The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
World War II collection [of Winchester-Frederick County, Va]
Repository: Handley Regional Library (VA). Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Collection Description (CRHP): This collection includes two oral histories of African Americans, Henry Moss Brooks and William Beamer. Brooks, who became a leading figure in the civil rights movement in Winchester, Virginia, discusses his World War II experiences. Beamer does the same as well as deals with racial discrimination that he faced in the United States after his military service ended. Tape recordings and transcripts are included for these interviews.
Collection Description (Extant): This collection contains military records, Virginia War Fund records, articles, scrapbooks, and other material concerning World War II. The primary focus is on soldiers of the Winchester-Frederick County, VA community.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: 1050 WFCHS/THL
Extent: 13 boxes
Finding Aid URL: http://www.handleyregional.org/Handley/Archives/WW%20II%201050.htm
Related Archival Items: Copies of the two interviews of African Americans are also available in the Veterans History Project collection at the Library of Congress. The Henry Moss Brooks Collection, Collection no: 599 THL, also exists at the Handley Library. The finding aid is available at: http://www.hrl.lib.state.va.us/Handley/Archive/Brooks,%20Henry%20Moss%20Collection%20599.htm.
Interviewees: Henry Moss Brooks, William Beamer
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American veterans
African Americans--Civil rights--Virginia
Discrimination in the military
World War, 1939-1945