The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Mapping local knowledge, Danville, Va., 1945-75
Repository: University of Virginia. The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
Collection Description (CRHP): Approximately thirty oral histories explore the civil rights movement in Danville, Virginia. Particular emphasis is placed on the sit-in at the Danville Public Library (now the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History) and subsequent court case that eventually led to the desegregation of the library. A number of interviews begin with biographical background and family history of the interviewee. The questions cover conditions in Danville prior to integration as well as the events that took place in Danville during the early 60s.
Access Copy Note: Transcript excerpts are available online. Spiral-bound copies of the interviews that are copyrighted to Emma C. Edmunds and the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia are available at Averett University, the Danville Public Library, the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, and the Library of Virginia. The complete collection of materials are in the personal possession of Emma Edmunds, project director and interviewer. She plans to donate project materials to UVA with copies in Danville (Danville Public Library and Averett University and possibly Danville Community College).
Collection URL: http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu/cslk/danville/index.html
Digital Status: Partial
Extent: photographs; audio cassettes; transcripts; manuscripts
Physical Location: The complete collection of materials are in the personal possession of Emma Edmunds, project director and interviewer.
Related Archival Items: Emma Edmunds also has ten interviews in her possession that were given to her by a researcher who previously conducted oral histories on the civil rights movement in Danville. The Danville Public Library also has newspaper clippings and a rare copy of a book by Len Holt titled "An Act of Conscience" (1965).
Interviewees: Lawrence M. Clark, Ruth W. Isley, Robert A. Williams, Dorothy O. Harris, James W. Peters, Jr., Avicia H. Thorpe, James Ulysses Griffin Hughes, Ruby B. Archie, Charlie E. Nelson, Charles T. Oliver
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American political activists--Virginia
African American politicians--Virginia
African Americans--Civil rights--Virginia
Civil rights movements--Virginia