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Virginia Foster Durr lecture and interview

Repository: Harvard University. Radcliffe Institute. Schlesinger Library

Collection Description (Extant): Virginia Foster Durr was born in 1903 and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She attended Wellesley College from 1921 to 1923, and in 1926 married Clifford Judkins Durr. She was active in the Southern Conference on Human Welfare, primarily fighting the poll tax (1938-1948); campaigned for the Progressive Party, supporting Henry Wallace’s 1948 presidential bid; and endorsed the American Peace Crusade (1951).

Tape 1: Durr speaks at the "Women in the South" Conference at University of Alabama, 1976. Introduced by Jessica Mitford, Durr discusses the relationship between fascism and the killings of blacks in the South, the impact of warfare, and women activists from Alabama, etc. Other unrelated material follows. Tape 2: Stephanie Siegel interview discussing finishing school and Wellesley College, her family's history and views on race, disenfranchisement activities in the south, working on civil rights issues with her husband, and Southern politics, etc.

Access Copy Note: Appointment required for listening.

Collection URL:|library/m/aleph|012343785 External Link

Date(s): 1976

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: T-152

Extent: 2 sound cassettes (172 min.)

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Papers of Clifford J. Durr and other papers of Virginia Foster Durr are at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. The Southern Oral History Program at UNC-Chapel Hill also contains an oral history of Virginia Durr. The Columbia University Oral History Office also has oral histories of Virginia and Clifford Durr; a copy exists at Harvard of the transcript of the 1974 one of Virginia Durr. A number of other interviews exist of Durr at Harvard.

Interviewees: Virginia Foster Durr

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


Civil rights movements--Southern States
Durr, Clifford J. (Clifford Judkins), 1899-1975
Political rights, Loss of
Southern States--Politics and government
Women civil rights workers


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