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Oral history tapes

Repository: Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library. Local History and Genealogy Department

Collection Description (CRHP): This collection of twenty-seven interviews from the 1980s deals with Chattanooga, Tennessee history. It includes a number of interviews dealing with civil rights, including one in 1982 of Claude Bond, who was principal of the black Howard High School and a member of the Chattanooga Board of Education. Other relevant oral histories include those of Leah James, executive director from 1944 to 1966 of the Chattanooga Family Services Committee; James R. Mapp, a plaintiff in the local school desegregation lawsuit; John Bonner, Jr., a white member of the mayor's human relations committee who helped implement desegregation; and black political activist C. B. Robinson. The collection also includes a transcript of a 1987 speech of Rabbi David Bebe that deals with civil rights.

Access Copy Note: The interviews are currently in the process of being digitized, so these materials will be available online in the future. The audio cassettes are being converted to CD. The C. B. Robinson oral history transcript is already available online at the Tennessee State Special Collections web site: http://www.tnstate.edu/library/digitalresources/index.aspx

Digital Status: No

Extent: 27 transcripts; audio cassettes; sound discs (CDs)

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The C. B. Robinson oral history transcript is already available online at the Tennessee State Special Collections web site: http://www.tnstate.edu/library/digital/interview.htm, and his papers are at that school's archive and some materials are online. The Chattanooga Public Library's local history room also has papers of mayors active in the civil rights era and 1970s: these are the ones of Robert Kirk Walker, Rudy Olgiati, and Charles Rose.

Interviewees: Claude Bond, Leah James, James R. Mapp, John Bonner, Jr., C. B. Robinson, Rabbi David Bebe

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

Subjects:

African American political activists--Tennessee
African Americans--Civil rights--Tennessee
Chattanooga Region (Tenn.)
Civil rights movements--Tennessee
Civil rights workers
Civil rights--Cases
School integration--Tennessee
Segregation in education--Tennessee
Tennessee--Politics and government
Tennessee--Race relations

Genres:

Interviews
Sound recordings
Speeches
Transcripts

 

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