Christopher Wilson
18. Carolyn Tucker (Vita only)
19. Randolph Hodges
20. John Rutledge
21. Doyal and Fuji Scoggins
22. Wesley & Christy Thompson
23. Leonard & Mary Reynolds
24. Collins & Jesse Taylor "Old Cuz" & Hatcher
25. Judy Chapman
26. Pete Gallagher
27. Mike "Salty" Reftis
28. Steve Hanlon I (Lawyer)
29. Steve Hanlon II
30. Martha Barnett

BOX 3

Folders
1. Manny Dobrinsky (Lawyer)
2. Jim Peters
3. Holland & Chesterfield Smith
4. David Colburn
5. Larry Rivers
6. Elmer Johnson (White survivor)
7. Cary Hardee
8. Ernest Parham
9. Maxine Jones
10. Tom Dye
11. Bill Rogers
12. Hanlon interview of Richard Hixson
13. Mike (Miguel) De Grandy
14. Richard Hixson
15. "Hixson Summary" and "Moore to Hixson"
16. Al Lawson/Charlie Williams
17. John Long
18. Bill Posey
19. Elaine Gordon
20. "Bo" Johnson
21. Charlie Williams
22. Pete Antonacci
23. Dave Thomas
24. Robert Trammell
25. Thelma Hawkins
26. Berthina Fagin
27. Lillie Mae Washington
28. Eva Robinson Walker
29. Ivory Fuller
30. Ernest Blocker
31. Sarah Woodard Logan
32. Lucille Wimbush
33. George Davis

BOX 4

Folders
1. Estrella Sara Daily
2. Sarah Lexie Jane Goins Ward
3. Theresa Brown Robinson
4. Family Trees & Characters
5. Photos I
6. Photos II
7. Photos III
8. Photos IV
9. Wallace Jordan death certificate
10. Arnett Doctor Interview (descendants)
11. Arnett Doctor Interviews & Notes I
12. Arnett Doctor Interviews & Notes II
13. Arnett Documents
14. Rosewood Phone numbers & addresses
15. Martha Pillsbury (& Walter & Carolyn)
16. Yvonne Doctor
17. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 1
18. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 2
19. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 3
20. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 4
21. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 5
22. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 6

BOX 5

Folders
1. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 7
2. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 8
3. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 9
4. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 10
5. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 11
6. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 12
7. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 13
8. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 14
9. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 15
10. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 16
11. Rosewood Interviews: Tape 17

Series II: Background Research

12. James Eaton (FAMU Black Archives)
13. "Black Man Killings" newspaper clipping Virginian Pilot
14. "Monkey" story
15. Kenneth Jones - Rosewood documentary
16. Orlando Sentinel
17. Tampa Tribune
18. Tallahassee Democrat clippings
19. News clippings
20. Letters to Editors on Rosewood
21. "Cracker: The history of a Southeastern ethnic, economic, and racial epithet" Names, March 1987
22. "Attention White People" (Klan protests)
23. Census & Prison Records (Archived)
24. Old Newspaper clippings
25. 1923 News clippings (Archives)
26. 1923 Grand Jury (Long & DeCottes)
27. Japanese Reparations Act

BOX 6

Folders
1. Review of History Study (Florida State Univ.)
2. "Race, ethnicity and the politics of economic development: A case study of Cedar Key, Florida"
3. Legal/Legislative Summary
4. Hearing (News clippings)
5. Florida Legislature 1994
6. Florida House Bill (News clippings) 1994
7. "The Riddle of Dr. Mudd" (Samuel Mudd) Ch. 14 & notes
8. House Debate, April 4, 1994
9. Florida Senate (News clippings)
10. Governor signing bill (News clippings)
11. "Florida Legislature: 1994 Summary of General Legislation"
12. St. Petersburg Police Department
13. Attorney General's Office
14. FDLE
15. Business Cards
16. Check list

BOX 7

Folders
1. "A documented history of the incident which occurred at Rosewood, Florida, in January 1923"
2. Appendices to a documented history of the incident…
3. Florida maps
4. Hilliard History & Statistics
5. Miscellaneous writing, clipping re Hurricane Andrew, clipping re Klan Killing
6. Maps Florida counties, Rosewood 1923, Cedar Key
7. City maps: Jacksonville-Duval county
8. City maps: Greater Tampa
9. City maps: Orlando
10. Avis map of Florida
11. Lynching Records and Statistics
12. "Lynching Era" America
13. Mark Twain
14. Florida Lynchings (Ocoee & Perry, OK)
15. Freemasons
16. 1923
17. Clippings index
18. Statewide city statistics
19. Sanford history
20. Lacoochee/Dade City I
21. Lacoochee/Dade City II
22. Lynching
23. "Festival of Violence: An analysis of Southern lynchings 1992-1930"

BOX 8

Folders
1. "Racial Violence in the United States" Grimshaw
2. U.S. History/Black History 1923
3. "Race Riot at east St. Louis July 2, 1917" Rudwick
4. "Rope and Faggot" Walter White
5. "The Anti-Lynching Movement 1883-1932" Grant
6. "The Emergence of the New South 1913-1945" Tindall
7. "The NAACP Crusade Against Lynching, 1909-1950" Zangrando
8. "Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930" Brundage
9. "Urban Racial Violence in the Twentieth Century" Boskin
10. "To live and die in Dixie: A contribution to the study of Southern violence" Reed
11. "Race Riot: Chicago in the Red Summer of 1919" Tuttle
12. Newspaper clippings: "Chain Gangs Return…" & "Wedowee"
13. Wallace Terry
14. Cedar Key and Levy County History I
15. Cedar Key and Levy County History II

Series III: Legal/Legislative Papers

BOX 9

Folders
1. Insurance "Value" Report
2. Goins and Langley, et al. Vs. State of Florida, Vol. 1 pages 1-125
3. Goins and Langley, et al. Vs. State of Florida, Vol. 2 pages 126-272
4. Goins and Langley, et al. Vs. State of Florida, Vol. 3 pages 273-355
5. Goins and Langley, et al. Vs. State of Florida, Vol. 4 pages 356-467
6. Goins and Langley, et al. Vs. State of Florida, Vol. 5 pages 468-550
7. Goins and Langley, et al. Vs. State of Florida, Vol. 6 pages 551-611
8. Goins and Langley, et al. Vs. State of Florida, Vol. 7 pages 612-743
9. Goins and Langley, et al. Vs. State of Florida, Vol. 8 pages 744-786

Series IV: Editing of the Manuscript

10. Photo Sources
11. Sawmill group photo
12. Rosewood photos
13. Rosewood photos (Claims bill hearings)
14. Rosewood photos (signing of claims bill)

BOX 10

Folders
1. Chapter 1 illustration
2. Chapter 2 illustration
3. Chapter 3 illustration
4. Chapter 4 illustration
5. Chapter 6 illustration
6. Chapter 7 illustration
7. Chapter 8 illustration
8. Chapter 9 illustration
9. Chapter 10 illustration
10. Chapter 11 illustration
11. Chapter 12 illustration
12. Chapter 13 illustration
13. Chapter 15 illustration
14. Chapter 16 illustration
15. Chapter 17 illustration
16. Chapter 18 illustration
17. Chapter 19 illustration
18. Chapter 21 illustration
19. Chapter 22 illustration
20. Chapter 23 illustration
21. Chapter 24 illustration
22. Chapter 25 illustration
23. Chapter 26 illustration
24. Chapter 27 illustration
25. Chapter 28 illustration
26. Chapter 29 illustration
27. Chapter 30 illustration
28. Chapter 31 illustration
29. Chapter 32 illustration
30. Chapter 33 illustration
31. Chapter 34 illustration
32. Chapter 35 illustration
33. Docnotes
34. Rosewood Photos Part I
35. Rosewood Photos Part II
36. Rosewood Photos Part III
37. Rosewood Photos Part IV
38. "Like Judgement Day" Folder notes
39. Photos - Minnie Lee Langley
40. Maps - Florida, Levy County
41. Book Photos
42. Part I photos
43. Part II photos
44. Part III photos
45. Part IV photos
46. Part V photos
47. Part VI photos
48. Photos needed
49. Photos coming
50. Photos received
51. Florida State University Photos
52. Gwendolyn Thompson
53. Martha Barnett Photos
54. Copies: "And God was all around us" title page, 1923 articles on Rosewood
55. Florida Maps
56. Song lyric permission (David Allan Coe)
57. Photo Permissions
58. Rosewood legal reading
59. Rosewood cover
60. Tampa Tribune photos
61. Willie Morris
62. Palm Beach Post photos
63. Hugh Scoggins (AP Tallahassee)
64. Midge Laughlin (St. Petersburg Museum of History)
65. Miami Herald photos

BOX 11

Folders
1. Florida State Archives
2. Cedar Key historical photos
3. Tallahassee Democrat photos
4. Lynching Era photos
5. Seminole Tribune Photos
6. O'McCarthy photo
7. Al Lawson photos
8. Miguel De Grandy
9. Governor signing bill photo
10. Ray Ansenault (author) "St. Petersburg and the Florida Dream 1888-1950"
11. Ernest Parham
12. Brad Wasson (University of Florida photos)
13. St. Petersburg Times
14. Interview list
15. Acknowledgements
16. Like Judgement Day - title page, contents, prologue
17. "Awakening" Part 1
18. "The Survivors" Part 2
19. "Movement" Part 3
20. "The Claim" Part 4
21. "Redemption" Part 5
22. "Coming Home" Part 6
23. Manuscript: And God was all around us: The story of the Rosewood Massacre by Mike D'Orso

BOX 12

Folders
1. Chapters 2-5
2. Chapters 7-10
3. Chapters 12-15
4. Chapters 16, 17, 19, 20
5. Chapters 21-24
6. Chapters 26-29
7. Chapters 30-33
8. Acknowledgements & Notes and Sources
9. Correspondence with Susan Raihoffer
10. Chapter 7 & 10
11. Title page, contents, prologue, part 1
12. Part 2 - The Survivors
13. Part 3 - Movement
14. Part 4 - The Claim
15. Chapter 20-22

BOX 13

Folders
1. Chapter 23-25
2. Chapter 26-28
3. Chapter 29-31
4. Chapter 32-34
5. Chapter 35-37 & Epilogue
6. Part 5 - Redemption
7. Part 6 - Coming Home
8. Acknowledgements, Notes & Sources
9. Prologue, Chapters 1 & 2
10. Chapters 3, 4, 5
11. Chapters 6, 8, 9
12. Chapters 11-13
13. Chapters 14-16
14. Chapters 17-19

Series V: Audio, Video, Computer disks

BOX 14

1. Micro-cassettes numbered 1-45, interviews
2. Standard audio cassettes numbered 1-8
3. 2 audio cassettes labeled House Floor Debate 4/4/94 numbers 3 and 4 of 7
4. VHS tape - "Redemption: The Rosewood Legacy" University of Florida News and Public Affiars
5. VHS tape - "Dateline NBC, Rosewood, 3/22/94"

BOX 15

1. VHS tape - "Rosewood Massacre"
2. VHS tape - "Povich - Rosewood"
3. 5" floppy disk - "Doc 6-8"
4. 5" floppy disk - "Doctor tape 8-11"
5. 5" floppy disk - "Doctor - tape 12-17"
6. 3 1/2" disk - "Disk one - contents, title, part one-five"
7. 3 1/2" disk - "Disk two - part six ->, thanks, book notes, characters"
8. 3 1/2" disk - "Rosewood - prologue & ch.1-12"
9. 3 1/2" disk - "Rosewood - 47 files/all chapters"
10. 3 unlabeled 3 1/2" disks