The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Oral history interviews
Repository: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Freel Library. Hoosac Valley Collection for Local History
Collection Description (CRHP): These oral history tapes, some of which are transcribed, are of people from western Massachusetts. Rev. Willard Durant details the beginning of the county-wide NAACP and the organization's cooperation with the sit-in movement in the 1960s by boycotting the local Woolworth store in Pittsfield, MA and travelling to the South to show support. Elaine Gunn details the beginning of the struggle to recognize W.E.B. Du Bois in his hometown of Great Barrington, leading to his boyhood homesite being put on the National Historic Register.
Access Copy Note: The tapes of Gunn and Durant are not transcribed.
Digital Status: No
Extent: audio cassettes; transcripts
Related Archival Items: See the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail civil rights collection, which contains more information on the history of African Americans in this area, including that of the NAACP.
Interviewees: Rev. Williard Durant, Elaine Gunn
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American clergy--Massachusetts
African Americans--Civil rights--Massachusetts
Civil rights demonstrations--Massachusetts
Civil rights movements--Massachusetts
Civil rights movements--Southern States
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People