The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
The spirituals: an oral history
Repository: Kentucky Historical Society
Collection Description (Extant): Thirty-nine interviews with scholars, historians, members of the Kentucky based American Spiritual Ensemble, ethno-musicologists, and laypeople concerning the Negro spiritual. These interviews were conducted to create a PBS documentary. The documentary recounts the history from which the spiritual art form arose, the importance of the spirituals to the civil rights movement, and goes on the road with The American Spiritual Ensemble as they gallantly try to preserve the vanishing folk songs of the slaves. These interviews delve into Kentucky political history, African American history, local life and culture with a regional and national perspective, and specifically with the civil rights movement during the period 1930-1970.
Access Copy Note: The originals are held at Dos Vatos Productions.
Digital Status: Born-digital
Existing IDs: 2007OH10
Extent: 39 transcripts; 39 digital files
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
Rights (Extant): Copyright belongs to Dos Vatos Productions Studios. The Kentucky Oral History Commission has user rights to the interviews.
African American musicians
African American singers
American Spiritual Ensemble
Civil rights movements--Kentucky
Kentucky--Politics and government