The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Lee Street oral history project
Repository: Idaho State Historical Society. Idaho State Archives
Collection Description (CRHP): Interviews were conducted with Doris Thomas, Mary and Claude Buckner, Rosa Lee Tigner, Ellen Perkins, Dorothy Buckner, Emma Hayman, Warner Terrell, Bessie Stewart, and Clara Terrell. A number of narrators compare racism in Idaho and in the Southern states of their birth; Dorothy Buckner identifies as a civil rights activist and speaks at length about subtle forms of discrimination.
Collection Description (Extant): In 1980 and 1981, Mateo Osa interviewed nine African Americans about their experiences living in Boise. The bulk of the interviews dealt with the 1930s to the 1950s and provides information about African Americans and other minorities in the area, their day to day life, their place in the community, the influence of World War II, as well as local race discrimination with regard to housing and jobs.
Access Copy Note: Digitized transcripts and audio clips for some interviews are available online at the Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive at http://archive.vancouver.wsu.edu/crbeha/home.htm
Digital Status: Partial
Existing IDs: OH 558, OH 559, OH 560, OH 561, OH 562, OH 563, OH 564, OH 565, OH 566
Extent: 12 audio cassettes; 252pp of transcripts and other documentation; 1 newspaper clipping
Finding Aid URL: http://nwda-db.wsulibs.wsu.edu/print/ark:/80444/xv16780
Related Archival Items: A number of photographs and other documents held by the Idaho State Historical Society that relate to the individuals interviewed for this collection have been digitized as part of the Columbia River Basin Ethnic History Archive. Browse them at http://van-ezproxy.vancouver.wsu.edu/crbeha/home.htm.
Interviewees: Doris Thomas, Mary Buckner, Claude Buckner, Rosa Lee Tigner, Ellen Perkins, Dorothy Buckner, Emma Hayman, Warner Terrell, Bessie Stewart, Clara Terrell
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Discrimination in employment
Discrimination in housing