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Integration of high school sports in West Virginia

Repository: West Virginia University. College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences. Dean's Office

Collection Description (CRHP): Dean Dana Brooks and Professor Ron Althouse have been involved for nearly twenty years in collecting oral histories on the racial integration of sports in West Virginia high schools. They have conducted 50 to 60 interviews, which are in audio or video format. They have explored race relations regarding high school sports both before the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and afterward. In addition, they have explored the relationship of sports integration to the larger community and the social dynamics involved with high school sports during the era of segregation. Their work includes looking at the impact of integration on African American coaches. As part of their project, they have collected newspaper articles, photographs, yearbooks, and other materials.

Access Copy Note: The materials are currently located in the office of Dana Brooks, dean of and professor in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University. They plan to eventually donate these materials to the West Virginia and Regional History Collection at West Virginia University's library. Contact Dana Brooks, whose contact info is in the repository database entry, for more information.

Condition Note: The recordings are of varying quality.

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: audio recordings; videorecordings; photographs; manuscripts

Language: English

Related Archival Items: Dean Brooks and Professor Althouse also have conducted oral histories concerning the integration of sports at West Virginia University. See the separate database record. In addition, they both have been involved with collecting oral histories as part of the West Virginia All-Black Sports and Academic Hall of Fame initiative. As of August 2010, they are in the preliminary stages of plans to conduct oral histories and other research concerning the sports program of the West Virginia Colored School for the Deaf and Blind, which changed its name to the Romney School for the Deaf and Blind after integration.

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

Subjects:

African American athletes
African American coaches
African American students--West Virginia
African Americans--West Virginia
Discrimination in sports
School integration--West Virginia
West Virginia--Race relations

Genres:

Interviews
Lectures
Photographs
Sound recordings
Speeches
Videorecordings

 

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