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Williams College oral history project

Repository: Williams College Archives and Special Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): The Williams College Oral History Project includes oral history interviews conducted with Williams professors, trustees, presidents, staff, alumni, and friends of the College. The project was established with funds received from Anne Sawyer, wife of Williams President John Sawyer, 'to record the College's history through interviews and reminiscences' in order to document 'the interesting and distinctive past of the College itself and of its place in the evolution of American higher educational institutions.' The project has had two primary interviewers since its inception: John Walsh (Class of 1954), who conducted nearly 25 interviews from 1991 to 1995, and Charles R. Alberti (Class of 1950), who succeeded him in 1996. Charles now serves as Project Director, working in concert with Bob Stegeman (Class of 1960). They have conducted over 400 interviews and continue to seek alumni, faculty, staff, and townspeople who are willing to record their memories of people and events in the College's history. The Williams College Oral History Project includes oral histories that address the 1969 occupation of one of the college's administration buildings by a group of African American students. Some interviews address this event and other topics concerning civil rights and race relations.

Access Copy Note: These interviews will eventually be digitized and available at http://drm.williams.edu/collections/ohp/

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: circa 425 interviews (audiocassette/CD format; transcripts)

Language: English

Interviewees: Peter Frost, Dudley Bahlman, Fred Stocking, Hodge Markgraf, John English, John Sawyer, Peter Welanetz, Thomas Bleezarde, Dennis Dickerson

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

Subjects:

African American college students--Massachusetts
African Americans--Education (Higher)
Black Panther Party
Black power
Civil rights demonstrations
Massachusetts--Race relations
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
Williams College

Genres:

Interviews
Sound recordings
Transcripts

 

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