The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Oral history of Appalachia collection
Repository: Marshall University. Morrow Library. Special Collections.
Collection Description (CRHP): The Oral History of Appalachia collection consists of more than a thousand interviews that focus on local and regional history, culture, and society. It is a very valuable resource for those interested in the study of Appalachia and covers a wide range of topics, including the civil rights movement and African American life in the region. Sadly, some of the interviews in the collection are in danger of being lost because the lack of staff and funding has resulted in not all the tapes being transcribed.
Condition Note: Some of the recordings are in danger of deteriorating.
Date(s): 1974-2005 (most are before 1986)
Digital Status: Partial
Extent: 1,016 transcripts (approximately 25.5 linear feet); 260 digitized audio interviews; sound recordings (magnetic tape compact cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes); photographs, newspaper clippings, and some ephemera (approximately 1.5 linear feet)
Finding Aid: The oral histories are cataloged individually in the Marshall University Library's catalog.
Interviewees: A. Mervin Tyson, Amanda Anderson, Ancella Bickley, Anna McCright, B'Alma Epps Jones, Beulah Reynolds, Callie J. Barnett, Charles Aurand, Charles Switt, David Conley, David Harris, Doris J. Payne, Doris Peaks, E. Jane Dillard, Edna Mae Duckworth, Edris H. Miller, Eugene Crowder, Eunice Burrell Fleming, Fannie Ashe Thomas, Florence Walker Casey, Florestine Hopkins Holland, Fred R. Chiles Jr., Homer Davis, James A. Tweel, James G. Matthews, Joan Ross, John Barnett, Josephine Marsh Rayford, Leahgreatta Chiles Hairston, Lorraine K. Seay, Louise Anderson, Margaret Hill, Margaret Lynch, Marion T. "Bunche" Gray, Mary C. Snow, Mary F. Montgomery, Mary M. Elston, Mary Messenger, Fannie Garrett, Mary Snow, Memphis Tennessee Garrison, Michael Harris, Michael Thomas, Michael Wilkins, Mildred Jones, Ethel Porter, Joan Porter-Green, Nancie Smith Robinson, Norma Jean Polley Fullen, Norris H. Mitchell, Otheletta Blake Orr, Ottrus Chatman, P.A. Williams, Patricia Rosebourgh, Paulette Mabry, Pauline Marie Clark Hairston, Pearl Swann Carter, Ronald Atkinson, Ruby B. Reeler, Samuel R. Moore, Sandra Page, Stimey (Thomas) Carter, Susie H. Guyton, Suzanne Slaughter, Thelma White McDaniel, Thomas W. Chiles, Velma G. Bradshaw, Velma W. Twyman, Verona A. Clarke, Virginia Harris, Vivian Williams Fleming, Walter Meyers, Wanda Boyd, Wesley Lynch, William B. Newcomb, William Hairston, William T. Jones Jr., Willie Hise
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African Americans--Civil rights--West Virginia
African Americans--West Virginia
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )--West Virginia
Race discrimination--West Virginia
West Virginia--Race relations