Rare Photographic Collection of and by the Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., Acquired

Rare photographs of and by the Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., a pivotal figure in the history of the civil rights movement and Vanderbilt University, have been acquired by the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries.

“We are thrilled that the James M. Lawson Jr. Photograph Collection now has a permanent home in the Heard Libraries Special Collections and University Archives,” said Vanessa Beasley, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of residential faculty. “These treasured photographs—spanning from the mid-1940s to the late 90s—will provide context for the rich scholarly materials found within the Rev. Lawson’s papers, which he donated to Vanderbilt in 2013.”

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the Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. riding a bicycle in India during the 1950s
During the 1950s, the Rev. James M. Lawson Jr. traveled to India, where he studied Gandhi’s use of nonviolence to achieve change. (Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives)