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New Photo Archive at Stanford University Documents the Civil Rights Movement

Stanford-university-logoBob Fitch worked as a photojournalist for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the 1960s. One photograph from the Fitch collection was used as the basis for the statue at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.  After the civil rights era, Fitch continued his work covering peace and social justice movements for many years afterward. For seven years, he covered Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers Union. The Bob Fitch Photography Archive, which contains more than 200,000 images, has been donated to the Stanford University Libraries.

The university has posted 200 photographs online and an exhibit is planned in the Peterson Gallery at the Green Library this September. Eventually, about 10,000 images from the collection will be made available online for researchers.


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