" In the summer of 1964, Kates served as a Freedom Summer volunteer in Holly Springs and Batesville, Mississippi. Kates returned to Mississippi in the summer of 1965 to volunteer in Natchez. The time between his two stays in Mississippi was spent first in Paris where he worked to organize the American community in Paris into a Paris Friends of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) / Council of Federated Organizations and then in Washington D.C as a volunteer in the SNCC office. Kates later became a public school teacher, nonviolence trainer, poet and literary translator. In 1983, Kates was awarded a fellowship in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has appeared in more than one hundred literary magazines, including The Massachusetts Review, The Agni Review and The International Poetry Journal. He has written, edited, and/or translated five books including a book of poems, Mappemonde (Oyster River Press, 2001), and an anthology of recent Russian poetry in translation, In the Grip of Strange Thoughts (Zephyr Press, 1999). Since 1997, he has co-directed Zephyr Press, publisher of Letters From Mississippi."--Inventory of the Kates (Jim) Papers, University of Southern Mississippi.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive (University of Southern Mississippi Libraries)
- Photograph of Batesville staff; July 1964 (Color photographs)
- Photograph of Jim Kates and Geoff Cowan; July 1964 (Color photographs)
- Photograph of Jim Kates and local woman; July 1964 (Black-and-white photographs)
- Photograph of Jim Kates, Geoff Cowan, and two local children; July 1964 (Color photographs)
- Photograph of staff outside church; July 1964 (Color photographs)