The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Oral history program
Repository: United States Naval Institute
Collection Description (CRHP): See the interviews with Wesley A. Brown, the first African American graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, and Samuel Gravely, the Navy’s first black commander, captain, rear admiral, and vice admiral.
Collection Description (Extant): The U.S. Naval Institute's Oral History program captures and preserves the reminiscences of key Navy and Coast Guard figures such as the eight surviving members of the Golden Thirteen-the first black naval officers. The Naval Institute tape-records a series of interviews covering the life story of each participant. The interviews are then transcribed, annotated, indexed, and bound.
Since the inception of the program in 1969, more than 230 bound volumes have been completed, and interviews have been recorded to produce dozens more.
Naval Institute oral histories are funded solely by gift income.
Collection URL: http://www.usni.org/heritage/oral-history-catalog
Digital Status: No
Finding Aid: http://www.usni.org/heritage/oral-history-catalog
Interviewees: Samuel E. Barnes, Wesley A. Brown, Samuel Gravely, James Hair, John W. Lee, Jr., Graham E. Martin, Frank E. Sublett, Jr., John W. Reagan, William Sylvester White, George C. Cooper, Carl Brashear
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American soldiers
African American veterans
Discrimination in the military
United States. Navy