Hunter Gray papers, 1889-1992, 1996-2000

Salter, John R
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  • Format Mixed Materials; Sound Recordings; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Videos, Slides, Films
  • Physical Details
    • 1.8 c.f. (1 record center carton, 2 archives boxes)
    • 1 tape recording, and
    • 56 photographs; plus
    • additions of 6.0 c.f
    • 7 tape recordings, and
    • photographs and transparencies
  • OCLC ocn613392933, ocn613414656
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  • RESTRICTED: Boxes 7-9 in M2002-100 are Access Only with Permission of the Donor until January 1, 2017, unless otherwise extended. See holdings records and case file for more details.
  • COPYRIGHT RESTRICTION: Copyright to some images not held by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
  • When using images from this collection, the citation must include "Hunter Gray Papers."


  • Papers of a sociologist and professor who was active in several civil rights and community organizing groups during the 1960s and 1970s, and more recently, has worked to improve the lives and conditions of American Indians. While teaching at Tougaloo Southern Christian College, Salter helped organize the boycott of white businesses in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. He subsequently worked for the Southern Conference Educational Fund in North Carolina, served as director of the Chicago Commons Association (1969-1973) and as director of the Office of Human Development of the Catholic Diocese of Rochester, New York (1976-1978), and spent several years teaching college sociology at the Navajo Community College, Tsaile, Arizona, and at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. John R. Salter changed his name, circa 1995, to John Hunter Gray, his original family name, and in 2000 to just Hunter Gray. The collection contains correspondence; numerous speeches, reports, and other writings by Salter; partial files from some of his professional positions; his FBI files; newspaper clippings; and biographical and family history information. The photographic portion of the collection includes images of the Salter-Gray family; Hunter Gray, both alone and with others, as well as images related to Gray's civil rights activities in the 1960s and 1980s.


  • Presented by Hunter Gray (as John R. Salter Jr.), Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1979-1982, and loaned for copying by Gray, 1980-1981.