Guide to the Scottsboro Boys Collection, 1931-1941, undated

Summary Information

Title: Scottsboro Boys Collection, 1931-1941, undated
Collection: AC.638
Extent: 2.01 linear feet (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)

This collection consists of public appeals to help, brochures and pamphlets explaining court cases and defenses, blank petitions, and a typed chronology of the case of the Scottsboro Boys. Materials are dated 1931-1941.

Creator: unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

The Scottsboro Boys were nine black teenage boys accused of rape in Alabama in 1931. The landmark set of legal cases from this incident dealt with racism and the right to a fair trial. The case included a frameup, an all-white jury, rushed trials, an attempted lynching, an angry mob, and is an example of an overall miscarriage of justice.

The Scottsboro Boys, as they became known, at the time were defended by many in the North and attacked by many in the South. The case is now widely considered a miscarriage of justice that led to the end of all-white juries in the South. The case has inspired and has been examined in literature, music, theatre, film and television.

Scope and Contents

The Scottsboro Boys collection contains 22 pamphlets, petitions and handbills related to the nine young African-American men arrested near Scottsboro, Alabama on charges of rape in 1931. One pamphlet is written in German, others are in English.


Materials are arranged in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection of papers was purchased from L & T Respess Books in 2004. Accession number AC.2004.019

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, April 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.638: Papers, concerning the Case of the Scottsboro Boys, Scottsboro, Alabama, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, 1931-1941, undated ACSC_Box 19, Folder 14, Oversize Folder 1