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Richard B. Russell Library Oral History Documentary Collection

Repository: University of Georgia. Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Collection Description (CRHP): Topics in this collection include desegregation in Georgia public schools including the University of Georgia Law School and racial discrimination.

Collection Description (Extant): This oral history collection consists of 17 interviews conducted for the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies from 2003-2010. The interviews document individuals' lives, historical events, and places, and run from 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Series I is a video public oral history interview program documenting the events in 1953 leading to the resignation of the four editors (the interviewees) of the University of Georgia's newspaper, Red and Black, over the issues of free speech and the school's racial segregation. Series II is a video interview with Judge Griffin Bell, a prominent Georgia attorney and federal judge who served as U.S. Attorney General under Jimmy Carter. Series III is an audio interview with Bobby Rowan, Georgia state senator, one-time gubernatorial candidate, and public services commissioner. Series IV is a video interview with Anthony Alaimo, chronicling his experiences as a prisoner of war in World War II, his legal career as a Georgia attorney and federal judge, and his involvement in the Guthrie v. Evans prison reform case. Series V contains six audio interviews with individuals who witnessed, in various capacities, the growth of Sandy Creek Park in Athens, Georgia. Series VI is a video interview with Margaret Bennett, widow of William Tapley Bennett, Jr. and includes her perspectives on the diplomatic corps during the mid-twentieth century. Series VII is a video interview with Pete Wheeler, Georgia's Commissioner of Veterans Services since 1949, with accounts of his involvement in improving services for veterans and his leadership in the development of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.. Series VIII is a video interview with Atlanta attorney and influential political voice Tom Watson Brown, in which he describes his career, his involvement with Strom Thurmond's initial senate campaign in 1954, and his view of Tom Watson's involvement in the Leo Frank murder trial. Series IX is a video interview with Carl Sanders, in which the former Georgia governor describes his political ascendancy following his service in World War II, discusses Augusta's Cracker Party, his victory over Marvin Griffin in 1962, and his defeat by Jimmy Carter in 1970. Series X is a video interview with Kil Townsend, in which he describe his life as a lawyer, businessman, author, and maverick Republican legislator in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1965 to 1992, including his work to reform Pardons and Paroles and to consolidate Georgia's 159 counties. Series XI, Charles Campbell, is an interview with Charles Campbell by Sally Russell Warrington, niece and biographer of Richard B. Russell Jr., concentrating on Campbell's experiences working for the Senator. Series XII, Lorena Weeks, is an interview by Kathleen Clark with Lorena Weeks, whose battle against Southern Bell over equal opportunity for women stands as a landmark civil and gender rights case.

Date(s): 2003-2010

Extent: 7 betacam sp videocassettes, 1 audiocassette, 1 digital betacam videocassette, 5 DVC Pro videocassettes, 2 DVM videocassettes, 8 MiniDV videocassettes, 12 MP3-160 kbps files, 15 transcripts, accompanying documentation

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Language: English

Interviewees: Walter Lundy, Bill Shipp, Gene Britton, Priscilla Arnold, Griffin Boyette Bell, Thomas Watson Brown, Carl E. Sanders

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


Georgia--Race relations
Segregation in education--Georgia


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