The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Integration of sports at West Virginia University
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 at West Virginia University. They have conducted 40 to 50 interviews, which are in audio or video format. They have explored segregation in sports before the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and looked at the impact of the decision on sport. As part of their project, they have collected newspaper articles, photographs, and other materials. The web site contains video clips of and other information on black athletes.
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.
Collection URL: http://sportsintegration.wvu.edu/
Condition Note: The recordings are of varying quality.
Digital Status: Partial
Extent: audio recordings; videorecordings; photographs; manuscripts
Related Archival Items: Dean Brooks and Professor Althouse also have conducted oral histories concerning the integration of sports in West Virginia high schools. 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.
Interviewees: Jim Braxton, Daniel Buggs, Stephen Edwards, Garrett Ford, John Mallory, Charlie Miller, Marshal Mills, Artie Owens, John Spraggins, Ben Williams, Jr., Dwayne Woods
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American athletes
African American college students--West Virginia
African Americans--Civil rights--West Virginia
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
Discrimination in sports
Segregation in education--West Virginia
West Virginia University
West Virginia--Race relations